Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A sweet and very bitter strong dark ale. Very harsh and aggressive. Just ok.
How: Bottle 330ml, consumed one month after purchase, however fresh a Danish beer is a Vermont store.
The look: Clear dark ruby body topped by a medium tan head.
In long: Nose is strangely fruity (breakfast dark grapejuice, baked berries), hops resin. Taste is generously malted, quite toasted, crusty bread, a surprising strong rye-like flavor (although no mention this beer is a rye-based), caramel, baked berries and other baked fruits, pine-tree, sharp bitter grapefruits, lots of hop resin. Very sharp bitterness of high intensity. For an 11% beer I must say it doesn’t feel too sweet nor is the alcohol too bothersome. Not a bad beer at all, but a bit too brutal for its own good. Yin & Yang is a philosophical concept and its invention is rightfully attributed to the chinese people, unlike Tai Chi which was in fact invented by a stoned dude who was slooowwwwly chasing mosquitos away.
jbruner (1972) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a translucent blackish brown from the bottle with thin ring of tab lacy head that spots lightly. Aroma is nice grapefruit hops up front then a nice roasted make back end, overlying booze. Taste follows, less booziness and more malty notes. Solid beer. Mix is solid, I think the parts may be better solo.
M82 (220) - Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6oz of Yin
6oz of Yang
12oz of Yin & Yang
6oz of Yin Bottled 03/13/13 + 6oz of Yang Bottled 03/12/13 into 16oz white wine glass @ 50°; Black body with deep amber to apricot highlights beneath a khaki head leaving tiny spots of lace; Nose is restrained, dirty and dank, tropical and stone fruits perforating coffee and light chocolate notes; Taste follows on a silky thin mouth, light considering the abv, but very smooth; solid Imperial India Black Ale and my second favorite serving of the group
Ed5388 (1718) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle. Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, molasses, licorice, citrus, and pine. Taste is chocolate and caramel malts, coffee, dark fruits, citrus, with some bitter pine hops.
brian60625 (734) - Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I combined individual bottles of Yin and Yang to create the Evil Twin Yin/Yang. I think that’s how most people do it. Aroma was sorta weakly hoppy, more dominated by malt and nuts. Yin won out in aroma. Appearance is dark brown tint and dark brown foam. Again, Yin won. Taste is non-bitter hops, veggie aspects shine through, combined with the Yin’s malt/nut character, it reminded me of cooked tomatoes on roasted almonds. Yang wins in the flavor category. Palate is sizzling with carbonation and medium bodied. Overall, very drinkable, unnoticeable abv. Pretty good outcome on a fun variation of the black and tan concept.
gunnfryd (9899) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, pine, caramel, hop, roasted malt, chocolate. flavour is coffee, pine, caramel, hop, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice. Full body. Nice beer.
Vestergaard (174) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark dark brown beer with a nutty brown head. Smell is pretty strong alcohol, banana, caramel malts and some licorice. a small amount of coffee as well. menthol?? Taste is strong licorice, a bit chocolate, hops, Burned sugar and some fruitiness as well. Plenty of different tastes going on. Gentle low carb mouthfeel and. Glad i bought this again! Great experience.
Bygers (587) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0,33l at Smalhans, Oslo. Pours a dark color ns leaves a brown lacing that stays. Aroma of licorice and brown sugar. Taste the same with a bitter finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - MAR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with an off-white/beige foam head .
Moka, toffee, exotic fruits malt, flowers and chocolate. Medium carbonation, smooth maltiness, candied fruits, rich body and strong bitterness
Enjoy this original tasty Black IPA
tfredvik (941) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The concept of a black ale with lots of aroma hops is very appealing to me, but unfortunately I often find that BIPAs tend to be too dominated by the roasted, stoutish notes, or the hops are drowning all other elements. Neither is the case with the Yin & Yang, this is finally a perfectly balanced BIPA (at least aromawise)! The very strong aroma contains truckloads of elements from both camps, both roasted notes, thick chocolate and dark caramel, but also a perfect amount of hoppy fruity notes. As always I find it a bit hard to pinpoint the exact fruits in such a beer, but the aroma is definitely tropical. This is close to perfection! In the glass it is very dark brown with a large, frothy, very light-brown head that reduces to islands and a partially covering film in short time. The head still leaves a good amount of lacing on my snifter. The taste is moderate sweet with a lovely heavy bitter long-lasting finish. The strong flavours are roasted, with lots of chocolate, some coffee, resin and tropical fruits like peach. There are also some quite strong alcohol notes, in a perfect beer the alcohol should be a bit better integrated. Despite the obvious alcohol the mouthfeel is very pleasant, the body is close to full, the texture is oily and the carbonation is moderate. Probably the best BIPA I’ve ever had!
[33 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]