ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a fluffy looking two finger mocha shade. Iím damn impressed by the retention and the lacing it leaves behind. Really damn impressed by the latter especially.
S: Ohmigawd, it smells like someone blended a DIPA and an imperial stout in the same bottle! Both roasted malts and chocolate exist alongside citrusy hops and a toffee-like sweetness. For the uninitiated, anyone whoís ever had Storm King will know what to expect here - that quality of roasted tobacco is hard to shake, and I like it.
T: Flavor wise, this first seems to err closer to the DIPA side (Yang) for me. The palate is awakened by leather, candy, and citrusy hops at first, with exhales that are pretty much pure candy-coated hops. It builds a touch of roasted malt and chocolate on the back end, and the more thatís sipped, the more this seems to layer itself well: a charred, smoky quality comes out as this sits in the glass. One of my friends likened this to a "black barleywine" and I can see where he was coming from. And even better, the alcohol is well hidden.
M: The feel isnít the creamiest: definitely more like the DIPA portion than the stout one. Even still, itís mostly a sweet-finishing beer with just a welcome twinge of dryness right on the back of the palate. Thereís a slight prick on the tongue to suggest a hint of heat, picking up ever-so-slightly as it warms up even further. Still, for 11.1%, it drinks rather easily.
O: This isnít the most harmonious blend Iíve ever had. But it may as well be the most harmonious pre-made blend Iíll likely have. As much as I enjoy this, Iíd personally rather just buy Yin and Yang separately. Despite my mild reservations, this one is still quite good.
OldMrCrow (1766) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Malt & Vine.
Cute gimmick; I was eager to see how it works. But now that Iíve tasted it I just donít see the point. Both of the base beers are really nice on their own. Together, theyíre sticky-sweet, alcoholic, and hot without any of the grace that the bases provide. Nose skews toward yin; flavor toward yang. My first real disappointment from Evil Twin. Sometimes the whole is less than the sum of the parts.
boozedude (1676) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottles fro cheese shop des moines, pitch black with brown head, taste is very smooth, nice creamy bitter hoppy, long lastuig aftertaste, awesome
fivarsen (11) - Trondheim, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yin yang black n tan impressive blend from evil twin. Lots of palate. Nicely done
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Countbeer (4311) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Small bit airy but pretty vast light brown head on top of a deep dark brown to black colored beer.
Aroma of hops, citrus, liquorice, some sweets, hints of meat and coal.
Flavours of liquorice, hops, good bitter, hints of coffee, citrus, pine and roasted malts.
Bitter liquorice hoppy aftertaste.
Low carbo, soft silky mouthfeel, full body and a light creamy texture.
Decent BIPA, but I have had better BIPAís!
Tmoney99 (10445) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted malt, earthy and alcohol aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a dark solid beer.
Matatan (5) - - AUG 6, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best black & tan ever! Guinness aren't you ashamed of this! 75 characters!!!!
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rader58 (774) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear dark brown with ruby hues. Aroma of caramel, pine, plum. Flavor of caramel, pine, plum, anise, molasses, prune, citrus.
DrSilverworm (6005) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle from Party Town, brewed in Scotland. Labeled "Yin & Yang: Imperial Taiji Black & Tan"; marked 11.1% ABV. Very dark brown, near black color. Thin khaki head, leaves nice sprays of lace. Huh.. Aroma retains a lot of stout - like qualities, and not in a good way. Does not drink like a Black IPA. Drinks like an adulterated imperial stout that hasnít aged well. A lot of licorice, herbal flavors. Stonger bitter taste, kind of astringent, lightly medicinal.. Stronger boozy sweet taste in the finish, with a bit of a bite. Some spicy, herbal hop. Bitter dark chocolate. Bigger body, chewy like a stout. Lighter carbonation, sort of a silky, velvety texture, thatís nice. A decent but boozey sweet hoppy imperial stout. Not what Iíd call a Black IPA, though.
dnstone (2131) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is where sweet chocolate maltiness meets piney hops. Deep brown in color with a bit of soft sudsy white head. Really well balanced flavor, starting stout-like with those chocolate notes and finishing with a lingering hoppy pine character. Quite soft on the tongue. Fantastic.