NeuroPliny (162) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Created by pouring Yin and Yang in equal parts from the bottle into a crystal glass. Colour is dark brown (the same as the Yin) with heavy brown head that persists; good lacing. Aroma is an elixir that blends the roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and caramel of Yin with the heavy hops, grapefruit, pine, and orange of Yang. The flavour is heavy sweetness against heavy bitterness with the bitterness winning. Crisp ascerbic finish. This works, but the heavy hops are a bit over-powering. As in every couple, one tends to over-power the other.
Ron (2687) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a lasting tan head with lace. Aromas of roastiness, bitter chocolate, light pine and alcohol. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roastiness,light coffee, light citrus and light pine with a smooth bitter lingering chocolate finish. The alcohol was noticeable in the flavor.
Hair6a11 (1387) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is murky brown, with a fine bubbled khaki head here; there’s a hint of mahogany in the light. Retention is average, with some sticky lacing present, and a hazing effect that slowly recedes. The nose is roasted coffee bean, chicory, light chocolate, with pine present from the hop profile. The flavor profile has a more balanced feeling in comparison. Cream, roast, chocolate, chicory, and cake are balanced with bittering pine and mild tropical notes - with a lingering finish....
HKdIPA (300) - HONG KONG - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 Pitch black tan head. Fun to pour together (this review of mixed yin and yang not one bottle). Mostly bitter hops aroma, smokiness gone for the most part. Not in a bad way. So many flavors. First sweet maltiness then big hops then smoky sweetness and bitter finish. Really good. Similar to beer hop breakfast but somehow seems ever so slightly less good.
Zymurgeist2 (1111) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overt coffee with slight roast. A little tar and pine. Ack with garnet highlights and full brown head. Hops more prevalent on flavor with floral and moderate high roast. Crisp, dry finish and moderate bitter throughout.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On 06/18/2011. Clear dark brown body with small creamy tan head. Sweet chocolate and roast aroma. Sweet chocolate and roast flavor with some floral hops. Medium full body moderate carbonation.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like the idea of mixing a DIPA with an IS, however, the base beers need to be good. Unfortunately this was not the case, with the two together being rather average.
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cL bottle courtesy co Chris, served in a stem glass side-by-side with Yin, Yang and our own blend of Yin and Yang. Pours black with a small light tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a slight amount of lace. On the nose, there are elegant notes of chocolate, brown sugar and a hint of espresso, along with herbal and slight piney hops. The flavour is moderately sweet up front with chocolate and roasty malts, developing nutty, caramel notes and a subtle herbal hoppy bitterness. The finish is long and roasty. Overall, a beautifully complex black IPA with nice chocolate notes and hoppy balance. 2013-06-07
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a creamy, sticky, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up burnt black malts paired with a lot of pine resin and citrusy hoppage.. herbal and medicinal overtones.. enjoyed it. The flavor found burnt licorice, black malts, and a touch of molasses at the core with bitter black roast, pine, and citrusy bitterness around.. touches of oxidation showed up toward the back.. bitterness and roast hid most of the boozage on the finish. Medium-plus bodied, roasty, and bitter on the palate.. higher carbonation.. good feel overall. This was a tasty brew.
stefannilssons (1496) - SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Det här var gott, vilket en ’black ipa’ i och för sig brukar vara men ändå. Smaken var kraftfull med toner av choklad, kaffe och en dov fruktighet, kroppen var stabil och balansen var närvarande. Slutsats; bra skit!