ThisWangsChung (836) - 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. I’m 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 who’s 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 that’s 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 isn’t the creamiest: definitely more like the DIPA portion than the stout one. Even still, it’s mostly a sweet-finishing beer with just a welcome twinge of dryness right on the back of the palate. There’s 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 isn’t the most harmonious blend I’ve ever had. But it may as well be the most harmonious pre-made blend I’ll likely have. As much as I enjoy this, I’d personally rather just buy Yin and Yang separately. Despite my mild reservations, this one is still quite good.
Enteogenisk (146) - Bålsta, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle into wine glass. Sometimes I manage to really enjoy these BIPA’s. This time wasn’t really one of them. Nice viscosity but just too much hops bitterness and hops to balance the dark side of it. Imo.
vincentvega72 (370) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zwart bier met fijne crèmekleurige schuimkraag. Zoet caramelachtig aroma. Mooi zacht van smaak (drop, mout, bitter). Lange bittere afdronk. De Yang heeft in deze duidelijk de bovenhand boven de Yin maar het is toch een heel lekker bier geworden.
josanguapo (1044) - SPAIN - AUG 12, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 1x08. DIPA in nose, soft IS in mouth at beginning and end of sip, hoppy in the middle. Much more drinkable than their separate parts, alcohol unnoticeable
drjay44 (3373) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a medium thick, light beige, rapidly collapsing head, with minimal lacing, over a clear dark brown (SRM 30) body......nose is roasted malts with chocolate, coffee notes, mild herbal hops, malts dominant......taste is roasted malts with chocolate, coffee notes, mild hints of dried fruits, hints of molasses, burnt sugar, light spice tones, finishing with lingering mild hop bitterness......mouth feel, medium body, creamy, moderate alcohol warmth, high carbonation. This is an interesting beer with minimal Imperial Stout characteristics, except for the dark malts, with no dried fruits, and the hops are relatively hidden throughout. It misses the Black IPA style, as it is muddled and not particularly clean. BJCP 7/3/12/4/6
emdejes (23) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfect combination, love the duo more than the singles. Would drink them always together..
OminouSC2 (424) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Roasted malt aromas with hops being more noticeable the longer you sniff it. Floral and hay. Taste has toasted malt, some licorice and hops. The beer is supposedly a mix of an Imperial Stout and an IPA, but the result is so close to a Black IPA that I would never have guessed it.
Cool_Bond (2293) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is fruity, coffee and chocolate. The taste is quite similar. A little fruitiness and more coffee. Okay bitterness that fills the upper part of the mouth forever. I do not really like the mix in this beer. I am not impressed with this beer. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
HPDalen (286) - DENMARK - JUN 19, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of coffee, grapefruit, chocolate and blood orange. Pours black with a tan head. Bitter and sweet taste. Grapefruit, vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee taste. Wow. Full bodied, average carbonation, bitter and long finish. Amazing beer.
Svesse (7764) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2016 (Bottle) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Roasted, hoppy nose with black coffee, liquorice, black rye bread, dried fruit, some pine needles and a touch of mint. Roasted, malty taste with notes of black coffee, black rye bread, dark fruit, treacle toffee, hints of tar and a generous piney, slightly minty, bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a slight sweetness. Tasty and well balanced with a generous hop profile. Hides its alcohol level deceptively well. Very nice.
andrepintado (2674) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUN 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Color is dark red brown. Head is medium and beige. Body is medium. Taste is medium sweet and bitter. Finish is long and medium dry. Aroma is roasted, hops, liquorice, malt, chocolate.