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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Imperial India Black Stout. This is a complete RTD Black and Tan. Not just any Black and Tan but the one where we flawlessly mixed a flippant good Imperial IPA with a profoundly evil Imperial Stout and sustained sweet beer balance.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1157) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a very, very deep brown with a light tan head. Somewhat roasty aroma with some more fruity suggestions. As a "black and tan" it drinks like a Black IPA, with roastiness and an herbal pine hoppiness. A rather nice one, in fact.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Pours mostly black with a fairly frothy tan head - nose and flavor have a nice mixture of the smoke, anise, and roast of the stout, coupled with stringy woody hop character and bitterness - slick texture - hefty body - it often tastes more like a hoppy imperial stout than a black IPA, a suppose a testament to the stou that is part of the blend - quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (6559) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
[6027-20131030] 12floz bottle. Roasty wood chocolate aroma. Clear, dark mahogany red body with a long-lasting creamy mocha head. Sweet roasted chocolate malt flavour has a sweetened coffee feel to it. Full body is fairly bitter. Delicious but a touch rough in the finish. (8/5-/8/4/17) 4.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1286) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours black, with a medium, bubbly, tan head. The nose is roasted malts, pine, semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, and subtle honeysuckle. Sweet and malty, with some roasted bitterness, but a substantial hop bitterness. Heavy body, sticky, syrupy, and fairly astringent. This is a nice hoppy, roasted beer. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freretoc (826) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 7, 2014
Bière faite maison avec un mix 50/50 d’une Yin et d’une Yang à la brasserie, couleur noire, mousse magnifique blanche avec des reflets marrons effervescences très moyenne. En bouche belle qualité gustative sur l’mande et le houblon. Marrant

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (830) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 6, 2014
Bue en petite quantité. Enorme bonne surprise pour ce blend. Superbe équilibre entre ces 2 bieres qui se complètent et se mélangent tout à fait bien.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (940) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - DEC 5, 2014
50/50 mix. The pale ale clearly dominates. The aroma is mostly Yang - same hoppy fruity notes, and lots of sweet fruity malts - but the impy reduces some of the caramel sweetness. The flavour is fruity malt sweetness, hops and nice chocolaty and roasty accents. The bitterness is strong and somewhat harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3704) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 3, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, citrus, and pine. Well balanced. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
atlrizzob (179) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Pour is coffee black with a medium thick tan froth. Aroma mostly overpowered with citrus, pine, grapefruit, hops, with a slight background of of the roasted malty notes of the stout. They combined the citrus fruit hoppiness with the roasted coffee chocolateness of the two styles perfectly. Really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7947) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle. Lactic chocolate malt and orange peel aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet cola, musk, light chocolate malt and light bitter herbal flavor. Nice body. Unique.

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