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.
CraftBeerNick (826) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg, mixed myself at Express DíLyon, Paris, 3rd July. Not bad, reminded me of an imperial black IPA, prefer the two separately though
coachd (85) - Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mixed this one myself; I have never seen the pre-mixed version in stores. Smells more IPA than stout, but I can sense the roasty char of the stout trying to come through. The aroma is really like a great black IPA. Malt sweetness still holds up through all of this. Looks just like a stout, with the only possible difference being a slightly lighter head (off-white rather than tan). The taste is spot on - a really well balanced black IPA that has slight hops up front and at the end with great roast and smoky flavor in between. Kind of reminds me of Wookey Jack, but I think itís even better tasting. Palate is effervescent enough to be a good IPA yet slick enough to be a good stout. Very interesting. Bonus points for being unique - who else would think of this? I was worried that this was just a strategy to get people to buy two 4-packs, but I really like it. Very well done.
Sask89 (410) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles mixed. The yin quickly overtakes the yang in appearance as expected making it black with a thinner tan head. Aroma is a mix chocolate and roasted malts with grapefruit and floral hops, which is quite nice. Taste is very balanced, not too sweet with a consistent bitterness. Medium body, good carbonation, and smooth / creamy on the palate. Impressive blend.
UXO (114) - CANADA - JUN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprising. The nose behaves much like Iídíve expected - lots of malt from both the stout and the IPA halves, with just a faint undercurrent of hops. The taste, however, has behaved... unexpectedly. There appears to be less sweet malt on the outset than was present in either the Yin or the Yang. Itís like their sweetnesses didnít add, but the bitter did. I want to try this again with a proper float, but itís pretty serviceable just as it is.
kyr2 (12) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JUN 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The two beers were better sampled together rather than mixed. They were good mixed but much rather they werenít.
LomYst (458) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
creamy chocolat, coffee, dark malts, fresh light citrus hops.. very well balanced sweet bitter taste, light carbs, thick oily texture, long dark sweet bitter finish.. interesting complex and delicious
StilleStorm (639) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DWG; Pour almost black with a moderate to long lasting, lacing tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, smoked, coffee, licorice, dark dried fruity and dark chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet, light bitter with a warming, sweet chocolate and coffe lasting finish. Body is full, texture is silky thick, carbonation is soft.
maneliquor (2995) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottles blended. Looks as though you would expect it when getting a Black n Tan. The nose is absolute chock full of those vibrant grapefruit and pine needle notes the Yang gives off. Very in your face with only mild chocolate and roast to back it. Molasses and liquorice play a bigger part in the taste but they are only there to balance out the huge pine driven hops coming through. Very passionfruit and orange forward with mild and sticky tropical fruits throughout. A big hop fueled experience, I really like the idea of buying the two beers and mixing it yourself. I tried it with a little more stout than IPA and I enjoyed it a lot. Kind of rounds it off nicely and gives it some decent balance to such a big beer, Cracking stuff
Stuu666 (1442) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh, mixed yin and yang together. Pours black, pine and smoked chocolate nose, taste has a lot of juicy pine, chocolate, toffee, smoke, quite bitter.
maxwelldeux (3466) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught mixed in a taproom. Pours a near black color with a moderate off-white head on there. Nose is only slightly roasty with a moderate amount of hoppiness in the form of grassy and floral notes. Taste is moderately bitter, with a nice amount of roasting. Feels very smooth. Really pleasant mixture.