ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
androman (975) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12fl oz bottle at home from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Body is black, head is small, brownish, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Nose is bonbon, flavor is cocoa, truffle, coffee, mocha, dark fruits, spices. Light sweet, heavy roasty bitter. Finish is long lasting roasty and hoppy extra heavy bitter, tons of dark chocolate, quinine, light alcohol warmth. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Quite heavy due to bitterness, very tasty, excellent dessert beer.
BlazerT (280) - POLAND - AUG 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Teku. Deep blacj with light brown, densed head. Medicore lacing and head retention. Aroem is like dissolved roasted malts - some light coffee, dark chocolate and some dark fruits - plums. In teh background some citrus and floral hops aromas. Taste is high bitter with some strong acidic coffee accents. Medium to full body, medium to lively carbonation, oily texture, finish is high bitter and semi-dry. Definetely for bitterness lovers - nice combination.
John25 (1136) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Almost black. The aroma is sweet roasted malt with sticky pine and herbal/fruity hops. The taste follows and adds a bitter, sweet, and boozy finish. A very interesting and nicely done concept. All the different stout and ipa characteristics are individually noticeable but, the beer is balanced overall. --- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
crossovert (9521) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
355ml bottle. Blown away by the scores here. This is okay, certainly not a black ipa, really just a strong stout with i guess some hoppiness in there.
kryon (1930) - SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mix of Yin and Yang
Pours dark dark brown with low off white head
Aromas of dark bread, dark fruits, roasted malts, , coffee powder
Taste has nice notes of ash, dark bread, tropical fruits, roasted malts
Medium sweet, bitter, carbonation and body
mateuszk (1021) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Almost black, bit transparent with creamy head. Aroma of floral and tropical fruits with roastiness. In taste sweet, hoppy, lightly roasty. Full bodied, smooth. Nice.
jdjuice (457) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JUL 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is more dominated by floral, herbal hops, with slight molasses aromas from Yin. Flavors are really interesting, oscillating back and forth between the lighter and darker flavors of Yin and Yang, but linked together by a pervading bitterness. Really good.
ChtiBreizh (183) - Rennes, FRANCE - JUL 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark but rather transparent, with a tan medium creamy head. Hoppy, roasted, bitter orange aromas. On palate dry and bitter roasted, some orange peel, malty bready. Finish is very sweet, with a sour red fruit-prune taste, and lightly boozy. A bit awkward.
MonsterMagnet (630) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours black with a beige head. Aroma: roast, tropical fruit, liquorice. Taste: liquorice, pine, tropical fruit, chocolate, orange, spices. Medium sweet, medium to high bitter, creamy texture, medium body, lively carbonation.
Scotty001 (355) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured deep dark brown, frothy beige head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and toffee, quite muted. Medium to full body, flavour as the aroma, sweet and dry, moderately bitter.