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.
rumproasts (3434) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. rather thick black with one finger head. huge beer with huge flavors. strong chocolate/coffee malt base, doesnít seem any less malty than a full on stout. huge hops with citrus quite a bit of bitterness. moderate booze, ass kicker of a beer.
Lizardking3 (152) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black. Coffee, chocolates and citrus hops. Mouth feel is creamy and taste is roasted coffee, cocoa and hops. Unique
luttonm (2545) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle in Seattle. Rich brown pour. Pretty much what you would expect with a nice blend of heavy stout and imperial IPA. Plenty of heavy malt and roasty alcohol, but also balanced with nice rich hops. A bit chalky overall, with bitter chocolate. Nose is fairly fresh. Works as a Black IPA or as a nice Black and Tan. But still not quite my ideal.
Cybercat (3571) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours rich, warm sable with a thick and rather persistent tan head. Couldnít look better! Aroma has chocolate, roast coffee, hoppy, and nutty notes. Flavor has the same notes but more of coffee and hops, plus roast malt and a hint of caramel. Hoppy bitterness provides a nice undertone. Firm, smooth texture has some good fizz. A splendid marriage of IPA and stout, to bring balance to your life. And beer.
Jow (2321) - New York, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Deep brown beer with lovely beige small head. Nose is cocoa and malt. Tastes of chocolate, licorice, roasted malt, some citrus pine, molasses. Smooth and hoppy. Fine blend the stout comes through in lovely way.
teorn88 (3266) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog rating. Tap at CBC Brixton, London. It pours a dark brown color, with a small beige head. Aroma is roasty, sweet, chocolatey, with grapefruit and mango. Taste is medium sweet with caramel toffee coffe caramel mango grapefruit dark chocolate vanilla and lactose. Full bodied with lively carbonation. overall, really tasty
c_lee_burton (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aromas of roasted malts and subtle hops. Pours a dark opaque brown. Thereís a nice balance of coffee roasts, hops, and some grapefruit. The mix of stout with the hoppy IPA makes this easy to drink at 10% ABV. Very enjoyable taste. Dry hoppy finish that pleasantly lingers.
tectactoe (2508) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: One-third stout & one-third IPA. Pitch black, just a small sliver of dark ruby at the very top, underneath the lathery, foamy tawny cap. Nice sheet of lacing as it recedes. Aroma favors the stout. Heavy roasted malt, charred cacao, & a hint of coffee bean. A touch of smokiness, too. There are some underlying notes of ashy hop leaves, pine, & faint citrus peel. Flavor definitely incorporates more of the IPA. Actually kind of tastes like a black IPA. Lots of pine, herbal leaves, bitter citrus rind, & moderate floral notes over a backbone of heavily roasted malt, charcoal, bitter cocoa beans, & mild smoke. Finishes with a kiss of bitter dark malts, grapefruit pith, ash, & a hint of saltiness. Alcohol becomes slightly noticeable with warmth. The pine flavor grows, too. Overall, though, much better than expected. Like a souped up, heavy-ass black IPA.
hallinghansen (2120) - Odense S, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle brought home from NYC. Black body with a medium light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, hops, some tropical fruits in the background. Flavour is dark chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malt, hops, again some fruit in the background. Wow this is delicious. Thanks for another great brew Jeppe.
TomTron (408) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
400th review and my first Evil Twin. Coffee black pour with a tan head that didnít last long. Earthy hop aromas and some burnt malts. Mellow drinker for the high alcohol and the unique style. Slight smokiness, resin, coffee, and some TLC. Not bad, and if it can be completely considered a Black IPA, then it is one of my favorites.