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.
Niall73 (1402) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at CBC Brixton. The result is still very dark. Sweet, plummy, prune, fig aroma. Full body, medium carbonation. Lots of dark fruit - prune, raisin, figs - rum, grass, lemon, grapefruit, treacle, wood, pine, some booze... Lovely.
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andriesradu (461) - ROMANIA - JUL 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mixed bottles 50:50. Pours reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor are dominated by the imperial stout but very well balanced by fruity notes in the aroma and the long biitterness in the flavor. Interesting
Mittenator (1249) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles mixed 50:50. Dark with a dark, beige head. Dark malt with the tropical fruits popping through. Great mix.
g_georgiou (166) - CYPRUS - JUL 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mixed from bottles. The darkness of the Yin overwhelms in the colour. Dark brown to almost black. Aroma is a combination of the two beers but the Yang stands out a bit more. You get the hops, citrus, grapefruit and the chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is sweet with a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste. I really like this.
tmoreau (2315) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a ruby highlighted, darkest brown color, with fairly persistent, bubbly tan head foam, and spots & streaks of clingy lacing. The nose was quite roasted, maybe a touch of dark fruit, bakerís chocolate, and some wood & char. The taste was similar notes as the aroma, with hop bitterness that was lingering & dry, fairly hidden alcohol, and a touch of malt sweetness that tickled the tongue. Bold enough, liked it.
greenclansman (742) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mixed from bottles, 50:50 @ Brewfellas.
Dark color with light hints inside. Smooth roasted aroma. At the beginning it has a weird taste, but as soon as it blends it gets very smooth and balanced. I think I prefer this mixture, than any of the two ones, single. Nice one...and boozy.
varanid99 (484) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mixed from bottles, 50:50. Black pour, thick light tan head. Roast, citrus, chocolate, coffee, quite an interesting mix. Taste is slightly bitter to begin with, citrusy, then as that fades the coffee, roasty flavours come through. Bitter at the end, a combination of both the hop bitterness and the roastiness. Would love a couple more bottles to mix the ratios up a bit. Like the combo slightly better than the parts, like the idea
CraftBeerNick (842) - 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 (89) - 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.