Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yin has been in my cellar a few years....
It’s pitch black with a nougat head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, licorice, fruits - and not very overwhelming. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, licorice, coffee, hints of dark chocolate, preserved fruits, and the finish is pleasant in a mellow yet feisty way!
JustDrinkIt (108) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 330ml bottle. Jet black with light caramel head. Great toffee and bitter chocolate on the nose. The flavor is more of the same, huge dark roast
Westmeister (1299) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had the Yang tonight. Wish I would have thought about doing the Black and Tan thing before hand, but this is most certainly the better of the two. Pours deep black with splashy mocha head. Smell is lot of coffee, sweet milk chocolate, mocha, caramel, creamy. Just nice. Taste however is just a bit of a let down. Immediately I get a metallic splash then the other flavors of cocoa and coffee follow. A bit of booze and dark roasted/slight char finishes out. Mild bitterness and a medium body. Pretty good.
ttroha (105) - Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Black beer with white head. Bitter, hoppy taste with hints of coffee. Aroma of hops and roasted coffee. Bitter aftertaste. Decent beer
Ernest (5879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (brewed at Two Roads, not BrewDog).
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted grain/nuts, dark chocolate / fudge, coffee), lightly hoppy (apricot, grapefruit), with notes of vanilla, blackberry/cassis.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, oily/watery texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
A very solid if somewhat plain rendition...rather straightforward aromatically (but pleasant...nice berry notes), and overall it plays things pretty safe, but that’s preferable to extremity. The ABV is certainly high, but it’s well hidden. Very sweet, as you might expect, but the finish is surprisingly balanced (the sugars slip away instead of goop-ify in your mouth) so it’s very drinkable. I don’t really crave these diabetes-in-a-bottle sorts of sugar-and-alcohol beers anymore, but for what it is it’s done well (and thankfully sold in small bottles).
callmemickey (1848) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown-black body, medium to thin khaki head, spotty lacing. Rich roast and coffee, light bittersweet chocolate, hookah tobacco in the finish. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, clean finish, well-masked ABV.
cstuartj (853) - Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, pours a dark obsidian black with a thin tan head. Very nice nose, roasted malts, coffee, ripe plum. taste is just as good, dark roast notes, dark sugars, thick viscous taste. long bitter finish. hella good!
Mowatson49 (4) - New York, USA - SEP 24, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I was looking for another stout and Lucas of Glenville beverage recommended this. What a great surprise. Has a bold taste and really should be imbibed just below room temp.
At 10% alc it is a great aperitif, and is perfect with a nice cigar. I firmly recommend it!
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DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate malt, earthy hop and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet roasted black sweet coffee and dark chocolate flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.
williamstome (641) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown pour with small brown head. Smoky, roasty aroma. smoky chocolate flavor. Great!