redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Strong licorice aroma with sharp roasted aromas as well. Pours black with a thin tan head. Strong bitter dark chocolate upfront with licorice and anise notes, the roasted malts are intense, slightly astringent. Not bad but the body is a bit thin.
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap@Schouskjelleren. Black with a small brown creamy lumpy head. A large amount of fresh ground espresso on the nose, along with a good deal of chocolate, a bit of acidic burnt malts, perhaps some caramel, and some fruity/berrylike notes. Just a hint of alcohol as it warms to room temperature. The flavour is, as expected, packed with coffee, and along with the burnt malts, it gives this ale quite a bit of bitterness. This is nicely balanced by a healthy dose of sweet chocolate. Semidry finish. It’s fairly thick bodied, with soft but generous carbonation. Coats the mouth pretty well. All in all, this is nothing new or exciting, but it’s damn well made. Great balance, tons of flavour, and nothing fans of imp stouts wouldn’t love.
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clean burnt dark copper and sits black underneath one finger of tan head. Nose shows bitter chocolate and acidic bitter grain with notes of sweet coffee and citrusy hops. Acidic and bitter chocolate, burnt grain and coffee grounds, and a mild underlying sweetness. Dry palate with a lasting bitterness.
Miksu (4731) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Black color. Thick aromas of coffee, chocolate, raisins and licorice. Bittersweet and roasty flavor with coffee, raisins, chocolate and warming alcohol. Some medicinal notes also. Long bitter and raisiny finish, very bitter in fact. Full body. Nice dessert.
Jaksmart (357) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ CBF. Pours almost pitch black, small brownish tanned head. Aroma has coffee, liquorice, roast, a bit rough with some peated stuff as well. Taste has plenty of bitter liquorice and more coffee. The texture is dry and it also has some dried fruits somewhere in there. Burnt caramel as well.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is pitch black with a bigger head than I would expect with a frothy tan head that shows great lacing.
Aroma is heavy on roasted espresso with maybe a hint of smoke as well. It’s got some cocoa powder and licorice sweetness though there is also some bitter green hops in the nose. Not a lot of hops but they’re noticeable to me.
The taste has an initial hop kick but that’s swept away by the burnt malt and spent espresso beans, which are the dominant aspects of the taste. The finish is smoky and bitter with some bakers chocolate sweetness.
The mouthfeel is extremely smooth with strong carbonation.
This is a seriously roasted coffee-heavy stout that I enjoyed but it’s still a tad abrasive to be a great stout. That said, both the Yin and Yang are solid brews.
gvmdw7 (180) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smelled like burnt coffee and mildly of black licorice. The immediate tastes were coffee and chocolate, but that was subdued by the bitterness that took over at the end. My mouth thought it was going to be sweet, but then the bitterness punched me in the face.
mile (2444) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown – almost black, small to average and fully diminishing dark brown head. Moderate to full, malty and sweetish aroma, roasted malt with lots of coffee, some licorice and faint hoppyness. Body is medium to full, sweetish and malty flavor, roasted malt with lots of coffee, some licorice and hoppyness Finish is average to long, lightly sweetish with roasted malt and coffee, some hoppyness. IS with lots of coffee and roasted malt – too much coffee for me, not so sweet though.
Sigmund (4503) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10%. Pitch black colour, impenetrable for light. Moderate brown head. Strong roasty aroma, coffee, liquorice and leather, very good. Very roasty flavour, notes of strong coffee and plenty of liquorice, slightly salty finish. Dark chocolate in the aftertaste. The bitterness is not extreme - but that will change if Yin is mixed with double IPA Yang, as recommended.
italianjohn (2149) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour tan head ... hardly any aroma some chocolatey cocoa and smokey roasted coffee malts .... taste is little smokey, roasted coffee malts and chocolatey cocoa with a bitter finish no trace of alcohol well put together