Tonight I give a review of not one beer but two. Why two, because they were meant to be to be together. Tonight is Evil Twin Yin and Yang from Evil Twin Brewing. One is an imperial stout, the other is an imperial IPA. I bought these on a whim for the novelty and that was all. I have had the classic black and tan with Guiness and Harp and although it is not bad, it is still just a novelty.
I have tried to make other black and tans (or whites) from carbonated beers and they just never seem to work: I swear that you need the stout to be nitrogenized for the separation to work and as both Yin and Yang were carbonated I was left with a more transparent stout in the end. Failure there and not just on my part as I tried my best and when I fail at a Guiness/Harp pint, like missing the ball in tee ball, the result is still a gradient rather than a mixture. Eh, I’ll let that go I guess.
Before I tried the two brews on there own, I had the mixture and I must say that it worked really well. Both are 10%, strong like a gorilla, bold like a bear that misplaced its cubs and palatable like something from the French Laundry. When mixed the campfire smoke, hops, malt and weight have a perfect storm that would make George Clooney wish he had picked a different boat. It was damn good, something I would really recommend.
First I had the Yin on it’s own. Good, yes, as a strong stout it better be flavorful and assault my tongue like an artillery of smoke infused malt. It did that well. It also gave me some heartburn but that may happen after a pint of blackish-tan following a 12-hour work shift. Yin will not go down as my favorite, or even top five stouts but it is damn tasty.
Yang on the other hand was wicked good. It might be that as the weather gets warmer, I avoid stouts and prefer beer that I can see through but I really liked this IPA. It might also be that it was not a west coast style IPA (witch are the bee’s knees to me) but was not overpowered by the hoppy-dandelion bitterness that east of the Rockies breweries use so often and was really well rounded: good malt and the hops shared the spotlight.
I will rate these beers Paul Rudd’s beard. Eh, what else could I choose, he is awesome and so is the combination of these beers.
If you want to find these, my boys have them in 4-packs which are kind of expensive but they have been know to break them down into singles.