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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Yin Imperial Taiji Stout

Yin is an Imperial Stout by the Evil Twin Brewing Company, a gypsy brewery. This beer is meant to be one half of a black and tan with their other beer Yang, an Imperial IPA. They also brand the beer "Taiji", which relates to the Yin-Yang/Black and Tan balance.

I bought it at Pangaea Beers bottle shop, its has an ABV of 10%.

As a gypsy brewery, Evil Twin uses other breweries equipment o make beer. This one and its series were brewed with BrewDog of Scotland. BrewDog and done quite a few collaborations with other established breweries.

The aroma has whiffs of chocolate, roasted malts, and hints of what seem to be "Brett", but that flavor doesn't appear anywhere else. The flavor is complex and transforms with every swig. Sometimes I taste the big 10% ABV, others the chocolate and roasted malts, and sometimes an assertive flavor as though I was eating the roasted barley directly. Even the roasted malts have a complex layer of flavors ranging sweet chocolate to bitter roasted. The mouthfeel is thick, but not too heavy or stick and satisfying. The body is heavy, but doesn't fill you up.

Overall, this is an amazing Imperial Stout. It came in a small bottle and I've been trying to savor it. Very rich, flavorful and thoroughly enjoyable. . Definitely a Must Have It.

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