Yin is the Imperial Stout half of a black and tan that pairs with its Yang, its Double IPA counterpart. Aromas are malty like coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, and charred barley. Hops add hints of orange over macerated dark fruits and licorice.
The palate delivers a creamy, chocolatey intro with heavily roasted grains. Hops create a bitter upswing in a blackberry-type flavor. Coffee soon stands out as the dominant characteristic while chocolate gets dark and dense like an 85% cacao bar. Malt roast reaches charred, smoky terrain over a full bodied flavor of burnt coffee. Sweetness begins to build from the middle like toffee, maple syrup, and a touch of vanilla. Hops land on the back-end with bitter oils that leave in a thick coating, followed by citrus rind, black licorice, and cherry. Alcohol isn’t much of a bother, but tastes more pronounced at the end where the other flavors fall back.
This is a big, dark, bitter double with a roasted character that reaches into some charred terrain. Hops pack a pretty decent punch of balance, too. Overall, it’s a bit of a sipper. The ten percent alcohol + the richness of the brew makes the $12 four-pack seem more reasonable. On the downside, the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired, where it comes off a little slick. The taste is a little run of the mill for a double stout, but I always appreciate a good mocha flavor. This is balanced, because it offers up loads of malt which match perfectly with hoppy bitterness. While It doesn’t stand out as a totally prolific example of the style, I’ve actually come to enjoy returning to Yin. I recommend it.