- ABV: 11.5%
- IBU: N/A
- Style: Imperial Stout
Eviltwin was founded by Danish beer nerd, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø back in 2010 after leaving his career as a school teacher. Twin brother with world-renowned brewer Mikkeller (hence the name Eviltwin), owner of Tørst bar in Brooklyn, NY, and Ølbutikken bottle shop in Copenhagen, which imports and distributes craft beer throughout Europe. That first year they only brewed test batches, but each year after that they started to brew a couple thousand barrels more with each year that came. They’re a nomadic brewery as of now, brewing at 10 different breweries around the world. In 2015, Eviltwin was rated by Ratebeer as the 7th best brewery. Its considered to be an elite brewery by Ratebeer, Beeradvocate, and Untappd. Eviltwin can be found in more than 35 countries around the world, and in 35 states just within the U.S. They can also be found at some of the top restaurants around the world, some even being 3-michelan starred, such as, Noma (which Jeppe brews a beer for exclusively), Eleven Madison Park, The Nomad, and Blanca just to name a few.
Eviltwin brews a number of variants of the Imperial Biscotti Break. The original being with coffee, almonds, and vanilla. Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break is exactly that…with the added coffee and vanilla. This beer pours with a monster head creating layers of lacing down to your final sip. Really dark, medium body that is low in carbonation. This is certainly a beer you taste before you sip. The nose has loads of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, almonds, baked bread, and hints of anise. Those flavors return with slight subtleties to them. The coffee aroma tastes more like a cup of coffee with 3 sugars, and the dark chocolate aroma tastes more like a sweet milk chocolate. There are also slight hints of hazelnut, however this isn’t your Ferrero-Rocher praline. Some of the earthiness and “zing” from the chili comes through in the backend. An ever so lightly “zing” tingles the back of your throat, while moderate bitterness leads into a lengthy finish.
This beer was executed perfectly. All the flavors are just right, and not overwhelming in the slightest. The 11.5% booze also goes undetected in this one, which is fantastic, but may also do some damage. Its most definitely a dessert beer…for me this beer came off as very sweet.
If you want to read more about Jeppe and his love for beer follow Munchies/Vice which he writes beer blogs for, or you can go to his bar, Tørst, in Brooklyn, NY and buy his book, “Food&Beer” which gives you recipes to cook, and will also talk about pairing beer with food. The tap line Jeppe has set up looks like a crazy spaceship breaker board, with outstanding draft and bottled beer options, and the food he serves is the most exceptional bar food I’ve ever had. Also keep an eye out in the coming months for Eviltwins first physical brewery which will be located in New York.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 pints!