“Much has been said about the Danes. Like they seem reserved at first and are obsessed with bikes, food and ‘hygge’ – Danes are always on time, they appear liberal yet traditional and leave their babies outside in prams while they shop. We at Evil Twin Brewing teamed up with fellow Dane at Chocopologie and decided to set the story straight with a Chocolate Stout infused with smoked chestnuts and even more Denmark. The punctual aromas, comfortable taste and liberating body will make you feel like one of the happiest people on earth.”
You’ll find this on the side label of Even More Denmark, a chocolate stout brewed by Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin Brewing in South Carolina with the help of Chocopologie by House of Knipschildt chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt. Fritz brought his internationally known chocolate to the party that was used to brew the beer with and Jeppe took care of the rest. After production of the beer, Fritz created Even More Denmark infused truffles that you can purchase at Whole Foods Brooklyn.
Let’s check out what these two crazy Danes (certainly not crazier than Hamlet) did and get all Even More Denmark up in this bitch.
Beer: Even More Denmark
Style: Chocolate Stout
Color and appearance: pours out thick, with very little caramel colored foam settling on top. The color is slick black with little hues of dark brown peeking through.
Smell: alcohol (though not in the taste), slight hints of cocoa, toasted malts
Taste: the chocolate imparted a nice taste, but wasn’t overpowering at all which was nice. There were hints of fig and smoky caramel, making this an even richer drink. And, you could also taste that nice warm and toastiness coming from the toasted chestnuts. The beer itself definitely had some body to it and was a bit meaty. This was surprisingly lighter than we had expected, though, which made this quite the drinking beer. Plus, the way that Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø brewed it was perfect to us because you didn’t get the bitterness until the end…much like chocolate. Very well done.
Background: Evil Twin Brewing is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed brewer, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø. You can think of him as a rogue agent in the beer world. See, he thinks of an idea for beer, finds a brewery that he loves, sets up shop there for a bit, then produces that beer from start to finish. He did this recently at Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford, CT with a beautiful saison named Ryan and the Beaster Bunny.
As we mentioned before, this beer is a collaboration between both Jeppe and Fritz. The original plan was that this rare brew would be sold only at Whole Foods Brooklyn. Lucky for us, though, we found it awaiting us at the brand new swanky Whole Foods in Port Chester, NY. We did look for the Even More Denmark infused truffles, but they were not to be found…that will require a field trip to BK.
Pairing: we drank this bad boy with Christmas dinner and it was just the perfect pairing. This beer just cries out for rich, carby, and fatty foods. It was beautiful with a cherry stuffed pork loin and stuffing…those pairings just brought out the natural beauty of the beer and the food.
Thoughts: if you asked us to pick a beer that would be perfect for the colder months, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one. It’s beautifully balanced with chocolate and chestnut notes, has nice body, yet isn’t overpowering at all in terms of alcoholy taste. After drinking this on Christmas for an hour or so we felt all warm and fuzzy inside. That being said, this just might be your favorite new sipping beer…
If you can get your paws on this one, snag it. But, remember, it’s limited edition so check your local Whole Foods STAT.
Found at: Whole Foods Market in Port Chester, NY.
Ryan and the Beaster Bunny, Evil Twin Brewing @ Two Roads Brewing Co.
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