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Yin and Yang! Black and Tan with IPA and Stout? Both At 10% ABV? Mikkeller and Evil Twin Beers

Posted by Enoteca Fine Wine & Beer Posted on Jul - 18 - 2012

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On to the main event!

What happens when you Black and Tan a 10% Imperial IPA and a 10% Imperial Stout, that were brewed and designed to be mixed? Time to find out!

Evil Twin Logo

It’s the north Idaho / eastern Washington debut of Evil Twin Brewing, the brainchild of Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergs, the Danish wonder-brewer, and brother of Mikkel Borg Bjergs, the driving force behind Denmark’s famed Mikkeller.

Our first two exclusive Evil Twin offerings are a very special release of two beers meant to be served as one. Yin & Yang (a 10% Imperial Stout and a 10% Imperial IPA) can be enjoyed separately, but were brewed to be blended together, half & half, to create a glorious imperial black & tan named Taiji.

Of course, what’s an Evil Twin without its other half?Evil Twin Yin

While we’re at it, the brother Mikkel has been up to some serious brewing, and we are also featuring his beers. Mikkeller is one of my personal all-time favorite beer brands. Every single beer from Mikkeller has been interesting and unique, and opened my palate to a new experience.  If you’re not already a fan of Mikkeller, you really need to pick up some of these beers and become acquainted.

These are all in stock now at Enoteca, click through to place an order online or come on in to buy your bottles.  This is not a complete list, but a good highlight to get you started.

Fine BeerEvil Twin Yin
(Brewdog, Fraserburgh, Scotland)

This is one half of a Black & Tan. Not just any Black & Tan, but one where a toasted smug and hoppy fella get together to make a sublime Taiji balance. Mix the Yin & Yang together (or enjoy this profoundly evil Imperial Stout solo).

10% ABV
RateBeer: 99, Beer Advocate: 88

Evil Twin YangOrder online here: [Member: $8.09 / Retail: $8.99 / Member Case Each: $7.64]

 

Fine BeerEvil Twin Yang
(Brewdog, Fraserburgh, Scotland)

This is one half of a Black & Tan. Not just any Black & Tan, but one where a toasted smug and hoppy fella get together to make a sublime Taiji balance. Mix the Yin & Yang together (or enjoy this profoundly evil Imperial Stout solo).

10% ABV
RateBeer: 99, Beer Advocate: 86

Order online here: [Member: $8.09 / Retail: $8.99 / Member Case Each: $7.64]

 

Evil Twin Freudian SlipFine BeerEvil Twin Freudian Slip Barleywine
(Westbrook Brewing, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina)

Did you also at some point in your life get seduced by promising words like ‘probably the best in the world’, ‘it works every time’ etc.? This American Barley Wine Ale says it how it is. It’s intense, attention seekingly hoppy, and definitely your kind of beer. A beer with a big ego, drive and a huge thirst for recognition.

This barleywine is seriously huge and intense!  It needs to age for a few years to smooth out, but if you know barleywines you know that by the time it’s ready to drink, it’s not for sale any more.  Pick up a handful of these to stash!

10.3% ABV
RateBeer: 97, Beer Advocate: 83

Order online here: [Member: $15.29 / Retail: $16.99 / Member Case Each: $14.44]

 

Evil Twin Even More JesusFine BeerEvil Twin Even More Jesus Imperial Stout
(Fanø Bryghus, Fanø, Denmark)

Few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and muscovado sugar, obviously only made in limited amounts and most crucial of all – it must taste rare!

12% ABV
RateBeer: 100, Beer Advocate: 88

Order online here: [Member: $13.49 / Retail: $14.99 / Member Case Each: $12.74]

What’s New From Mikkeller?

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Mikkeller Texas Ranger Chipotle PorterFine BeerMikkeller Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)
(De Proefbrouwerij, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Brewed with Chipotle chili peppers.

Pour jet black, fully opaque with a dark brown head. Some caramel notes with dark, sweet fruity smokey notes. On the palate look for subtle sweetness with a little roastiness. Subtle heat comes through in the finish from the Chipotle. As it fades, the hops and roast are left at the back of the tongue. Very pleasant chili beer, not an overpowering uber-chili experience. Just adds some dimensionality to the beer.

It’s kind of like having a Old Rasputin with a plate of nachos.

6.6% ABV
RateBeer: 100, Beer Advocate: 89

Order online here: [Member: $15.29 / Retail: $16.99 / Member Case Each: $14.44]

 

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel CognacFine BeerMikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Cognac Edition
(Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway)

The recipe for this beer is as simple as a child’s finger painting: you take one of the world’s highest rated beers – that’s the one called Brunch – and then you let it splash about in a totally fresh cognac barrel for three months. After that it’s a question of out of the barrel, into a bottle and off you go.

Enoteca also has in stock Beer Geek Breakfast, and the original, non-Cognac Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

10.9% ABV
RateBeer: 100, Beer Advocate: 88

Order online here: [Member: $14.39 / Retail: $15.99 / Member Case Each: $13.59]

Wondering why it’s called “Weasel”?  It’s an imperial oatmeal stout brewed with coffee. Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee.   What’s that last bit?  This imperial Oatmeal stout is brewed with one of the world’s most expensive coffees, made from droppings of weasel-like civetcats. The fussy Southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system help to break down the bean. Workers collect the bean-containing droppings for Civet or Weasel Coffee. The exceedingly rare Civet Coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma.

 

Mikkeller PorterFine BeerMikkeller Porter
(Amager Bryghus, Kastrup, Denmark)

The label is a drawing by Keith Shore.

Pours an opaque coffee brown with a massive, frothy tan head that laces the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, earth, nuts, dark fruits, and toasted sugar. Flavor of dark chocolate, fudge, wood, earth, tobacco, and nuts. Medium-bodied, with medium-high carbonation and a roasty, drying, bitter mouthfeel.

8% ABV
RateBeer: 99, Beer Advocate: 88

Order online here: [Member: $10.79 / Retail: $11.99 / Member Case Each: $10.19]

What else by Mikkeller?

There are TONS of other Mikkeller beers in stock at Enoteca.  Check out this link to get a list.  Take note of the stock status, it will either say “In Stock” or “Pre-Order”.

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