Evil Twin Freudian Slip - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 83 | FT: 10
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerbiatchMD on 02-05-2012

Did you also at some point in your life get seduced by promising words like ‘probably (not) the best in the world’, ‘it (doesn’t really) work every time’ etc. This American Barley Wine 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.
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Ratings: 412 | Reviews: 79
Reviews by Jsenay:
Photo of Jsenay
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a tulip

A - Deep amber brown. Nice carbonation with the lacing disappearing quickly.

S - Molasses up front. Toffee, raisins, caramel. Some floral, piney and resinous notes coming from the hops.

T - Strong, really strong. Definitely feel the warming alcohol right away. There are rich toffee notes with some dark plum flavors and a heavy piney bitterness. Sports a big carbonation kick which is nice due to the fact it would overbearingly coat your palate with the heavy resinous oils.

M - Carbonation really does a great job here scrubbing the palate. Slightly syrupy and resiny. Thick finish with a long lingering bitterness that leaves the mouth dry.

O - A nice barley wine. It's ridiculously strong and warming.
Great for sipping on a cold evening. I had to end my tastings for the day here but, sometimes that's a good thing. Will definitely seek out again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant dark amber to brown producing a quickly dissipating ½” light tan foam collar that produces thin sheets of lace. Some legs.
S: Sherry and dark dried fruit.
T: A big malty fruit beginning seasoned with licorice or anise, culminating with a big hop emphasis.
F: Big, chewy, medium low carbonation.
O: A surprisingly well balanced beer for being so big.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter; ruddy chestnut in color, translucent in light. Minimal off-white head that fades after a few moments into a thin ring of tiny foam and some spotty lacing.
Smells of sweet bready malt and candied fruit, booze.
Taste is very sweet, I'm glad I have some 3 year cheddar here to cut it between sips. The sweetness fades into some boozy bread flavors, finishing off with some piney hops.
Mouthfeel is medium-thick and slick.
Overall, this barleywine is a bit one-dimensional but it's drinkable and relatively tasty.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured out a ruddy brown color with small off white head approaching beige.

Alcohol the most noticeable aroma, a cigarette ashtray comes across as well.

Ooof, tons of alcohol noticeable on the palate. It really is the dominant aspect of the beer.
A little bit of a thicker, more syrupy mouthfeel, but it still isn't getting me to a point where I like much of this beer. Alcohol dominates any hops or malt flavors. Caramel, raisins, prunes, rubbing alcohol. Pretty bitter, but can't discern if that is from the hops or something else.

Thanks to Reno Dave for bringing this bottle to the Reno bottleshare. No thanks to Dave Hurley of the El Dorado casino (sports bar suit guy) for renigging on their word allowing our bottle share so they could purportedly keep the BMC distributor happy.

This one is a pass for me, glad I got to try it without buying. Would not recommend.

Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color is a brown-red with a violet hue in the light and holding a moderate translucency with some brightness to it. The head is a lightly brown-tinted one, perhaps khaki, that settles at about 3/4 finger and holds well while putting down good, thick lacing.
There are lots of malts and alcohol in here with big sweetness and fruity esters, but also a lot of hops bitterness imparting a big bite of pine and wood. Orange peel and zest, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee make for a strongly sweet overtone, while the hops bitterness runs about even. A lot of pith develops up front into the middle and stays, easing down as it sits and warms. During the session, the fusel heat builds up pretty strongly, just a bit much as it goes. Given time, it does tone down a lot to let the character really come out.
It's continually crisp and gets smoother as it goes even with the alcoholic sting. There's quite a bit of dryness that shows. The body leans toward full without ever quite leaving medium range, and it keeps a certain depth all the way through.

Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - this must be Batch 3, then, unless they made one that came in a 500ml serving size.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with one flabby finger of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves a low band of drifting snowbank lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of sweet caramel malt, hard toffee, sharp grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus rind, dark, berry-like orchard fruit, musty pine needles, and a simmering alcohol astringency. The taste is rather bitter pine resin, serrated leaf and stripped-down citrus oils, a backed-off grainy, bready caramel malt backbone, an acrid berry fruitiness, and further earthy, floral, and well-perfumed hops.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, but still adequately supportive in its low-fi fizziness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and not particularly smooth, the twin blast of bitterness and booze kiboshing that. It finishes off-dry, the malt and various fruit incarnations putting up the good fight, but in an eventual losing cause.

Not a lot of typical barleywine characteristics floating around this one, even for the American style, as this is all about the bitter and acrid - the musty and malty, very much less so. Interesting to try, and ultimately not that difficult to drink for the hop-inclined, after a short acclimatization period, that is. This wants recognition - I just don't know how or what to recognize it as.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't generally like barleywines but this one is worth getting- well balanced malt sweetness with a little dryness from the hops. Surprisingly not cloying as most barleywines are. There's some dark fruit in there but nothing overwhelming. Just a nice warming beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/12/14

Pours an effervescent orange with a finger of cream colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: A little bit of breadyness. leafy hops as this warms & orange peels & faint boozey notes

T: Breadyness, dryness, plumyness & a bit of toffee up front & touch of tangerine. Toffee & woody hops as this warms, a bit of pineapple as well. Finishes with pineapple, passion fruit, leafy, woody, & herbal hops & dry

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good balance

A decent barley wine, seems as much an English Barley Wine as an American... Good, but too expensive to buy again...

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a murky yellowish brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, caramel, caramel hop, wood, and subtle vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, wood, alcohol, dark chocolate, and caramel hop. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this a fairly good brew. I really hate to say it, but this one was a little too boozy on the flavor for my liking. There were lots of things going in this one, but the booze just stole the show. Really unfortunate that was the case. Still not bad, but I doubt I could drink a full 750 mL bottle myself.

Photo of jellikit
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
Appearance: autumn orange. Deep copper. Medium-thick, light tan head.
Smell: caramel.
Taste: juicy fruit and caramel and dark caramel and alcohol. The alcohol is mellowed by the sweet caramel flavors.
Mouthfeel: medium, low carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall: excellent. What a barley wine should be.

Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 03/12/14. Sampled on May 18, 2014. This is the one brewed in Connecticut.

The pour is an attractive dark amber with ruby red highlights glistening around the edge of the glass all under a cream-colored delicate head.

In the aroma the main thing I get at first is a complex dark fruit character akin to plum or prune but the barley malts are not that far behind. Also I pick up a little black licorice and no booze bite.

The body is bold and smooth.

Those vibrant fruit notes are also in the taste but the malts carry themselves forward as well. Still no boozy taste but the hop bitterness at the end is pungent and lingering. Not something I got on the nose but a satisfying conclusion.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours dark copper with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows caramel, bready malt, golden syrup, figs, prunes and some spicy hops.
Flavours include golden syrup, booze and sultanas. A little harsh, and somewhat overly sweet.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, label says best before 2015. I've had this bottle a while so I know it's not exactly fresh. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky garnet/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The brew smells like toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruit. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some caramel, earthiness, pine and dark bread. Nice mix of sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit syrupy and sticky with moderate carbonation. I thought this brew was good, it's worth a try. $11.99 a bottle.

Photo of scream
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit more alcoholic tasting than I would have preferred. Bought as a sgl bottle at a price I do not recall although I believe it was more than I would normally pay. There are better examples of the style out there.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$7.50 for 10oz, served in a tulip
Sampled 28AUG12

[A] Served a dark burgundy brown color with a finger high sandstone colored cap. Creamy texture. Well retained and while receding, a complete wall of thick foam coats the glass. When backlit, the body glows a russet-orange hue. Semi opaque. Well-above average lacing.

[S] Ripe with dates, rich with caramelized figs. Honey, heavily rendered caramel, brown sugar and butterscotch.

[T] The same dark fruit characteristic mentioned above are everlasting on the palate. The flavor finishes with a more earthy, tobacco-laden, tea leaf-life quality.

[M] The body is full, thick, chewy and everything a 10.3% barleywine should be. Carbonation is a bit above average for the style, showing its strength on the latter half of the sip. This promotes a relatively clean finish, although a sticky resinous coating remains.

[O] I'm surprised to see that this beer is a collaboration with Westbrook. But stoked! Not being the biggest Evil Twin fan, I ordered this on the strength of Westbrook's name alone. Overall, I was impressed but not blown away.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark reddish brown amber with a nice one finger tan head that had good retention and tons of lacing. Looks good. Aroma of caramel malt and light citrus and pine hops. Flavor has sweet malt and dark fruit to start, slowly changing to a malty, nicely hopped finish and a lingering, slightly boozy pine and citrus hop aftertaste. Moderately complex and a very nice flavor progression. Medium to heavy bodied with moderate creaminess. The high ABV and hops make a bit of an astringent finish, but overall I enjoyed this well made American style barleywine. If I can find a reasonably priced second bottle, I would age one for a few years to calm the booziness.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: copper, amber. Clear. Nice swath of reddish head
Smell: pleasant enough though not very rich. Some grapefruit. Malty base.
Taste: much like the nose. Pleasant enough though not a lot happening. Grapefruit and malt, a slightly bitter finish.
Overall: to sum up a good, not great American barley.

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass.

A- Pours a super murky brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Somewhat resilient lacing with a trail of spots.

S- Huge caramel aroma with some hops and alcohol in the back. Raisin, fig and grass notes. There's also some pungent, earthy funk.

T- Astringent booze and bitterness at first. Upon second sip, more complexity is derived with an increase of the caramel/brown sugar sweetness fighting its way through the hops and alcohol. Still, it's very bitter in a deep, earthy way. As the two ends of the scale vie for position, I begin wondering if I should have let this bottle go a while longer...although some interesting rum-like characteristics come out of the beer as it warms.

M- Very sharp, bitey and dry from the hops and booze sting. Medium combination and a thick, sticky body. My least favorite part of the beer.

O- Decent, but not really worth a second go. Way too hot and two-dimensional.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Street, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin beige head that consistently covered the surface and left thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts and toffee in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel and toffee. A light amount of bitterness is present, which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: This is a good sipping beer for a cold winter night.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 01/20/2014 so this bottle has been aged over a year now. Gifted to me from a friend.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a ruddy murky caramel colored body; dark in the glass with a bit of chunky yeast floaties visible. About a finger of tan head that falls to a ring. Leaves lots of good scattered sticky lacing. Looks good.

S - The aroma comes off with initial must, oak, & wood. Chalky cocoa, caramel, & toffee notes are mixed in with some perceptible alcohol fumes. Any noticeable or identifiable hop content has been ruled out by the malts.

T - The taste still retains a bit of hot nail polish remover alcohol fumes. Notes of chocolate, raisins, figs, caramel, toffee, cocoa, & booze present themselves. Subdued tea leafy hops have faded to the caramel malts. Not bad, but something isn't doing it for me. Slightly medicinal and boozy, despite being aged over a year.

M - The feel is fairly smooth, thick & full-bodied with moderate alcohol warmth and low moderate carb. Definitely a sipper. Not quenching or easy-drinking, but that is to style.

Overall, probably not something I would seek out again. I would perhaps try it again fresher, but I can't see that helping the booze content in this beast.

Evil Twin Freudian Slip -----3.5/5

Photo of Boccu
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice rich Amber with a light head. Very good barely wine. Not overpowering. Not as complex as would've like from evil twin. Which is one of my favorite Brewers.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at churchkey. Poured into snifter. Honey amber...no head but really nice sticky lacing.
Smells of syrup and sweet honey malts. A bit of brown sugar malts.
Taste is of sweet but bitter malts. Sugary honey backbone with amber tendancies. Very boozey but balances nice with the malts.
Very nice, drinkable, and full of sweet flavor. Nice brew to call it a night.

Photo of oline73
2.19/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a red/dark amber color with a layer of off white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malt sweetness with some fruit and berry notes along with a boozy bitterness.

Taste: Oh no! This isn't very good at all. Berries with a strong bitterness. Some malt and some booze. This one is a bit of a mess.

Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with foamy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This wasn't a very good barleywine at all. I wouldn't want to have another.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Evil Twin's Freudian Slip a few months ago for $11.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to get to this one for a while and since I'm in the mood for a Barleywine tonight I thought I would give it a try, so lets see how it goes. This is my first beer from Evil Twin, I don't know anything about them other then the fact that he's a gypsy brewer and this was brewed at Westbrook Brewing Company in South Carolina. It had a best before date of 2015, i'm pretty sure this is batch one since it's in a 24oz bottle. Poured from a brown 24oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's pretty simple, but the font is nice and the color is a little eye catching, I also like the name. It poured a very murky darker brown color that took on a reddish brown color when held to the light with three fingers worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, the color was a little murky but the head and lacing were really nice especially for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a very high amount of sweetness that has a brown sugar and candied sugar like aroma followed by some noticeable spicy and earthy hops. Up next comes the malts which impart a sweet malts, caramel, toffee, dark bread and slight cereal like aroma with some a very light roasted aroma in the background. I also get a medium dark fruit aroma with no one fruit seeming to stick out. The aroma was nice and it had a fair amount of complexity, but the sweetness was a little too overpowering.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of high sweetness that took on a brown sugar and molasses like flavor followed by some hops which impart an earthy, spicy, and light citrus flavors. Up next comes the malts which impart some sweet malts, caramel, toffee, brown bread and slight grainy flavors with some dark fruits showing up towards the end with no single fruit sticking out the most. On the finish there's some noticeable alcohol that is slightly warming with a light a amount of medium bitterness with lots of sweetness taking it's place with a sweet malt and dark fruit like aftertaste. This was just ok tasting, most of the flavors were nice, but the sweetness was too overpowering and the alcohol could have been hidden a little better.

M- Not that smooth, cloying, slightly boozy alcohol, sticky, very rich, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, I thought it was just too sticky and cloying.

Overall I thought this wasn't really a noteworthy beer and I thought it was a very average Barleywine, there were some aspects I enjoyed but I thought the sweetness was out of hand and that really showed up in the aroma, taste and even the mouthfeel and the warmer it got the more boozy it got. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth, it was cloying, the alcohol could have been hidden better and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, splitting this bottle with someone is enough for me, I wouldn't want to drink a whole bottle, it's way too sweet and cloying for me to have more than half a bottle. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma they were both nice with the head and lacing looking pretty good for a 10% Barleywine. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they weren't that good and they were the downfall of this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I wasn't that into it and it was way overpriced, I bought two of these so the other one is going to set in the cellar for a while and hopefully it improves a little, I wouldn't recommend it, it's not a great example of a Barleywine. All in all I wasn't a fan of this beer, it doesn't have all the quality's that I look for in the style and the sweetness was just too out of hand and combined with the other flaws it made this beer pretty rough around the edges. This wasn't a good first impression for Evil Twin, I still have interest in them, but I'll for sure think twice before a I drop over $10 on a bottle, better luck next time, this one just wasn't for me. 2014 Edit So I aged a bottle from this same batch and it aged very nicely, the hops died down and it let more of those great malt flavors come through. I liked this one more aged and I'm going to bump up the score from my original 3.11

Photo of mntlover
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy murky brownish orange color, rich looking. Head is small side beige falls to ringed scum some spotty lace.

Aroma is big barley wine, lots of caramel malts, over ripe fruits. Hops are floral and ripe citrus fruits.

Taste is like the nose lots of caramel malts, sweet free floating sugars ripe fruits. Hops are there to balance the sweetness but not over whelming. Just checked the bottle date this is 15 months old, so can explain the hops not being over powered.

Mouthfeel is nice and big with medium level of carbonation.

Overall very enjoyable, like a aged Bigfoot. Can't tell how it tastes fresh but its damn good with a year plus on it.

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Evil Twin Freudian Slip from Evil Twin Brewing
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