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Evil Twin Freudian Slip - Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Freudian SlipEvil Twin Freudian Slip

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very good

85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 451
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 25.13%
Wants: 18
Gots: 99 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby red hues and a tan froth that dissipates quickly. Notes of pine, cherry, dark plum, and taffy rise slowly from the tulip. A bold and complex palate is led by plenty of pine, gum, syrup and sugar. Finishes off with brown bread, herbal hops and a slightly lingering medicine aftertaste. Firm in body and strong enough to get the buzz going quickly, but never colors outside the lines its created.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep amber, almost copper, beautiful color, with a very mild white foam head. Aroma is malty and sweet, no hops. Taste is strong, malty, very alcoholic. Creamy body with low carbonation. It´s a great beer that would round better if cellared for a year I think.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark, plum brown with a medium foamy head. huge chunky horror-film levels of sediment here. nose; earthy musk, toffee, oak & sweet booze. taste; piney hops play a slightly backing role here to the big sweet malts, boozy caramel, toffee, bready yeast and dark fruit (plum & raisin). this is listed as a barleywine, but almost tastes like a dubbel hybrid that is sweet, but not too much so. a gigantic, boozy carnival treat of a barleywine.

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Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a reddish amber color with a thin layer of cream colored head

S-caramel malt, sticky toffee, raisins, and dark fruits

T-caramel malt backbone and dark fruit sweetness which leads to pine hops bitterness. Flavors improve as the beer warms and flavors mold together better.

M-medium sticky body, light to moderate carbonation

Overall beer starts out a little harsh but comes together more as the beer warms, good sipping beer

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy dark straw body.
The aroma is a complex mixture of ripe dark fruits, hay, burnt caramel and lemon.
The taste is strong bitterness upfront, then nice fruit sweet middle and finish with bitter and alcohol heat. Good.
The texture is medium
It's really good.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A little disappointing honestly... It just lacked... Something..... Very very sweet and boozy and not necessarily in a pleasant way... Not much in the way of hops... Sweet boozy and malty... It tastes ok.. But not quite up to the big boys in this category... I wanted to like this one and did somewhat but with other offerings easily available, probably wouldn't pull the trigger on this one again..

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into snifter glass.
A: pours a dark ruby orange brown, 1 finger foam head, slight stringy lacing
S: oak, boozy, raisin, dark fruit, vanilla
M: medium body with slight watery slick texture
T: malt, Belgian candy sugar, yeast, some fruity esters,
O: interesting brew with good flavor

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Photo of justinp444
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark semi-hazy amber with a 2 inch thick off-white two tone head. Smell of citrus, grapefruit, sweet malt, dried fruit, and some grass. Taste is very double IPA like, lots of citrus, orange, grapefruit, some sweeter dried fruit, plum, raisin, grape, pine, grass, tiny hint of earth, and caramel-y sweet malt. Slightly dry, mostly sweet, and a good amount of carbonation. It has a big full mouth feel with a moderate body. A nice hop forward barley wine.

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Photo of UncleEmu
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Evil Twin Freudian Slip Barleywine
serving type: goblet, tap at California Craft Beer in Fremont, CA (Dec 2014)

A: Crimson tinged brown, lots of deep, dark red

S: Oatmeal, ripe red grapes, alcohol sharpness, some sweetness

T: Grapes, hops, and alcohol show up first. Anise/black licorice follow. As the beer warms, the sweet malts really come out. A bit too sweet really.

M: Oily, thick, and heavy

O: There are some strong and distinct flavors, but it's a bit too sweet and not compelling enough.

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Photo of mntlover
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a year old so I'm sure some of the hops have faded some, this seems possibly especially so in the aroma where it is malt dominant with strips of alcohol.
Smallish darker white head settles mostly to a ring. Quite clear and a pretty amber with brown/gold/orange.
BIg and bold, of course with a nice intensity to the bittering that lingers quite nicely and for a good long while. Toffee, but not sweet in any way. The pale malt and alcohol blend nicely. A bit of perfume but not too much. The flavor builds in intensity through the drink with the bittering and full malt lingering on the side of the tongue for seemingly ever. The start is much more shallow and pleasant before the boldness kicks in and overtakes.
Nice feel, but not particularly big, just real nice.
This is solid. While it resembles Bigfoot, there are differences. I'd say a little less sweet/rich and some subtle differences to the hops flavors, but not having one side by side I''m going more from memory.
Thanks Drevis.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a little sour, a little more hoppy. nice carbonation.
a good barleywine ale that taste and feels like a more bitter scottish ale.
I like, and may continue more into barleywines after this one.
keeps me curious about beer.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a hazy dark burnt / rustic orange with a nice offwhite head. good retention.

S: malty sweetness, slight dark fruits, with some lighter fruit (pears, grapes). orange citrus

T: malt sweetness, orange citrus, resinous pine. warming alcohol burn on the finish.

M: thick with appropriate carbonation.

O: good beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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

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Photo of mattcrill
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, opaque, and amber pour with a low off white head. Head retention is fair. Danger: floatie alert. Not appealing.

Aroma: Caramel malt notes up front. Moderate dark fruit esters like plum, fig, and raisins that billow out of the glass.

Flavor: More caramel flavors up front with a firm and earthy American bitterness that quickly follows. Balance is to the hoppy firm bitterness. The finish is bitter and dry. The aftertaste lingers with peppery alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Definite alcohol warming. No creaminess or astringency noted.

Overall impression: A big and boozy American Barleywine. I could have used some filtering or lagering to get rid of the floaties. Also, some age could have relieved some of the ETOH "hotness". I decent shot but for the price, I'll stick to the American standards (i.e. Bigfoot).

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours an amber-brown color, lighter mahogony, glistens when held to light and fairly transparent. Half finger thick off white head, soapy and bubbly. Excellent display of lacing on glass.
Aroma- Decadent and sugary dark winter fruits, rich fruitcake, toasted caramel and toffee. Some sherry notes poke through, tinge of hop bitterness, slight alcohol.
Taste- Huge sugary sweetness, some sweet fruitiness as well. Raisins, sugar plums, dates, brighter berries/cherries. Bitterness takes over on back end, piney hops, slight citrus, dry port like finish.
Feel- Medium mouthfeel, very sticky and sweet. Dry on the finish with a lower amount of carbonation.
Overall- Even with a year age the hops are still very noticeable. Tale of two beers, up front there is a huge sweetness, fruitiness, but midway through the beer transitions into a hop bitterness and dry, oaky, port like finish. Rather enjoyable to see the beer transform like that with every sip, a unique type of balance in that there are two extemes going on. Enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 03/12/14. Pours a murky medium brown with virtually no head. Almost no lacing. The aroma is boozey with some caramel, dark fruits, bread and a hint of citrus. The taste is caramel and wheat bread with some raisins, plums, and orange peel. Boozey with a noticeable alcohol presence, of course. Still I'm surprised the ABV isn't higher. Woody and boozey finish. Heavy mouthfeel. Overall, solid choice I'd grab again.

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Photo of Boccu
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has firm woody and spicy tones with an undercurrent of caramel. Pours a clear dark chocolaty brown with a fairly thick tan head. Flavor is - whoa, the alcohol bite means it is not for the faint of heart! Aside from that is has rather subdued notes of caramel, cloves and woody hops plus a hint of honey. Syrupy texture is smooth and does not seem to have a lot of fizz. If you like barleywines, this may be up your alley.

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Photo of scream
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of jellikit
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hmm . . . The floral-tea bitterness is a bit much. This brew is a weird concoction of malt sweetness, astringent hop bitterness, and an alcohol that comes across as a homeopathic medicinal flavor. The medicinal "trait" (is it a bug, or is it a feature?) is certainly not without its charm: a bitter-sweet orange-zest and a mulled wine. However, I completely disagree with other reviews, here, that there's any caramel sweetness. Instead, what vaguely fruity sweetness there is gets refracted by the pungent alcohol and becomes a grape childrens' cough syrup or blueberry chewable vitamins.

Gonna throw the other three bottles in the cellar and hope some age will calm this spastic brew down.

(Note to self: wife loves this.)

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Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: cloudy dark amber, heavy bubbles with the initial pour. Head is slightly off-white with a light orange tint rising to maybe 1/4".

Smell: Lovely scotch scent, coming off a bit woody.

Taste: It lacks complexity like some other barleywines. Has a sweet tone to it but consistently overwhelmed by the alcohol content.

Mouth: medium to heavy carbonation and very sticky, that alone wins many points with me.

Overall: Good brew worth grabbing a bottle but there's definitely much better options out there. Salud!

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Evil Twin Freudian Slip from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.