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Evil Twin Freudian Slip - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 432
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 25.72%
Wants: 18
Gots: 95 | 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 oline73
2.19/5  rDev -42.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a reddish brown color. There wasn't much of a head on top, just some scattered bubbles on top. The smell of the beer has some sweet malts on the nose as well as some hops. The aromas of caramel and dark fruits are in there too. The taste of the beer has a light amount of raisin flavor with a hoppy bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is watery, it's drinkable but not overly complex. Overall this beer wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. There are better Barley Wines out there.

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Photo of BB1313
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottled on 5/12/14. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep ruby with solid clarity and a slight haze; nice fluffy light-tan head that fades and leaves solid retention and not much lacing. The aromas are subtle and faint, but not bad. Lots of dark fruit and toffee. Some berries in the mix too. The flavors are really hot and boozy. Very spicy. It starts off sweet, and then becomes bitter. The heat becomes normal the more you drink it. This makes a nice sipper. More dark fruits. Raisins are there. More toffee with subtle hints of chocolate. Subtle citrus notes. Some pine needles. Mouthfeel is thin, but it has nice active carbonation which makes it smooth and enhances the overall experience.

I'll admit, it becomes more enjoyable the more you drink it, but the heat really diminishes the flavors and just dominates. The alcohol isn't hidden at all, but maybe that was their intention. This drinks like it's much bigger than 10.3%. Definite sipper.

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Photo of UncleEmu
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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 kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a goblet at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach California. Cost was $7.50. Expectations were above average given the brewery - whose Yin I loved.

A: Pours a two finger head of good cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially for the ABV. Colour is an extremely dark nontransparent brown-black.

Sm: Hops (mainly floral), caramelized malt, and cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hops (floral), cream, layered clean malts, caramel, and full barley. Nicely balanced, but the balance is merely okay.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick to support the flavours. Complementary of the flavour profile.

Dr: Too hoppy a barleywine for my tastes. Good but I expect more from Evil Twin. I wouldn't have it again. I prefer my barleywines malty and complex, not hoppy and simple.

High C+

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Photo of TippedMixology
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brewed in Stratford, CT by Evil Twin Brewing.

Appearance - Pretty, dark honey coloring with about a finger of head.

Smell - Very nice. Bright and slightly hoppy with a good amount of light fruits... possibly strawberry, but I can't pinpoint it.

Taste - Pretty disappointing. Hops take over the beginning, then it melds into a nice malty flavor in the middle but is immediately inundated with overwhelming bitterness drowning out any sense of malt.

Mouthfeel - The hoppy bitterness takes over here. Not much else to say--decent carb.

Overall, not the worst barley wine I've had, not the best. I tend to stay away from hoppy beers, but don't mind them if they're done correctly... this one was somewhere in the middle.

-Adam from Tipped Mixology

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

On tap at bier stein today.

The beer pours an amber orange color with fair retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showing typical nuances of brown sugar, light vanilla, some toffee and a hint of citrus. On the palate, this is a mess. I assume this is meant to be a hoppy BW, but the hops really don't impart much flavor, and the alcohol is way too noticeable.

This was a beer that each time I took another sip, I dropped by score. Can see no reason to visit this again any time soon, especially given the price. The beer isn't awful, but I'll be damned if I can ever imagine getting this over a glass of SN Bigfoot, which is twice the beer this is, at half the price.

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Photo of scream
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 cvm4
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light copper in color, but oh so murky. Little to no head.

S - Good amount of sweetness on the smell. Candied/brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Good bready malt character with light coffee and earthy hops. A bitter finish.

T - A slightly burnt brown sugar taste. Good amount of molasses and sweetness overall. Earthy hops abound.

M - Medium to full bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Really the sweetness comes off as cloying and it can be a little boozy.

O - Not a mind-blowing beer. Somewhat mid-grade. It's nice, but not over the top good.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a large tulip

A: dark brown, huge frothy light tan head, good retention, leaves an absurd amount of lacing

S: some dark fruits booze, sweet, nutty, like candied pecans

T: really nutty, booze, caramel malts, sweet and roasty

M/D: syrupy Mouthfeel, full bodied, carbonation pretty big for the style, drinkability very good with a well masked ABV

O: overall good not great, pretty one dimensional with the big nutty character. For the price, I probably wouldn't buy again,

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cask offering via the beer engine @ the Trapp Door, emmaus. The brew pours a mahogany to cooper color. Fairly clear with rich finger off frothy tan head that sits atop with wonderful retaining powers considering the strength of the brew and delivery.

The smell is fruity like apples and something deeper, maybe currant. A hint of pears is also present but maybe more inline with the scent of the earthy skin moreso than the ripe fruit itself. There is a bit of mineral inclusion as well that blends into the scent of alcohol as it warms.

The taste is strong with a very forward flavor of green apple skins and pears. Toffee to caramel malt sweetness comes into play with some burnt sugary flavors before a big boozy impact. Just like the aroma hinted, there is a mineral quality through this that mixes with a young green yeast aspect that keeps this from being "clean."

It is a medium bodied brew for the style on the edge of light with a bit watery feel exaggerated by the light carbonation. It is enjoyable in limited amounts. The nose is the standout feature of this brew. I am usually a big fan of cask beer but I think this experience was possibly degraded a bit by it.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have excellent retention. The head is a light beige/khaki while the body is a mix of dull maroon and dark amber which appears as a dark amber with bright crimson hues when held up to the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Definitely an American barleywine. Starts off with huge citrus notes- orange and grapefruit which climax into an almost piercing lemon. Some pine and resin hanging around the edges. Slight touches of caramel, honey, and maybe toffee. Swirling shows a burnt quality to the caramel.

Taste- Very brash, very in your face- so pretty much your average American Barleywine. Starts off with big citrus notes and moves quickly into caramel, burnt caramel, pine, resin, and matchstick. Beyond these notes, it doesn't seem all that complex. A little messy but not as messy as some American barleywines can be. The brash elements do start to mellow and reveal more caramel bedded by pine and resin and matchstick on the finish. Slight spice, maybe pepper. Some floral notes on the front. Above average to solid, good beer. Lots of grapefruit, some hints of tropical fruit. Solid and without flaws- also has pretty good balance for an American barleywine. Not exactly my style of beer but a pretty good representation nonetheless.

Mouthfeel- Approaches medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. Light carbonation that still has a carbonic sting which matches well with the hops and the spice of the finish.

Drinkability- A little more accessible than a lot of barleywines but certainly not sessionable. 4 bucks a bottle seems okay for a decent American Barleywine. Not a repurchase for me though- because of the style not the quality. I think I'd rather have an aged Bigfoot instead.

Overall- Above average to solid, good beer (closer to good) that doesn't stray too far from the typical flavor profile for an American Barleywine. Effective but certainly not innovative. Worth a try and it may become a bargain standard for you if you like straightforward American Barleywines.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of homebrew311
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is tawny with minimal clarity and almost no head. Some lacing exists. Smells is straight up grain with a heavy leaning towards the sweet side of things. Molasses, grapes, and grain. Taste is more of the sweet malts with some hops to balance things out. Finish is not super sweet, definite notes of maple and grapes. Mouthfeel is moderate with mild carbonation. Overall, this is a sweet barleywine that could use some more hops.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/12/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, alcohol, and slight vegetal onion and garlic hop aromas . Taste is much the same with toasted malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a mild vegetal hop quality in the aroma that disappears as the beer warms up.

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Photo of codsmith
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up bottle at Armanetti's in Chicago

A: A dense dark and dirty copper color (orangish brown) with a nice finger high, light tan, creamy head that stays around. Color is too dark for the style of beer. Noticeable chill haze. Strong legs are present.

S: Sweet and intense malt aroma. A moderate citrusy hop aroma present. Moderately strong fruit esters and alcohol present. Malt character sweet and bready.

T: Dark and fruity flavors that seem to be mellow but backed by a wave of hot alcohol taste. Ends wit a very bitter hop taste and leaves that in the aftertastes as well

M: Full bodied and chewy. Alcohol warmth is very noticeable.

O: The hop bitterness seems to out pace the alcohol

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid barleywine. Pours a dark reddish amber color with a medium size light tan head. Head retention is good. Bands of lacing on the glass. A pretty good looking beer.

Fairly rich aroma of sweet caramel malt, toffee and some hops bitterness.

Flavor is fairly pronounced as well. Nice balance between malt and hops. More malt forward with a rich, sweet malty presence. Caramel malt and hops are nicely balanced, with the hops keeping the sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel is rich and sweet with a little hops bite and some warming from the alcohol.

I would drink this one again...Good take on an American Barleywine.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a dark amber color with below average clarity. Light off white head forms and laces. The aroma has toasted malts, caramelized grain, and faint hops. Caramel, toast, butterscotch, mild bitterness. Slight citrus, well balanced, Grade A beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Publick House.
Comes to the table a slightly hazy deep amber/brown color with a decent sized head. Sweet caramel and brown sugar maltiness obliterated by a solid shot of earthy pine and resin. The flavor is sweet and a bit gritty with a solid earthy pine offset with lots of sweet caramel fruit and brown sugar with just touches of chocolate. Medium to thick body with alight to moderate level of carbonation. Nice barleywine, but seems like it needs a bit of time for the flavors to meld a little better.

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Evil Twin Freudian Slip from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.