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Evil Twin Freudian Slip - Evil Twin Brewing

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86
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 429
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 18
Gots: 96 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (632 characters)

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

i found this to be a very interesting take on a barleywine, more of an american strong dark ale, insofar as the two are distinct from one another, but nevertheless, i liked this better than the gentleman i shared it with. a curious nose, hoppy and spicy, like a winter warmer or holiday beer, with some clove and molasses, but i think most or all of that is a product of a very large and diverse grain bill. the flavor comes on in waves. sweet and grainy first, the only part of this that resembles classic barleywine, but it is short loved, moving into a spice palate that includes cloves, allspice, and even something a little more funky, cardamom or cinnamon maybe, tough to tell because the hops start in before the spice fully evolves. bitter as anything on the finish, which is one sense is nice because it cuts the grain sweetness, but on the other had is frustrating because it exacerbates and exposes the prominent alcohol strength of this ale. fizzy carbonation makes it feel light on the palate, especially for the style and for this examples particular strength. i like its tricking drinkability, and would recommend this ale for the lover of the unconventional. nothing like the barleywine we expected, but an enjoyable beverage nevertheless. (1,255 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A bubble show at the outset leaves a thick head that lingers on the copper colored liquid; excellent retention and a reasonable amount of lace hangs around

Smell: Caramel, stone fruit and pine

Taste: Caramel forward with the stone fruit tones building; piney bitterness overwhelms the middle, almost to the extent that the malt disappears though the sweet caramel tones linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Reasonably good, but both the malt and hop bills lack the complexity to make this a top representative of the American barleywine style (609 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.98/5  rDev -22%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Where the decline in the popularity of typical Barleywine is evident, the American Barleywine's are trying to reverse the trend by making them seem more like Imperial IPA. With their drier body and elevated hop character, these distinctive ales are certainly not for the faint of palate.

As the ale pours, a slow separation of froth from ale occurs, leaving a beautiful chestnut-ruby hue underneath that simply glows with its bright clarity. What builds on top is a thick blanket of foam that acts like a barrier to the beer. Its long retention and broken lace is certainly substantial for such potent beers but spot on for highly hopped ones.

Hop-forward aromas are deeply resinous and fruity- blood orange and blackberry jam swirl about a deeply caramelized scent. Toffee, toast and cherry cake ride just underneath the hops are nearly balance them entirely. Its candied scent turns deviant as notes of cannabis and chive stem from the citrusy hops are provide highly earthen tones.

Its incredible taste is candy-sweet and toffee-like. Its medium bread taste is somewhat of red velvet cake as the estery fruity fold in- raspberry, blackberry, cherry and plumb all seem quite jammy while the utter sharpness of citrus peels thread the tastes together. Again, blood orange, red grapefruit and pineapple pull from the complex middle palate and usher in a dry and earthy finish. Muddled grassy and herbal bitterness concludes its taste with the same cannabis and chive flavor that the nose leaves behind.

Full bodied but not cloyingly so; the ale's sticky sweetness is dissoved by hop resins and alcohol and keeps the body mildly lighter. Its ample carbonation provides a lift and ushers in a malty-dry finish with peppery acetone and brandy-type heat. The ale echoes with the fruit jam and chivy taste well past its finish.

Freudian Slip is a beast of a beer that in no way recedes in aggression. Instead it heralds utmost quality and power with unabashed apologies. And I could't be happier for it! (2,003 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,453 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours a murky amber color with a small white head. Nose is lightly fruity, but quite heavy on the toffee and toasted malt. A bit of caramel and brown sugar along with some pine hop notes and a bit of perfume. The flavor has an almost woody note to it. Heavy on the pine hops with a moderate bitterness. Lots of toffee, a bit of toast, and some brown sugar. A bit of booze and perfume, too. (418 characters)

Photo of oline73
2.19/5  rDev -42.7%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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... (600 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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+ (808 characters)

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

Served in a tulip glass with a small head that settles to rim bubbles. Good combination of ring and blanketing lace. The liquid is brown where light will pass through the center of the glass.

This smells like dark chocolate with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Not quite a dessert aroma (too little sugar), but real close.

My initial impression is of a Porter with a shot of cognac added. Plenty of darker, deeply roasted malts followed by a solid dollop of hop bitterness. The swallow brings out a strong alcohol warming feel. The aftertaste is like a bitter alcoholic cocktail. Average body with an elevated level of carbonation. (641 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/12/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish. Very nice complexity and balance of big citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,534 characters)

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

Tan head. Color is a copper amber.

Flavor profile: Sticky hops. Juicy and hop resiny. Dank, weedy, and piney. Caramel and toffee malts. Tropical fruits. Pineapple and mango with some apple.

Mouthfeel: Sticky with some bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Ends a little sticky.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. I love how hoppy this beer is. I'd definitely drink this one fresh. (377 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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. (249 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amberish color with a tan cap and some good lacing present

S: Big citrus hops, pine and caramelized sugar

T: Dark fruits, caramelized sugar, nice and warming with some toffee, light raspberry and lighly bitter finish

M: Sticky with a big body and lingering hop bite

O: Good, easy to drink and tasty (315 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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. (683 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two-finger, khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty fruit, flavor is blend of roasted malt, brown sugar and hops. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. $4.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA. Bottled Mar 12, 2014. (341 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy/cloudy dark amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, roasted malt, hops, yeast,
caramel malt, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, slight dark citrus, yeast, hint of biscuit, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, and good body. (491 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (629 characters)

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