Evil Twin Freudian Slip - Evil Twin Brewing
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3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
08-03-2013 00:55:53 | More by cvm4
3.11/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
06-29-2013 04:01:51 | More by StoutHunter
Evil Twin Freudian Slip from Evil Twin Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.