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Evil Twin Freudian Slip - Evil Twin Brewing

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86
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78 Reviews
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 429
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 18
Gots: 96 | FT: 9
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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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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 429
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. (432 characters)

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. (166 characters)

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. (427 characters)

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. (215 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (321 characters)

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.) (733 characters)

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. (1,058 characters)

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! (556 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 CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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. (220 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 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 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 ADZA
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Went to my fridge wanting something big and boozy and this ticks the boxes so it pours a full dark copper red hue with a one finger head and a rim of lacing, the smell is definately a hoppy barleywine with aromas of piney resinous hops, sweet barley and booze, the mouthfeel is thick and full bodied with moderate carbonation and the tastes are piney hops mixed with sweet toffee, caramelized pears and finished with a fruity boozy bitterness and overall a nice hoppy barleywine thats worth a shot cheers. (505 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (964 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 maximum12
4/5  rDev +4.7%

12 oz. bottle dated 3/12/14…thanks for dating your bottles, Evil Twin. It makes me more likely to buy your beer.

Pour is muddy red with enough sediment to make me reach for my floss: wow. Smells of light caramel & hopping, with a side of sweet.

Freudian Slip is a nice name for a brew, & I wonder why it hasn’t been done before. The first thing I taste is odd, the second is a fat slap of alcoholic excess. Massive dose of moonshine-laced caramel greets the palate, with the two interacting like a couple of Renaissance Festival extras. Mid-palate brings more nuances: bitter leafy hops, woodiness (though I don’t think this is barrel aged?), bit of fruitiness, brown sugar & other sweetness. I’m wavering on whether I could drink a bathtub of this, or if a single bottle is more than enough, but one of those things is true. Thick.

I’m sure I’ve never had anything like this: big, brutal, hoppy, & integrated as well as a St. Louis suburb. A very good beer that’s close to excellent. (1,007 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 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 JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/12/14 and poured 6/16/14. A little old for a hop-forward beer, but it shouldn't be too bad. I think a single was $4 or maybe a bit less, but I don't remember.

Appearance: Aggressive pour gave about a finger and a half of a slightly creamy very light tan head. Not much lacing, but a little. The beer is a very nice deep brown/copper color. This has to be the clumpiest beer I've ever seen -- massive floaters in the beer and a good amount of sediment. Looks pretty good overall.

Smell: Lots of sweet malt. There's a lot of nondescript hoppy fruitiness, and then the earthy/herbal/grassy/spicy qualities from the hops as well. The heavy malt sweetness on the nose suggests this is what it is -- an American Barleywine.

Taste/feel: Huge sweetness on the front -- one of the sweeter Barleywines I've had at the start, American OR English. The finish though is dry with a pretty solid hoppy bitterness I'd expect from the style. This is an intense beer. The style itself normally is, but I can't imagine how damn bold and intense this beer would be if it were fresh. Spicy qualities with sweet malt on the front, and then a spicy, fruity, earthy hop flavor on the finish with a nice bitterness and lingering malt flavor. Pretty well done. Pretty full body with a moderate carbonation that helps aid in "oomphing" the bitterness.

It's a sipper. Honestly, even though I don't taste or so much feel the alcohol in this beer, it drinks like it's 15% just because of how it tastes and feels. Freudian Slip is a very good beer and quite good for the style, but it's a let down just because I expect everything I have from Evil Twin now to be World Class... maybe that's my fault, but the price is a bit high. I'd recommend it if you like super bold beers and/or American Barleywines. (1,787 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (534 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 DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I often find these Evil Twin beers reasonably priced at Vintage Estate in Ohio. Paid $3.59 for the single.

A - Ah crap a hard pour really shook up the yeast I get an f-ton of floaties in my deep amber brown beer but as a reward I get over an inch of opaque colored head.
S - I agree with others it does smell rather hoppy but I can still pick up sweet caramel and oaky like tones under those hops. In no way is it mild so hopefully it will not be too bitter.
T - Very bittering hops but they do conceal the ABV very well only giving a slight burn in the finish. Malty sweetness is timid also giving way to oaky and somewhat toasted malt characteristics. Not bad overall!
M - Medium in body some sips heavier than others. Sediment is not bothering me much.

Overall its a very dank hopped high gravity barleywine. Not too sweet or too overall hoppy. Worth trying if you can pick it up in a way it reminds me of a higher gravity version of Avery's "Hog Heaven"

edit: Just noticed this used to be 12% before it was placed in 12oz bottles. Love the smaller format guys but lets keep the original recipe OK? (1,104 characters)

Photo of TippedMixology
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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 (750 characters)

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