Evil Twin Freudian Slip | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Freudian SlipEvil Twin Freudian Slip

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by beerbiatchMD on 02-05-2012

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Burnt orange, opaque, a light head, fragmented lacing. Lots of sediment throughout.

S: Apricots and bready malts with some caramel thrown in.

T: Apricots slide in strongly with caramel and piney hops. Robust and lightly bitter. The 10.3% makes itself known rather quickly. Not too sweet.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: A decent American B-wine. Not steller, but not bad either. Another Evil Twin off my list.

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Photo of Buck89
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. A hazy reddish copper-brown color with a modest but persistent light tan head. Nice nose with oranges, dates, apricots, caramel, and pears. Big and bitter on the first sip, dominating the taste. The orange and apricot was there, with a candied malty presence on the finish. The feel was full and lush but not overly sweet.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky, sediment-filled dark amber/rich wild honey color with a low, yet long-lasting white film for a head. The aroma is rich and malty, with candied almonds and hard toffee candy juxtaposed by earthy hops. Orchard fruit including dates and dried pears also come into play. The bitterness is somewhat sharp for the style and could be better balanced by the sweet caramel stickiness. And yet, the sweetness feels quite strong as well. More dark fruit would bring this beer full circle. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation are well suited to the style as well as this particular recipe, with a buttery smooth finish and barely any alcohol warming. A very good beer, and hike not the best this style has to offer, a tasty bottle worth buying all the same.

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Photo of erk0607
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark coppery brown. Tan head. Has sediment floating around it and the beer isn't even 6 months old.
Smell: Hop forward, cherry and other stone fruits, some maltiness
Taste: Bitter, hoppy, cherry and plum with caramel & toffee, malt, and more bitterness on the tongue (classic barleywine)
Feel: Thick, viscous, foamy, mildly effervescing, not very noticeably boozy so I suppose that is good.
Overall: Not bad, not my favorite style, but just another one to add to the list of things I've tried.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a murky mahogany with a small head. The aroma offers up dried currant, fig, brown sugar, overripe banana, and something a bit medicinal. The flavor starts with milk chocolate, coffee, then fig, caramel, pomegranate molasses, black currant, and pine resin with a strong amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with powerful carbonation. Overall this is very hopppy version of a barleywine - still quite balanced, and very nice, but not my current favorite interpretation of this style.

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Photo of Mdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber, tons of yeast chunks, big head. The chunks are probably due to age and an aggressive pour.

Smell: Sweet, caramel, dark fruit, olives.

Taste: Sweet, candied fruits-cherry and strawberry, bit of caramel. Stays sweet through the finish.

Overall: I picked up a four pack of this barleywine since it was discounted to $5. I can't tell the bottle date but figure it is probably at least a year old. So, after maybe a year of shelf/fridge aging, this barleywine was sweet and malty, with not much in the way of hop flavor. Pretty good, especially if discounted this much.

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Photo of stevoj
2.59/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle share. seeing the rave reviews and not getting it. Actually poured my glass out. Dark, bitter pit fruit, prune juice. Not recalling a barley wine at all. Tried hard to find some redeeming qualities, and then I gave up.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a creamy off white one finger head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet dark malts and ripe dark fruits.

T - The taste starts with some aggressive piney hops. The hops are backed by some sweet dark malts, toffee, and dark fruits. The finish has a lingering piney bitterness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a nice Barleywine. The hop bitterness is touch overbearing though.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is sweet and malty with intense alcohol. Taste is quite bitter up-front with some roasted malts in the background. Alcohol is quite present in the taste too. Medium body and carbonation. Really bitter and alcoholic barleywine, very unbalanced.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 3/2/16. No date on label. Comes in a 12 ounce single bottle from Evil Twin Brewing in Strafford, CT., their "FREUDIAN SLIP" contains a stronger 10.3% alcohol (ABV). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Brew pours just lighter-side of medium amber in color with close to a finger head that is 'egg shell' in color. A decent amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped that stayed in place. Aroma is of sweet malts with a hint of pine and even some dark fruits. Taste of front is the 'pine hops' bitterness along with some booze mixed with some sweetness from the malts and maybe a hint of caramel. Lots going on really with this brew. The bitterness for the doesn't last long and is very drinkable, though this is a 'sipper' kind of brew. medium-bodied with lower carbonation. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Evil Twin really is evil. I'll review this, drink it, and take a nap.

This bottle is marked 259:15, so I think it is several months old. I don't think this style needs aging any more than that.

It's a nice brown color with fine bubbles. The aroma is strong dark malts. The taste is a balanced bitter sweet with a boozy finish. Very nice. Evil Twin conquers another style.

Warning. This drink is a (cool) drug. I felt a rush as I swallowed the first sip. One toke brew, man. Highly recommended for a serious barleywine experience.

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Photo of DIM
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this was bottled around 4 months ago. This certainly was aggressively hopped. They were tea-like for the most part with some faint tropical fruit. The lingering bitterness was a bit flavorless. The malt balance was robust enough to shine through, sweet toffee and raisins mostly.

I really enjoyed this relatively fresh but I think I might like it more with some aging. Definitely worth purchasing again.

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Photo of 57md
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish copper with less than a finger of head. The nose is fairly week for the style - some malt but nothing that bowls me over. The flavor profile is pretty much in line with a standard American style barleywine - malt backbone with a good dose of hops.

This is a lesser cousin of Bigfoot but sadly more expensive.

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Photo of ntalexan
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

-Color: A cloudy deep amber. Really no head to speak of and carbonation that dissipates rather quickly. Tiny bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

-Nose: Sweet malty notes along with piney hops. The bouquet would lead one to believe it’s an IPA with the level of hop scent coming off this bad boy.

-Flavor: Very hoppy. More so than I expected from the nose or just from the variety of beer in general. The pineyness really sticks with you. A straight up palate wrecker. Cereal notes in the malt. Leaves your mouth tasting like cheerios and wanting another sip. Not as boozy as I expected from a barley wine with an ABV of 10%. With the amount of hops you get on the tongue it more than likely hides the alcohol.

-Rating: ⅗: a good step back into the barley wine area for me. Not nearly as bad as I had expected from some previous barley wine experiences that I’ve had. Maybe that’s the booze talking after the end of this pint. I wish it was just a little bit more balanced. The hops just won't let go of your tongue. If somebody is looking for a barley wine and doesn’t mind hops, I would highly recommend this beer.


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Photo of Sabtos
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark ruby, possibly the prettiest barleywine I've seen yet.

Date and/or grape sweetness that counters to super bitter, boozy warmth of the less quaffable, coppery barleywine.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber cherry with a slight haze. A few seducing bubbles rising in the extreme centre of the glass. Topped with a finger of beige head.

Fruity, American amber ale like at first in its fruity, candy like hops. Then its sweet with hints of puke, as so many in this style are. Toasted grain and creme brule finish off the nose.

Great hoppy, fruity notes like red liquorice, solid sweet creme brule, toasted barley, and a fairly bitter hoppy finish. Alcohol present.

Thick, syrupy body, a little powdery carbonation.

Good, nice hop notes, up to par for the style. The addition of an artsy name and label adds to it.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 03/12/14, enjoyed in a snifter

L - Murky brown with some sediment floating around in it, tan foamy head. This looks appetizing.

S - Grape, dark fruit, tons of booze and resinous hops, some buttery toffee that is somewhat overpowered.

T - Very hop forward, smacks you in the face with alcohol upon first sip. As it warms some of the more welcoming sweetness comes through but it is tasting no less boozy. Musky, bitter, with some muted sweet dark fruit in the mix - raisin/red grape, plum.

F - Fairly smooth, low to medium carb.

O - I still tend to reach for an English style over American when it comes to barleywines as the aggressiveness of the hops usually does not do it for me. Having this one with over a year on it, it seems to have held up very well and is an intriguing and delicious beer. Would be interesting to try it fresher, but very much enjoyed this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dullard brown color with some tan head on it. Alcohol and stale cigarette ashy kind of aroma (not smoke).

Massive amount of fusel alcohol upside yo' palate. Geez. Mouthfeel dominated by dark fruits and alcohol. F'n'a, this stuff just burns. I'm not saying boo-urns either. Don't even wanna know what this costs. Its hot as death valley.

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Photo of CHickman
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy copper color with a lot of sediment floating around in the brew and a foamy 1-2 finger sand colored head that was full of bubbles of all sizes and faded slowly leaving good foamy lacing rings as it went down. A creamy layer settled on top and stuck around for a while.

Smells of booze, brown sugar, sweet malt, dark fruit like black cherries and prunes, molasses, piney hops and mild spices and earthy notes. The booze and dark fruit sweetness seem to take over as it warms, with the hops playing a support role and making this seem like a strong ale or English barleywine. I was hoping for more hops and the hoppy accents faded as the brew warmed up, almost like they were evaporating.

Tastes of booze up front, followed by charred grains, brown sugar, sweet malt, dark fruit like black cherries, dates, raisins and prunes, maple syrup, molasses, white pepper, cinnamon, piney hops, lemon peel shavings, mild spices and earthy notes like dry sticks and tea leaf. As the fruits fade more spices come out like allspice and dry flowers and/or potpourri. The 10.3% ABV is always present and the hops drop off and let the charred grains and spices take over, making it to me unbalanced and more like a winter warmer.

This missed the mark as an American barleywine and lacked the hop presence I hoped for, especially from Evil Twin who normally master the use of hops. Too much booze, not enough hops or balance.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark, ruby brown with a short lived head of tan bubbles. Spotty lace and a crown of tan foam remain.

Smell: Sweet caramel, toasted malt, lightly herbal hops and faint vegetal dankness. Hints of alcohol.

Taste: Malty body, caramel, brown sugar and dried fruits. Balancing hop bitterness, slight citrus and alcoholic burn.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly sticky feel and gentle carbonation.

Overall: Sweet caramel notes balanced by full, hoppy notes and crisp bitterness. Boozy while remaining relatively lean.

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Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +21.6%
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 +12.1%
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 +2.9%
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 +4.5%
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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