Freudian Slip
Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
American Barleywine
Ranked #177
Ranked #21,555
3.79 | pDev: 10.82%
Jan 11, 2022
Feb 05, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.3%. Hazy brown colour, large to moderate off-white head. Aroma of oak, malts and raisins / other dark dried fruits. The flavour is sweet, malty and oaky, with dark dried fruits galore, immediately followed by distinct hops, ending in a solid and rather sharp bitterness that stays with you through the long aftertaste. Hints of anise and liquorice too. A very tasty American barleywine.
Jan 11, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by Avitra from Switzerland

Oct 21, 2019
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Reviewed by BenHoppy from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Murky brown amber in color with smells of candy sugar, malt, and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but at 3 & a half years it is still very flavorful. I get flavors of hops, spice, black pepper, candy, baking cocoa, pine, floral, dark fruit, tobacco, and licorice that reminds me of Good 'N' Plenties. Overall this held up with age and amazed how hoppy it still was. Not boozy at all, very smooth.
Jun 12, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Mar 08, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by krome from Illinois

Mar 08, 2018
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I've had many barley wines before but this is the first "American" type barley wine - or at least the first that it claims to be so - and it is definitely different from the rest.
It is dense, intense and full of American hops, to an extent that when smelling into it I thought for a second that it is a San Diego WIPA. Stone does such IPAs that are this syrupy with hops and high in ABV. This one is perhaps a bit more on the barley wine side, slightly bit more boozy but 100% enjoyable, you almost feel that this is how you would want an IPA to be.
I am 100% pleased with this barley wine - esasily the best that I had so far.
Mar 03, 2018
Rated: 4.65 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Oct 13, 2017
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Rated by moose1980 from Germany

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Unmistakably American in style; verging into TIPA territory. Like a caramel and resin melting pot.
Jul 12, 2017
Rated: 3.67 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

Jul 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The appearance was a hazy dark amber to brown color with no head and a slight glazed over little bit of sliding lacing, interesting but different. The smell started off with an interesting sweet to glossed over bitter-esque grassy sweet apple, light cherry, sly cocoa, light dry coffee bean. The taste wraps the aromas together to blend and give off a slightly woody feel in the aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels good for a Barleywine (is this supposed to be English or American?), eh, whatever. Overall, though styles seem to be melding these days, American or English barleywine, well, let's just say this is pretty good for what it is.
Jun 23, 2017
Rated: 3.92 by axf4129 from Indiana

Apr 30, 2017
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A bold brown tea color with both dark brown and burnt orange hues. Buttery colored head, 1/2 finger tall. Nice legs, and it leaves wisps behind.

Nose is of medicine and peated malts, hints of smoke, caramel, stone fruit, old people, and faint vegetal aromas.

Flavor is complex, I'll give it that. Problem is, it's got some issues. Firstly I'm getting lots of grassy rosemary, which I'm not a fan of, following with semi-sweet bakers chocolate chips (only as they're swallowed on the back part of your tongue), chewing tobacco, waxy apricot, caramel, leather, finishing on lemon rind, grapefruit, the chocolate chips, wax, and as if someone spit their tobacco into my drink. It's so complex - but it's barely drinkable. Urg.

Feel is thick and resiny, with a moderate carbonation. A waxy dryness on the finish.

Overall, if you like drinking earwax and chocolate chips, this may be up your alley. For me, I think I'll move onto another beer sooner than later.
Apr 28, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Apr 25, 2017
Rated: 3.86 by mrfrancis from Kentucky

Apr 02, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by kbuzz from North Carolina

Mar 14, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Mar 13, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Mar 01, 2017
Rated: 3.4 by Mikexw from New York

Feb 18, 2017
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Reviewed by brewskifan55 from Mississippi

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.
Jan 10, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by Ohiovania from Ohio

Jan 08, 2017
Rated: 4.46 by stephenlee from England

Dec 31, 2016
Rated: 3.72 by smi69 from New York

Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Dec 14, 2016
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

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.
Nov 22, 2016
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Reviewed by BethanyB from New York

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.
Sep 18, 2016
Rated: 3.6 by MacStinson from Michigan

Aug 31, 2016
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Reviewed by erk0607 from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12/12/2018 - Re-review after sitting on it for 3+ years. Brewed on 1/30/15.
Look: Coppery maple coloring, with a tan head, nice and soft looking, turns to small bubbles and good lacing. Still a bit floating (probably hop residuals?)
Smell: Cherry, grape, hops, bread, plums, sugar, bitter
Taste: Much like the smell but way more hop presence, though smoothed and mellowed out. Like a fruity IPA from before the real fruity IPA craze was a thing.
Feel: Syrupy, thick, resinous, heavy going down. Still carbonated but quite mild.
Overall: Much more tolerable now, especially after it warms up a bit

Jun 2015
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.
Aug 29, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Aug 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Czequershuus from Minnesota

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.
Aug 24, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by gratefulbeerhead from Indiana

Aug 19, 2016
Rated: 4.78 by evanwoertz from California

Aug 18, 2016
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

Jul 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Mdog from Minnesota

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.
Jul 17, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

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.
Jul 04, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by dbattey from New Jersey

Jun 28, 2016
Rated: 3.61 by KingQuinn from Illinois

Jun 18, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Jun 18, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by toscanoigor from Brazil

Jun 16, 2016
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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.
Jun 14, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania

Jun 03, 2016
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