Freudian Slip
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Barleywine - American
Ranked #346
Ranked #26,800
3.81 | pDev: 10.76%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
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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BenHoppy from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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
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monkist from Hungary

5/5  rDev +31.2%
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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +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
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
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
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4/5  rDev +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
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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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BethanyB from New York

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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
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erk0607 from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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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stevoj from Idaho

2.59/5  rDev -32%
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
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Mar 22, 2016
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Mar 03, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Feb 06, 2016
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Feb 04, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Feb 02, 2016
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ntalexan from Washington

2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
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.


Jan 15, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Jan 05, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Jan 04, 2016
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dannycohen62 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Dec 16, 2015
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.77/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Dec 09, 2015
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CHickman from New York

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Dec 06, 2015
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HipCzech from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Nov 30, 2015
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +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.

Nov 22, 2015
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 527 ratings