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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 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 acevenom
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours dark toffee brown with a thick, light brown head that retreats slowly. I can see some bubbles rising along the side of the glass. Plenty of lacing is left along the side of the glass. The aroma of the beer is sweet and bready with a touch of woodiness, dark fruits, and some booze. The taste follows the nose. It's mildly sweet with a nice bready malt backbone. I get the dark fruit flavors and some of the alcohol in the flavor. I also get some of those woody notes with some back end bitterness to provide some balance. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and the alcohol warms in the back of the throat. This is an excellent beer, but just so.

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Photo of pat61
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant dark amber to brown producing a quickly dissipating ½” light tan foam collar that produces thin sheets of lace. Some legs.
S: Sherry and dark dried fruit.
T: A big malty fruit beginning seasoned with licorice or anise, culminating with a big hop emphasis.
F: Big, chewy, medium low carbonation.
O: A surprisingly well balanced beer for being so big.

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Photo of jellikit
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-copper with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and earthy hops, bit of dark fruit and brown sugar, some booze.

T - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, grapefruit, pine, grassy, and pine hops, good resiny bitterness, some brown sugar, a bit of dark fruits, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Nice hoppy American Barleywine. Great hop profile and bitterness and good overall bitterness.

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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 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 mntlover
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy murky brownish orange color, rich looking. Head is small side beige falls to ringed scum some spotty lace.

Aroma is big barley wine, lots of caramel malts, over ripe fruits. Hops are floral and ripe citrus fruits.

Taste is like the nose lots of caramel malts, sweet free floating sugars ripe fruits. Hops are there to balance the sweetness but not over whelming. Just checked the bottle date this is 15 months old, so can explain the hops not being over powered.

Mouthfeel is nice and big with medium level of carbonation.

Overall very enjoyable, like a aged Bigfoot. Can't tell how it tastes fresh but its damn good with a year plus on it.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to glass

A- deep murky orangish amber, looks like the color of real natural honey, not the light colored processed stuff.

S- caramel grains and light biscuity pale grains with a punch of in your face hopiness. Dank earthy tobacco.

T- hops. Caramel malt good combo. Sweet tobacco, some resin, earthy grass. Alcohol peeks in quickly and then is dominated by a sweet hoppy finish.

M- a bit. Thin for this style but, perfect to my liking.

O- Overall this is an incredible double ipa. I expect a bit more heat from alcohol in a barley wine. That said it is simply fantastic. Hop heads delight!

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Photo of daledeee
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Surprisingly available in Iowa for such a unique brewery.

Pours a cloudy if not muddy brown with light tan head. Good lacing.

Nose is hops and spicy.

Taste is hops(of course) but earthy and spicy. This is a nice twist for the crowded field. Malt is also balancing the drink. I didn't notice a lot of fruit in this one.

Mouth feel is really nice; creamy yet carbonated. Overall, this is a great barleywine and a unique one at that.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a little sour, a little more hoppy. nice carbonation.
a good barleywine ale that taste and feels like a more bitter scottish ale.
I like, and may continue more into barleywines after this one.
keeps me curious about beer.

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Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a completely opaque orange with a small creamy head that doesn't hang around long. Some wispy bubbles linger on top.

Aroma has lots of caramelized sugar and citrus hops. Some caramel, vanilla and toffee.

Taste is hoppy up front with some pithy grapefruit and resinous pine. But the caramel malts and sugar backbone are still prominent.

Mouthfeel is stick sweet with some bitterness and alcohol heat n the finish. Soft carbonation. Actually gets pretty boozy after a few sips.

It's definitely a hot barleywine with a healthy dose of hops but it comes together really well. Another winner from Evil Twin, which has been impressing more than Mikkeller lately.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Where the decline in the popularity of typical Barleywine is evident, the American Barleywine's are trying to reverse the trend by making them seem more like Imperial IPA. With their drier body and elevated hop character, these distinctive ales are certainly not for the faint of palate.

As the ale pours, a slow separation of froth from ale occurs, leaving a beautiful chestnut-ruby hue underneath that simply glows with its bright clarity. What builds on top is a thick blanket of foam that acts like a barrier to the beer. Its long retention and broken lace is certainly substantial for such potent beers but spot on for highly hopped ones.

Hop-forward aromas are deeply resinous and fruity- blood orange and blackberry jam swirl about a deeply caramelized scent. Toffee, toast and cherry cake ride just underneath the hops are nearly balance them entirely. Its candied scent turns deviant as notes of cannabis and chive stem from the citrusy hops are provide highly earthen tones.

Its incredible taste is candy-sweet and toffee-like. Its medium bread taste is somewhat of red velvet cake as the estery fruity fold in- raspberry, blackberry, cherry and plumb all seem quite jammy while the utter sharpness of citrus peels thread the tastes together. Again, blood orange, red grapefruit and pineapple pull from the complex middle palate and usher in a dry and earthy finish. Muddled grassy and herbal bitterness concludes its taste with the same cannabis and chive flavor that the nose leaves behind.

Full bodied but not cloyingly so; the ale's sticky sweetness is dissoved by hop resins and alcohol and keeps the body mildly lighter. Its ample carbonation provides a lift and ushers in a malty-dry finish with peppery acetone and brandy-type heat. The ale echoes with the fruit jam and chivy taste well past its finish.

Freudian Slip is a beast of a beer that in no way recedes in aggression. Instead it heralds utmost quality and power with unabashed apologies. And I could't be happier for it!

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4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$7.50 for 10oz, served in a tulip
Sampled 28AUG12

[A] Served a dark burgundy brown color with a finger high sandstone colored cap. Creamy texture. Well retained and while receding, a complete wall of thick foam coats the glass. When backlit, the body glows a russet-orange hue. Semi opaque. Well-above average lacing.

[S] Ripe with dates, rich with caramelized figs. Honey, heavily rendered caramel, brown sugar and butterscotch.

[T] The same dark fruit characteristic mentioned above are everlasting on the palate. The flavor finishes with a more earthy, tobacco-laden, tea leaf-life quality.

[M] The body is full, thick, chewy and everything a 10.3% barleywine should be. Carbonation is a bit above average for the style, showing its strength on the latter half of the sip. This promotes a relatively clean finish, although a sticky resinous coating remains.

[O] I'm surprised to see that this beer is a collaboration with Westbrook. But stoked! Not being the biggest Evil Twin fan, I ordered this on the strength of Westbrook's name alone. Overall, I was impressed but not blown away.

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Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy/cloudy dark amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, roasted malt, hops, yeast,
caramel malt, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, slight dark citrus, yeast, hint of biscuit, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, and good body.

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Photo of sommersb
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-17-2013
Freshness: Best before 2015
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Wino's Depot, Bowling Green KY

The label says it was brewed and bottled at Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, SC

A: The small tan head sits atop a murky, reddish-brown beer. Head retention is low, and a good lace sticks on the glass.

S: Aromas of tropical hops come first, followed by malt sweetness, then finally dark rich fruits like dates and figs.

T: The taste features sharp hop notes, but the bitterness is matched well by a big dose of malt. Hops are citrus and tropical fruits, and the malts have caramel sweet tones. Great balance here

M: Moderately carbonated, with a full body and strong warming from the alcohol. The finish is much like the taste, a good balance of strong hops and lots of malt.

O: Big and bold hops and malts, just like a barleywine should be. Pretty strong in the alcohol heat though. Recommended you try this if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't generally like barleywines but this one is worth getting- well balanced malt sweetness with a little dryness from the hops. Surprisingly not cloying as most barleywines are. There's some dark fruit in there but nothing overwhelming. Just a nice warming beer.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Evil Twin Freudian Slip: American style barleywine.  On tap at Novare Res 2/4/12 into a 12 oz snifter.

A: reddish brown good clarity. One finger of off white head, great lacing.

N: brown sugar, maple syrup, and dark fruit.

T: pretty sweet, maple syrup and brown sugar, burnt caramel, plumb, roastiness and some hopiness in there as well.

M: smooth, minimal alcohol heat, good carbonation.

O: very good, a bit sweet but well balanced, a good barleywine... Would recommend.

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Photo of ZagZagg
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into goblet

A: Leather looking brew that produces a one-finger light white head. Carbonation appears mild, and the beer has some translucence that allows it a mellow glow. No visible sediment, body looks medium to light.

S: Wort smelling, tea leaves, unabated sweet malt, bits of caramel, earth and damp wood – syrupy sap, fresh pine/maple. A behind the scene hop aroma lurks along with some sweet esters of black cherry and date. Very candied, very sweet.

T: Upfront sweet malty, toting rich caramel and lots of dirt/earth. Spicy, hints of cinnamon carried along by the powerful presence of dark fruits. Some character of roasted nuts, candied fig, prunes, and plum wash over throughout. The middle mouth is sweet with some nice zest, tangy apple and pecans; resinous hop comes in almost equalizing the mean sweet malt. Boozy heat kicks up while the drier malt comes in, bready and a touch of citrus close down the show.

M: Full body, kinda sticky, sweet, somewhat syrupy. Aftertaste is warming and lingering with bits of citrus zest, and nuttiness. Carbonation is fine, but minimal.

O: Pretty nice drinking beer, hoppy, sweet, full bodied. I’m a novice barleywine drinker, but this is pleasing. I might like to see a little more balance, but overall this is solid.

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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 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 puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 03/12/14. Sampled on May 18, 2014. This is the one brewed in Connecticut.

The pour is an attractive dark amber with ruby red highlights glistening around the edge of the glass all under a cream-colored delicate head.

In the aroma the main thing I get at first is a complex dark fruit character akin to plum or prune but the barley malts are not that far behind. Also I pick up a little black licorice and no booze bite.

The body is bold and smooth.

Those vibrant fruit notes are also in the taste but the malts carry themselves forward as well. Still no boozy taste but the hop bitterness at the end is pungent and lingering. Not something I got on the nose but a satisfying conclusion.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark reddish brown amber with a nice one finger tan head that had good retention and tons of lacing. Looks good. Aroma of caramel malt and light citrus and pine hops. Flavor has sweet malt and dark fruit to start, slowly changing to a malty, nicely hopped finish and a lingering, slightly boozy pine and citrus hop aftertaste. Moderately complex and a very nice flavor progression. Medium to heavy bodied with moderate creaminess. The high ABV and hops make a bit of an astringent finish, but overall I enjoyed this well made American style barleywine. If I can find a reasonably priced second bottle, I would age one for a few years to calm the booziness.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass.

A- Pours a super murky brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Somewhat resilient lacing with a trail of spots.

S- Huge caramel aroma with some hops and alcohol in the back. Raisin, fig and grass notes. There's also some pungent, earthy funk.

T- Astringent booze and bitterness at first. Upon second sip, more complexity is derived with an increase of the caramel/brown sugar sweetness fighting its way through the hops and alcohol. Still, it's very bitter in a deep, earthy way. As the two ends of the scale vie for position, I begin wondering if I should have let this bottle go a while longer...although some interesting rum-like characteristics come out of the beer as it warms.

M- Very sharp, bitey and dry from the hops and booze sting. Medium combination and a thick, sticky body. My least favorite part of the beer.

O- Decent, but not really worth a second go. Way too hot and two-dimensional.

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