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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Ratings: 519 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrfrancis
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Gemini6
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 Ohiovania
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of smi69
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 MacStinson
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Wrigfen
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 gratefulbeerhead
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evanwoertz
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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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Evil Twin Freudian Slip from Evil Twin Brewing
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