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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.

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 504
Photo of oline73
2.19/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a red/dark amber color with a layer of off white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malt sweetness with some fruit and berry notes along with a boozy bitterness.

Taste: Oh no! This isn't very good at all. Berries with a strong bitterness. Some malt and some booze. This one is a bit of a mess.

Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with foamy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This wasn't a very good barleywine at all. I wouldn't want to have another.

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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 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured out a ruddy brown color with small off white head approaching beige.

Alcohol the most noticeable aroma, a cigarette ashtray comes across as well.

Ooof, tons of alcohol noticeable on the palate. It really is the dominant aspect of the beer.
A little bit of a thicker, more syrupy mouthfeel, but it still isn't getting me to a point where I like much of this beer. Alcohol dominates any hops or malt flavors. Caramel, raisins, prunes, rubbing alcohol. Pretty bitter, but can't discern if that is from the hops or something else.

Thanks to Reno Dave for bringing this bottle to the Reno bottleshare. No thanks to Dave Hurley of the El Dorado casino (sports bar suit guy) for renigging on their word allowing our bottle share so they could purportedly keep the BMC distributor happy.

This one is a pass for me, glad I got to try it without buying. Would not recommend.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a reddish brown color. There wasn't much of a head on top, just some scattered bubbles on top. The smell of the beer has some sweet malts on the nose as well as some hops. The aromas of caramel and dark fruits are in there too. The taste of the beer has a light amount of raisin flavor with a hoppy bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is watery, it's drinkable but not overly complex. Overall this beer wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. There are better Barley Wines out there.

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Photo of BB1313
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottled on 5/12/14. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep ruby with solid clarity and a slight haze; nice fluffy light-tan head that fades and leaves solid retention and not much lacing. The aromas are subtle and faint, but not bad. Lots of dark fruit and toffee. Some berries in the mix too. The flavors are really hot and boozy. Very spicy. It starts off sweet, and then becomes bitter. The heat becomes normal the more you drink it. This makes a nice sipper. More dark fruits. Raisins are there. More toffee with subtle hints of chocolate. Subtle citrus notes. Some pine needles. Mouthfeel is thin, but it has nice active carbonation which makes it smooth and enhances the overall experience.

I'll admit, it becomes more enjoyable the more you drink it, but the heat really diminishes the flavors and just dominates. The alcohol isn't hidden at all, but maybe that was their intention. This drinks like it's much bigger than 10.3%. Definite sipper.

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Photo of UncleEmu
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Evil Twin Freudian Slip Barleywine
serving type: goblet, tap at California Craft Beer in Fremont, CA (Dec 2014)

A: Crimson tinged brown, lots of deep, dark red

S: Oatmeal, ripe red grapes, alcohol sharpness, some sweetness

T: Grapes, hops, and alcohol show up first. Anise/black licorice follow. As the beer warms, the sweet malts really come out. A bit too sweet really.

M: Oily, thick, and heavy

O: There are some strong and distinct flavors, but it's a bit too sweet and not compelling enough.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a goblet at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach California. Cost was $7.50. Expectations were above average given the brewery - whose Yin I loved.

A: Pours a two finger head of good cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially for the ABV. Colour is an extremely dark nontransparent brown-black.

Sm: Hops (mainly floral), caramelized malt, and cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hops (floral), cream, layered clean malts, caramel, and full barley. Nicely balanced, but the balance is merely okay.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick to support the flavours. Complementary of the flavour profile.

Dr: Too hoppy a barleywine for my tastes. Good but I expect more from Evil Twin. I wouldn't have it again. I prefer my barleywines malty and complex, not hoppy and simple.

High C+

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Photo of Tilley4
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A little disappointing honestly... It just lacked... Something..... Very very sweet and boozy and not necessarily in a pleasant way... Not much in the way of hops... Sweet boozy and malty... It tastes ok.. But not quite up to the big boys in this category... I wanted to like this one and did somewhat but with other offerings easily available, probably wouldn't pull the trigger on this one again..

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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 TippedMixology
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brewed in Stratford, CT by Evil Twin Brewing.

Appearance - Pretty, dark honey coloring with about a finger of head.

Smell - Very nice. Bright and slightly hoppy with a good amount of light fruits... possibly strawberry, but I can't pinpoint it.

Taste - Pretty disappointing. Hops take over the beginning, then it melds into a nice malty flavor in the middle but is immediately inundated with overwhelming bitterness drowning out any sense of malt.

Mouthfeel - The hoppy bitterness takes over here. Not much else to say--decent carb.

Overall, not the worst barley wine I've had, not the best. I tend to stay away from hoppy beers, but don't mind them if they're done correctly... this one was somewhere in the middle.

-Adam from Tipped Mixology

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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 John_M
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

On tap at bier stein today.

The beer pours an amber orange color with fair retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showing typical nuances of brown sugar, light vanilla, some toffee and a hint of citrus. On the palate, this is a mess. I assume this is meant to be a hoppy BW, but the hops really don't impart much flavor, and the alcohol is way too noticeable.

This was a beer that each time I took another sip, I dropped by score. Can see no reason to visit this again any time soon, especially given the price. The beer isn't awful, but I'll be damned if I can ever imagine getting this over a glass of SN Bigfoot, which is twice the beer this is, at half the price.

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Photo of scream
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit more alcoholic tasting than I would have preferred. Bought as a sgl bottle at a price I do not recall although I believe it was more than I would normally pay. There are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 01/20/2014 so this bottle has been aged over a year now. Gifted to me from a friend.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a ruddy murky caramel colored body; dark in the glass with a bit of chunky yeast floaties visible. About a finger of tan head that falls to a ring. Leaves lots of good scattered sticky lacing. Looks good.

S - The aroma comes off with initial must, oak, & wood. Chalky cocoa, caramel, & toffee notes are mixed in with some perceptible alcohol fumes. Any noticeable or identifiable hop content has been ruled out by the malts.

T - The taste still retains a bit of hot nail polish remover alcohol fumes. Notes of chocolate, raisins, figs, caramel, toffee, cocoa, & booze present themselves. Subdued tea leafy hops have faded to the caramel malts. Not bad, but something isn't doing it for me. Slightly medicinal and boozy, despite being aged over a year.

M - The feel is fairly smooth, thick & full-bodied with moderate alcohol warmth and low moderate carb. Definitely a sipper. Not quenching or easy-drinking, but that is to style.

Overall, probably not something I would seek out again. I would perhaps try it again fresher, but I can't see that helping the booze content in this beast.

Evil Twin Freudian Slip -----3.5/5

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Photo of cvm4
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light copper in color, but oh so murky. Little to no head.

S - Good amount of sweetness on the smell. Candied/brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Good bready malt character with light coffee and earthy hops. A bitter finish.

T - A slightly burnt brown sugar taste. Good amount of molasses and sweetness overall. Earthy hops abound.

M - Medium to full bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Really the sweetness comes off as cloying and it can be a little boozy.

O - Not a mind-blowing beer. Somewhat mid-grade. It's nice, but not over the top good.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - this must be Batch 3, then, unless they made one that came in a 500ml serving size.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with one flabby finger of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves a low band of drifting snowbank lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of sweet caramel malt, hard toffee, sharp grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus rind, dark, berry-like orchard fruit, musty pine needles, and a simmering alcohol astringency. The taste is rather bitter pine resin, serrated leaf and stripped-down citrus oils, a backed-off grainy, bready caramel malt backbone, an acrid berry fruitiness, and further earthy, floral, and well-perfumed hops.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, but still adequately supportive in its low-fi fizziness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and not particularly smooth, the twin blast of bitterness and booze kiboshing that. It finishes off-dry, the malt and various fruit incarnations putting up the good fight, but in an eventual losing cause.

Not a lot of typical barleywine characteristics floating around this one, even for the American style, as this is all about the bitter and acrid - the musty and malty, very much less so. Interesting to try, and ultimately not that difficult to drink for the hop-inclined, after a short acclimatization period, that is. This wants recognition - I just don't know how or what to recognize it as.

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Photo of zac16125
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a large tulip

A: dark brown, huge frothy light tan head, good retention, leaves an absurd amount of lacing

S: some dark fruits booze, sweet, nutty, like candied pecans

T: really nutty, booze, caramel malts, sweet and roasty

M/D: syrupy Mouthfeel, full bodied, carbonation pretty big for the style, drinkability very good with a well masked ABV

O: overall good not great, pretty one dimensional with the big nutty character. For the price, I probably wouldn't buy again,

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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 BurgeoningBrewhead
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter; ruddy chestnut in color, translucent in light. Minimal off-white head that fades after a few moments into a thin ring of tiny foam and some spotty lacing.
Smells of sweet bready malt and candied fruit, booze.
Taste is very sweet, I'm glad I have some 3 year cheddar here to cut it between sips. The sweetness fades into some boozy bread flavors, finishing off with some piney hops.
Mouthfeel is medium-thick and slick.
Overall, this barleywine is a bit one-dimensional but it's drinkable and relatively tasty.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cask offering via the beer engine @ the Trapp Door, emmaus. The brew pours a mahogany to cooper color. Fairly clear with rich finger off frothy tan head that sits atop with wonderful retaining powers considering the strength of the brew and delivery.

The smell is fruity like apples and something deeper, maybe currant. A hint of pears is also present but maybe more inline with the scent of the earthy skin moreso than the ripe fruit itself. There is a bit of mineral inclusion as well that blends into the scent of alcohol as it warms.

The taste is strong with a very forward flavor of green apple skins and pears. Toffee to caramel malt sweetness comes into play with some burnt sugary flavors before a big boozy impact. Just like the aroma hinted, there is a mineral quality through this that mixes with a young green yeast aspect that keeps this from being "clean."

It is a medium bodied brew for the style on the edge of light with a bit watery feel exaggerated by the light carbonation. It is enjoyable in limited amounts. The nose is the standout feature of this brew. I am usually a big fan of cask beer but I think this experience was possibly degraded a bit by it.

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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 artoolemomo
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have excellent retention. The head is a light beige/khaki while the body is a mix of dull maroon and dark amber which appears as a dark amber with bright crimson hues when held up to the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Definitely an American barleywine. Starts off with huge citrus notes- orange and grapefruit which climax into an almost piercing lemon. Some pine and resin hanging around the edges. Slight touches of caramel, honey, and maybe toffee. Swirling shows a burnt quality to the caramel.

Taste- Very brash, very in your face- so pretty much your average American Barleywine. Starts off with big citrus notes and moves quickly into caramel, burnt caramel, pine, resin, and matchstick. Beyond these notes, it doesn't seem all that complex. A little messy but not as messy as some American barleywines can be. The brash elements do start to mellow and reveal more caramel bedded by pine and resin and matchstick on the finish. Slight spice, maybe pepper. Some floral notes on the front. Above average to solid, good beer. Lots of grapefruit, some hints of tropical fruit. Solid and without flaws- also has pretty good balance for an American barleywine. Not exactly my style of beer but a pretty good representation nonetheless.

Mouthfeel- Approaches medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. Light carbonation that still has a carbonic sting which matches well with the hops and the spice of the finish.

Drinkability- A little more accessible than a lot of barleywines but certainly not sessionable. 4 bucks a bottle seems okay for a decent American Barleywine. Not a repurchase for me though- because of the style not the quality. I think I'd rather have an aged Bigfoot instead.

Overall- Above average to solid, good beer (closer to good) that doesn't stray too far from the typical flavor profile for an American Barleywine. Effective but certainly not innovative. Worth a try and it may become a bargain standard for you if you like straightforward American Barleywines.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: copper, amber. Clear. Nice swath of reddish head
Smell: pleasant enough though not very rich. Some grapefruit. Malty base.
Taste: much like the nose. Pleasant enough though not a lot happening. Grapefruit and malt, a slightly bitter finish.
Overall: to sum up a good, not great American barley.

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