Evil Twin Freudian Slip | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
521
Reviews:
107
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
112
For Trade:
7
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/12/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, alcohol, and slight vegetal onion and garlic hop aromas . Taste is much the same with toasted malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a mild vegetal hop quality in the aroma that disappears as the beer warms up.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i found this to be a very interesting take on a barleywine, more of an american strong dark ale, insofar as the two are distinct from one another, but nevertheless, i liked this better than the gentleman i shared it with. a curious nose, hoppy and spicy, like a winter warmer or holiday beer, with some clove and molasses, but i think most or all of that is a product of a very large and diverse grain bill. the flavor comes on in waves. sweet and grainy first, the only part of this that resembles classic barleywine, but it is short loved, moving into a spice palate that includes cloves, allspice, and even something a little more funky, cardamom or cinnamon maybe, tough to tell because the hops start in before the spice fully evolves. bitter as anything on the finish, which is one sense is nice because it cuts the grain sweetness, but on the other had is frustrating because it exacerbates and exposes the prominent alcohol strength of this ale. fizzy carbonation makes it feel light on the palate, especially for the style and for this examples particular strength. i like its tricking drinkability, and would recommend this ale for the lover of the unconventional. nothing like the barleywine we expected, but an enjoyable beverage nevertheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Street, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin beige head that consistently covered the surface and left thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts and toffee in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel and toffee. A light amount of bitterness is present, which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: This is a good sipping beer for a cold winter night.

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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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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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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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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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3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A bubble show at the outset leaves a thick head that lingers on the copper colored liquid; excellent retention and a reasonable amount of lace hangs around

Smell: Caramel, stone fruit and pine

Taste: Caramel forward with the stone fruit tones building; piney bitterness overwhelms the middle, almost to the extent that the malt disappears though the sweet caramel tones linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Reasonably good, but both the malt and hop bills lack the complexity to make this a top representative of the American barleywine style

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, but more expensive.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/12/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish. Very nice complexity and balance of big citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tan head. Color is a copper amber.

Flavor profile: Sticky hops. Juicy and hop resiny. Dank, weedy, and piney. Caramel and toffee malts. Tropical fruits. Pineapple and mango with some apple.

Mouthfeel: Sticky with some bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Ends a little sticky.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. I love how hoppy this beer is. I'd definitely drink this one fresh.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Evil Twin Freudian Slip from Evil Twin Brewing
3.79 out of 5 based on 521 ratings.
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