Freudian Slip | Evil Twin Brewing

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3.79/5
Very Good
525 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#19,172
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
525
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 525 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of DIM
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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 cduffy201
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of groleau
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.



-Cheers!

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Photo of Hayes86
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 patre_tim
3.94/5  rDev +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.

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

Photo of jrob21
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EEscobar
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 JohnBender
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mig100
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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 RMentair
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Josholson666
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HipCzech
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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

Photo of BRO-baron
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Freudian Slip from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 525 ratings