Evil Twin Freudian Slip | Evil Twin Brewing

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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

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510
Avg:
3.79
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10.82%
 
 
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Photo of ADZA
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Went to my fridge wanting something big and boozy and this ticks the boxes so it pours a full dark copper red hue with a one finger head and a rim of lacing, the smell is definately a hoppy barleywine with aromas of piney resinous hops, sweet barley and booze, the mouthfeel is thick and full bodied with moderate carbonation and the tastes are piney hops mixed with sweet toffee, caramelized pears and finished with a fruity boozy bitterness and overall a nice hoppy barleywine thats worth a shot cheers.

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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 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 maximum12
4/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz. bottle dated 3/12/14…thanks for dating your bottles, Evil Twin. It makes me more likely to buy your beer.

Pour is muddy red with enough sediment to make me reach for my floss: wow. Smells of light caramel & hopping, with a side of sweet.

Freudian Slip is a nice name for a brew, & I wonder why it hasn’t been done before. The first thing I taste is odd, the second is a fat slap of alcoholic excess. Massive dose of moonshine-laced caramel greets the palate, with the two interacting like a couple of Renaissance Festival extras. Mid-palate brings more nuances: bitter leafy hops, woodiness (though I don’t think this is barrel aged?), bit of fruitiness, brown sugar & other sweetness. I’m wavering on whether I could drink a bathtub of this, or if a single bottle is more than enough, but one of those things is true. Thick.

I’m sure I’ve never had anything like this: big, brutal, hoppy, & integrated as well as a St. Louis suburb. A very good beer that’s close to excellent.

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

On tap at the Publick House.
Comes to the table a slightly hazy deep amber/brown color with a decent sized head. Sweet caramel and brown sugar maltiness obliterated by a solid shot of earthy pine and resin. The flavor is sweet and a bit gritty with a solid earthy pine offset with lots of sweet caramel fruit and brown sugar with just touches of chocolate. Medium to thick body with alight to moderate level of carbonation. Nice barleywine, but seems like it needs a bit of time for the flavors to meld a little better.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass with a small head that settles to rim bubbles. Good combination of ring and blanketing lace. The liquid is brown where light will pass through the center of the glass.

This smells like dark chocolate with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Not quite a dessert aroma (too little sugar), but real close.

My initial impression is of a Porter with a shot of cognac added. Plenty of darker, deeply roasted malts followed by a solid dollop of hop bitterness. The swallow brings out a strong alcohol warming feel. The aftertaste is like a bitter alcoholic cocktail. Average body with an elevated level of carbonation.

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

Solid barleywine. Pours a dark reddish amber color with a medium size light tan head. Head retention is good. Bands of lacing on the glass. A pretty good looking beer.

Fairly rich aroma of sweet caramel malt, toffee and some hops bitterness.

Flavor is fairly pronounced as well. Nice balance between malt and hops. More malt forward with a rich, sweet malty presence. Caramel malt and hops are nicely balanced, with the hops keeping the sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel is rich and sweet with a little hops bite and some warming from the alcohol.

I would drink this one again...Good take on an American Barleywine.

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

Bottled 3/12/14 and poured 6/16/14. A little old for a hop-forward beer, but it shouldn't be too bad. I think a single was $4 or maybe a bit less, but I don't remember.

Appearance: Aggressive pour gave about a finger and a half of a slightly creamy very light tan head. Not much lacing, but a little. The beer is a very nice deep brown/copper color. This has to be the clumpiest beer I've ever seen -- massive floaters in the beer and a good amount of sediment. Looks pretty good overall.

Smell: Lots of sweet malt. There's a lot of nondescript hoppy fruitiness, and then the earthy/herbal/grassy/spicy qualities from the hops as well. The heavy malt sweetness on the nose suggests this is what it is -- an American Barleywine.

Taste/feel: Huge sweetness on the front -- one of the sweeter Barleywines I've had at the start, American OR English. The finish though is dry with a pretty solid hoppy bitterness I'd expect from the style. This is an intense beer. The style itself normally is, but I can't imagine how damn bold and intense this beer would be if it were fresh. Spicy qualities with sweet malt on the front, and then a spicy, fruity, earthy hop flavor on the finish with a nice bitterness and lingering malt flavor. Pretty well done. Pretty full body with a moderate carbonation that helps aid in "oomphing" the bitterness.

It's a sipper. Honestly, even though I don't taste or so much feel the alcohol in this beer, it drinks like it's 15% just because of how it tastes and feels. Freudian Slip is a very good beer and quite good for the style, but it's a let down just because I expect everything I have from Evil Twin now to be World Class... maybe that's my fault, but the price is a bit high. I'd recommend it if you like super bold beers and/or American Barleywines.

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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 jdhilt
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two-finger, khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty fruit, flavor is blend of roasted malt, brown sugar and hops. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. $4.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA. Bottled Mar 12, 2014.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I often find these Evil Twin beers reasonably priced at Vintage Estate in Ohio. Paid $3.59 for the single.

A - Ah crap a hard pour really shook up the yeast I get an f-ton of floaties in my deep amber brown beer but as a reward I get over an inch of opaque colored head.
S - I agree with others it does smell rather hoppy but I can still pick up sweet caramel and oaky like tones under those hops. In no way is it mild so hopefully it will not be too bitter.
T - Very bittering hops but they do conceal the ABV very well only giving a slight burn in the finish. Malty sweetness is timid also giving way to oaky and somewhat toasted malt characteristics. Not bad overall!
M - Medium in body some sips heavier than others. Sediment is not bothering me much.

Overall its a very dank hopped high gravity barleywine. Not too sweet or too overall hoppy. Worth trying if you can pick it up in a way it reminds me of a higher gravity version of Avery's "Hog Heaven"

edit: Just noticed this used to be 12% before it was placed in 12oz bottles. Love the smaller format guys but lets keep the original recipe OK?

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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 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 MakeMineADoubleJack
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Nice deep amber redness, two full fingers of cream-colored head.

Toffee/caramel/bready sweetness in the nose. Decently satisfying.

Taste is all sweetness: no alcohol burn, no hop bitterness. That may be the most impressive part about this beer: 10.3% ABV and I can't detect it whatsoever.

Not bad, but I prefer a hoppier barley wine.

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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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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 mothman
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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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep amber with a modest khaki head that leaves a ring of foam.

Deep caramel malt, raisins, bruised cherries form the aroma.

Flavor reveals more deeply caramelized notes, big malt backbone. Hops are fairly bitter, but not overly so.

Thick body, minimal carbonation, full alcohol warmth.

On the sweet side. Fairly hot, as well.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/12/14

Pours an effervescent orange with a finger of cream colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: A little bit of breadyness. leafy hops as this warms & orange peels & faint boozey notes

T: Breadyness, dryness, plumyness & a bit of toffee up front & touch of tangerine. Toffee & woody hops as this warms, a bit of pineapple as well. Finishes with pineapple, passion fruit, leafy, woody, & herbal hops & dry

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good balance

A decent barley wine, seems as much an English Barley Wine as an American... Good, but too expensive to buy again...

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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 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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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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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 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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, label says best before 2015. I've had this bottle a while so I know it's not exactly fresh. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky garnet/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The brew smells like toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruit. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some caramel, earthiness, pine and dark bread. Nice mix of sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit syrupy and sticky with moderate carbonation. I thought this brew was good, it's worth a try. $11.99 a bottle.

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Evil Twin Freudian Slip from Evil Twin Brewing
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