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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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Evil Twin really is evil. I'll review this, drink it, and take a nap.

This bottle is marked 259:15, so I think it is several months old. I don't think this style needs aging any more than that.

It's a nice brown color with fine bubbles. The aroma is strong dark malts. The taste is a balanced bitter sweet with a boozy finish. Very nice. Evil Twin conquers another style.

Warning. This drink is a (cool) drug. I felt a rush as I swallowed the first sip. One toke brew, man. Highly recommended for a serious barleywine experience.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 stephens101
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby red hues and a tan froth that dissipates quickly. Notes of pine, cherry, dark plum, and taffy rise slowly from the tulip. A bold and complex palate is led by plenty of pine, gum, syrup and sugar. Finishes off with brown bread, herbal hops and a slightly lingering medicine aftertaste. Firm in body and strong enough to get the buzz going quickly, but never colors outside the lines its created.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.61/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep amber, almost copper, beautiful color, with a very mild white foam head. Aroma is malty and sweet, no hops. Taste is strong, malty, very alcoholic. Creamy body with low carbonation. It´s a great beer that would round better if cellared for a year I think.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark, plum brown with a medium foamy head. huge chunky horror-film levels of sediment here. nose; earthy musk, toffee, oak & sweet booze. taste; piney hops play a slightly backing role here to the big sweet malts, boozy caramel, toffee, bready yeast and dark fruit (plum & raisin). this is listed as a barleywine, but almost tastes like a dubbel hybrid that is sweet, but not too much so. a gigantic, boozy carnival treat of a barleywine.

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

A-a reddish amber color with a thin layer of cream colored head

S-caramel malt, sticky toffee, raisins, and dark fruits

T-caramel malt backbone and dark fruit sweetness which leads to pine hops bitterness. Flavors improve as the beer warms and flavors mold together better.

M-medium sticky body, light to moderate carbonation

Overall beer starts out a little harsh but comes together more as the beer warms, good sipping beer

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy dark straw body.
The aroma is a complex mixture of ripe dark fruits, hay, burnt caramel and lemon.
The taste is strong bitterness upfront, then nice fruit sweet middle and finish with bitter and alcohol heat. Good.
The texture is medium
It's really good.

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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 outdoor7or24
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into snifter glass.
A: pours a dark ruby orange brown, 1 finger foam head, slight stringy lacing
S: oak, boozy, raisin, dark fruit, vanilla
M: medium body with slight watery slick texture
T: malt, Belgian candy sugar, yeast, some fruity esters,
O: interesting brew with good flavor

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Photo of justinp444
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark semi-hazy amber with a 2 inch thick off-white two tone head. Smell of citrus, grapefruit, sweet malt, dried fruit, and some grass. Taste is very double IPA like, lots of citrus, orange, grapefruit, some sweeter dried fruit, plum, raisin, grape, pine, grass, tiny hint of earth, and caramel-y sweet malt. Slightly dry, mostly sweet, and a good amount of carbonation. It has a big full mouth feel with a moderate body. A nice hop forward barley wine.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Amber color. Has an sweet aroma. Flavor is malty and a little sweet with notes of caramel. Leaves a caramel and light vanilla aftertaste. This is not a bad barley wine but it feels like it needs something.

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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 mntlover
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy murky brownish orange color, rich looking. Head is small side beige falls to ringed scum some spotty lace.

Aroma is big barley wine, lots of caramel malts, over ripe fruits. Hops are floral and ripe citrus fruits.

Taste is like the nose lots of caramel malts, sweet free floating sugars ripe fruits. Hops are there to balance the sweetness but not over whelming. Just checked the bottle date this is 15 months old, so can explain the hops not being over powered.

Mouthfeel is nice and big with medium level of carbonation.

Overall very enjoyable, like a aged Bigfoot. Can't tell how it tastes fresh but its damn good with a year plus on it.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a year old so I'm sure some of the hops have faded some, this seems possibly especially so in the aroma where it is malt dominant with strips of alcohol.
Smallish darker white head settles mostly to a ring. Quite clear and a pretty amber with brown/gold/orange.
BIg and bold, of course with a nice intensity to the bittering that lingers quite nicely and for a good long while. Toffee, but not sweet in any way. The pale malt and alcohol blend nicely. A bit of perfume but not too much. The flavor builds in intensity through the drink with the bittering and full malt lingering on the side of the tongue for seemingly ever. The start is much more shallow and pleasant before the boldness kicks in and overtakes.
Nice feel, but not particularly big, just real nice.
This is solid. While it resembles Bigfoot, there are differences. I'd say a little less sweet/rich and some subtle differences to the hops flavors, but not having one side by side I''m going more from memory.
Thanks Drevis.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a little sour, a little more hoppy. nice carbonation.
a good barleywine ale that taste and feels like a more bitter scottish ale.
I like, and may continue more into barleywines after this one.
keeps me curious about beer.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a hazy dark burnt / rustic orange with a nice offwhite head. good retention.

S: malty sweetness, slight dark fruits, with some lighter fruit (pears, grapes). orange citrus

T: malt sweetness, orange citrus, resinous pine. warming alcohol burn on the finish.

M: thick with appropriate carbonation.

O: good beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant dark amber to brown producing a quickly dissipating ½” light tan foam collar that produces thin sheets of lace. Some legs.
S: Sherry and dark dried fruit.
T: A big malty fruit beginning seasoned with licorice or anise, culminating with a big hop emphasis.
F: Big, chewy, medium low carbonation.
O: A surprisingly well balanced beer for being so big.

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Evil Twin Freudian Slip from Evil Twin Brewing
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