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Evil Twin Brewing
Brewed at Two Roads Brewing Company

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen / Brooklyn, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Did you also at some point in your life get seduced by promising words like ’probably the best in the world’, ’it works every time’ etc.? This American Barley Wine Ale 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.


Foffern's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1248) - Bodø, - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle shared with (and courtasy of) The Bergen tasting crew, and Gunnar. Has a hazy dark brown colour with a medium beige head. Lots of hops in a fruity aroma with the addition of dried fruit, pine and rye. A lot of malt in the flavour and more powerful hops as well, almost herbal with grass and pine. The mouthfeel is soft and slick, and has a medium bitterness. A very nice ale! I also understand that there’s a huge difference between an English barley wine and an American one. This is closer to a DIPA.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2419) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2014
Low pfffft as the cap came off and then lowly, doughy malts shine on first whiff. At cellar temperaturee and into a stunted tulip it pour wonderfully; viscous but with a good head of foam that is tight and wielding. The body a hazy, deep chestnut and seemingly still. ’American Barley Wine’, why is that on the label. This is classic English. Boozy, sherry, almond and toffee notes dominate the heated and spiced, vinous and plump fruit nose. Palate is simiar. Smooth meets oily mouthfeel; rounded and bountiful in spice, alcohol and malt. There is a little twigginess to it hinting at dry hopping or the like but this is all malt and yeast. Slow sipping caution. It does go down easier than my brain could function. Its length fades but persist at another mouthful. Though I like it, it definitely lacks in the complex, sit and ponder, department. A rare for me at liking Evil Twin, but I do like this one. Keep it simple!!! (12fl.Oz, bottled 12/03/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle, bottled 01/20/14
Dark re-amber color, hazy, with large creamy head. At first ot has the aroma of a fruity Barley Wine, but it turns a bit into something more dusty and with traces of vegetables. Good body strength; the mouthfeel is very smooth, for the style; the flavor is based too much on dark caramel, and not enough clean malt; too bitter, maybe with some chicory bitterness too, and a fair amount of hop resins, and some bitter orange; high alcohol perception.
Hop-lacerating American Strong Ale, chaotic; I don’t share the purpose.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3254) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2014
Medium creamy head dark misty brown pour aromas pine caramel citrus toffee the flavours honey toffee pine grapefruit a dryness very pleasing touch peach strong bitter caramel good balance with a comforting sweetness to the bitter stewed fruit the finish excellent Barley Wine best aftertastes fruits all round bitter pine malt sweetness finish cracking stuff

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4716) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Reddish/brown with a small head. On the sweet side with malt, dried fruit, hops, grapefruit, some warming alcohol. The body was thick. A pleasant one to sip.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (3283) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
33cl bottle @ Nk bar. Bottled 03/12/14.mahogany color, thin off white head. Raisins, hops, bread and sweetness in aroma. Heavy stuff. Full bodied, oily and quite sticky. Alcohol burn. Plums, bread, sweetness , hops. Bitter, sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (2274) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle@nkbar. Amber red, unfiltered. Light plummy rich deep caramel malts, some herbal hops. Full bodied, quite bitter, herbal. Ok barley wine, but not the best. Very bitter, bit harsh. Flavourful though.

-- bb

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1941) - Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle: Opaque, light brown & burnt copper body with an ecru foam on top, decent sized for a barley wine. Aroma of sticky caramel, honey coated plums, grapes, sugar, & a light, earthy hop aroma. Sweet toffee aromas grow with some warmth, too. Hoppiness more vibrant on the palate; lightly ashy, leafy hop bit up front with a solid backing of sweet, residual sugars, caramel malt, toffee, light plum, honey, & faint brown sugar. Lingering bitterness underneath the sweet malt, lasting into the finish. Slight black cherry, molasses, & plum aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"this beer is pretty intense with a load of caramel malts and a sweet citric hop bite as well as a little alcohol. that said, it is quite enjoyable when searching for a deep, dark, in your face sipper. a little pricey, but damn good."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (52) - - SEP 20, 2014
Dark orange-brown color with small head. Innocent fruity-sugary (plums, candis fruits, toffee) alcohol-intense aroma, just like most barley wines, but the taste is a surprising mix of typical barleywine aromas and hoppy bitterness. Also a bitter grapefruit-like finish. Astonishing!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4214) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
355ml bottle pours an amber brown color with a finger of white head that retains well and leaves only a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is big dark fruits and chocolate. Taste is a big fruity and grainy malty sweetness up front finishing with a bold herbal and grapefruit hop bitterness. Medium to heavy bodied brew with moderate carbonation which satisfies the palate. Flavors are well balanced and this is a big, bold and tasty barley wine. Highly recommended.


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