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Evil Twin Brewing
Brewed at Two Roads Brewing Company

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 236   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 (1184) - 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ericular (595) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Pours a nice reddish amber with lasting off-white head and good lacing with tons of sediment. This bottle is ~5 months old. Aroma initially is stale hops, but upon further review this might be intended since it’s not that strong. Beyond that, some earthy caramel and molasses. Taste is thick with rich, boozy, earthy toffee malts and dark fruit, quickly surpassed by a drying, resinous hops that bring some moderate bitterness. Ends sticky, rich, and dry, almost a bit too salty and sour. Not one of my favorite barleywines.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2278) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1277) - Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. Garnet/caramel with floaties. Caramel and old hop aromas. Candi and hops and toffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (1994) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Shepherds Bush, London. A ruby/amber coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Boozy, fruity, caramel aroma. Tastes rich, boozy, caramel, dark fruit, slightly sweet. Nice barley wine from Evil Twin.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nolabrewer (5) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 26, 2014 does not count
Pours an opaque caramel brown with a very strong aroma to match. Good head for the style. Mouthfeel is substantial. Great earthy-malt backbone with some late bitterness. The alcohol presence is very subdued. Really good beer to sip overnight the course of an evening.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2599) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2014
12oz bottle from Savor Market. Deep amber pour with a big frothy light tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, citrus hops, pine. Tastes are leather, cherry, dark fruit, sugar, toffee, chocolate, light spice, vanilla. Little boozy. Very aggressive, but mostly corals all of that into a cohesive whole. Slight earthy bitter late. Worth a go - not sure I needed the 4 pack though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 12, 2014
12 oz. bottle (Jan, '14) into a snifter. Pour is a deep, dense ruby amber with 1 1/2 fingers of off-white/ khaki head. Aroma is intense malts including caramel, toffee, dark fruits, cherries and citrusy hops, with a hint of booze. Taste mirrors the aroma. Big malty bready flavors, heavy in the caramel with cherries and fig. Has some molasses, brown sugar notes as well. Finishes with plenty of bittering hops and some pine. Not a huge booze feel but it's there. The mouth feel is a bit viscous, true to the style. Definitely one of the better American style barley wines I've had Still gonna let the rest of these mellow in the cellar a bit like I do all barley wines.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3686) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
11.2 oz bottle. Amber with an average off-white head. Aroma is of brown sugar, toffee, leaves, herbal, earth. Taste is of pine, toffee, leaves, sugar, booze.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3913) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle. The smell is hops, fruits, stale, yeast, bread, and caramel. The taste is fruit, caramel, toffee, off, alcohol, and egh. The look is a beige colored head, clear, reddish brown head.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1579) - WALES - JUL 6, 2014
Keg at Brewdog. I think it was up as ’Mikkeller Freudian Slip’, though I may be wrong. Dark red / brown, small scummy head. Aroma - sweet toffee, pine. Body is medium, rich and foamy, low carbonation. Taste is semisweet toffee, pine, rosewater, toothpaste with orange squash. Alcohol is well hidden. Very similar to the Stone Old Guardian I just had, but nowhere near as sweet.


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