Tasting: September 20, 2014
Style: Barley Wine
Beer #: 616
Like Molotov Cocktail, this offering from Evil Twin also carries an interesting name – “Freudian Slip”. The phrase is named for (and by) the famous 18th/19th century Austrian neurologist/psychologist, Sigmund Freud. If you are not familiar with the term, a Freudian slip is a verbal misstep that Freud claimed revealed true thoughts or feelings that would boil up from the subconscious. John F. Kennedy while using his hands to shape the air once said “Our country should encourage “the breast,” – which he quickly corrected to “the best and the brightest.” Another example was when Prince William was mistakenly (or maybe not) introduced on a British award show as the “douche of Cambridge” instead of the Duke of Cambridge.
Again, Evil Twin takes their recipe to the South Carolina facilities of Westbrook Brewing Company. This barley wine is said to mimic the heavily hopped American-style barley wine as compared to the malt-centric English variety. The style “barley wine” can be confusing. Is it a beer? Essentially – yes. It’s made from the same water, barley and yeast that comprise beer – it’s just that the malts of the barley are amplified to produce a beer that has an alcohol strength that rivals wine. At 10.3% ABV – Freudian Slip cracks the category.
Freudian Slip pours a rich brownish-red color. First impressions are sweet, boozy and bitter. Digging in a little deeper the sweetness is of caramel, toffee, raisins and brown sugar – the bitterness is a fairly potent citrus rind and some pine. The astringency of the alcohol is potent as somewhat detracts from the experience. I love barley wine and probably am more forgiving of the shortcomings. I’ll peg Freudian Slip at 88 points.