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Barrel Aged Frosted Frog Christmas Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Barrel Aged Frosted Frog Christmas AleBarrel Aged Frosted Frog Christmas Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 18
Gots: 40 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Spiced Ale aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: jampics2 on 12-04-2010)
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

djrn2, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of jale. Amyliz4 very much appreciated it. Served in a mini snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a nice off-white head with a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good dosing of bourbon plus plenty of cinnamon and spice. Much better integrated than the non-barrel aged version. Flavor falls along the same lines -- bourbon out front with a bit of underlying spice. Medium body with a smoothness to it. Good spice and booze. Tasty.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

acurtis, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

metter98, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

GRG1313, Jan 01, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown with only slight bits of light coming through to change it from a back note. a huge tan head then rose up from the depths and settled across the top of the glass. really just a thick look to it.

the aroma was boozy, with lots of peat and smoked malts that really filled the air. hints of molasses, chocolate, rich caramel and dark fruits all make their presence known. with the thickness of a milkshake the first sips slide over the palate doing their best to coat it

mikesgroove, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours sort of a murky amber color with a small off-white head. Nose is quite fruity with lots of plums and raisins. It’s also very spicy. Great nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon. Plenty of caramel, brown sugar, and some vanilla. The flavor is rich and sweet. Huge caramel and brown sugar flavors, tons of dark fruit notes, and a wonderful spice character. The cinnamon and all spice really come through nicely.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing this one - thanks for indulging Nate's love of winter warmers. Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin ring and wisps on top, but no lacework. Mostly transparent ruby body.

S - Nutmeg, cinnamon, light oak and bourbon, and some red licorice. I'm wondering if these were second-use barrels from BA B.O.R.I.S., as most Hoppin' Frog barrel-aged offerings are far from subtle.

T - Taste is more sugary and malt-forward, with notes of Twizzlers, candy canes, vanilla, and less overt Christmas spice in comparison to the finish. There's a faint spruce note in the finish that I can't tell if I'm imagining.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, tannic and dry texture, and some light warming that is part alcohol and part cinnamon.

D - For a spiced Christmas beer this was actually pretty decent. It's not my favorite style of beer, but it was far better than I expected and might appeal to loves of Christmas spice. One of my favorite Winter Warmers, I suppose.

MasterSki, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: brown in color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: winter spices such as nutmeg and cinammon with some caramel tones come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, nutmeg, ginger, cinammon, dark fruit sweetness, and moderate bitterness create a nice christmas ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness from start to finish.

Overall: a nice winter ale that hits the flavor profile of the season. Easy to drink and nicely refreshing.

Gavage, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

imperialking, Nov 20, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 bottling. Pours fairly clear deep red amber color with a 1 finger foamy off white head with good retention, that reduces to ring of lace that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, raisin, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, bourbon, toast, light oak, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, spices, and barrel notes. Taste of raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, cinnamon, bourbon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, light oak, and herbal. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, bourbon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of malt/spice/barrel notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Christmas ale. Great balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors with moderate barrel character; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jan 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

TurdFurgison, Nov 20, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with maybe a half inch light tan head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is very, very spicy. The brew smells like nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, and some oak and vanilla. But the spices overpower the whiskey in the aroma. Taste is similar to how it the brew smells, but there's a better balance between the spice and whiskey flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with low/moderate carbonation. Overall I think the brew is still too spicy for me, it just gets worse and worse the closer I get to finishing the bottle. I don't think I cared for the regular version either, but I do like this version better as it doesn't seem as spicy in comparison as the barrel aging mellowed out the spices some. Worth a try if you've never had it before. $13.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

WOLFGANG, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

IPAchris, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

pathman, Jan 06, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1462nd Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter
22oz

2011 Vintage

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App- Just a flat old pond water looking color with maybe a whisp of head and 0 cling in the head. Not sure where color comes from but its a white/brown mix. Just off.

Smell- I wished it was Christmas in August. Such a holiday beer. Cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint for days. Smelled like liquid potpourri to me. Best part of the beer.

Taste- Drops WAY off. Its just an off spiced malt bomb. Not sure why flavors dont integrate better but seems to all pull apart. Spice note is very prevalent making it hard drinker. Malts almost overpower.

Mouth- A thicker medium body with a low medium carbonation. Residual Christmas spice.

Drink- It's not the best beer, but because of the nose I rounded up vs. down. Probably wouldnt have this one again.

FosterJM, Aug 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tommyguz, Dec 01, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cmurren25 for sharing a bomber on 12/26/10.

A - Poured a dark toffee brown liquid with a creamy tan head that diminished to a thin ring and flimsy patch, leaving benind a bit of spotty lacing.

S - Toffee, peppermint and cinnamon with a gingerbread cookie dough malt character. Aroma is intensely spicy and sweet.

T - Initial flavor is quite spicy with a definite cinnamon and peppermint character. Toffee and caramel notes add more sweetness to the mix. Reminds me of spicy gingersnaps or holiday cookies. Finishes with a tinge of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and minimal carbonation. Finishes spicy on the palate with some mild hop bitterness and residual sweetness.

D - I didn't mind this one as much as everyone at the table. While I likely couldn't finish an entire bomber of this on my own, perhaps I was in the Christmas spirit on this particular day. Definitely an intense Winter Warmer for sure, but not bad.

ffejherb, Jan 11, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Barrel Aged Frosted Frog is a dark copper color. It’s mostly clear, and has nice crimson highlights when held to light. A modest tan head caps it off. It stands roughly a finger tall, but recedes quickly. It holds at the surface for a bit. Lacing was a little sticky, but light.

The nose is alright. It features a strong cinnamon scent up front. No big shock there. There are some nice sweet, caramel and toffee notes that linger throughout. Bourbon is definitely there, but doesn’t seem all that strong. Doesn’t smell like it spent a great deal of time in barrels. Probably a good call. Other spicy notes of ginger and nutmeg are noted. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through too strong.

The flavor is less impressive. Average at best. Caramel malts kick it off. The flavor is quite sweet. It’s also quite spicy. Cinnamon comes through loud and clear. It’s a bit overbearing. Ginger and nutmeg flavors are also present, but in lesser amounts. Bourbon is a little stronger in the mix than anticipated. Barrel aging also left a rather prominent vanilla flavor. The strong vanilla and cinnamon flavors seem to be a little at odds. It’s not overtly bad, but it’s not quite good either. Alcohol is there, but isn’t warm or hot.

The body is medium. Carbonation seems light and relatively soft. It has a pretty good feel. It’s a sipper though. The flavor just grows a bit tiresome, especially in the second half of the bomber.

Barrel Aged Frosted Frog is not Hoppin’ Frog’s best moment. It’s okay at best. The flavor simply isn’t very impressive. The vanilla and spicy notes are a little at odds with each other. Frankly, barrel aging did not have any appreciable positive effects on Frosted Frog. I prefer the regular, non-ba Frosted Frog. This one might be worth one try, but that’s about it.

prototypic, Jan 02, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, ChrisPro! 22oz bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a amber color, tan-colored head, thin collar, wisps.

S - This beer is a cinnamon-bomb! Woah...some nutmeg, other spices, candy cane, and oak in there as well. If you like sweet cinnamon beers, this might be your thing.

T - Dare I say, even more cinnamon? Oh yes...candy cane, oak, no real detection of alcohol because it's hidden by the spices. Pretty messy, if you ask me. Finish is sweet & spicy...I only like that combo on my orange chicken.

M - Medium, good carbonation, spicy finish.

O - I'm going to give this one a big pass. If you like a high level of sweetness and cinnamon, then maybe this might be epic for you. For me, I had my taste and that's all I want...the end.

Sean9689, Jan 06, 2012
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Barrel Aged Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.