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Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%


Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Batch 1 - White Cap
Batch 2 - Black Cap

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 09-04-2011)
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superspak

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; batch 1, bottled in 8/2011. Pours lightly cloudy ruby red color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, raisin, prune, pear, apple, molasses, toast, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, whiskey, herbal, light pepper, light coconut, and oak/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, whiskey barrel, and moderate yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, raisin, prune, pear, apple, molasses, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, whiskey, herbal, light coconut, and oak/yeast earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, prune, pear, apple, toast, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, whiskey, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark malt, yeast ester, and whiskey barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/yeast/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an insane barrel aged barleywine! All around incredible complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and whiskey barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An extremely amazing offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:49:59 | More by superspak
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AdamHart22

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A really nice ruby / mahogany color. My wife said its pretty looking in the light... I agree.

S - Oh so good. Has just what I was looking for in a Belgian Barleywine. Subtle hints of cherry. A nice maltiness.

T - On point. Not a 5 because I wanted it to be a stronger.

M - This is a damn thick beer, and I'm expecting a syrupy mouth-coating feel. Not the case. There is some syrup there, but it is as crisp as it can be. Really well done, I've had other barley wines that seem like you taste it for hours.

O - A really great offering from Hoppin' Frog. At 21.99 for a 22oz bomber it better be! This one doesn't disappoint though. I think with a year or two in the cellar it would really shine.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:46:53 | More by AdamHart22
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black Cap

A-Pours a clear, glowing orange color. Wine-like legs on the glass. Thin, off-white head. Minimal lace.

S-Old, dusty, dried out oak barrels. to picking up much of the Belgian yeast, definitely more British in my opinion. Caramel liqueur. Estery...maybe I am getting some Belgian yeast because I'm getting some apple notes too.

T-Quite sweet. Loads of caramel, vanilla extract, toffee and some brown sugar. Fruity yeastiness. Integrated bourbon notes. Finishes with that old, dried out oakiness. Both the Belgian and British elements come to fruition.

M-Sweetness and feel make this one a sipper as it should be. Soft carbonation. Heat is integrated well, too. Some age has helped to mellow this one.

O/D-This probably has about a year or more on it age wise. It's has mellowed and integrated itself. It's tasty but I must say I can imagine that I may have enjoyed it more fresh but how should I know? An expensive beer, I remember it being around $23 for a bomber. It got better after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 23:43:59 | More by VelvetExtract
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#9 for the evening:

Black rubberized cap peels back nicely.

Nice crust of white foamy head floats on top of elegant crystal-mahogany color. Good clarity and faint lacing.

Pineapple, cherry, apple, oak, and vanilla. Sweet aromatics.

A near sugar bomb, but it's not. A solid offering from Hoppin' Frog. Lots of grape, plum, apple, cherry, vanilla. Very light carbonation with zero bitterness and high sweetness. Not very even, yet still refined and thought out.

Recommended for sure!!! Thanks Al for sharing a solid offering. Nicely developed and well-put-together.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 08:00:15 | More by chugalug06
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pixieskid

Germany

3.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why everyone regards this one as highly as they do, nor why its considered an english barleywine. It says right on the label Belgian Style Barleywine style. Lets think outside the box and style guidlines and ponder what that would really mean.... imo a quadrupel. Especially given the description on the label...which despite it not being a Belgian brewery, I have a good feeling they are subtlely refering to LA Trappe when they speak of a Belgian style strong, maly beer, aged on oak.

Oddly enough, the night before having this beer, I had a bottle of LA Trappe Oak Aged...and I have to say aside from the vanilla presence from the bourbon barrel aging, this beer was pretty much a dead ringer for a clone of La TRappe Quad. Cloying, strong fruitiness, booze, dark fruits, spices, sugar, basically a smooth but big sugar bomb.

So my verdict on this one; happy to have had it, but its over rated and wrongly labelled. If you like your beers big and sweet, this ones for you.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 15:05:59 | More by pixieskid
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. (22 fl. oz) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MA
Batch 2 - Black Cap
Served in a snifter

Slightly hazed, glowing mahogany appearance. The liquid poured super thick and viscous. A thin film of tan colored bubbles coated the liquid and quickly faded to a thin ringlet.

The nose was interesting and quite complex. Super malty and rich. Lots of brown sugar, toffee and maple syrup. Strong dark fruit notes. Raisins were most apparent. Ripe plums came through as well. Moderately boozy. The whiskey presence was definitely noticeable. Not a lot of barrel character however. The Belgian yeast notes were quite restrained as well.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose but perhaps a bit boozier. Tons of sweet caramel malts and toffee on the front end. Slightly toasty and biscuity. Loads of brown sugar as well. Somewhat cloying. Dark fruits were apparent in the center. Strong raisin, fig and plum notes. The finish was boozy to the point of being hot. Whiskey flavors kicked in big time and were a bit stinging. The one-year of age on this bottle did little to temper the alcohol heat. Like the nose, the flavor profile demonstrated little barrel character and no discernible Belgian-like notes.

The mouthfeel was super syrupy and viscous. Rich and slick on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence that seemed appropriate for the style.

Hoppin' Frog's Barrel Aged Naked Evil barleywine is a notably rich and sweet beer that probably would have been better enjoyed if it were divided by four people on a cold January night, rather than split between two people on a warm August evening. As much as I enjoyed it, this beer is best in small quantities.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 18:10:57 | More by Damian
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Brez07

Maine

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed at part of the Blind Beer BIF. 22oz, stemless wine glass. Batch 2

Burnt orange color, translucent. Plenty of active carbonation although not much head/lace

Caramel, toasted bread, muted citrusy hops. White peach juice. Possibly some barrel or oak here. Not very strong... But maaaybe. I went back and forth of this for a while and never really landed one way or the other

Creamy orange flavor, not unlike creamsicle. I detect some kind of spice as well. Candied peaches, sweet bread, slight bitterness from the hops. A little sweet, dark fruit in the background. No signs of barrel here, guess my nose was playing tricks on me

Medium to full bodied. Brief carbonation up front, quickly smoothing out. Good balance between sweet and bitter prevents this from becoming cloying

My nose was right! Haha oh well. Apparently Belgian made me think more old ale due to the sweetness and also explains the bit of spice I picked up. If my memory is correct, this is a few years old now. Barrel integrated very well. Very nice beer

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 17:22:45 | More by Brez07
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with deep ruby red accents capped with a one finger light beige head which dissipates very quickly, however leaves a bit of lacing throughout. Deep rich aroma of oak, vanilla, booze, dark fruit, and toffee. Opens with a burst of plum, black cherry, fig, and rich accents of date, joined by vanilla and caramel. Finishes with toffee, booziness, and just a hint of whiskey. Full bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel that coats the inside of the mouth and low to moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer certainly trends on the sweet side, but it never reaches the point of being cloying. I’ve had better “rare” barleywines in the past, but this was a very solid offering. Glad to have tried this one out!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 17:40:04 | More by CuriousMonk
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zhanson88

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Procured in a trade at some point. Batch 2.

Appearance: Pours a very deep, clear copper color. About 1/4" of khaki colored head forms which reduces to a ring around the edges. Okay lacing, with light carbonation present. Very attractive barleywine. Excellent color.

Smell: Caramel and toffee makes up backbone of the beer. Surprisingly some light citrus notes present that do not seem to be from hops. Must be contributed from the Belgian yeast. Spicy whiskey character and vanilla rounds it out.

Taste: Caramel and toffee sweetness up front. Very rich. A clean and subtle citrus component as well, almost apple-like. As far as barrel notes, subtle yet great whiskey character. Not a lot of oak. Overall, very complex and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel/Overall:-Medium full mouthfeel; carbonation is about right. Lingering finish of toffee and whiskey. Overall, this beer hits about all the right notes for me. I'll throw in a disclaimer that it is very sweet, but for my tastes not overly sweet. It has plenty of subtlety and complexity in the flavor. The citrus component gives it some uniqueness. All in all I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 17:59:59 | More by zhanson88
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice coppery color. I messed up and poured the sediment in here-otherwise it would be spotless to say the least. Very fine narrow lacing around the top of the glass. Caramel and malty aroma. Buttery and a mild oak tinge. Deep raisen like flavors. Caramel and treacle abound. long lingering sticky sweetness. Just enough of the barrel to let you know it is there. Very mild sherry notes. Great toffee like, sticky mouthfeel-ongoing sweetness...Not trace of the alcohol in this one at all. Just a great beer all in. One of the best UK barleywines I have had. I got this in an Xmas trade that was 80% barrel aged stuff so have held off until now. A real treat for sure. Thanks Laura aka ladyofmuchbeer...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 01:19:15 | More by lackenhauser
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2beerdogs

California

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I wish I remember who sent me this one. Props to you & Maximum Respect. This beautiful offering melds BA barleywine with a hint of Belgian yeast. Admittrdly, I'm not a big fan of many yeasty Belgians, but this one is blissful. Now officially a PERMA-WANT. Sorry, I usually follow the usual format, but I was in the moment this time. HAHA

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 05:46:58 | More by 2beerdogs
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Juuroumaru

Florida

4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- poured very aggressive with about a 1in tan head and is a very nice red with small particles floating around. Head dissipated rather quickly.
S-Sweet caramel malts come across nicely but its about the only thing that i can pick up.
T-heavy sweetness but it doesnt come across as cloyingly with a strong malt backbone.
M-medium body, thin creamy feel.
O- A+ this is an amazing beer very well done and im so sad that i only had 1 of these. I'm was blown away by almost every aspect of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 03:09:05 | More by Juuroumaru
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black cap

A: Pours very clear, almost no haze. Gold/amber color with no head.
S: Smells kinda like cognac.... weird. Very sweet, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla. A bit of brown sugar and booziness too.
T: SUPER sweet. Almost port-like. Tastes like LME (liquid malt-extract), caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut. A bit of cherry and apple in there too. Sweet, toasted oak too. Finishes sweet and fruity, almost like orange/caramel candy.
M: Medium/full bodied with almost no carbonation. Sweet and syrupy while drinking.
O: This beer was ok. Taste was too sweet and all over the place.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 07:09:22 | More by standardcherry
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Goblet. This is the 2012 version.

Appearance: Pours a deep cherry/mahogany color - on the lighter side for a barrel aged barleywine. The beer is filled with floating particles - not sure if this always happens or not, the bottle had been sitting upright for a while.

Smell: Whiskey, molasses, caramel - very sweet. Some oak and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Nice smelling beer.

Taste: This one matches the smell very well - it's very sweet and has flavors of burnt caramel, whiskey, molasses, and raisins and figs. The alcohol is extremely well hidden here.

Mouth-feel: Light carbonation and medium bodied - this one goes down really smooth and definitely has a nice body feel to it. Not sticky at all.

Overall: This is a very tasty beer - the alcohol is very well balanced, and this beer is very sweet. I think the whiskey barrels made a huge contribution to this beer - it is very well rounded.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 22:27:43 | More by Resuin
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scottfrie

California

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black cap, batch 2. Thanks for the replacement bottle Jay!

A: Pours clear light caramel color with pretty much no head. Wispy lace. Tons of specks of sediment in suspension.
S: Strong whiskey, vanilla, caramel, and light milk chocolate. Sweet smelling and boozy overall.
T: Taste very sweet, leather, caramel, tobacco, vanilla, grape, prune, whiskey, and oak. Finishes sweet and fruity, and the aftertaste is full of booze and vanilla.
M: The alcohol is hidden very well, not syrupy at all. Slick and sweet mouthfeel not cloying. Very low carbonation but it goes with the beer. Low fizzy mouthfeel, slightly boozy but not warm.
O: Really really good. Nothing wrong with this beer except that its maybe a bit on the sweet side. Nothing a little age wouldn't keep under control. Thanks again jbck109!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 16:19:13 | More by scottfrie
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I aged this one for about year and was rewarded nicely. Poured into a glass from the bottle, the ale was a golden color with a slight white head that left lacing along the sides of the glass. The beer had a pleasant boozy, malty aroma with hints of vanilla hidden in the aroma. In the initial taste, one gets a nutty, fruity, citrus sensation with hints of vanilla and dark fruit and vanilla in the background. There is a virtual explosion of taste here because there is so much going on. While one gets the warming sensation from the alcohol, it is well masked. The warming continues into the aftertaste with nutty and fruity sensations continuing. By far, this was the winner at a recent testing and my personal favorite from Hoppin' Frog.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:01:13 | More by JohnnyHopps
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear ruby amber, not much carbonation or head at all.

S-Caramel, molasses, oak and darker fruits.

T-Caramel, molasses, sweet oak, mild darker fruits and some coconut.

M-Lighter, no much carbonation, smooth though.

O-One of the the better Barrel Aged barleywines, not as good as Sucaba but the alcohol is well hidden but some more barrel notes would improve the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 23:48:13 | More by rlee1390
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

black cap bottled. poured into taster.

A: pours very clear. copper in color. not too bright.

S: raisins, dark fruit. more of an oak than a bourbon aroma. a little bit of vanilla. more of a toffee aroma than a caramel. very sweet.

T: dark cherries, very fruity. not a ton of fusels. toasted grains. surprisingly mellow. booze comes out in the finish. tons of residual sweetness. a bit under-attenuated.

M: super thick. carb is low which makes it even richer. drinks similar to cough syrup.

D: a bit heavy, but good flavor. slightly thick. besides the under-attenuated nature of this brew, it has a great nose and good flavor. HF has a good thing going here, they should try and use a different strand of yeast, or two yeasts, and get this thing a bit lower. alcohol heat is there, but not over the top. if research serves correct, this was bottled around June '12, so not a very old bottle. I would say good to drink now cellar'ers.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 06:03:21 | More by Jimmys
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2

Appearance: WIth the high ABV, I was not expecting much of a head and I didn't get one, though the liquid was a crystal clear golden infused amber color; instead of lacing, the beer draped legs down the chalice

Smell: Smells like Bananas Foster (though with whiskey substituted for the rum) - banana and caramel elements pair with the boozy aromatics

Taste: Caramel and bananas, up front, with toasted coconut, stone fruit and citrus peel, in the middle; after the swallow, the whiskey flavor adds another dimension, though the sweet flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; loads of warmth in the gullet

Overall: An interesting melange between a quad and an English barleywine but I would have to say that the sweetness is too cloying and, to my palate, the beer is over-rated

Thanks, Prost76, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 01:06:50 | More by brentk56
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2

Pours a dark golden amber color with mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacin left behind.

Sweet, slightly boozy aroma with very subtle barrel notes, leathery malt, candy sugar and dark fruit esters. I was expecting more barrel in the nose but is very faint with minimal oak and spicy whiskey character. Smells more like a regular barleywine/Belgian strong dark ale hybrid with leather and caramel malt sweetness along with toffee, plum, raisin and fig. As it warms, the slickness starts to show but I'm still having trouble picking up the oak and whiskey.

Medium bodied with a blast of sweet booze that lingers over the vinous fruits and sweet and leathery malt back bone into a dry, slightly spicy finish. The barrel presence is much stronger than the nose suggests with subtle toasted oak, vanilla, coconut and spicy whiskey booziness. For all of the alcohol flavor up front, it's actually not all that hot with lots of sweetness and a complex malt backbone balancing things out. It could actually use some more whiskey flavor and heat to counter all of the sweetness. Slightly leathery but the caramel malt, toffee and vinous dark fruit notes overpower almost everything that would suggest barleywine. Slight bubblegum character with hints of grape, raisin, date and plum. Pretty tasty with a well masked ABV but it's intensely sweet and lacking in balance. Also could use more of a spirit/barrel presence for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 06:46:32 | More by corby112
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a murky, medium brown color with very little head. The scent is sweet with tart fruit. The taste is amazingly rich with sweet malts, sugar, caramel, vanilla, and so much more. It drinks very smooth with not a whole lot of carbonation. You can tell the alcohol is there, but it blends together nicely with the other ingredients. A great find and well worth it at $20/bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 04:48:15 | More by Lemke10
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SudSavant

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma 12/12
I smell this and instantly feel like I should be in more formal surroundings. You are immediately embraced by dark boozy fruits, raisins, vanilla, whiskey, and a lesser oak. It is simply a fantastic blend. As it warms the whiskey takes the forefront with strong tones of vanilla, toffee, a lesser oak, and a faint Belgian spiciness hidden in the back. The dark fruits are still very present, but know their place.

Appearance 3/3
Pours like silk with very little head. In fact, one wonders if they'll receive any head at all until it begins to fade in at the middle of the glass and slowly push its way to the top like a person newly awakened and slowly making their way through the first of their morning routine. The ale's legs on the other hand are ridiculous. They stick to the glass and show virtually no signs of falling. The color is a bright copper with an abundance of ruby glints, sunset orange hues, and earthy reds. Gorgeous.

Flavor 20/20
Oh my! This begins in the same sweet fashion as the aroma with boozy fruits, but makes a gradual and seamless transition into vanilla, toffee, candi sugar, and more whiskey. Somehow the oak is not completely subdued by all these imposing flavors and still manages to make its own small contribution. Sitting in the mouth it continues to enjoy all those confectionery inspired flavors and ceased to be quelled. The finish is like the smoothest, sweetest shot you could imagine. Think high end, "no burn" whiskey, and caramelized hardened sugar. Oh, but add amazing dark fruits and oak. Enticed yet? The aftertaste adds some bitter, but it appears to be a result of the dark fruits and alcohol, not so much that of hops. Absolutely wondrous, rich flavor as complex as it is harmonious.

Mouthfeel 5/5
The mouthfeel was the first clue that this beer was not going to be Belgian-style in a yeasty, banana, bubble gun, clove, spicy kind of way. It was going to be a Belgian-style in a quad, knock your socks off, highly carbonated, dark fruit kind of way. Carbonation is initially pretty strong, but fades to a perfectly appropriate level; being present to provide texture, but never allowing that sensation to become too strong or to distract from the flavor. It also never threatens to lighten the medium-full body. Obviously, the whiskey provides some heat to the beer at 11.3% ABV, but again in congenial way where it never threatens to usurp the other more important flavors. The spiciness incorporated by the brewers doesn't hurt one bit either, nor does the way it leaves the mouth sticky with caramel in the aftertaste.

Overall Impression 10/10
A masterpiece for Hoppin' Frog! By far the best offering of theirs that I have ever tasted. It is a rich, superbly blended cornucopia of Belgian quad goodness: active carbonation, dark fruits, whiskey heat, and smooth as you please. Good gracious! Can we all sign a petition so that they'll make this again?

Total 50/50
Well, Hoppin' Frog has joined the elite ranks as one of the few beers to earn a perfect score on Sud Savant. Deservedly so. This beer is fantastic! The barleywine style that they claim in their descriptor can be difficult to find sometimes, especially if the drinker is more accustomed to the more common "American Barleywine" style. However, as a traditional or "English barleywine," this beer is a marvelous blending of styles. It incorporates all the malty, caramel-laden, fruity, boozy, silky goodness that we've come to know and love and combines it with even more dark fruits, active carbonation, and spice from the Belgian style. On top of that it throws in whiskey and oak! What else could you want?! The correct answer? Some in your glass and then some in your stomach. Top marks to Hoppin' Frog! What a beautiful bruiser!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 19:56:37 | More by SudSavant
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The #11 ranked English BW here on BA.

I was reserving this on for a tasting in the area that never happened.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Mildly cloudy, with LOTS of suspended yeast. Reddish brown, with no head really.

S: Whisky, "Jolly Rancher," malt, and Belgian yeast. Nice.

T: Definitely got the whisky, some coconut, oak, and lots of rich candy, along with some yeast, and lots and lots of candi sugar. Nice!

M: Not much carbonation, but that's not what BA beers are about. No lacing to speak of. Excellent.

O: I see why this is ranked so high. This was expensive, but it was almost worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 03:53:51 | More by Chaney
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

2.45/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: poured with some head that quickly dissipated, copper color, slightly hazy
S: medium nose, rich malt and pronounced whisky barrel aging, perfumy with some heat
T: incredibly cloying and unbalanced, needs to age for quite some time and is probably not attenuated enough, very sweet and very rich (but not in a good way), whisky aging helps temper this somewhat
M: cloying, unbalanced, too sweet

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 02:34:22 | More by wisrarebeer
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Mess

Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Making this review more for me moving forward. Perhaps I should have let it age another year (2012 vintage). Smelled delicious, spot on barley wine. Didn't get the belgian aspect at all. Ultimately, thick and sickly sweet. Ok sipper, but too much / too sweet throughout. Had no noticeable barrel-aged characteristics, the sweetness was overpowering. Looked beautiful though.

Serving type: bottle

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