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Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 278
Gots: 238 | FT: 29
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 09-04-2011

Batch 1 - White Cap
Batch 2 - Black Cap
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Ratings: 591 | Reviews: 161
Photo of Matonika
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excellant barleywine . Big whiskey barrel flavor, plums, vanilla. very assertive flavor and aroma. Medium plus body. Not to hippy. Pairs great with dessert. Lively carbonation. Great head retention. This is awesome. I wish I could get in San Diego.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma of bourbon (light) and some alcohol overtones. As it warms, aroma increases.
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy/fizzy, diminishing to 3 mm ring
Lacing poor – small islands of tiny bubbles which rapidly slide down the glass to rejoin the ring
Body very deep amber, slight haze (probably stirred up some sediment)
Flavor of vanilla, oak, malt, some fruity esters, sweet but not cloying, alcohol stomach warming starts immediately; no hops in aroma or flavor, no diacetyl.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

Photo of NiceTaps
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 1 into a snifter.

Another big sweet brew. Good flavor and BBA mellowing carried the brew, making it drinkable.

Photo of cubs943
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer.

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White cap
Gold head quickly fades as does the minimal lacing. Bronze color with burgundy tints.
Smell, much wood, some malt, bit of vanilla
Tastes sweet, butterscotch, vanilla, malty with the fainest echo of what was once a bit of hops.
I thought this would be sticky thick, nice mouthfeel, just not as chewy as I expected.
This is good . I'm looking forward to trying my black cap.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a deep almost black shade of garnet. thin parts show off a bit of clarity and brightness but mostly the darkness makes it appear black. a small tannish head forms, maybe about a finger when poured very aggressively. the retention is good and it leaves behind a nice strong lacing.

Smell: malty and sweet. notes of barley, caramels, molasses to syrup, toffees and dark fruits. vanilla, whisky and oak flavors come through fairly strong. some dark candi sugar

Taste: opens with dark fruity notes and candi sugar, with notes of plums, raisins and dates. the malt profile comes through nicely with caramel, toffee and a strong grain presence. The barrel is clearly there but well balanced and shows notes of whisky, vanilla and a strong oak. alcohol is moderate but makes appearances from time to time.

Mouthfeel: heavy and fairly creamy. pretty slick and sticky

Overall: my first Hoppin Frog and if they make other beers like this one far from my last. delicious combination of the english and Belgian aspects. I thought the barrel character may overwhelm this beer but was pleasantly surprised that it just melded nicely with the complexity

Photo of stortore
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black cap- guess that means batch #2. 22 ounce bomber into a snifter.

Good color, not much of a head but what little there is hangs around. Aroma is well balanced between the whiskey and the malts, some vanilla. Taste continues the balance, not too boozy, but that's the first thing you taste. It's a sweet one, but I favor that. Raisin, brown sugar and... just sweet. No hop presence at all, and though a little hopiness is usually desireable in a Barleywine, my favorites are just like this. Great body for the style, rich but not too thick, not a lot of carbonation.

This is a terrific beer. I hope I can still get another bottle and age it for a while.

Photo of Beersnake1
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the fridge to a tulip, and consumed it while it warmed over an hour.

Look - nice golden brown with some carbonation. Looked like a nice barleywine.

Smell - Here is the best part. Beautiful caramel coming through. The sweetness is clearly evident, and the barrel is there, but not too strong.

Taste - Very nice from the start. As it warmed, the sweetness increased and I got hints of syrup. This would be my only complaint about this beer - a bit too sweet. The barrel character was perfect, and the caramel and malts really shined. Feel was good. Overall, I'm happy I got to try this beer. Another great offering from Hoppin' Frog.

Photo of Lukass
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Black cap!

Pours a dark brown with hardly any head at all. I poured it a bit warmer – around 50 degrees, and the heat from the alcohol was definitely on the nose, along with some boozy liquor, sweet bread and whiskey. Taste was a lot like the smell, but with even more added complexity. Almost reminiscent of a scotch ale – a little Backwoods Bastard in there somewhere. Sweet, sugary malts, bourbon as well as some vanilla, oak and coconut on the back end. Some burn of alcohol is present, but in the most decadent way possible. This one was a delicious sipper. I'd easily pay $20/bomber on another one of these any day, and that doesn't happen too often.

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

Black cap. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. I had hoped to age it longer but the bottle took a spill in my trunk on the way home and the cap started to leak.
A: Mahogany color with a thin head that quickly disappears
S: Sweet cherry, molasses, prune, Belgian yeast, vanilla and whiskey
T: Matches the nose. Tons and tons of cherry pie filling. Underneath that distinct prune along with molasses, vanilla, brown sugar and a bit of Belgian yeast/fruitiness on the finish
M: This is definitely a big beer. Very sweet, the alcohol is there but not oppressive. It should mellow out with age
O: Complex and quite tasty. I do wish I could have aged it as I think it will integrate and gain complexity. Then again I'll just try to find another bottle

Photo of BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle from Joe. Thanks! Pours dark brown color, some ruby on the edges where the light comes through, and a one finger khaki yellowish head. Unique aroma with plenty of whiskey, oak, fig, dark fruits, brown sugar as expected, but with some spice and another note that almost seems quad like. I assume the year is the "Belgian" influence? Flavor is sweet brown candi sugar, dark fruit, leather, caramel, some oak and dryness, coconut and vanilla finish. Thick body with medium low carbonation, coating the tongue. Definitely different from the standard BA Barleywine, but very nice.

Photo of bobhits
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Wow not sure how to rate a beer without the scoring system? Who needs to get fired?

I jumped with excitement with this on the shelves up here in Ohio.

The appearance is easily the darkest of the barrel aged BELGIAN barely wins I can recall. Very deep, a good bit of yeast and just weight. There is carbonation but fizzy non existent stuff after a few minor seconds. So no head no lacing, but some ok legs on it. 3.5

Dark fruits (raisins and plums), molasses, sugar cane, vanilla, oak, and alcohol. 3.5

Very rich, molasses, rum, butter, citrus and flordal hops....I want to explain dark fruits but I'm not really tasting it. The alcohol is too high, this one needs age badly.

The beer claims 11.3 and well I can't call more BS. This drinks like a 15% beer. I feel a law suit is coming here, but this is as fresh as fresh gets I suspect.

This is a port level sweet beer...but it hasn't come together yet. With 2-5 years of age this is going to drink absurdly well. I highly recomend grabbing this one and aging.

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev -12%

This one is a brown color that shows some red when the light shines through its body. It doesn't form much of a head, but does hold up a layer of lightly tanned foam that leaves some thin bubbling behind.
Lots of sweetness comes off the nose, and it's a big malt bomb. There's just a ton of dark fruits (raisin, plum, fig) and brown sugar leading to some rich blackstrap. That's not to say there isn't any hops presence, as some dryer leaf balances it well. The aroma is this beer's best aspect.
The main problem with the flavor in this otherwise excellent beer is that it can't avoid cloying. It's just too sweet and rich without much to cut it, though hops do try. It even gives off something like sugary bubble gum in the middle and ends with some thick fruitcake.
The body alternates confusingly but very interestingly between thick, rich and viscous and thinner, alcohol running in and out on the tongue so it's hard to keep track of. It adds a bit of sting as well, though not harshly. I remains semi-sweet and doesn't run too sweet because of the hoppier elements, mostly, keeping some dryness in it.

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of AdamHart22
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of chugalug06
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of pixieskid
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.

Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Brez07
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Photo of CuriousMonk
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!

Photo of zhanson88
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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...

Photo of 2beerdogs
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

Photo of Juuroumaru
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.