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Barrel Aged Naked Evil | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Barrel Aged Naked EvilBarrel Aged Naked Evil
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by TMoney2591 on 09-04-2011

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Photo of Myotus
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Eziel!
Batch 2. Poured gently from a 22oz bottle (batch 2, no date) at 48F into a snifter. Allowed to warm up to 50F before rating based on smell, taste, and feel. Consumed on 13Apr16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of light brown foam. Brown in color with a ruby tint and a moderate amount of cloudiness. Subtle amount of small rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and hardly present.
SMELL: Strong aromas of tree nuts, figs, plums, raisins, and molasses entangle with mild aromas of sweet bread, leather, spicy whiskey, toast, and chocolate along with subtle banana, oak, and vanilla aromas.
TASTE: Very strong flavors of molasses, plums, figs, and raisins instantly exploded onto the palate, leaving behind a great first impression for my insatiable sweet tooth. Mild spicy whiskey, sweet bread, vanilla, oak, and leather flavors immediately trail to bring some balance to the beer while simultaneously adding to the sweetness. Mild flavors of tree nuts, bananas, toast, and sweet chocolate enter lastly as they balance out the beer even further while all previous flavors persist, except for spicy whiskey, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: This beer is so thick and full-bodied, it is nearly like drinking syrup. Carbonation is hardly present. This goes down incredibly smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong, yet somewhat pleasant dryness. A strong and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt at it goes down the throat.
NOTE: Only my second of its style. I loved how the whiskey wasn't overwhelming, although I would have personally liked to have had a little bit less. The Belgian yeast was an excellent addition, resulting in the banana flavors that made this beer oh so much better.

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Photo of stevoj
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barley wine bottle share on 1/31/14. Poured out an amber color with aromas of toffee, bourbon, caramel, and some light dark fruit. Flavors are the same, dark pitted fruit within some toffee, and caramel added with alight bourbon aftertaste.

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Photo of stephens101
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Full on Barleywine begging weather event happening and stuck inside the house. Have to make the best of it I guess.

The very promising and complex aroma overflows with notes of sweet bread, chocolate, cherry and raisin. Tastes sweet and bready with an array of dark fruits toward the back and a fine thread of lingering alcohol in faint hops in the finish. The oak peaks through in its own good time. Heavier and dessert-like but well carbonated and viscous.

Rich and complex and just about perfect in every respect.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is prune all the way, prune juice color, a dark reddish purple, small creamy head, prune on the nose, prune flavor, etc.

A little chewy, but one of the smoothest barleywines I've had.

It's really hard to get into the nuances of this brew, but as with all their beers, an attention towards quality is very evident here.

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Photo of mabermud
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Transparent light brown.
Smell: Caramel, barley, alcohol.
Taste: Caramel, malts, alcohol, and dark fruits.
Feel: Smooth and even keeled.

Overall - Very nice.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: big soapy fat head, insane ruby brown color with great clarity head dissipates to a film

S: soft bourbon smells light banana caramel toffee slight floral and piney hops

T: lots of Banana from the belgian yeast big bourbon and nice load of hops malty though the hops are a flash in the pan piney resin then it washes away with malts

M: clean for a BB beer its clean and almost crisp the beer is so layered

O: Completely blown away this beer has so much going on all at once its insane. Its crisp clean full and so layered with lots of banana spice bourbon and hops then a layer of malts this beer is a sensory explosion.

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Photo of Matonika
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of stortore
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Lukass
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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Photo of bobhits
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of AdamHart22
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Brez07
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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