Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by MbpBugeye:
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to normyk for sharing this.
This stuff is very thick on the glass, its viscosity coating the sides. There isn't much of a head, just tiny pearls of lacing here and there. The beer is a pretty clear, caramel-amber color.
It almost smells like a bourbon barrel aged wheatwine. There is a lot of snappy graininess like wheat, or even possibly rye. Some honey-like sweetness plays along side an amazing fruitiness. Bourbon is light and mostly oaky and silken. More fruity, yeast-driven esters come out with warmth, giving off a very interesting and very awesome over-ripe, candied banana note. Alcohol is spicy and clove-like.
Sweet bananas covered in honey. Smooth bourbon blended nicely with vanilla and oak. A few nips of marshmallow and coconut are derived from the oaky bourbon. Fruitiness is wonderful. A lot of banana, and some baked apple. This beer has a spicy, alcoholic finish.
Full bodied and pretty warming, but not what I'd call hot, especially for the style. Carbonation is low, and this stuff is nearing syrupy.
Much, much, much better than I expected given the Belgian aspect. It has plenty of esters, but only the good, fruity ones and none of the bad, plasticy ones. I hope to get more of this for certain.
Serving type: bottle
09-11-2011 20:21:11 | More by MbpBugeye
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 00:49:59 | More by superspak
4.41/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 00:46:53 | More by AdamHart22
Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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