Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.85/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3 inch white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a tight ring of lacing. Pours a translucent maroon and leaves sparse, small lacing spots.
Smell: Vanilla and whiskey, with a strong fig note. Very unified and pastry like; great aroma. Balanced and supremely inviting.
Held back from a 5.0 for lack of development over time (some booziness emerges, but the overall profile is pretty constant) and lack of complexity.
Taste: First sip: immediately apparent well-done barrel-aging influence (vanilla, whiskey, caramel-like flavors, deep smoothness), caramel, finishing with a somewhat indistinct, fig-like dark fruit flavor with a long vanilla/whiskey finish. Exceptionally smooth in taste and feel.
Second sip yields a surprising bit of estery Belgian yeast character like in a good tripel (I didn't expect the Belgian yeast to impact this barrel aged 11.3% ABV beer whatsoever). Beautiful chewy toffee barleywine malt flavors.
Further sips bring notes of dark cherry, subdued molasses, constant vanilla and whiskey, lots of fig and toffee. This is a joy to drink... there's no solvent flavor whatsoever, just a mild (but constant) heat. Several distinct, delicious notes emerge, but they all compliment each other in a way that really doesn't demand "close attention." Every sip makes sense, and is amazing.
Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Soft and creamy, with perfect (low to moderate) carbonation and a semi-dry finish with a long, consistently palatable aftertaste. Perfect vehicle for these refined, rich and balanced flavors.
Overall: For my tastes, this beer is an unmitigated success. It's unique, it's full of distinct, bold, and delicious flavors, it's perfectly barrel aged (the oak and whiskey flavors couldn't match the base beer more fittingly), just hot enough, just-right feel, etc.
I recently reviewed a beer that was good, but not a "Let's sit at our desk and drink this, focusing only on it," kind of beer. BA Naked Evil is what I'm talking about when I'm talking about a "let's sit and drink this," beer. I am going to spend the next hour or two relishing every sip left in the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2012 03:28:10 | More by Pahn
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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
95 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.