Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by ShogoKawada:
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
unexpected find on the shelves in MA. $23 (yikes!), poured into duvel tulip. I heard very good things about this... let's hope they're right, 'cause that's a lot of money for a bottle.
A- Low carbonation, a thin tan head rises and settles quickly. Large bubbles. Beer is ruby red and burgundy in the glass, very vibrant. 2nd pour kicks up a much nicer creamy eggshell white head, bumping score significantly. I guess it's all in the pour.
S- Lots of bready, malty sweetness, subtle whiskey barrel. What kind of whiskey? Hmm, going to have to investigate.
T- Right off the bat there's a pretty intense strawberry jam flavor. Sweet, though, no tartness. It's followed by a mellow toasty oak and vanilla. Very fruity and sweet malt base. A bit of brown sugar/molasses and some honey too. This whiskey treatment is mellow, refined, subtle... stunning, really.
M- Boozy but not hot, warming as it goes down. This one's been tempered a bit for the better. Lush, full flavors, lots of lingering sweetness... even for the style it's sweet. This might detract for some, I don't mind it. I'd say it's more 4.75 than 5.0 but I'm rounding up because I'm in a good mood.
O- Yes, please. A treat, a luxury, and not a good value per se.. but an awesome beer nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2011 04:01:12 | More by ShogoKawada
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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
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