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Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 266
Gots: 227 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 09-04-2011)
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Reviews by scottyg354:
Photo of scottyg354
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amber Brown. Nice Two finger head. Some decent lacing. Pretty looking beer.

S: Bourbon, Mal and Booze. A little smoke as well. Some dried fruit notes.

T: Bourbon, Raisins and other dried fruits directly up front. Oak in the middle. This finished only to what I can compare to a Worthers Original butterscotch, really enjoyable.

M: Smooth, Thick and Heavy. Mild stickiness on the lips. Mild carbonation.

O: This really was a great beer. I would definetely drink this one again. Stands up to the barleywine style, with some great characteristics for the bourbon barrel aging.

More User Reviews:
Photo of standardcherry
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black cap

A: Pours very clear, almost no haze. Gold/amber color with no head.
S: Smells kinda like cognac.... weird. Very sweet, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla. A bit of brown sugar and booziness too.
T: SUPER sweet. Almost port-like. Tastes like LME (liquid malt-extract), caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut. A bit of cherry and apple in there too. Sweet, toasted oak too. Finishes sweet and fruity, almost like orange/caramel candy.
M: Medium/full bodied with almost no carbonation. Sweet and syrupy while drinking.
O: This beer was ok. Taste was too sweet and all over the place.

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 Damian
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Resuin
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Goblet. This is the 2012 version.

Appearance: Pours a deep cherry/mahogany color - on the lighter side for a barrel aged barleywine. The beer is filled with floating particles - not sure if this always happens or not, the bottle had been sitting upright for a while.

Smell: Whiskey, molasses, caramel - very sweet. Some oak and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Nice smelling beer.

Taste: This one matches the smell very well - it's very sweet and has flavors of burnt caramel, whiskey, molasses, and raisins and figs. The alcohol is extremely well hidden here.

Mouth-feel: Light carbonation and medium bodied - this one goes down really smooth and definitely has a nice body feel to it. Not sticky at all.

Overall: This is a very tasty beer - the alcohol is very well balanced, and this beer is very sweet. I think the whiskey barrels made a huge contribution to this beer - it is very well rounded.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a darkness snifter. purchased at the brewery.

pours out a really nice deep reddish, bronze color, maybe even a little burnt orange. not much head, even from a vigorous pour, but the thin layer that appeared faded to a rather retentive ring. just some light spotty lace at first. a little bit of legs noticable if you look hard enough.

big boozey whiskey, oaky barrel aromas, fruity esters, a little apple, lots of burnt caramel, carmalized sugars. smells nice.

lots of delicious sweet flavors. sweet caramels, carmelized, burnt sugars really cover the palate. some really nice oaky, vanilla, boozey whiskey flavors, some honey as well. a range of fruity estery flavors, mostly candy caramel apple like, a bit of rum soaked cherry. a touch of spicey rum like alcohol on the finish.

boozey, but not overly so, just the right level. big, sweet, sticky body. carbonation is a little on the low side which works very well with this beer. silky smooth.

definatly a top notch barleywine, worthy of all the hype. there definatly is a lot of sweetness going on, but its not at all cloying. right up there with mother of all storms IMO, but well have to see how it stacks up to king henry as soon as i open my bottle. im glad i got some bottles to sit on.

Photo of ehammond1
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Blind Tasting and Review

(Aged for 6 months)

Clear, dark orange with a very minimal head. There's some slight sediment floating around the beer. This leaves the glass oily, but no lace in the classic manner.

Sweet, somewhat simple, though very nice aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon.

The flavor is similarly nice, with good amounts of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and slight dark fruit.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Very nice, though I was disappointed in this one, only because my expectations were so high. This is quite nice.

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Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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