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Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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95
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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 266
Gots: 228 | 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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma 12/12
I smell this and instantly feel like I should be in more formal surroundings. You are immediately embraced by dark boozy fruits, raisins, vanilla, whiskey, and a lesser oak. It is simply a fantastic blend. As it warms the whiskey takes the forefront with strong tones of vanilla, toffee, a lesser oak, and a faint Belgian spiciness hidden in the back. The dark fruits are still very present, but know their place.

Appearance 3/3
Pours like silk with very little head. In fact, one wonders if they'll receive any head at all until it begins to fade in at the middle of the glass and slowly push its way to the top like a person newly awakened and slowly making their way through the first of their morning routine. The ale's legs on the other hand are ridiculous. They stick to the glass and show virtually no signs of falling. The color is a bright copper with an abundance of ruby glints, sunset orange hues, and earthy reds. Gorgeous.

Flavor 20/20
Oh my! This begins in the same sweet fashion as the aroma with boozy fruits, but makes a gradual and seamless transition into vanilla, toffee, candi sugar, and more whiskey. Somehow the oak is not completely subdued by all these imposing flavors and still manages to make its own small contribution. Sitting in the mouth it continues to enjoy all those confectionery inspired flavors and ceased to be quelled. The finish is like the smoothest, sweetest shot you could imagine. Think high end, "no burn" whiskey, and caramelized hardened sugar. Oh, but add amazing dark fruits and oak. Enticed yet? The aftertaste adds some bitter, but it appears to be a result of the dark fruits and alcohol, not so much that of hops. Absolutely wondrous, rich flavor as complex as it is harmonious.

Mouthfeel 5/5
The mouthfeel was the first clue that this beer was not going to be Belgian-style in a yeasty, banana, bubble gun, clove, spicy kind of way. It was going to be a Belgian-style in a quad, knock your socks off, highly carbonated, dark fruit kind of way. Carbonation is initially pretty strong, but fades to a perfectly appropriate level; being present to provide texture, but never allowing that sensation to become too strong or to distract from the flavor. It also never threatens to lighten the medium-full body. Obviously, the whiskey provides some heat to the beer at 11.3% ABV, but again in congenial way where it never threatens to usurp the other more important flavors. The spiciness incorporated by the brewers doesn't hurt one bit either, nor does the way it leaves the mouth sticky with caramel in the aftertaste.

Overall Impression 10/10
A masterpiece for Hoppin' Frog! By far the best offering of theirs that I have ever tasted. It is a rich, superbly blended cornucopia of Belgian quad goodness: active carbonation, dark fruits, whiskey heat, and smooth as you please. Good gracious! Can we all sign a petition so that they'll make this again?

Total 50/50
Well, Hoppin' Frog has joined the elite ranks as one of the few beers to earn a perfect score on Sud Savant. Deservedly so. This beer is fantastic! The barleywine style that they claim in their descriptor can be difficult to find sometimes, especially if the drinker is more accustomed to the more common "American Barleywine" style. However, as a traditional or "English barleywine," this beer is a marvelous blending of styles. It incorporates all the malty, caramel-laden, fruity, boozy, silky goodness that we've come to know and love and combines it with even more dark fruits, active carbonation, and spice from the Belgian style. On top of that it throws in whiskey and oak! What else could you want?! The correct answer? Some in your glass and then some in your stomach. Top marks to Hoppin' Frog! What a beautiful bruiser!

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Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.