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Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 262
Gots: 204 | FT: 16
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour provided by ehammond1 at the blind barrel aged barleywine tasting hosted by DarthKostrizer.

Pours a clear orange with a orange-white head that fades to nothing. There is no lacing on this one. Smell is of malt and dark fruits. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, and some random fruity flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but it tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -12%

djrn2, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.1%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +17.4%

spycow, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mdfb79 for sharing this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark copper color without much of a head; instead there's just a bit of a thin off-white collar. The nose carries a decent amount of bourbon, oak, and accompanying vanilla. A little bit of oak tannin and oxidation. Still fairly nice.

The flavor has some smooth bourbon and a good dose of caramel with some light fruits in the background. There is a touch of booze and moderate oak. Touch of bourbon. Medium body with lowish carbonation and some booze. Quite good.

Thorpe429, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

acurtis, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Texasfan549, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2

Appearance: WIth the high ABV, I was not expecting much of a head and I didn't get one, though the liquid was a crystal clear golden infused amber color; instead of lacing, the beer draped legs down the chalice

Smell: Smells like Bananas Foster (though with whiskey substituted for the rum) - banana and caramel elements pair with the boozy aromatics

Taste: Caramel and bananas, up front, with toasted coconut, stone fruit and citrus peel, in the middle; after the swallow, the whiskey flavor adds another dimension, though the sweet flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; loads of warmth in the gullet

Overall: An interesting melange between a quad and an English barleywine but I would have to say that the sweetness is too cloying and, to my palate, the beer is over-rated

Thanks, Prost76, for the opportunity

brentk56, Mar 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

kjkinsey, Nov 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

GRG1313, Dec 02, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark brown in color with a huge head of tan that just towered over the top of the glass. Settling down smoothly and evenly it produced a thick coating of lace all along the sides of the glass. Rich vanilla and woody aromas are being picked up almost immediately. Huge notes of oak and subtle caramel and toffee and truly dominating here for sure. Warming only brings this out further, rich and decadent, sweet aromas just building off each other here. The first sip is divine, subtle, and rich and perfectly carbonated it simply rolls across the tongue with a gentleness that is unheard of. Vanilla and caramel merging with oak like notes and touches of earthy hops all working together seamlessly. I am still not sure how strong this one is, but subtleness is key here as it was barely detectable at all.

mikesgroove, Dec 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jaydoc, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Knapp85, Sep 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Paul for the bottle. Opened this at a blind barrel aged barleywine tasting. It ranked somewhere in the middle.

Appearance: Clear tawny with medium-light carbonation. The head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Incredibly sweet, with a strong Belgian yeast character. The yeast profile isn't dominant against the bourbon barrel and the toasty, grainy malt bill, but it's plainly noticeable, lending some bubblegum and spice. Barrel contributes a rich caramel and maple syrup backbone, and the foundation doesn't seem to be lacking sweetness either. There's a bit of oxidation in the form of dark fruit, which works very nicely against the richness of the malt and barrel. It smells good, but I don't love what the Belgian yeast adds to this style.

Taste & mouthfeel: Syrupy sweet. Maple syrup, brown sugar and bubblegum. Normally I hate any trace of bubblegum in beer, but it's subtle and inoffensive here. A decent amount of oak and brown malt, dark fruit, grape and plum. Borderline too sweet - this has a sugary, boozy burn going down. I feel like this has the same level of residual sugar as many of The Bruery's 18%+ ABV beers, only this isn't nearly as strong or full-bodied. It's not a thin beer, but it could use more heft for the level of sweetness.

Overall: Good, but not great. Too sweet, and I'm not thrilled by the yeast profile. It's still a pleasure to drink and ranks as one of the best beers I've had from this brewery.

largadeer, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

The first beer tasted just before a buddy's wedding. It's described as a Belgian-style barleywine (whatever that really means) aged in whiskey barrels. Right on. It pours a clear copper-tawn topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, light oak, sweet toffee, light mandarin orange syrup, and the slightest hint of whiskey. The taste continues the sweet tradition of the smell, with the toffee really running deep and the heat of the alcohol finally showing through. It's clear this barleywine is still quite young. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a syrupy feel. Overall, though young, this is quite the tasty b-wine. I'm sure age will be a boon to it, but it's ready to go now for the adventurous. Good times.

TMoney2591, Sep 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

SocalKicks, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden copper color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of whiskey and sweet caramel.

T - Strong whiskey flavor with sweet caramel and toffee presence. Subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was smooth yet sticky. A full bodied ale with a strong alcohol warmth.

O - This is a very good barrel aged barleywine. A nice rare find from Hoppin' Frog.

zeff80, Nov 29, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Owen & Engine. Thanks to the bartender for suggesting it. Served in a snifter. Love the ghetto label

A - A quarter-finger of white foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles, some wisps on top, a touch of spotty lace. Lightly hazed orange-brown body.

S - The aroma is understated, with notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, and booze that grows in intensity as the beer warms up. There's some estery yeast character and English toffee sweetness as well.

T - The taste is superior, with copious amounts of coconut, vanilla, whiskey, toffee, brown sugar, spicy Belgian yeast, and a hint of bubblegum.

M - Medium-bodied, with well-hidden alcohol, pleasant moderate carbonation, and a lightly tannic finish. Surprisingly light for the style and alcohol, but not in a detrimental way.

D - I suspect this will improve over the next few months, but it's quite excellent already. Handily the best Hoppin' Frog offering I've ever had. The Belgian yeast works very nicely with the barleywine sweetness and intense barrel character. Looks like I'll have to find a bottle or two for the cellar.

MasterSki, Sep 20, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Dan recently at a tasting, thanks! This is a good beer but is quite ugly.

Beer served in a snifter, beer is brown and cloudy with basically no head, low carbonation, no lacing or retention.

The aroma is sweet, booze without the alcohol, oaky, sweet. Very sweet, did I say sweet?

Beer is medium in body and syrupy on the palate, very nice beer overall. The finish is mildly bitter, strong flavors good finish. Not usually my style but I am glad I had this beer. Much fun.

drabmuh, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

oline73, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

mendvicdog, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/25/12 notes. Big, big thanks to jyounger30 for sending this one my way in the Birthday BIF; thanks Jay. Been a big want of mine, shared with some friends at a tasting.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent dark amber color with one to two inches of white head and low carbonation evident.

Smels - Smells of whiskey, caramel malts, toffee, oak, vanilla, coconut, and toasted malts. Nose is good, but the whiskey dominates here, and it smells pretty hot. I like it as I tend to like bourbno forward beers, but it docks it a bit, and I can imagine it would be too much for some.

t - Tastes of whiskey, caramel malts, vanilla, oak, cream, toffee, toasted malts, bready malts, coconut, wood. While the whiskey is there and up front in the taste, it doesn't dominate as much and allows more caramel, toffee, and vanilla to come through. Vanilla is very nice, and I think it tastes great.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Not as thick as I was expecting but very smooth and easy to drink due to the low carbonation. Again, not as hot as I was expecting, and actually pretty easy to drink for over 11% ABV.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit, and I liked it more the more I drank it. I was a bit worried after smelling it that it was going to be a bourbon bomb, but not the case. Taste was a wonderful mix of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel, and it was super easy to drink. Would definitely like to have it again.

mdfb79, Feb 27, 2012
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Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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