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Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 257
Gots: 206 | FT: 14
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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fredmugs

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-01-2013 17:57:53 | More by fredmugs
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I aged this one for about year and was rewarded nicely. Poured into a glass from the bottle, the ale was a golden color with a slight white head that left lacing along the sides of the glass. The beer had a pleasant boozy, malty aroma with hints of vanilla hidden in the aroma. In the initial taste, one gets a nutty, fruity, citrus sensation with hints of vanilla and dark fruit and vanilla in the background. There is a virtual explosion of taste here because there is so much going on. While one gets the warming sensation from the alcohol, it is well masked. The warming continues into the aftertaste with nutty and fruity sensations continuing. By far, this was the winner at a recent testing and my personal favorite from Hoppin' Frog.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:01:13 | More by JohnnyHopps
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear ruby amber, not much carbonation or head at all.

S-Caramel, molasses, oak and darker fruits.

T-Caramel, molasses, sweet oak, mild darker fruits and some coconut.

M-Lighter, no much carbonation, smooth though.

O-One of the the better Barrel Aged barleywines, not as good as Sucaba but the alcohol is well hidden but some more barrel notes would improve the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 23:48:13 | More by rlee1390
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ediaz

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-26-2013 21:19:41 | More by ediaz
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

black cap bottled. poured into taster.

A: pours very clear. copper in color. not too bright.

S: raisins, dark fruit. more of an oak than a bourbon aroma. a little bit of vanilla. more of a toffee aroma than a caramel. very sweet.

T: dark cherries, very fruity. not a ton of fusels. toasted grains. surprisingly mellow. booze comes out in the finish. tons of residual sweetness. a bit under-attenuated.

M: super thick. carb is low which makes it even richer. drinks similar to cough syrup.

D: a bit heavy, but good flavor. slightly thick. besides the under-attenuated nature of this brew, it has a great nose and good flavor. HF has a good thing going here, they should try and use a different strand of yeast, or two yeasts, and get this thing a bit lower. alcohol heat is there, but not over the top. if research serves correct, this was bottled around June '12, so not a very old bottle. I would say good to drink now cellar'ers.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 06:03:21 | More by Jimmys
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AOShabaz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-22-2013 01:03:50 | More by AOShabaz
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-22-2013 01:03:48 | More by shehateme
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-18-2013 11:30:15 | More by RedneckBeerz
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 01:06:50 | More by brentk56
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2

Pours a dark golden amber color with mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacin left behind.

Sweet, slightly boozy aroma with very subtle barrel notes, leathery malt, candy sugar and dark fruit esters. I was expecting more barrel in the nose but is very faint with minimal oak and spicy whiskey character. Smells more like a regular barleywine/Belgian strong dark ale hybrid with leather and caramel malt sweetness along with toffee, plum, raisin and fig. As it warms, the slickness starts to show but I'm still having trouble picking up the oak and whiskey.

Medium bodied with a blast of sweet booze that lingers over the vinous fruits and sweet and leathery malt back bone into a dry, slightly spicy finish. The barrel presence is much stronger than the nose suggests with subtle toasted oak, vanilla, coconut and spicy whiskey booziness. For all of the alcohol flavor up front, it's actually not all that hot with lots of sweetness and a complex malt backbone balancing things out. It could actually use some more whiskey flavor and heat to counter all of the sweetness. Slightly leathery but the caramel malt, toffee and vinous dark fruit notes overpower almost everything that would suggest barleywine. Slight bubblegum character with hints of grape, raisin, date and plum. Pretty tasty with a well masked ABV but it's intensely sweet and lacking in balance. Also could use more of a spirit/barrel presence for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 06:46:32 | More by corby112
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HopsintheSack

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-12-2013 01:52:30 | More by HopsintheSack
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-10-2013 21:00:05 | More by DarthKostrizer
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jriggins6

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-10-2013 11:54:24 | More by jriggins6
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Prost76

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-10-2013 00:05:31 | More by Prost76
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match1112

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-09-2013 13:41:32 | More by match1112
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George1799

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-03-2013 20:02:15 | More by George1799
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a murky, medium brown color with very little head. The scent is sweet with tart fruit. The taste is amazingly rich with sweet malts, sugar, caramel, vanilla, and so much more. It drinks very smooth with not a whole lot of carbonation. You can tell the alcohol is there, but it blends together nicely with the other ingredients. A great find and well worth it at $20/bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 04:48:15 | More by Lemke10
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-25-2013 16:56:39 | More by jaasen64
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-24-2013 18:33:14 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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RayOhioFelton

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18%

02-24-2013 15:22:17 | More by RayOhioFelton
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-16-2013 23:09:24 | More by oline73
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iKasey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-16-2013 02:44:03 | More by iKasey
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SudSavant

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 19:56:37 | More by SudSavant
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diamok

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-13-2013 15:02:23 | More by diamok
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

02-12-2013 02:35:19 | More by kscaldef
Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.