Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
03-16-2014 00:49:59 | More by superspak
4.41/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
03-16-2014 00:46:53 | More by AdamHart22
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
12-09-2013 23:43:59 | More by VelvetExtract
Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.