Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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District of Columbia
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/25/12
-- Bottle purchaed at Hoppin' Frog's brewery in Akron, OH on 1/16/12 --
*It's worth noting that the whiskey barrels used to age BA Naked Evil previously housed their BA Boris.
A: It's got an oddly clean reddish-amber hue to it. A tall, centered pour yields a white .75 finger head. It fades rather quickly, and leaves no lacing but a decent, bubbly collar.
S: Like a sweet, tawny porto or reserva madeira. Bold hints of crisp whiskey and cotton candy appear as the beer warms.
T: Extremely sweet. The 20 year old tawny porto profile is evident on the palate too, and for the better. There's also a generous amount of candied sugar and plenty of woody whiskey and booze. The Belgian yeast profile is hardly evident (much to my liking). Slightly cloying, yet it doesn't prevent the beer from being absolutely delicious.
M: Mildly oily. It's not overtly thin, merely a slight bit undercarbonated.
O: Good shit. I'd left HF for dead, and then they come through and brew a near-masterpiece like this. The marriage of the whiskey barrels and the Belgian candied sugar are gangbusters. This is a bit much for one human to tackle by themselves, and I recommend sharing it with a friend or two. For as awesome as this brew is now, an additional eight to twelve months in the cellar could continue to transform this into one of the best barleywines on the block.
Highly, highly recommended.
01-29-2012 21:17:58 | More by Rhettroactive
4/5 rDev -6.3%
This beer pours a full bodied and syrupy tarnished bronze in color with cherry red highlights, with moderate carbonation and only the slightest of lacings. The nose features typical barleywine sweet malt characteristics and then a nice addition of vanilla, oak, and toffee. I don't get any whiskey, just notes typical of barrel aging. The flavors are more complex. There is plenty of caramel, toffee, vanilla, light oak, cherries, maple syrup, and it finishes with a slight whiskey burn. It loses complexity the further you get through your glass. The cherry really comes out more and more as you drink and gets sweeter and sweeter. It drinks full bodied and syrupy for the style. Overall this is a nice barrel aged barleywine but I expected a lot more. It's not in the King Henry/Mother of All Storms category but its a nice beer. I wouldn't say it was worth the $25 though.
01-29-2012 04:00:08 | More by aasher
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about a half inch light tan head. The head didn't stay around for long, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is rich and sweet, the brew smells like vanilla, coconut, caramel, dark fruit (figs, raisins), whiskey, sweet booze (maybe sherry?), and some brown sugar. It tastes like brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, bready malt, figs, plums, whiskey, and some sweet booze. Like the aroma, it's a mostly sweet tasting brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's syrupy and slick with low/moderate carbonation. Overall I think it's a pretty good beer, it's definitely worth trying. Picked up this bottle for $19.99 on a trip to Illinois a couple months ago.
01-27-2012 23:18:03 | More by bluejacket74
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
Thank you Hotmanflab666 for this gem.Poured into a Cantillon wine glass. I love secret santas.
This beer pours a clear mahogany, nearly still with a miniscule white ring of head and tiny spots of tight white lacing cling to the glass. Off the bat I am hit in the face with a punch of whiskey, eventually it opens up into a delicious sweet malt base with strong scents of nougat and vanilla/coconut. Upon pouring this into my mouth I see where this goes from a B+ barleywine to being off the charts. Flavors such as vanilla, coconut, wood, nougat, caramel, booze, and sweet cream all meld into one heavenly elixir that graces my palate. Left with a lingering green apple/fresh fruit flavor (maybe the Belgian side of this?) The mouthfeel is nice and coating, not too thick, not too sweet or dense. A good amount of carbonation for the style. Please make more of this Hoppin Frog! This beats Boris Royale in their whiskey barrel aged experiments. I have found a new admiration for this brewery.
01-25-2012 00:51:33 | More by GrindFatherBob
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours out a a nice darker maroon with a tiny white head with little retention.
Smell is awesome and unique. Definately some vanilla, bananas, cloves, and some nice fruity sweetness to go along with it. Taste is vanilla, banana to a lesser extent, spices, a little sweets that may be belgian candy sugar. Really nice tasting. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and nice for the style. Great beer!!! My first from Hoppin' Frog!!!
01-19-2012 11:43:06 | More by Crass3000
4.4/5 rDev +3%
22 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.
A- Not a lot of carbonation, thin white bubbly ring around the head, really clear, brown burnt orange color.
S- Really nice bourbon forward aroma, vanilla, sweet brown sugar, caramel, some spice, really nice.
T- Love the bourbon in this beer, huge vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits (plums, cherries) nice richness, sweet malt, really impressive.
M- Medium mouth feel, thin body, not a lot of carbonation which does not take away from the beer, really easy drinking for being 11.3%, dry finish.
O- First time having this beauty, really impressed, big bourbon and vanilla taste coming out, really rich, definite winner.
01-16-2012 05:25:22 | More by Chriscrundwell12
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
Bomber to Jackie O's snifter.
A: Hmmm. Pours a dark red copper color that practically radiates in the glass. It's really clear. A quarter finger of cream colored head emerges ever so briefly and dissipates to a thin ring. No lacing to speak of. For an English Barleywine, this is all wrong. Unimpressed.
S: Ok, this is a marked improvement over the appearance. A caramel and rotten fruit bomb. This smells really really good. Belgian spices blend with sweet caramel, ripe fruit, a hint of vanilla, and some acidity to create a pleasing bouquet. Good.
T: Wow, now this is impressive. Loads of Belgian yeast and spices, lots of ripe cherries, figs, prunes, some raisin, vanilla, and hint of dark chocolate, and some whiskey and wood. Ridiculously sweet, but seems appropriate for the style. A little bit of alcohol burn on the finish. Very very very good stuff here.
M: Cloying and sweet. Sticky sweet. Light to moderate carbonation. A nice evolution of flavors as the rotten fruit and chocolate notes give way to Belgian sweetness and some booze. But the sweetness is over the top.
O: BA Naked Evil is an impressive beer, especially from a brewery that I'm not sure has bottled a barleywine before. It definitely is a "Belgian" barleywine, as the saccharine flavors almost turn this into a pina colada type flavor. The ripe dark fruit, chocolate, belgian yeast, and whiskey flavors are all touched on correctly, but it has a sweet, cloying quality that is ever so slightly off-putting. Excellently crafted, but not one I would reach for again and again. Would love to see what HF could do with a barrel aged, non-Belgian barleywine.
01-14-2012 21:51:58 | More by siege06nd
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Pours a cloudy, copper rusty reddish color. Very autumnal, with little head.
S: Fairly faint sweet aroma, mainly consisting of caramel with some notes of plums, and a bit of alcohol.
T: Sweet and highly enjoyable, with a good degree of complexity. Plum and pear flavors start things off before a big vanilla flavor comes in on the finish. Alcohol is detectable but not unpleasant; adds a bit of spiciness.
M: Thick and syrupy, hint of warmth from the alcohol.
O: A very enjoyable beer and one I hope I have the opportunity to try again.
01-09-2012 09:13:52 | More by AwYeh
4.85/5 rDev +13.6%
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3 inch white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a tight ring of lacing. Pours a translucent maroon and leaves sparse, small lacing spots.
Smell: Vanilla and whiskey, with a strong fig note. Very unified and pastry like; great aroma. Balanced and supremely inviting.
Held back from a 5.0 for lack of development over time (some booziness emerges, but the overall profile is pretty constant) and lack of complexity.
Taste: First sip: immediately apparent well-done barrel-aging influence (vanilla, whiskey, caramel-like flavors, deep smoothness), caramel, finishing with a somewhat indistinct, fig-like dark fruit flavor with a long vanilla/whiskey finish. Exceptionally smooth in taste and feel.
Second sip yields a surprising bit of estery Belgian yeast character like in a good tripel (I didn't expect the Belgian yeast to impact this barrel aged 11.3% ABV beer whatsoever). Beautiful chewy toffee barleywine malt flavors.
Further sips bring notes of dark cherry, subdued molasses, constant vanilla and whiskey, lots of fig and toffee. This is a joy to drink... there's no solvent flavor whatsoever, just a mild (but constant) heat. Several distinct, delicious notes emerge, but they all compliment each other in a way that really doesn't demand "close attention." Every sip makes sense, and is amazing.
Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Soft and creamy, with perfect (low to moderate) carbonation and a semi-dry finish with a long, consistently palatable aftertaste. Perfect vehicle for these refined, rich and balanced flavors.
Overall: For my tastes, this beer is an unmitigated success. It's unique, it's full of distinct, bold, and delicious flavors, it's perfectly barrel aged (the oak and whiskey flavors couldn't match the base beer more fittingly), just hot enough, just-right feel, etc.
I recently reviewed a beer that was good, but not a "Let's sit at our desk and drink this, focusing only on it," kind of beer. BA Naked Evil is what I'm talking about when I'm talking about a "let's sit and drink this," beer. I am going to spend the next hour or two relishing every sip left in the bottle.
01-03-2012 03:28:10 | More by Pahn
Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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