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Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with no head. No bubbles at all. Nearly flat looking. Very clear amber body.

Smell - Wow, apples. Loaded with apple. Whiskey and some caramel in the back, but it's so fruity. Interesting, but not what I expected.

Taste - It takes a while to really come into a decent flavor. As it warms, it tastes much better. Otherwise, it's just apples and booze. The caramel becomes more prominent, but it's not a terribly exciting flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy body. Low carbonation. A little syrupy, especially as it warms. It gets sticky sweet. Too sweet.

Overall - I don't expect most of the flavors this one delivers. Super appley. I see why they call it a Belgian-style barleywine, but the Belgian characteristics remove some of the depth of flavor that I seek in a whiskey barrel beer. It doesn't deliver flavors that are that appealing, but it's still good.

Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of doughanson78
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from recorded voice notes.

A: Super clear ruby red, orange tint. Minimal head.

S: Bourbon upfront. Caramel, toffee. A touch light.

T: Very sweet. Big bourbon. Vanilla and butterscotch are very prevalent. Caramel. Awesome.

M: Medium body, a bit light. Light carbonation. Smooth.

O: Little sweet. Very good. Not hoppy.

Photo of beersis81
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Snowrs
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a darkness snifter. purchased at the brewery.

pours out a really nice deep reddish, bronze color, maybe even a little burnt orange. not much head, even from a vigorous pour, but the thin layer that appeared faded to a rather retentive ring. just some light spotty lace at first. a little bit of legs noticable if you look hard enough.

big boozey whiskey, oaky barrel aromas, fruity esters, a little apple, lots of burnt caramel, carmalized sugars. smells nice.

lots of delicious sweet flavors. sweet caramels, carmelized, burnt sugars really cover the palate. some really nice oaky, vanilla, boozey whiskey flavors, some honey as well. a range of fruity estery flavors, mostly candy caramel apple like, a bit of rum soaked cherry. a touch of spicey rum like alcohol on the finish.

boozey, but not overly so, just the right level. big, sweet, sticky body. carbonation is a little on the low side which works very well with this beer. silky smooth.

definatly a top notch barleywine, worthy of all the hype. there definatly is a lot of sweetness going on, but its not at all cloying. right up there with mother of all storms IMO, but well have to see how it stacks up to king henry as soon as i open my bottle. im glad i got some bottles to sit on.

Photo of scubahood
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of originsbrewery
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thank you yeahnatenelson! enjoyed from a HF oversized wineglass.

a - brew poured a transparent rich chestnut amber with a thin creamy head that fizzled away rather quickly. looks appetizing.

s - caramel and toffee with a great mix of oak and whiskey. mild hints of clove and banana. pretty spot on.

t - WOW. spot on flavor. thick and rich caramel. the whiskey is really nice with the oak. good change up from all the bourbon barrel aged barleys.

m - thick and rich, but smooth as silk. finishes a touch dry, but really just drinks amazing.

o - overall, this brew hangs with the big boys and lives up to the hype. i was expecting something good, but this far exceeded my expectations. what a beer!

Photo of DCon
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received a 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. (22 FL.OZ.) in a trade w/ mdvatab. Poured from the Black/White Labeled bottle into a 12oz Shaker Glass. This is a 2011 Anniversary beer celebrating their 5th year of brewing fantastic beers.

Aroma- Dark Fruits and a Bourbon/Whiskey Punch starts this one out. A huge malt character is present too but all of these are very well blended and in a way, subtle. Fantastic nose!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that

Photo of Arbitrator
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of JeepCop. Thanks, Dale.

Split with the fiancee during my annual St. Paddy's Day tradition of getting shitfaced and watching The Boondock Saints.

A: Pours a clear, chestnut body with a light tan heady that dissipates quickly.

S: Toasted red apples, reminding me of cider. A touch of black pepper, banana, and toffee. Interesting. It's lightly buttery, along with whisky, vanilla, and oak.

T: This is heavily on the sweet side, and that spiced apple flavor I picked up in the nose is prominent on the initial taste. Must be something from the Belgian yeast. Nonetheless, there are more 'traditional' barleywine flavors of toffee and caramel. Some butter. Vanilla, whisky, and oak are quite strong in the finish, along with a lingering pepper bite.

M: This is sweet, with some sugar burn in the finish. I mistook it for acid reflux and took a Tums, which didn't help. Turns out it was the beer all along. On the plus side, it disguises the booze pretty well.

O: This is so sweet that my fiancee, who cherishes sweet beers, actually asked me to switch to a drier style for the evening. It's not a bad beer, but it was definitely a chore to split the bottle two ways. Score one for diabeetus. I didn't hate it, but I'm a little surprised to see so much chatter about it being tops for the style. In my book, it's not a contender.

EDIT: I had this again later at a tasting and appreciated it much, much more. I speculated that it might be bottle variation and received some agreement from others who had encountered different bottles. I'd probably give that one a 4.3.

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.

Photo of baybassboy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of alpinebryant
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dull copper color with a dusty powdering and some small white bubbles at the edges.

S: Aroma of candied sugar, light oaked barrels, fresh two row pale malt and a very light hopping.

T: Very sweet pale malt flavors combined with a light whiskey barrel flavoring. This is velvety smooth, with sugarplum, cotton candy and juicyfruit bubblegum mixed into a nice beer. After having a few Hoppin Frog beers, I thought this was not going to quite live up to the hype and luckily I did not have to worry about that in this bottle.

M: Medium body with a very low level of carbonation which seems right for the style.

O: Impressed with this beer. I had expected it to be good, but it is extremely smooth and well rounded. Not too much booze, too much of anything for that matter. Just a little more whiskey flavor would make it better, but it is hard to complain.

Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ASUBeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of beerhan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one twice. Once during a tasting fest and the other last night. Both times I was underwhelmed. It's a very good beer but seems chaotic and not put together too well. It has all of the usuals; caramel, toffee, sweet malt, vanilla and some woodiness. I think it was oxidation that seemed to throw everything into disarray. Boozy, too. A hot sum bitch.

I'm thinking I got into a bad batch, or perhaps storage. Like I said, it has all of the good stuff. There's something missing and I think it's the flow between flavors. Hmmm

Photo of drabmuh
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.

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.

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.

Photo of billyshears
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of 1Adam12
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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