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Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 265
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 mikeyv35
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 02/03/12
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Ommegang Tulip

Pours a light brown mahoghany in color w/ a skim coat white head w/ minimal lacing. Aromas of whisky, oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and brown sugar. Taste started w/ sweet butterscotch and brown sugar up front, followed by oak, and finishes w/ smooth whiskey. Medium bodied and lush. Pretty drinkable despite the 11.4% ABV.

Overall, definately cracking the top 10 EBWs in the world, but just shy of elite status in the style category. This brew had a slight buttery characteristic that knocked it down a notch for me. It sadens me to say this because I wanted it to be, but not the brew King Henry is.

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4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours out a nearly opaque,mahogany body that supported 1 1/2 inches of quickly dissipating, light tan foam that left broad waves of lacing on the glass.

S-Unbelievable nose here.Initially there is the smell of whiskey,vanilla and whole grain toast but that gives way to sweet scents of caramelized banana,toffee glazed nuts and brown sugar.The nose finishes with a hint of blonde tobacco and dry Belgian spice.

T-Sweet with flavors of baked apple,vanilla bean,bread pudding,toffee,rum soaked raisin,caramelized banana and baked sugar.Flavors of whiskey barrel and tobacco appear through the middle and finish of each drink.As it warms,more earthy/woody/toast comes through.

M-Full,rich and sweet with a seamless complexity
and balance.Not overly sweet but rich and filling.

O-I honestly can't think of a barleywine that I've enjoyed more.Extremely glad that I've got another one stashed away.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/25/12
*From notes

-- 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.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.