Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 265
Gots: 227 | FT: 21
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 scottyg354
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amber Brown. Nice Two finger head. Some decent lacing. Pretty looking beer.

S: Bourbon, Mal and Booze. A little smoke as well. Some dried fruit notes.

T: Bourbon, Raisins and other dried fruits directly up front. Oak in the middle. This finished only to what I can compare to a Worthers Original butterscotch, really enjoyable.

M: Smooth, Thick and Heavy. Mild stickiness on the lips. Mild carbonation.

O: This really was a great beer. I would definetely drink this one again. Stands up to the barleywine style, with some great characteristics for the bourbon barrel aging.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a chestnutt color with good carbonation leaving a dirty white cap and some lacing

S: Booze, candy sugar, bourbon, vanilla and caramelized sugars are the standouts

T: First thing I notice is a big sweet, stickiness with candy sugar, booze, caramelized sugars with bourbon, vanilla. Medium way I spy a sherry and cherry taste with hints at dark fruits and bubblegum

M: Sticky sweet, thinner than I expected, boozy, low carbonation and heavy but thin. Lots of sweetness on this leaves me wanting to check my blood sugar. Syrupy, gooey and a bit bitter

O: A pretty good take. Not impressed as the ratings are a a bit inflated. Definitely not the trade demand it drives.

Photo of pest
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of amphion1065
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Portsmouth tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear, dark ruby. A quarter-finger yellow-brown head with loose bubbles fades quickly. Minor lacing.

Man, there's a lot going on in the aroma. Big ester fruits, namely banana. There's an unmistakable smell of coconut, which I'd imagine is the pleasant byproduct of the -bal aging. A slight touch of bourbon, but it's really quite restrained. Nice, smooth caramel.

Incredibly smooth. The bourbon heat only really plays into the finish, but the barrel - with its wood and vanilla - is all over the taste. Ripe, juicy apricots. Sweet dark fruits, almost like a quad: prunes, plums. It's very sweet, but just doesn't seem overdone. Hard to believe this is an 11.3% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel is awesome, thick with just enough carbonation to really open up the flavors. In spite of the sweetness and huge flavors at work, this is quite easy to drink.

Though, like most Hoppin' Frog beers, this is borderline prohibitively expensive, it is excellent nonetheless. I loved the Belgian qualities of this barleywine, and would love to drink another bottle.

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark brown in color with a huge head of tan that just towered over the top of the glass. Settling down smoothly and evenly it produced a thick coating of lace all along the sides of the glass. Rich vanilla and woody aromas are being picked up almost immediately. Huge notes of oak and subtle caramel and toffee and truly dominating here for sure. Warming only brings this out further, rich and decadent, sweet aromas just building off each other here. The first sip is divine, subtle, and rich and perfectly carbonated it simply rolls across the tongue with a gentleness that is unheard of. Vanilla and caramel merging with oak like notes and touches of earthy hops all working together seamlessly. I am still not sure how strong this one is, but subtleness is key here as it was barely detectable at all.

Photo of Anthony1
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of GimmeGumballHead
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: a glowing golden brown bodied beer with a white head. Little bit of lacing and head retention is decent considering the style.

Smell: Lots of things going on here. Huge barrel notes of oak and vanilla. Spicy notes that are coming from the belgian yeast. Smells really malty. Wow.

Taste: Fairly similiar to the nose. Nice malty beer that has a huge caramel and toffee malt profile. The whiskey barrel adds strong oak and vanilla notes to the mix; which really compliments the malt forward profile. To add good measure... the belgian yeast adds a lively spice that keeps things interesting.

Mouthfeel: This beer is full bodied and has low carbonation. Smooth and delicious. This beer is 11% and the only way of knowing is looking at the label. No boozey burn and no harshness is encountered. Its hard to believe that this beer has NOT been in a cellar for a few years; when its actually quite fresh. Damn!

Overall: This is the BEST Hoppin Frog beer I have drank! BORIS and DORIS are Shit compaired to this beer. Amazingly complex beer that is super smooth and drinks easy on a cold winter evening among good friends. One of the best barleywines I have tried this year. I paid $20 for a bottle...totally worth it!

Photo of StoutFest
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Duff27
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Short light tan head on a murky amber beer. Above average head retention, some lacing.

S- Definitely Belgian yeast aroma, "smell reminiscent of a Quad."

T-Fruity, hot from the whiskey -bals but smooth. Complex spiciness. Vanilla notes galore. Well intrigrated alcohol.

M- Full mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- Having the the same night as MoaS...this is right up there with it because of its uniqueness. If your a fan of Belgians, barrels, and barleywines then this is the beer for you. Thanks a ton 4DAloveofSTOUT!

Photo of wtfuggles
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Brownish ruby tan, 1/4 white creamy head, some decent lacing.

Smell - Barley, Lots of fruits, some oak, malts, spices, carmal, some vanilla, more bourbon/whiskey aroma. And also hasa distint alcohol smell.

Taste - Well this is something special. Lots of oaked bourbon and carmal nail you at first sip. Lots of sweet fruits like apple, plum, fig and grapes. You can tell this is a big beer, plenty of alcohol warmth in each drink, but theres a load of flavors to balance it out some. The yeast give it the tradmark belgian flavor we all come to know.

Mouthfeel - Alot going on, this will wreck mouth with all the goodness mentioned. The whiskey coats everything in sight, the fruits add sweetness to the tounge, and palette is left sweetened, bittered, and ready for more. Aftertaste is bourbon, yeast, and alcohol warmth.

Overall - Really special. Tons of flavor, fun to drink, espically if you like aged in whiskey barrel beers. This is a big beer, meant to be enjoy on occassion, and with a fan of the style. Fantasic, hope i can find another bottle to age.

Photo of MarcatGSB
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

A - pours a caramel color without much of a head

S - the nose consists of stick caramel malts, vanilla, and bourbon all mixed together nicely

T - Loads of caramel malts up front. Up next is a nice pop of vanilla from the barrel aged treatment. Whiskey rounds out the palate with more vanilla and some charred oak. These flavors are all very well integrated into the beer and form a really nice tasting beer.

M - full bodied, a little sticky and somewhat dry on the finish

D - awesome barleywine here. The whiskey is really well integrated into the profile and makes for a very enjoyable brew. Recommended if you can get your hands one some, one of the better barleywines I have ever tried.

Photo of Kaydogg
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: brownish orange body with a small film of tan bubbles

S: very sweet smelling vanilla, caramel, toffee, whiskey,

T: Follows the nose. extremely sweet, some vanilla-a touch of oak. alcohol..some heat..but the overall sweetness made it difficult for some of the flavors to shine through

M: Sticky medium body. a tad thin,

O: I thought it was pretty good at first, but by 4 or 5 ozs the sweetness took over and thats all I could get out of the end I wasn't enjoying it so much...almost cloying sweet..def. not worth the price tag. this beer isn't remotely close to the top barlywines like abacus and MoaS..IMO

Photo of brystmar
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of HopsMatt
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of athouve1
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


My Glencairn tasting glass was a perfect fit for this job. I pulled the cap off this heavy ale and was greeted with a slight wisp of carbonation gasses. On the pour I went slowly and was left with a thin creamy head. When I hold my glass up to the light there is an array of deep brown and ruby-plum like colors that are pristine and clear. On the viscosity check I gave a generous swirl and noticed a healthy amount of legs sliding down my glass walls ever so slowly.


Wow, this is a huge punch in the face from the bourbon barrel. Initially all I can get is a huge amount of booze and oak from the barrel but as I let this warm up a little bit a load of caramel soaked raisins and burnt brown sugar are pushing through. I am having a hard time trying to pull out any Belgian notes but hey, the barrel is strong on the nose in this one. In the back end some fig flavors are rounding it out and even a slight pipe tobacco aroma.


I have to admit this is one of the most interesting variations I have ever had for the style, but I like it! Right off the start there is a huge kick from the bourbon but it is so much more complex than that. Vanilla, plums, figs, and bready malt is huge in the base. Smooth and warming on the palate and is reminding me of banana foster with some toasted marshmallow. I can see how some people might find this to be a little too sweet for their palate but this is right up my alley on this cold night. In the finish, a hint of bubblegum is poking through which is definitely a component of that Belgian yeast.


Overall this was one killer barley wine! The only thing I’m a little upset about is that this was my only bottle. This is a true sipping ale, and I must admit I’m glad that I lit a fire right before I started this one because they seem to go hand in hand on a cold snowy night like tonight. If you come across this one or have the opportunity to trade for it by all means go for it, because not only is it a limited release, it is fantastic for the style. Well until next time.

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden copper color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of whiskey and sweet caramel.

T - Strong whiskey flavor with sweet caramel and toffee presence. Subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was smooth yet sticky. A full bodied ale with a strong alcohol warmth.

O - This is a very good barrel aged barleywine. A nice rare find from Hoppin' Frog.

Photo of heyta
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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