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Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 275
Gots: 239 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 09-04-2011

Batch 1 - White Cap
Batch 2 - Black Cap
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of siege06nd
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
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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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of AwYeh
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Pahn
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing blind on 12/23/11 as part of a "BA barleywine" tasting. Finished #3 of 6 for me.

A - Pours light copper (very different from the others) with a smattering of bubbles.

S - Tons of bubblegum and circus peanuts. This candy sugar just dominates the nose, but there is a bit of vanilla and banana as well.

T - Extremely sweet toffee and circus peanuts dominate the flavor. This is a pretty light malt bill, with a very dry finish on the tongue.

M - Great carbonation and full bodied, but a bit oily. No head present.

O - Incredibly unique beer. Extremely drinkable and I don't think I've had anything else like this, though it sort of reminds me of Arquebus. I think if I had this beer on its own, it would be stellar, but with the other barleywines having different yeasts and a darker malt bill, this left me wanting a bit more from this beer.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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