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Barrel Aged Naked Evil - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 267
Gots: 233 | FT: 20
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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4.5/5  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%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

22oz into a snifter.

Clear amber with golden highlights. No head, but a ring of foam around the edges that dissipates after a few quaffs.

Plum glaze and sherry, with some vanilla on the nose at first. Then moves into other pitted fruit scents like cherry and raisins. As it warms, a bit medicinal and hot but these only compliment the existing aroma and never become offensive. Subtle hints of toffee and caramel as well.

Rich toffee with undertones of plum and raisin, with a vanilla finish. As it warms, more confectionery sweetness comes out and begins to mask the fruit quality of the malt. More boozeyness as well.

Full and smooth, with heat on the finish.

Great fruity and sweet malt characterisitcs with a barrel character that doesn't overpower. A great bourbon barrel barleywine, but I wish the Belgian yeast came out a bit more. Seems like the sweetness, barrel aging, and alcohol content leave no room for the yeast to display it's character. Maybe in due time.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/13/11- Had a 22 oz bottle of this one.
A: Clear copper, cream collar and film, and constant bubbles.
S: Strong fig/raisin, very dark caramel, nice bourbon bananas, hot character.
T: Sticky sweet dark caramel, bourbon figs with bananas, some port oxidation, great sipping beer.
M: Thick, slow-developing froth, cleansing alcohol finish.
O: Nice sipping beer.

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

unexpected find on the shelves in MA. $23 (yikes!), poured into duvel tulip. I heard very good things about this... let's hope they're right, 'cause that's a lot of money for a bottle.

A- Low carbonation, a thin tan head rises and settles quickly. Large bubbles. Beer is ruby red and burgundy in the glass, very vibrant. 2nd pour kicks up a much nicer creamy eggshell white head, bumping score significantly. I guess it's all in the pour.

S- Lots of bready, malty sweetness, subtle whiskey barrel. What kind of whiskey? Hmm, going to have to investigate.

T- Right off the bat there's a pretty intense strawberry jam flavor. Sweet, though, no tartness. It's followed by a mellow toasty oak and vanilla. Very fruity and sweet malt base. A bit of brown sugar/molasses and some honey too. This whiskey treatment is mellow, refined, subtle... stunning, really.

M- Boozy but not hot, warming as it goes down. This one's been tempered a bit for the better. Lush, full flavors, lots of lingering sweetness... even for the style it's sweet. This might detract for some, I don't mind it. I'd say it's more 4.75 than 5.0 but I'm rounding up because I'm in a good mood.

O- Yes, please. A treat, a luxury, and not a good value per se.. but an awesome beer nonetheless.

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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.

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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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