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Sweet Evil Barley Wine - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Sweet Evil Barley WineSweet Evil Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
75
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67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19%


Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ChadQuest on 08-01-2012)
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Reviews by weonfire:
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weonfire

Illinois

2.21/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

A - Amber, light head-dissipates quickly, opaque, carbonation bubbling, zero lacing

S - Dark fruit, real sweet sugary pineapple

T - Sugar, ripe pineapple, aged fruit-raison, plum, nectar

M - medium body, low froth, more of alcoholic juice, boozy finish

O - Hella sweet, gross sweet, sweet like you put sugar on overly ripe pineapple slices sweet- then add some booze flavor. I fully do not recommend this. I got through maybe 4oz of the bomber. Complete disappointment. 12 bucks. down the drain. literally.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 01:54:09 | More by weonfire
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TasteTester

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

04-01-2014 22:55:23 | More by TasteTester
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BA_Berto

New York

3.5/5  rDev +9%

03-08-2014 05:49:00 | More by BA_Berto
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Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +9%

02-24-2014 20:36:15 | More by Mugenlude
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4/5  rDev +24.6%

02-24-2014 14:11:30 | More by BrewClint
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +9%

02-06-2014 01:18:04 | More by pathman
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-03-2014 17:44:19 | More by Zaphog
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Ohio

3/5  rDev -6.5%

01-26-2014 04:46:19 | More by prototypic
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alamode

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.5%

01-21-2014 11:53:15 | More by alamode
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largadeer

California

2/5  rDev -37.7%

01-14-2014 02:49:03 | More by largadeer
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ChrisKuhns

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-06-2014 02:55:35 | More by ChrisKuhns
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DersOne

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +9%

12-10-2013 18:47:04 | More by DersOne
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brycevolk

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

12-05-2013 14:32:59 | More by brycevolk
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Brenden

Ohio

3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color, depth, clarity, smoothness and brightness of this beer's appearance serve to amplify its somewhat whiskey-like overall character. It does develop a bit of tan head, soft and foamy, which leaves spotty lacing on the wall of the glass. This seemingly thick dark orange brew with a bright fire in its depths does give me the impression that I'm pouring whiskey rather than beer but for the head and lace.
There's no denying: this beer is sweet, and extremely so for a beer. It's understandable that it would be sweeter than some could handle, though I imagine the brewer's intent for this beer is certainly slow sipping, and I would suggest nothing else. It's got that distilled grain spirits quality about it from the get-go, and really the best I can think of it as is a whiskey-mead hybrid. It's very honey-like in the sweetness, with grains underlying, some barley-like malts but not heavy, with lots of dark fruits. Think very sweet plum and raisins that are just overripe. Toward the end there's a bit of a toasted brown sugar/burnt caramel element under the white sugar and honey sweetness. It does have a light hoppiness to it, very little bitterness just cutting through with some steel and herb (English?) a bit.
It's thick but less sticky and syrupy than I'd expect, though it leans in that direction. There's a very gentle but still noticeable crispness up front that, while soft, doesn't fade. It's fairly smooth, and a little dryness cuts the sweet, heavier body.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 15:20:49 | More by Brenden
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sweemzander

Illinois

3/5  rDev -6.5%

11-11-2013 19:11:35 | More by sweemzander
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mjohnson17

Illinois

3/5  rDev -6.5%

11-11-2013 14:44:44 | More by mjohnson17
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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

08-03-2013 06:24:08 | More by nrbw23
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Based on the reviews, I thought this barelywine might actually be able to peel paint off of the walls. While I do not think the style fits the profile, I enjoyed the beer. I think it would really good if it were poured over some vanilla ice cream.

The appearance was a murky brown color which seems to fit the profile reasonably well. The nose might suggest an artificial fruit sweetness. On the initial taste, one will detects sweet fruit. It is an exaggeration to suggest it is as sweet as fruit cocktail syrup, but it is very sweet. English barleywines are supposed to be sweeter than their American counterparts, but this one is like a port. With the sweeter fruit toward the front, darker fruits lay toward the back. There is a syrupy thickness that allows this barleywine to linger. Of course, this is not an all-the-time kind of beer, but it was better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 12:37:02 | More by JohnnyHopps
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Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-08-2013 14:15:42 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

07-08-2013 04:57:27 | More by Zbeetleman
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

07-03-2013 18:09:24 | More by imperialking
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Lynn

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4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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MarkIntihar

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.6%

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Sweet Evil Barley Wine from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.