Barrel Aged Naked Evil | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch 1 - White Cap
Batch 2 - Black Cap

Added by TMoney2591 on 09-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
656
Reviews:
170
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
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Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle:
A matte brown that appears to be a little murky, but that look turns out to be a little deceiving. The Creamy froth atop the beer ends in a thick ring. With this sipper, the glass gets a brief sheet of beige bubbles before the returning ring of head reclaims it; since the ring is so thick, there isn't a chance for lace to form.

Nose is wood, leather, and light bourbon from the barrel aging, with a bitter dark fruit or sweeter dark cherry from the base beer - fig, earthen tones. There's even a little freshly dug up mushroom of all things. In some whiffs, the scent of chewing tobacco comes out, with the leathery notes and some wood. At near room temperature, a lightly tart caramel scent comes about, with the barrel fading to the background.

Taste is a little more tangy tart, a golden raisin taste; I can also get a little bit of the leather before the caramel maltiness comes to bear. The alcohol presence is felt next, providing a little burn. It's hard to distinguish if this is from the beer itself or the barrel, they seem merged quite well here. A note of plum and the bitterness of hops is also noticed. The latter can't compete with the dark fruit, caramel and vanilla (though it does a better job in the lingering taste).

This is a pretty nicely constructed barelywine that gets a nice compliment from the barrel aging. There is a decent presence of alcohol, and the lingering bitterness almost seems like the base is an American version of a barleywine. I cannot say I noticed any specific Belgian influence, though I could see some of the dark fruit notes being at home in a Belgian Quad.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle as an extra in a trade years ago. I felt like an old barleywine, so I figured I'd finally pop it open. 2012 vintage, so whatever batch that is. Deep dark brown pour, small tan ringlet. Of course lots of sugar in the aroma, notes of vanilla, and very low oxidation, which essentially faded after the beer breathed for a few minutes. Lots of dark sugars and fruits in the taste, mellow barrel/booze, fruitcake, subtle vanilla, touch of cardboard. Viscous mouthfeel, full body. Never had this one fresh, but at nearly five years old, I'd say it aged well and certainly drank well.

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Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mschrei
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split or share with rudzud, batch 2

Light fizzy head fades instantly, clear dark mahogany color

Nose big sweet malt, candy reddish malt, toasted little biscuity, plenty of oak, raw American oak and whisky, just a touch of oxidation, toffee and candy syrup, nice vanilla barrel and hint of dark fruits, then starts to turn smooth bourbon.

Taste brings big sweet candy, toffee and biscuity cereal toasted grain, candy syrup and brandy soaked raisin dark fruit, fruity in general, touch oak vanilla barrel, very little whiskey mostly late, a little oxidation, little bitterness, candy raisin lingering, sticky syrupy and touch of booze.

Mouth is fuller bod, decent carb, little booze.

Overall mixed, some great base malts, candy raisin etc, pretty sweet, whiskey came on the nose but barely taste, little oxidation.

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Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros. Batch 2.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear copper hue with a thin white head that fades leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of light cardboard oxidation, sweet caramel malts, lighter barrel oak and vanilla, bourbon comes out as it warms.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice sweeter malts, oxidation, sweet caramel, the vanilla is solid, the whiskey characteristics are very subdued. Candied raisins, rather sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, smooth, very little alcohol.

O - Overall this was a solid barelywine, the barrel was a bit on the subtle side. Still, quite solid.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of ZEB89
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Muss42
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraftFan5
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of suckaj
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. No date, but I got this bottle circa 2011 so it is about 5 years old.

A: Red-orange color with great clarity. No real head formation or retention to speak of. Wisps of lacing.

S: Fruit-forward with a lot of vinous and brandy-like notes. Red fruit. Caramel, toffee, and a faint nuttiness. Faint whiffs of toast and oak, and interestingly not much in the way of whiskey. Subdued barrel-induced caramel chews and vanillins.

T: Fruit forward, as in the nose. Brandy -like. Stone fruits, red fruit, and maybe raisin too. Malts pull through with a lot of sweetness. Raw honey, runny caramel, toffee, nutty, maple, pinch of cocoa. The barrel swoops in and adds a bit of balancing dryness. Toasty oak picks it up on the back end. Caramel chews. Bourbon. Long sweet finish.

M: Full, slick, sticky and syrupy. Coating in the mouth. Chewy and hefty, but not overly heavy. Fine-bubbled carbonation prickled at the tongue and just barely lifts some of the sticky texture away.

O: When they said 'Belgian-style barleywine' I expected something very quad-like, but this does feel more like a Belgian influenced English barleywine. The Belgian yeast is not as active as expected, so I'm guessing they either fermented a little colder or used it in conjunction with an English ale yeast. Very fruity with a heavy-handed malt sweetness and some easy whiskey barrel character. Somewhat slow onset; it releases its complexities in time. It's one of those beers that soothes the body and the soul as its potency creeps up on you and leaves you in a most relaxed and contented state.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NMA
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klourie
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HeyYoMar
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cmrncrzy10
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Myotus
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Eziel!
Batch 2. Poured gently from a 22oz bottle (batch 2, no date) at 48F into a snifter. Allowed to warm up to 50F before rating based on smell, taste, and feel. Consumed on 13Apr16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of light brown foam. Brown in color with a ruby tint and a moderate amount of cloudiness. Subtle amount of small rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and hardly present.
SMELL: Strong aromas of tree nuts, figs, plums, raisins, and molasses entangle with mild aromas of sweet bread, leather, spicy whiskey, toast, and chocolate along with subtle banana, oak, and vanilla aromas.
TASTE: Very strong flavors of molasses, plums, figs, and raisins instantly explode on to the palate and and leave behind a great first impression for my insatiable sweet tooth. Mild spicy whiskey, sweet bread, vanilla, oak, and leather flavors immediately trail to bring some balance to the beer while simultaneously adding to the sweetness. Mild flavors of tree nuts, bananas, toast, and sweet chocolate enter lastly as they balance out the beer even further while all previous flavors persist, except for spicy whiskey, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: This beer is so thick and full-bodied, it is nearly like drinking syrup. Carbonation is hardly present. This goes down incredibly smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong, yet somewhat pleasant dryness. A strong and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt at it goes down the throat.
NOTE: Only my second of its style. I loved how the whiskey wasn't overwhelming, although I would have personally liked to have had a little bit less. The Belgian yeast was an excellent addition, resulting in the banana flavors that made this beer so much better.

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Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbwimer
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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