Naked Evil - Barrel-Aged
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Barleywine - English
4.28 | pDev: 10.28%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Naked Evil - Barrel-AgedNaked Evil - Barrel-Aged
Notes: Batch 1 - White Cap
Batch 2 - Black Cap
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darktronica from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, tinged with violet, moderately thin for the ABV and barrel-aged treatment. Belgian yeast in the recipe, but not particularly noticeable in the result. Nice cocoa, plum, wine tannins, and vanilla notes, with modest barrel character.

Aug 01, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent mahogany hue with no head. Nose expresses light toffee notes. Taste follows nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a still carbonation and a slight oiliness to the texture. Overall, this beer was quite enjoyable and has held up well. Very little oxidation present; however, the barrel-aging had really dropped off.

Jun 01, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
Batch 2

This beer pours a deep rust color with copper highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves no head.

The smell is sweet with molasses, fig and date aromas.

The taste has dark fruit, namely fig and date. It is not as sweet as the smell indicated.

Full bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel

This is a tasty old beer. The alcohol is not noticeable accept in the warming effect. Barelywines tend to age well and this is no expection.

Dec 26, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep copper covered by a finger of dense off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of toasted malts, toffee, intense orchard fruits with some oak and vanilla
T: The taste on this beer is toffee, orchard fruits, caramel, vanilla, oak, heavily aged hops, and more orchard fruits. On the swallow this one is just awash in orchard fruits with more caramel, vanilla, toasted malts, and oak.
M: This beer has a fairly full and slightly syrupy body. Carbonation is light but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish which is expected.
O: Overall this one is really interesting. The belgian yeast and the barrels add a really nice dimension to the beer that adds a lot of flavor and complexity you don't normally find in a barleywine. This one is definitely worth trying if you can find it and enjoy the style.

Dec 10, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

A: Hazy to nearly opaque rich brown. A thin tan head that fades atop low levels of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet toffee, whiskey, vanilla and oaken barrel. Toasted malts that are sticky sweet. Nothing crazy, but pretty decent on the nose.

T: Whiskey and sticky toasted malts. Toffee and Heath bar, vanilla, and yeasty with some mild fruity esters. Oak tannins and accompanying dryness. It finishes with a sticky toffee toasted sweetness with mild whiskey and ethanol flavors.

M: Full-bodied and sticky, average heft to body for style. The alcohol is apparent, but not overly hot for a barrel-aged barleywine. Low carbonation sensation.

O: Certainly not a bad beer, but not quite what I'd hoped for in a barrel-aged barleywine with this one’s reputation. Enjoyable, just a bit of a letdown for me.

Oct 08, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

May 07, 2017
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Jan 18, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Dec 11, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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

Dec 11, 2016
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Oct 05, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Apr 14, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barley wine bottle share on 1/31/14. Poured out an amber color with aromas of toffee, bourbon, caramel, and some light dark fruit. Flavors are the same, dark pitted fruit within some toffee, and caramel added with alight bourbon aftertaste.

Dec 29, 2015
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Full on Barleywine begging weather event happening and stuck inside the house. Have to make the best of it I guess.

The very promising and complex aroma overflows with notes of sweet bread, chocolate, cherry and raisin. Tastes sweet and bready with an array of dark fruits toward the back and a fine thread of lingering alcohol in faint hops in the finish. The oak peaks through in its own good time. Heavier and dessert-like but well carbonated and viscous.

Rich and complex and just about perfect in every respect.

Dec 27, 2015
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is clear copper filling to darker burnt red with a minimal fizzy but quiet tan blanket that stealthily settles to a thin creamy collar.

Smell is exceptionally peppery charred oak, red grape, prune and caramel.

Taste is prune and red grape with bourbon, brandy, coconut, vanilla, and charred oak. Rolos emerge in the aftertaste, with a toasted ginger snap exhale.

A little chewy in the finish, body is velvety, yet sticky on the lips, with a mild but crisp carbonation. One of the smoothest Barleywines I've had.

Most recently reviewed 12/19/2017 from a 2012 bottle.

Dec 15, 2015
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mabermud from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Transparent light brown.
Smell: Caramel, barley, alcohol.
Taste: Caramel, malts, alcohol, and dark fruits.
Feel: Smooth and even keeled.

Overall - Very nice.

Jul 18, 2015
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: big soapy fat head, insane ruby brown color with great clarity head dissipates to a film

S: soft bourbon smells light banana caramel toffee slight floral and piney hops

T: lots of Banana from the belgian yeast big bourbon and nice load of hops malty though the hops are a flash in the pan piney resin then it washes away with malts

M: clean for a BB beer its clean and almost crisp the beer is so layered

O: Completely blown away this beer has so much going on all at once its insane. Its crisp clean full and so layered with lots of banana spice bourbon and hops then a layer of malts this beer is a sensory explosion.

Jul 17, 2015
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Matonika from California

4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excellant barleywine . Big whiskey barrel flavor, plums, vanilla. very assertive flavor and aroma. Medium plus body. Not to hippy. Pairs great with dessert. Lively carbonation. Great head retention. This is awesome. I wish I could get in San Diego.

Feb 23, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma of bourbon (light) and some alcohol overtones. As it warms, aroma increases.
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy/fizzy, diminishing to 3 mm ring
Lacing poor – small islands of tiny bubbles which rapidly slide down the glass to rejoin the ring
Body very deep amber, slight haze (probably stirred up some sediment)
Flavor of vanilla, oak, malt, some fruity esters, sweet but not cloying, alcohol stomach warming starts immediately; no hops in aroma or flavor, no diacetyl.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

Feb 21, 2015
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Thirstygoat from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White cap
Gold head quickly fades as does the minimal lacing. Bronze color with burgundy tints.
Smell, much wood, some malt, bit of vanilla
Tastes sweet, butterscotch, vanilla, malty with the fainest echo of what was once a bit of hops.
I thought this would be sticky thick, nice mouthfeel, just not as chewy as I expected.
This is good . I'm looking forward to trying my black cap.

Jan 10, 2015
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a deep almost black shade of garnet. thin parts show off a bit of clarity and brightness but mostly the darkness makes it appear black. a small tannish head forms, maybe about a finger when poured very aggressively. the retention is good and it leaves behind a nice strong lacing.

Smell: malty and sweet. notes of barley, caramels, molasses to syrup, toffees and dark fruits. vanilla, whisky and oak flavors come through fairly strong. some dark candi sugar

Taste: opens with dark fruity notes and candi sugar, with notes of plums, raisins and dates. the malt profile comes through nicely with caramel, toffee and a strong grain presence. The barrel is clearly there but well balanced and shows notes of whisky, vanilla and a strong oak. alcohol is moderate but makes appearances from time to time.

Mouthfeel: heavy and fairly creamy. pretty slick and sticky

Overall: my first Hoppin Frog and if they make other beers like this one far from my last. delicious combination of the english and Belgian aspects. I thought the barrel character may overwhelm this beer but was pleasantly surprised that it just melded nicely with the complexity

Jan 04, 2015
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stortore from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black cap- guess that means batch #2. 22 ounce bomber into a snifter.

Good color, not much of a head but what little there is hangs around. Aroma is well balanced between the whiskey and the malts, some vanilla. Taste continues the balance, not too boozy, but that's the first thing you taste. It's a sweet one, but I favor that. Raisin, brown sugar and... just sweet. No hop presence at all, and though a little hopiness is usually desireable in a Barleywine, my favorites are just like this. Great body for the style, rich but not too thick, not a lot of carbonation.

This is a terrific beer. I hope I can still get another bottle and age it for a while.

Jan 04, 2015
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Beersnake1 from California

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the fridge to a tulip, and consumed it while it warmed over an hour.

Look - nice golden brown with some carbonation. Looked like a nice barleywine.

Smell - Here is the best part. Beautiful caramel coming through. The sweetness is clearly evident, and the barrel is there, but not too strong.

Taste - Very nice from the start. As it warmed, the sweetness increased and I got hints of syrup. This would be my only complaint about this beer - a bit too sweet. The barrel character was perfect, and the caramel and malts really shined. Feel was good. Overall, I'm happy I got to try this beer. Another great offering from Hoppin' Frog.

Dec 27, 2014
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Lukass from Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Black cap!

Pours a dark brown with hardly any head at all. I poured it a bit warmer – around 50 degrees, and the heat from the alcohol was definitely on the nose, along with some boozy liquor, sweet bread and whiskey. Taste was a lot like the smell, but with even more added complexity. Almost reminiscent of a scotch ale – a little Backwoods Bastard in there somewhere. Sweet, sugary malts, bourbon as well as some vanilla, oak and coconut on the back end. Some burn of alcohol is present, but in the most decadent way possible. This one was a delicious sipper. I'd easily pay $20/bomber on another one of these any day, and that doesn't happen too often.

Dec 17, 2014
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black cap. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. I had hoped to age it longer but the bottle took a spill in my trunk on the way home and the cap started to leak.
A: Mahogany color with a thin head that quickly disappears
S: Sweet cherry, molasses, prune, Belgian yeast, vanilla and whiskey
T: Matches the nose. Tons and tons of cherry pie filling. Underneath that distinct prune along with molasses, vanilla, brown sugar and a bit of Belgian yeast/fruitiness on the finish
M: This is definitely a big beer. Very sweet, the alcohol is there but not oppressive. It should mellow out with age
O: Complex and quite tasty. I do wish I could have aged it as I think it will integrate and gain complexity. Then again I'll just try to find another bottle

Dec 11, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%

Bottle from Joe. Thanks! Pours dark brown color, some ruby on the edges where the light comes through, and a one finger khaki yellowish head. Unique aroma with plenty of whiskey, oak, fig, dark fruits, brown sugar as expected, but with some spice and another note that almost seems quad like. I assume the year is the "Belgian" influence? Flavor is sweet brown candi sugar, dark fruit, leather, caramel, some oak and dryness, coconut and vanilla finish. Thick body with medium low carbonation, coating the tongue. Definitely different from the standard BA Barleywine, but very nice.

Nov 09, 2014
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