Naked Evil - Barrel-Aged
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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From:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
Style:
Barleywine - English
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 10.33%
Ratings:
664
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 21, 2020
Added:
Sep 04, 2011
Wants:
  275
Gots:
  228
SCORE
95
World-Class
Naked Evil - Barrel-AgedNaked Evil - Barrel-Aged
Notes: Batch 1 - White Cap
Batch 2 - Black Cap
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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Belgian? vanilla from barrel and coconut. more English sweetish.

Oct 21, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by darktronica from Indiana

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
Photo of Jwale73
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

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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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by buschbeer from Ohio

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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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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
 
4.35 by aszatk01 from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by macrosmatic from Florida

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
 
4.23 by MJSFS from Florida on Sep 15, 2017
 
4.55 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Aug 19, 2017
 
4.36 by vfgccp from New York on Jun 03, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

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.

May 07, 2017
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rifugium from North Dakota

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
 
3.75 by CPAles from Illinois on Dec 29, 2016
 
4.42 by mschrei from Illinois on Dec 23, 2016
 
3.94 by AdamSteve from Michigan on Dec 22, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rudzud from Massachusetts

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
 
4.44 by REVZEB from Illinois on Nov 27, 2016
 
4.12 by Muss42 from Michigan on Nov 24, 2016
 
4.24 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Nov 15, 2016
 
4.46 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Nov 08, 2016
 
3.75 by suckaj from Florida on Oct 27, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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
 
4.36 by Kurmaraja from California on Oct 03, 2016
 
4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Sep 20, 2016
 
4.55 by NMA from Ohio on Aug 04, 2016
 
4 by BcOneSeven from Pennsylvania on Jun 26, 2016
 
4.73 by 3-Ball from Georgia on Jun 10, 2016
 
3.96 by HeyYoMar from Ohio on Jun 09, 2016
 
4.37 by cmrncrzy10 from Ohio on Jun 02, 2016
Photo of Myotus
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Myotus from Texas

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
 
4.25 by petermethot from New Jersey on Apr 03, 2016
 
4 by JVan from Illinois on Mar 05, 2016
 
3.94 by jbwimer from Kansas on Feb 23, 2016
 
4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Feb 08, 2016
 
4.24 by Stillmakingnoise from Colorado on Feb 06, 2016
 
4.06 by ilikebeer03 from Texas on Jan 15, 2016
 
4.24 by Soneast from Wisconsin on Jan 01, 2016
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3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by stevoj from Idaho

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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4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by stephens101 from Oklahoma

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
Naked Evil - Barrel-Aged from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 664 ratings