Barrel Aged Naked Evil | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Barrel Aged Naked EvilBarrel Aged Naked Evil

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Rotating

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

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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 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 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 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 stevoj
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is prune all the way, prune juice color, a dark reddish purple, small creamy head, prune on the nose, prune flavor, etc.

A little chewy, but one of the smoothest barleywines I've had.

It's really hard to get into the nuances of this brew, but as with all their beers, an attention towards quality is very evident here.

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Photo of mabermud
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Matonika
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of stortore
4.43/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Lukass
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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Photo of bobhits
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Wow not sure how to rate a beer without the scoring system? Who needs to get fired?

I jumped with excitement with this on the shelves up here in Ohio.

The appearance is easily the darkest of the barrel aged BELGIAN barely wins I can recall. Very deep, a good bit of yeast and just weight. There is carbonation but fizzy non existent stuff after a few minor seconds. So no head no lacing, but some ok legs on it. 3.5

Dark fruits (raisins and plums), molasses, sugar cane, vanilla, oak, and alcohol. 3.5

Very rich, molasses, rum, butter, citrus and flordal hops....I want to explain dark fruits but I'm not really tasting it. The alcohol is too high, this one needs age badly.

The beer claims 11.3 and well I can't call more BS. This drinks like a 15% beer. I feel a law suit is coming here, but this is as fresh as fresh gets I suspect.

This is a port level sweet beer...but it hasn't come together yet. With 2-5 years of age this is going to drink absurdly well. I highly recomend grabbing this one and aging.

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Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

This one is a brown color that shows some red when the light shines through its body. It doesn't form much of a head, but does hold up a layer of lightly tanned foam that leaves some thin bubbling behind.
Lots of sweetness comes off the nose, and it's a big malt bomb. There's just a ton of dark fruits (raisin, plum, fig) and brown sugar leading to some rich blackstrap. That's not to say there isn't any hops presence, as some dryer leaf balances it well. The aroma is this beer's best aspect.
The main problem with the flavor in this otherwise excellent beer is that it can't avoid cloying. It's just too sweet and rich without much to cut it, though hops do try. It even gives off something like sugary bubble gum in the middle and ends with some thick fruitcake.
The body alternates confusingly but very interestingly between thick, rich and viscous and thinner, alcohol running in and out on the tongue so it's hard to keep track of. It adds a bit of sting as well, though not harshly. I remains semi-sweet and doesn't run too sweet because of the hoppier elements, mostly, keeping some dryness in it.

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; batch 1, bottled in 8/2011. Pours lightly cloudy ruby red color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, raisin, prune, pear, apple, molasses, toast, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, whiskey, herbal, light pepper, light coconut, and oak/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, whiskey barrel, and moderate yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, raisin, prune, pear, apple, molasses, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, whiskey, herbal, light coconut, and oak/yeast earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, prune, pear, apple, toast, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, whiskey, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark malt, yeast ester, and whiskey barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/yeast/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an insane barrel aged barleywine! All around incredible complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and whiskey barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An extremely amazing offering.

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Photo of AdamHart22
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A really nice ruby / mahogany color. My wife said its pretty looking in the light... I agree.

S - Oh so good. Has just what I was looking for in a Belgian Barleywine. Subtle hints of cherry. A nice maltiness.

T - On point. Not a 5 because I wanted it to be a stronger.

M - This is a damn thick beer, and I'm expecting a syrupy mouth-coating feel. Not the case. There is some syrup there, but it is as crisp as it can be. Really well done, I've had other barley wines that seem like you taste it for hours.

O - A really great offering from Hoppin' Frog. At 21.99 for a 22oz bomber it better be! This one doesn't disappoint though. I think with a year or two in the cellar it would really shine.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black Cap

A-Pours a clear, glowing orange color. Wine-like legs on the glass. Thin, off-white head. Minimal lace.

S-Old, dusty, dried out oak barrels. to picking up much of the Belgian yeast, definitely more British in my opinion. Caramel liqueur. Estery...maybe I am getting some Belgian yeast because I'm getting some apple notes too.

T-Quite sweet. Loads of caramel, vanilla extract, toffee and some brown sugar. Fruity yeastiness. Integrated bourbon notes. Finishes with that old, dried out oakiness. Both the Belgian and British elements come to fruition.

M-Sweetness and feel make this one a sipper as it should be. Soft carbonation. Heat is integrated well, too. Some age has helped to mellow this one.

O/D-This probably has about a year or more on it age wise. It's has mellowed and integrated itself. It's tasty but I must say I can imagine that I may have enjoyed it more fresh but how should I know? An expensive beer, I remember it being around $23 for a bomber. It got better after each sip.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#9 for the evening:

Black rubberized cap peels back nicely.

Nice crust of white foamy head floats on top of elegant crystal-mahogany color. Good clarity and faint lacing.

Pineapple, cherry, apple, oak, and vanilla. Sweet aromatics.

A near sugar bomb, but it's not. A solid offering from Hoppin' Frog. Lots of grape, plum, apple, cherry, vanilla. Very light carbonation with zero bitterness and high sweetness. Not very even, yet still refined and thought out.

Recommended for sure!!! Thanks Al for sharing a solid offering. Nicely developed and well-put-together.

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