Barrel Aged Naked Evil | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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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

Added by TMoney2591 on 09-04-2011

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour provided by ehammond1 at the blind barrel aged barleywine tasting hosted by DarthKostrizer.

Pours a clear orange with a orange-white head that fades to nothing. There is no lacing on this one. Smell is of malt and dark fruits. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, and some random fruity flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but it tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2

Appearance: WIth the high ABV, I was not expecting much of a head and I didn't get one, though the liquid was a crystal clear golden infused amber color; instead of lacing, the beer draped legs down the chalice

Smell: Smells like Bananas Foster (though with whiskey substituted for the rum) - banana and caramel elements pair with the boozy aromatics

Taste: Caramel and bananas, up front, with toasted coconut, stone fruit and citrus peel, in the middle; after the swallow, the whiskey flavor adds another dimension, though the sweet flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; loads of warmth in the gullet

Overall: An interesting melange between a quad and an English barleywine but I would have to say that the sweetness is too cloying and, to my palate, the beer is over-rated

Thanks, Prost76, for the opportunity

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Paul for the bottle. Opened this at a blind barrel aged barleywine tasting. It ranked somewhere in the middle.

Appearance: Clear tawny with medium-light carbonation. The head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Incredibly sweet, with a strong Belgian yeast character. The yeast profile isn't dominant against the bourbon barrel and the toasty, grainy malt bill, but it's plainly noticeable, lending some bubblegum and spice. Barrel contributes a rich caramel and maple syrup backbone, and the foundation doesn't seem to be lacking sweetness either. There's a bit of oxidation in the form of dark fruit, which works very nicely against the richness of the malt and barrel. It smells good, but I don't love what the Belgian yeast adds to this style.

Taste & mouthfeel: Syrupy sweet. Maple syrup, brown sugar and bubblegum. Normally I hate any trace of bubblegum in beer, but it's subtle and inoffensive here. A decent amount of oak and brown malt, dark fruit, grape and plum. Borderline too sweet - this has a sugary, boozy burn going down. I feel like this has the same level of residual sugar as many of The Bruery's 18%+ ABV beers, only this isn't nearly as strong or full-bodied. It's not a thin beer, but it could use more heft for the level of sweetness.

Overall: Good, but not great. Too sweet, and I'm not thrilled by the yeast profile. It's still a pleasure to drink and ranks as one of the best beers I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden copper color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of whiskey and sweet caramel.

T - Strong whiskey flavor with sweet caramel and toffee presence. Subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was smooth yet sticky. A full bodied ale with a strong alcohol warmth.

O - This is a very good barrel aged barleywine. A nice rare find from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mdfb79 for sharing this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark copper color without much of a head; instead there's just a bit of a thin off-white collar. The nose carries a decent amount of bourbon, oak, and accompanying vanilla. A little bit of oak tannin and oxidation. Still fairly nice.

The flavor has some smooth bourbon and a good dose of caramel with some light fruits in the background. There is a touch of booze and moderate oak. Touch of bourbon. Medium body with lowish carbonation and some booze. Quite good.

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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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark brown in color with a huge head of tan that just towered over the top of the glass. Settling down smoothly and evenly it produced a thick coating of lace all along the sides of the glass. Rich vanilla and woody aromas are being picked up almost immediately. Huge notes of oak and subtle caramel and toffee and truly dominating here for sure. Warming only brings this out further, rich and decadent, sweet aromas just building off each other here. The first sip is divine, subtle, and rich and perfectly carbonated it simply rolls across the tongue with a gentleness that is unheard of. Vanilla and caramel merging with oak like notes and touches of earthy hops all working together seamlessly. I am still not sure how strong this one is, but subtleness is key here as it was barely detectable at all.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/25/12 notes. Big, big thanks to jyounger30 for sending this one my way in the Birthday BIF; thanks Jay. Been a big want of mine, shared with some friends at a tasting.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent dark amber color with one to two inches of white head and low carbonation evident.

Smels - Smells of whiskey, caramel malts, toffee, oak, vanilla, coconut, and toasted malts. Nose is good, but the whiskey dominates here, and it smells pretty hot. I like it as I tend to like bourbno forward beers, but it docks it a bit, and I can imagine it would be too much for some.

t - Tastes of whiskey, caramel malts, vanilla, oak, cream, toffee, toasted malts, bready malts, coconut, wood. While the whiskey is there and up front in the taste, it doesn't dominate as much and allows more caramel, toffee, and vanilla to come through. Vanilla is very nice, and I think it tastes great.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Not as thick as I was expecting but very smooth and easy to drink due to the low carbonation. Again, not as hot as I was expecting, and actually pretty easy to drink for over 11% ABV.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit, and I liked it more the more I drank it. I was a bit worried after smelling it that it was going to be a bourbon bomb, but not the case. Taste was a wonderful mix of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel, and it was super easy to drink. Would definitely like to have it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

The first beer tasted just before a buddy's wedding. It's described as a Belgian-style barleywine (whatever that really means) aged in whiskey barrels. Right on. It pours a clear copper-tawn topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, light oak, sweet toffee, light mandarin orange syrup, and the slightest hint of whiskey. The taste continues the sweet tradition of the smell, with the toffee really running deep and the heat of the alcohol finally showing through. It's clear this barleywine is still quite young. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a syrupy feel. Overall, though young, this is quite the tasty b-wine. I'm sure age will be a boon to it, but it's ready to go now for the adventurous. Good times.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is orange / copper hued with a small, white head. The aroma brings malt, booze, citrus. The flavor is bold, wth a huge malt presence. Slightly sweet, with a touch of tangy citrus. A bit of sweet toffee and butterscotch as well. Medium bodied. Overall, pretty tasty, albeit best in small doses. On the verge of being awesome.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with no head. No bubbles at all. Nearly flat looking. Very clear amber body.

Smell - Wow, apples. Loaded with apple. Whiskey and some caramel in the back, but it's so fruity. Interesting, but not what I expected.

Taste - It takes a while to really come into a decent flavor. As it warms, it tastes much better. Otherwise, it's just apples and booze. The caramel becomes more prominent, but it's not a terribly exciting flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy body. Low carbonation. A little syrupy, especially as it warms. It gets sticky sweet. Too sweet.

Overall - I don't expect most of the flavors this one delivers. Super appley. I see why they call it a Belgian-style barleywine, but the Belgian characteristics remove some of the depth of flavor that I seek in a whiskey barrel beer. It doesn't deliver flavors that are that appealing, but it's still good.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Owen & Engine. Thanks to the bartender for suggesting it. Served in a snifter. Love the ghetto label

A - A quarter-finger of white foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles, some wisps on top, a touch of spotty lace. Lightly hazed orange-brown body.

S - The aroma is understated, with notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, and booze that grows in intensity as the beer warms up. There's some estery yeast character and English toffee sweetness as well.

T - The taste is superior, with copious amounts of coconut, vanilla, whiskey, toffee, brown sugar, spicy Belgian yeast, and a hint of bubblegum.

M - Medium-bodied, with well-hidden alcohol, pleasant moderate carbonation, and a lightly tannic finish. Surprisingly light for the style and alcohol, but not in a detrimental way.

D - I suspect this will improve over the next few months, but it's quite excellent already. Handily the best Hoppin' Frog offering I've ever had. The Belgian yeast works very nicely with the barleywine sweetness and intense barrel character. Looks like I'll have to find a bottle or two for the cellar.

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Photo of Duff27
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Short light tan head on a murky amber beer. Above average head retention, some lacing.

S- Definitely Belgian yeast aroma, "smell reminiscent of a Quad."

T-Fruity, hot from the whiskey -bals but smooth. Complex spiciness. Vanilla notes galore. Well intrigrated alcohol.

M- Full mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- Having the the same night as MoaS...this is right up there with it because of its uniqueness. If your a fan of Belgians, barrels, and barleywines then this is the beer for you. Thanks a ton 4DAloveofSTOUT!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Dan recently at a tasting, thanks! This is a good beer but is quite ugly.

Beer served in a snifter, beer is brown and cloudy with basically no head, low carbonation, no lacing or retention.

The aroma is sweet, booze without the alcohol, oaky, sweet. Very sweet, did I say sweet?

Beer is medium in body and syrupy on the palate, very nice beer overall. The finish is mildly bitter, strong flavors good finish. Not usually my style but I am glad I had this beer. Much fun.

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

This beer pours a full bodied and syrupy tarnished bronze in color with cherry red highlights, with moderate carbonation and only the slightest of lacings. The nose features typical barleywine sweet malt characteristics and then a nice addition of vanilla, oak, and toffee. I don't get any whiskey, just notes typical of barrel aging. The flavors are more complex. There is plenty of caramel, toffee, vanilla, light oak, cherries, maple syrup, and it finishes with a slight whiskey burn. It loses complexity the further you get through your glass. The cherry really comes out more and more as you drink and gets sweeter and sweeter. It drinks full bodied and syrupy for the style. Overall this is a nice barrel aged barleywine but I expected a lot more. It's not in the King Henry/Mother of All Storms category but its a nice beer. I wouldn't say it was worth the $25 though.

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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 Gobzilla
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown in color with mahogny highlights and a very thin head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma was very sweet upfront in the aroma consisting of caramel, toffee, plenty of brown sugar, noticeable dark fruits, signs of vanilla, some bourbon barrel character and a little booze for sure.

T: the booziness was more dominent on the palate alongside plenty of sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits such as raisins and figs, bourbon barrel character that also added vanilla accents and a touch of sweet belgian yeast.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, semi boozey, bourbon barrel, slightly fruity and silky finish.

O: It was a solid barrel aged barleywine but nothing spectacular, still worth a try if you haven't had it already.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one twice. Once during a tasting fest and the other last night. Both times I was underwhelmed. It's a very good beer but seems chaotic and not put together too well. It has all of the usuals; caramel, toffee, sweet malt, vanilla and some woodiness. I think it was oxidation that seemed to throw everything into disarray. Boozy, too. A hot sum bitch.

I'm thinking I got into a bad batch, or perhaps storage. Like I said, it has all of the good stuff. There's something missing and I think it's the flow between flavors. Hmmm

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Brian for this bottle! Poured in to tulip.

A - Medium copper colour; translucent. A thin layer of dirty white head formed and receded to a nice ring around the glass.

S - Sweet whiskey and oak aromas up front that give way to vanilla, dark caramel, toffee and raisin notes. Not specifically getting the Belgian yeast in the nose. A great nose!

T - A big whiskey and oak profile up front with some lighter vanilla notes present from the barrel aging. The base beer adds rich caramel and toffee, spice and hints of raisin, plum and Belgian yeast. There is some warming alcohol that perfectly cuts through the sweetness and makes this a superbly balanced beer. Incredibly smooth for the ABV and considering the style.

M - Full body. Thick and chewy. Light carbonation.

O - One of the best barrel aged barleywines I have had. This was remarkable.

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

A bottle shared with some friends.

A brown colored Barleywine with a mix between dark bronze, and deep amber. There is a off white head on top so that's a plus in this barrel aged beer. A nice sheet of lacing on the way down. The smell is bold and the barrel aging while big, does not distract from the other scents. There is the base beer with all those malts and things, plus some whiskey/bourbon scent along with a plethora of fruits. This is a fruity big ass barleywine. A candi scent from the Belgian yeast. A big basket of fruits. Plums, pears, apricots, and others mashed in as well. English and Belgian yeast varieties. Malts with some bread. Bourbon is on the light end but I can still taste it distinctly. There is some alcohol in this 11 percenter. A very smooth ride with some slight heat in the finish. I gotta say this does have a fruity aftertaste, unlike any barleywine that i've had. Could it be the barrel's, could it be this batch, could it be me, I don't know. It's sweet, but not a cloying mess. above medium in feel and a good amount of carb going for it. I myself would go for a 12ozer if they made it available.. A lot of alcohol and a big fruit base makes for a weird BA'ed beer that's top notch.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Jason. Thanks! Batch 001.

A: Dark orange with a small fast fading white head.

S: Orange, vanilla, maple, apple, brown sugar, and big caramel notes. Oak blends with toffee, Belgian yeast character, and a firm whiskey presence. Well hidden alcohol.

T: Bready with apricot, almond, apple, and orange. Candied sugar. Dark toffee with caramel and a pleasant whiskey presence. Touch of vanilla. A little heat in the finish.

M: Medium body with upper low carbonation.

Overall: Unique and enjoyable.

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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 corby112
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2

Pours a dark golden amber color with mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacin left behind.

Sweet, slightly boozy aroma with very subtle barrel notes, leathery malt, candy sugar and dark fruit esters. I was expecting more barrel in the nose but is very faint with minimal oak and spicy whiskey character. Smells more like a regular barleywine/Belgian strong dark ale hybrid with leather and caramel malt sweetness along with toffee, plum, raisin and fig. As it warms, the slickness starts to show but I'm still having trouble picking up the oak and whiskey.

Medium bodied with a blast of sweet booze that lingers over the vinous fruits and sweet and leathery malt back bone into a dry, slightly spicy finish. The barrel presence is much stronger than the nose suggests with subtle toasted oak, vanilla, coconut and spicy whiskey booziness. For all of the alcohol flavor up front, it's actually not all that hot with lots of sweetness and a complex malt backbone balancing things out. It could actually use some more whiskey flavor and heat to counter all of the sweetness. Slightly leathery but the caramel malt, toffee and vinous dark fruit notes overpower almost everything that would suggest barleywine. Slight bubblegum character with hints of grape, raisin, date and plum. Pretty tasty with a well masked ABV but it's intensely sweet and lacking in balance. Also could use more of a spirit/barrel presence for my liking.

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