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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 Chriscrundwell12
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.

A- Not a lot of carbonation, thin white bubbly ring around the head, really clear, brown burnt orange color.
S- Really nice bourbon forward aroma, vanilla, sweet brown sugar, caramel, some spice, really nice.
T- Love the bourbon in this beer, huge vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits (plums, cherries) nice richness, sweet malt, really impressive.
M- Medium mouth feel, thin body, not a lot of carbonation which does not take away from the beer, really easy drinking for being 11.3%, dry finish.
O- First time having this beauty, really impressed, big bourbon and vanilla taste coming out, really rich, definite winner.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber to Jackie O's snifter.

A: Hmmm. Pours a dark red copper color that practically radiates in the glass. It's really clear. A quarter finger of cream colored head emerges ever so briefly and dissipates to a thin ring. No lacing to speak of. For an English Barleywine, this is all wrong. Unimpressed.

S: Ok, this is a marked improvement over the appearance. A caramel and rotten fruit bomb. This smells really really good. Belgian spices blend with sweet caramel, ripe fruit, a hint of vanilla, and some acidity to create a pleasing bouquet. Good.

T: Wow, now this is impressive. Loads of Belgian yeast and spices, lots of ripe cherries, figs, prunes, some raisin, vanilla, and hint of dark chocolate, and some whiskey and wood. Ridiculously sweet, but seems appropriate for the style. A little bit of alcohol burn on the finish. Very very very good stuff here.

M: Cloying and sweet. Sticky sweet. Light to moderate carbonation. A nice evolution of flavors as the rotten fruit and chocolate notes give way to Belgian sweetness and some booze. But the sweetness is over the top.

O: BA Naked Evil is an impressive beer, especially from a brewery that I'm not sure has bottled a barleywine before. It definitely is a "Belgian" barleywine, as the saccharine flavors almost turn this into a pina colada type flavor. The ripe dark fruit, chocolate, belgian yeast, and whiskey flavors are all touched on correctly, but it has a sweet, cloying quality that is ever so slightly off-putting. Excellently crafted, but not one I would reach for again and again. Would love to see what HF could do with a barrel aged, non-Belgian barleywine.

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Photo of Pahn
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3 inch white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a tight ring of lacing. Pours a translucent maroon and leaves sparse, small lacing spots.

Smell: Vanilla and whiskey, with a strong fig note. Very unified and pastry like; great aroma. Balanced and supremely inviting.

Held back from a 5.0 for lack of development over time (some booziness emerges, but the overall profile is pretty constant) and lack of complexity.

Taste: First sip: immediately apparent well-done barrel-aging influence (vanilla, whiskey, caramel-like flavors, deep smoothness), caramel, finishing with a somewhat indistinct, fig-like dark fruit flavor with a long vanilla/whiskey finish. Exceptionally smooth in taste and feel.

Second sip yields a surprising bit of estery Belgian yeast character like in a good tripel (I didn't expect the Belgian yeast to impact this barrel aged 11.3% ABV beer whatsoever). Beautiful chewy toffee barleywine malt flavors.

Further sips bring notes of dark cherry, subdued molasses, constant vanilla and whiskey, lots of fig and toffee. This is a joy to drink... there's no solvent flavor whatsoever, just a mild (but constant) heat. Several distinct, delicious notes emerge, but they all compliment each other in a way that really doesn't demand "close attention." Every sip makes sense, and is amazing.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Soft and creamy, with perfect (low to moderate) carbonation and a semi-dry finish with a long, consistently palatable aftertaste. Perfect vehicle for these refined, rich and balanced flavors.

Overall: For my tastes, this beer is an unmitigated success. It's unique, it's full of distinct, bold, and delicious flavors, it's perfectly barrel aged (the oak and whiskey flavors couldn't match the base beer more fittingly), just hot enough, just-right feel, etc.

I recently reviewed a beer that was good, but not a "Let's sit at our desk and drink this, focusing only on it," kind of beer. BA Naked Evil is what I'm talking about when I'm talking about a "let's sit and drink this," beer. I am going to spend the next hour or two relishing every sip left in the bottle.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing blind on 12/23/11 as part of a "BA barleywine" tasting. Finished #3 of 6 for me.

A - Pours light copper (very different from the others) with a smattering of bubbles.

S - Tons of bubblegum and circus peanuts. This candy sugar just dominates the nose, but there is a bit of vanilla and banana as well.

T - Extremely sweet toffee and circus peanuts dominate the flavor. This is a pretty light malt bill, with a very dry finish on the tongue.

M - Great carbonation and full bodied, but a bit oily. No head present.

O - Incredibly unique beer. Extremely drinkable and I don't think I've had anything else like this, though it sort of reminds me of Arquebus. I think if I had this beer on its own, it would be stellar, but with the other barleywines having different yeasts and a darker malt bill, this left me wanting a bit more from this beer.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a snifter.

Clear amber with golden highlights. No head, but a ring of foam around the edges that dissipates after a few quaffs.

Plum glaze and sherry, with some vanilla on the nose at first. Then moves into other pitted fruit scents like cherry and raisins. As it warms, a bit medicinal and hot but these only compliment the existing aroma and never become offensive. Subtle hints of toffee and caramel as well.

Rich toffee with undertones of plum and raisin, with a vanilla finish. As it warms, more confectionery sweetness comes out and begins to mask the fruit quality of the malt. More boozeyness as well.

Full and smooth, with heat on the finish.

Great fruity and sweet malt characterisitcs with a barrel character that doesn't overpower. A great bourbon barrel barleywine, but I wish the Belgian yeast came out a bit more. Seems like the sweetness, barrel aging, and alcohol content leave no room for the yeast to display it's character. Maybe in due time.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/13/11- Had a 22 oz bottle of this one.
A: Clear copper, cream collar and film, and constant bubbles.
S: Strong fig/raisin, very dark caramel, nice bourbon bananas, hot character.
T: Sticky sweet dark caramel, bourbon figs with bananas, some port oxidation, great sipping beer.
M: Thick, slow-developing froth, cleansing alcohol finish.
O: Nice sipping beer.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

unexpected find on the shelves in MA. $23 (yikes!), poured into duvel tulip. I heard very good things about this... let's hope they're right, 'cause that's a lot of money for a bottle.

A- Low carbonation, a thin tan head rises and settles quickly. Large bubbles. Beer is ruby red and burgundy in the glass, very vibrant. 2nd pour kicks up a much nicer creamy eggshell white head, bumping score significantly. I guess it's all in the pour.

S- Lots of bready, malty sweetness, subtle whiskey barrel. What kind of whiskey? Hmm, going to have to investigate.

T- Right off the bat there's a pretty intense strawberry jam flavor. Sweet, though, no tartness. It's followed by a mellow toasty oak and vanilla. Very fruity and sweet malt base. A bit of brown sugar/molasses and some honey too. This whiskey treatment is mellow, refined, subtle... stunning, really.

M- Boozy but not hot, warming as it goes down. This one's been tempered a bit for the better. Lush, full flavors, lots of lingering sweetness... even for the style it's sweet. This might detract for some, I don't mind it. I'd say it's more 4.75 than 5.0 but I'm rounding up because I'm in a good mood.

O- Yes, please. A treat, a luxury, and not a good value per se.. but an awesome beer nonetheless.

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Photo of MerryTapster
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amber Brown. Nice Two finger head. Some decent lacing. Pretty looking beer.

S: Bourbon, Mal and Booze. A little smoke as well. Some dried fruit notes.

T: Bourbon, Raisins and other dried fruits directly up front. Oak in the middle. This finished only to what I can compare to a Worthers Original butterscotch, really enjoyable.

M: Smooth, Thick and Heavy. Mild stickiness on the lips. Mild carbonation.

O: This really was a great beer. I would definetely drink this one again. Stands up to the barleywine style, with some great characteristics for the bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a chestnutt color with good carbonation leaving a dirty white cap and some lacing

S: Booze, candy sugar, bourbon, vanilla and caramelized sugars are the standouts

T: First thing I notice is a big sweet, stickiness with candy sugar, booze, caramelized sugars with bourbon, vanilla. Medium way I spy a sherry and cherry taste with hints at dark fruits and bubblegum

M: Sticky sweet, thinner than I expected, boozy, low carbonation and heavy but thin. Lots of sweetness on this leaves me wanting to check my blood sugar. Syrupy, gooey and a bit bitter

O: A pretty good take. Not impressed as the ratings are a a bit inflated. Definitely not the trade demand it drives.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Portsmouth tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear, dark ruby. A quarter-finger yellow-brown head with loose bubbles fades quickly. Minor lacing.

Man, there's a lot going on in the aroma. Big ester fruits, namely banana. There's an unmistakable smell of coconut, which I'd imagine is the pleasant byproduct of the -bal aging. A slight touch of bourbon, but it's really quite restrained. Nice, smooth caramel.

Incredibly smooth. The bourbon heat only really plays into the finish, but the barrel - with its wood and vanilla - is all over the taste. Ripe, juicy apricots. Sweet dark fruits, almost like a quad: prunes, plums. It's very sweet, but just doesn't seem overdone. Hard to believe this is an 11.3% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel is awesome, thick with just enough carbonation to really open up the flavors. In spite of the sweetness and huge flavors at work, this is quite easy to drink.

Though, like most Hoppin' Frog beers, this is borderline prohibitively expensive, it is excellent nonetheless. I loved the Belgian qualities of this barleywine, and would love to drink another bottle.

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: a glowing golden brown bodied beer with a white head. Little bit of lacing and head retention is decent considering the style.

Smell: Lots of things going on here. Huge barrel notes of oak and vanilla. Spicy notes that are coming from the belgian yeast. Smells really malty. Wow.

Taste: Fairly similiar to the nose. Nice malty beer that has a huge caramel and toffee malt profile. The whiskey barrel adds strong oak and vanilla notes to the mix; which really compliments the malt forward profile. To add good measure... the belgian yeast adds a lively spice that keeps things interesting.

Mouthfeel: This beer is full bodied and has low carbonation. Smooth and delicious. This beer is 11% and the only way of knowing is looking at the label. No boozey burn and no harshness is encountered. Its hard to believe that this beer has NOT been in a cellar for a few years; when its actually quite fresh. Damn!

Overall: This is the BEST Hoppin Frog beer I have drank! BORIS and DORIS are Shit compaired to this beer. Amazingly complex beer that is super smooth and drinks easy on a cold winter evening among good friends. One of the best barleywines I have tried this year. I paid $20 for a bottle...totally worth it!

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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 wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Brownish ruby tan, 1/4 white creamy head, some decent lacing.

Smell - Barley, Lots of fruits, some oak, malts, spices, carmal, some vanilla, more bourbon/whiskey aroma. And also hasa distint alcohol smell.

Taste - Well this is something special. Lots of oaked bourbon and carmal nail you at first sip. Lots of sweet fruits like apple, plum, fig and grapes. You can tell this is a big beer, plenty of alcohol warmth in each drink, but theres a load of flavors to balance it out some. The yeast give it the tradmark belgian flavor we all come to know.

Mouthfeel - Alot going on, this will wreck mouth with all the goodness mentioned. The whiskey coats everything in sight, the fruits add sweetness to the tounge, and palette is left sweetened, bittered, and ready for more. Aftertaste is bourbon, yeast, and alcohol warmth.

Overall - Really special. Tons of flavor, fun to drink, espically if you like aged in whiskey barrel beers. This is a big beer, meant to be enjoy on occassion, and with a fan of the style. Fantasic, hope i can find another bottle to age.

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Photo of birchstick
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a caramel color without much of a head

S - the nose consists of stick caramel malts, vanilla, and bourbon all mixed together nicely

T - Loads of caramel malts up front. Up next is a nice pop of vanilla from the barrel aged treatment. Whiskey rounds out the palate with more vanilla and some charred oak. These flavors are all very well integrated into the beer and form a really nice tasting beer.

M - full bodied, a little sticky and somewhat dry on the finish

D - awesome barleywine here. The whiskey is really well integrated into the profile and makes for a very enjoyable brew. Recommended if you can get your hands one some, one of the better barleywines I have ever tried.

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


A: brownish orange body with a small film of tan bubbles

S: very sweet smelling vanilla, caramel, toffee, whiskey,

T: Follows the nose. extremely sweet, some vanilla-a touch of oak. alcohol..some heat..but the overall sweetness made it difficult for some of the flavors to shine through

M: Sticky medium body. a tad thin,

O: I thought it was pretty good at first, but by 4 or 5 ozs the sweetness took over and thats all I could get out of the end I wasn't enjoying it so much...almost cloying sweet..def. not worth the price tag. this beer isn't remotely close to the top barlywines like abacus and MoaS..IMO

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


My Glencairn tasting glass was a perfect fit for this job. I pulled the cap off this heavy ale and was greeted with a slight wisp of carbonation gasses. On the pour I went slowly and was left with a thin creamy head. When I hold my glass up to the light there is an array of deep brown and ruby-plum like colors that are pristine and clear. On the viscosity check I gave a generous swirl and noticed a healthy amount of legs sliding down my glass walls ever so slowly.


Wow, this is a huge punch in the face from the bourbon barrel. Initially all I can get is a huge amount of booze and oak from the barrel but as I let this warm up a little bit a load of caramel soaked raisins and burnt brown sugar are pushing through. I am having a hard time trying to pull out any Belgian notes but hey, the barrel is strong on the nose in this one. In the back end some fig flavors are rounding it out and even a slight pipe tobacco aroma.


I have to admit this is one of the most interesting variations I have ever had for the style, but I like it! Right off the start there is a huge kick from the bourbon but it is so much more complex than that. Vanilla, plums, figs, and bready malt is huge in the base. Smooth and warming on the palate and is reminding me of banana foster with some toasted marshmallow. I can see how some people might find this to be a little too sweet for their palate but this is right up my alley on this cold night. In the finish, a hint of bubblegum is poking through which is definitely a component of that Belgian yeast.


Overall this was one killer barley wine! The only thing I’m a little upset about is that this was my only bottle. This is a true sipping ale, and I must admit I’m glad that I lit a fire right before I started this one because they seem to go hand in hand on a cold snowy night like tonight. If you come across this one or have the opportunity to trade for it by all means go for it, because not only is it a limited release, it is fantastic for the style. Well until next time.

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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 hippityhops85
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter

Appearance: Very clear amber with practically no head. Expected for the abv on this monster.

Nose: Lots of caramel notes that meld nicely with the light bourbon aromas. Really looking forward to the taste on this...

Taste: Again, loads of caramel and butterscotch, light bourbon flavors which I really appreciate as they're not overbearing. The abv is present but does not distract from the brew. A wonderful caramel/bourbon/bready concoction.

Very low carbonation on the mouth feel with a medium to medium heavy body. Exactly what I was looking for in this brew.

Probably the best beer I have had from Hoppin' Frog. I real gem. Surprised it drank so smoothly for being relatively fresh but I'm sure this will age nicely. Definitely seek this one out.

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Photo of MrTopher
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thank you Jim (RatedZ) for this little surprise, had been holding out on enjoying this for a time when I could enjoy it with my father. Served into Stone Double Bastard tumblers.

A – Pours an amber color, very clear no real haze or floaties, and there is practically no head. This leaves no lacing on the glass at all.

S – A lot of sweet malt up front, a little vanilla, some caramel/toffee/molasses, some whiskey notes that give it a boozy aroma. There is a little oak/earth funk also.

T – The sweetness of this smacks you first with caramel/toffee/molasses, and then a little vanilla, some brown sugar, and then the whiskey just dives in and adds that boozy layer of abrasiveness and pairs well with the earth funk character.

M – Little on the thinner side of the spectrum and the carbonation was very mild but didn’t take away from the overall experience. Also had a little creaminess to the body.

O – This a great barleywine, but better than Abacus (SUCABA) I don’t think so. This comes in 2nd right after Abacus in my book.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Bordeaux glass.

Aroma: Sticky, sweet caramel, honey, apple, vanilla, coconut, a faint clove note, and pineapple upside-down cake. It would be impossible to smell this one without wanting to try it.

Appearance: Crystal-clear copper body. Pours thick, with very minimal fine off-white bubbles. Nice legs drip down the inside of the glass after every sip.

Flavor: Pineapple upside-down cake, carmelized sugar, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, sweet maltiness, and a bit of peppery alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, syrupy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. A bit of peppery heat comes through after the finish.

Overall: All the positive buzz I'd heard about this one was definitely true. Very reminiscent of Kuhnhenn's BB4D (one of the best brews I've had this year). It's a little hotter on the finish than ideal. While this brew is a little bit on the pricy side, I'd recommend trying a bottle now, and holding onto one or more to enjoy after a year or two. It would be money well spent.

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Photo of claspada
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a tasting this past weekend courtesy of BTPete I believe.

Pours a thick orange/copper color with almost no head. It doesn't leave any lacing down the glass.

Aromas are quite sweet and sugary. Initially reminds me of FunFetti Vanilla Icing. There's light bourbon and sweet pale/biscuity maltiness that diminate. As it warms I get some lesser brown sugar maltiness and Belgian yeast notes highlighted by caramelized bananas.

The teaste begin really sweet; highlighted by caramelized maltiness mixed with sweet candy sugar, sugar cookies, vanilla and light toffee. Light breadiness and fruity/banana yeast flavors in the background but this is a cloyingly sweet beast that is rough on the palate for me.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Finish is slick, sweet and syrupy.

Overall this was a miss for me and I cannot understand the high ratings on BA right now. I can appreciate how a fresh Barleywine like this has little to no alcohol but it's just a sweet, cloying mess in my opinion. Definitely not worth the

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland for stuffing a box full of Frogs & shipping it to Minnesota. Bomber dumped into a pair of glasses during a lazy Saturday evening on the couch.

Pour is crystal clear ruby red. Interesting to hold it up in front of the TV & see Harry & Sally in a maroon tint. Spare carbonation. Easy on the nose, overdose of sweet, caramel, malts, vanilla/bourbon. All integrated beautifully; the list doesn't quite do the lovely nose justice. Balance is exquisite.

Barrel Aged Naked Evil might have originated in a caramel factory: it's straight-up drenched in melted sugar-coated caramel squares. Vanilla of the brown-sugar variety fades into strong bourbon shot. Sweet. Sweeet. Alcohol heat waves on the downslide, before bubblegum sugar blows everything away. Dentists should give this away to create repeat customers. Flat & heavy, no noticeable carbonation, which doesn't impact the lovely taste any, but it does rest as heavily as three Sonic burgers in the stomach.

Very good beer but yikes, I wonder how many acres of sugar beets went into this bottle. Tasty tasty tasty. Going to brush my teeth thoroughly now to prevent teeth rot.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came highly rated by a friend. Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Southampton oversize snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Long pour yields a .5 finger creamy off-white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear, dark orange amber. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling but solid legs. Just above average for the style considering the poor head.

Nose is rich caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Deep booziness lingers in the background. Very sweet. Vanilla and barrel characteristics are prominent also. Really nice.

Opens rich caramel and molasses. There's a pleasant sweet tartness that comes from the booze. A creamy hop profile sits in the background, happily suppressed by the barrel characteristics. More molasses and brown sugar towards the end with a spicy, hot finish and a sweet, sticky aftertaste. Flavors are very distinct but complement each other perfectly.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and silky in the mouth and warm and spicy going down with a messy finish and a lingering aftertaste. Super smooth but a touch thin for the style.

A buddy described this as "almost as good as M". I wouldn't say that but this is very very solid in its own right and has tons of aging potential. Rich and complex now with a flavor profile that is perfectly complementary. Definitely one to sit on.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Bhalter8 for sharing this bottle this evening. Almost didn’t get to try it as we felt we may be overstaying our welcome. After we went upstairs Ben suggested that we stay for one more beer that he wanted to share. Great Call and I am thankful we stayed. This was a treat.

Typical of barleywines, there was not really a head on the beer but only a wisp of foam. The beer was a fairly straight amber color with a little nod of brown. A touch lighter in color than most in the style.

Aroma was really fantastic and became better as the beer opened and warmed. One of the first whiffs reminded me of suntan lotion (positive) and then I realized it was coconut. Lots of oak and no doubt about the presence of whiskey. A moment of vanilla now and again, but really more coconut. Very Nice.

Flavor was very complex and I just loved this. The coconut was again center stage for me. A very complex caramel that played perfectly with the whiskey, oak and coconut notes. As I said to Ben, I would have never picked out the use of some Belgian Yeast had I not known, but there is a great complexity here that I assume is due to the use of some of this yeast.

Silky, rounded and soft mouth feel. A pleasure to drink.

I savored this to the last sip and was so happy we stayed to enjoy this bottle. Ben, many thanks. Excellent beer.

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Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.22 out of 5 based on 654 ratings.
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