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Barrel Aged Naked EvilBarrel Aged Naked Evil

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 649
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with deep ruby red accents capped with a one finger light beige head which dissipates very quickly, however leaves a bit of lacing throughout. Deep rich aroma of oak, vanilla, booze, dark fruit, and toffee. Opens with a burst of plum, black cherry, fig, and rich accents of date, joined by vanilla and caramel. Finishes with toffee, booziness, and just a hint of whiskey. Full bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel that coats the inside of the mouth and low to moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer certainly trends on the sweet side, but it never reaches the point of being cloying. I’ve had better “rare” barleywines in the past, but this was a very solid offering. Glad to have tried this one out!

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Photo of zhanson88
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Procured in a trade at some point. Batch 2.

Appearance: Pours a very deep, clear copper color. About 1/4" of khaki colored head forms which reduces to a ring around the edges. Okay lacing, with light carbonation present. Very attractive barleywine. Excellent color.

Smell: Caramel and toffee makes up backbone of the beer. Surprisingly some light citrus notes present that do not seem to be from hops. Must be contributed from the Belgian yeast. Spicy whiskey character and vanilla rounds it out.

Taste: Caramel and toffee sweetness up front. Very rich. A clean and subtle citrus component as well, almost apple-like. As far as barrel notes, subtle yet great whiskey character. Not a lot of oak. Overall, very complex and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel/Overall:-Medium full mouthfeel; carbonation is about right. Lingering finish of toffee and whiskey. Overall, this beer hits about all the right notes for me. I'll throw in a disclaimer that it is very sweet, but for my tastes not overly sweet. It has plenty of subtlety and complexity in the flavor. The citrus component gives it some uniqueness. All in all I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice coppery color. I messed up and poured the sediment in here-otherwise it would be spotless to say the least. Very fine narrow lacing around the top of the glass. Caramel and malty aroma. Buttery and a mild oak tinge. Deep raisen like flavors. Caramel and treacle abound. long lingering sticky sweetness. Just enough of the barrel to let you know it is there. Very mild sherry notes. Great toffee like, sticky mouthfeel-ongoing sweetness...Not trace of the alcohol in this one at all. Just a great beer all in. One of the best UK barleywines I have had. I got this in an Xmas trade that was 80% barrel aged stuff so have held off until now. A real treat for sure. Thanks Laura aka ladyofmuchbeer...

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I wish I remember who sent me this one. Props to you & Maximum Respect. This beautiful offering melds BA barleywine with a hint of Belgian yeast. Admittrdly, I'm not a big fan of many yeasty Belgians, but this one is blissful. Now officially a PERMA-WANT. Sorry, I usually follow the usual format, but I was in the moment this time. HAHA

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Photo of Juuroumaru
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- poured very aggressive with about a 1in tan head and is a very nice red with small particles floating around. Head dissipated rather quickly.
S-Sweet caramel malts come across nicely but its about the only thing that i can pick up.
T-heavy sweetness but it doesnt come across as cloyingly with a strong malt backbone.
M-medium body, thin creamy feel.
O- A+ this is an amazing beer very well done and im so sad that i only had 1 of these. I'm was blown away by almost every aspect of this beer.

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Photo of standardcherry
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black cap

A: Pours very clear, almost no haze. Gold/amber color with no head.
S: Smells kinda like cognac.... weird. Very sweet, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla. A bit of brown sugar and booziness too.
T: SUPER sweet. Almost port-like. Tastes like LME (liquid malt-extract), caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut. A bit of cherry and apple in there too. Sweet, toasted oak too. Finishes sweet and fruity, almost like orange/caramel candy.
M: Medium/full bodied with almost no carbonation. Sweet and syrupy while drinking.
O: This beer was ok. Taste was too sweet and all over the place.

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Photo of Resuin
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Goblet. This is the 2012 version.

Appearance: Pours a deep cherry/mahogany color - on the lighter side for a barrel aged barleywine. The beer is filled with floating particles - not sure if this always happens or not, the bottle had been sitting upright for a while.

Smell: Whiskey, molasses, caramel - very sweet. Some oak and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Nice smelling beer.

Taste: This one matches the smell very well - it's very sweet and has flavors of burnt caramel, whiskey, molasses, and raisins and figs. The alcohol is extremely well hidden here.

Mouth-feel: Light carbonation and medium bodied - this one goes down really smooth and definitely has a nice body feel to it. Not sticky at all.

Overall: This is a very tasty beer - the alcohol is very well balanced, and this beer is very sweet. I think the whiskey barrels made a huge contribution to this beer - it is very well rounded.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black cap, batch 2. Thanks for the replacement bottle Jay!

A: Pours clear light caramel color with pretty much no head. Wispy lace. Tons of specks of sediment in suspension.
S: Strong whiskey, vanilla, caramel, and light milk chocolate. Sweet smelling and boozy overall.
T: Taste very sweet, leather, caramel, tobacco, vanilla, grape, prune, whiskey, and oak. Finishes sweet and fruity, and the aftertaste is full of booze and vanilla.
M: The alcohol is hidden very well, not syrupy at all. Slick and sweet mouthfeel not cloying. Very low carbonation but it goes with the beer. Low fizzy mouthfeel, slightly boozy but not warm.
O: Really really good. Nothing wrong with this beer except that its maybe a bit on the sweet side. Nothing a little age wouldn't keep under control. Thanks again jbck109!

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

I aged this one for about year and was rewarded nicely. Poured into a glass from the bottle, the ale was a golden color with a slight white head that left lacing along the sides of the glass. The beer had a pleasant boozy, malty aroma with hints of vanilla hidden in the aroma. In the initial taste, one gets a nutty, fruity, citrus sensation with hints of vanilla and dark fruit and vanilla in the background. There is a virtual explosion of taste here because there is so much going on. While one gets the warming sensation from the alcohol, it is well masked. The warming continues into the aftertaste with nutty and fruity sensations continuing. By far, this was the winner at a recent testing and my personal favorite from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear ruby amber, not much carbonation or head at all.

S-Caramel, molasses, oak and darker fruits.

T-Caramel, molasses, sweet oak, mild darker fruits and some coconut.

M-Lighter, no much carbonation, smooth though.

O-One of the the better Barrel Aged barleywines, not as good as Sucaba but the alcohol is well hidden but some more barrel notes would improve the beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

black cap bottled. poured into taster.

A: pours very clear. copper in color. not too bright.

S: raisins, dark fruit. more of an oak than a bourbon aroma. a little bit of vanilla. more of a toffee aroma than a caramel. very sweet.

T: dark cherries, very fruity. not a ton of fusels. toasted grains. surprisingly mellow. booze comes out in the finish. tons of residual sweetness. a bit under-attenuated.

M: super thick. carb is low which makes it even richer. drinks similar to cough syrup.

D: a bit heavy, but good flavor. slightly thick. besides the under-attenuated nature of this brew, it has a great nose and good flavor. HF has a good thing going here, they should try and use a different strand of yeast, or two yeasts, and get this thing a bit lower. alcohol heat is there, but not over the top. if research serves correct, this was bottled around June '12, so not a very old bottle. I would say good to drink now cellar'ers.

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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 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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Photo of Lemke10
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a murky, medium brown color with very little head. The scent is sweet with tart fruit. The taste is amazingly rich with sweet malts, sugar, caramel, vanilla, and so much more. It drinks very smooth with not a whole lot of carbonation. You can tell the alcohol is there, but it blends together nicely with the other ingredients. A great find and well worth it at $20/bottle.

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Photo of SudSavant
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma 12/12
I smell this and instantly feel like I should be in more formal surroundings. You are immediately embraced by dark boozy fruits, raisins, vanilla, whiskey, and a lesser oak. It is simply a fantastic blend. As it warms the whiskey takes the forefront with strong tones of vanilla, toffee, a lesser oak, and a faint Belgian spiciness hidden in the back. The dark fruits are still very present, but know their place.

Appearance 3/3
Pours like silk with very little head. In fact, one wonders if they'll receive any head at all until it begins to fade in at the middle of the glass and slowly push its way to the top like a person newly awakened and slowly making their way through the first of their morning routine. The ale's legs on the other hand are ridiculous. They stick to the glass and show virtually no signs of falling. The color is a bright copper with an abundance of ruby glints, sunset orange hues, and earthy reds. Gorgeous.

Flavor 20/20
Oh my! This begins in the same sweet fashion as the aroma with boozy fruits, but makes a gradual and seamless transition into vanilla, toffee, candi sugar, and more whiskey. Somehow the oak is not completely subdued by all these imposing flavors and still manages to make its own small contribution. Sitting in the mouth it continues to enjoy all those confectionery inspired flavors and ceased to be quelled. The finish is like the smoothest, sweetest shot you could imagine. Think high end, "no burn" whiskey, and caramelized hardened sugar. Oh, but add amazing dark fruits and oak. Enticed yet? The aftertaste adds some bitter, but it appears to be a result of the dark fruits and alcohol, not so much that of hops. Absolutely wondrous, rich flavor as complex as it is harmonious.

Mouthfeel 5/5
The mouthfeel was the first clue that this beer was not going to be Belgian-style in a yeasty, banana, bubble gun, clove, spicy kind of way. It was going to be a Belgian-style in a quad, knock your socks off, highly carbonated, dark fruit kind of way. Carbonation is initially pretty strong, but fades to a perfectly appropriate level; being present to provide texture, but never allowing that sensation to become too strong or to distract from the flavor. It also never threatens to lighten the medium-full body. Obviously, the whiskey provides some heat to the beer at 11.3% ABV, but again in congenial way where it never threatens to usurp the other more important flavors. The spiciness incorporated by the brewers doesn't hurt one bit either, nor does the way it leaves the mouth sticky with caramel in the aftertaste.

Overall Impression 10/10
A masterpiece for Hoppin' Frog! By far the best offering of theirs that I have ever tasted. It is a rich, superbly blended cornucopia of Belgian quad goodness: active carbonation, dark fruits, whiskey heat, and smooth as you please. Good gracious! Can we all sign a petition so that they'll make this again?

Total 50/50
Well, Hoppin' Frog has joined the elite ranks as one of the few beers to earn a perfect score on Sud Savant. Deservedly so. This beer is fantastic! The barleywine style that they claim in their descriptor can be difficult to find sometimes, especially if the drinker is more accustomed to the more common "American Barleywine" style. However, as a traditional or "English barleywine," this beer is a marvelous blending of styles. It incorporates all the malty, caramel-laden, fruity, boozy, silky goodness that we've come to know and love and combines it with even more dark fruits, active carbonation, and spice from the Belgian style. On top of that it throws in whiskey and oak! What else could you want?! The correct answer? Some in your glass and then some in your stomach. Top marks to Hoppin' Frog! What a beautiful bruiser!

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Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The #11 ranked English BW here on BA.

I was reserving this on for a tasting in the area that never happened.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Mildly cloudy, with LOTS of suspended yeast. Reddish brown, with no head really.

S: Whisky, "Jolly Rancher," malt, and Belgian yeast. Nice.

T: Definitely got the whisky, some coconut, oak, and lots of rich candy, along with some yeast, and lots and lots of candi sugar. Nice!

M: Not much carbonation, but that's not what BA beers are about. No lacing to speak of. Excellent.

O: I see why this is ranked so high. This was expensive, but it was almost worth it.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
2.45/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: poured with some head that quickly dissipated, copper color, slightly hazy
S: medium nose, rich malt and pronounced whisky barrel aging, perfumy with some heat
T: incredibly cloying and unbalanced, needs to age for quite some time and is probably not attenuated enough, very sweet and very rich (but not in a good way), whisky aging helps temper this somewhat
M: cloying, unbalanced, too sweet

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Photo of Mess
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Making this review more for me moving forward. Perhaps I should have let it age another year (2012 vintage). Smelled delicious, spot on barley wine. Didn't get the belgian aspect at all. Ultimately, thick and sickly sweet. Ok sipper, but too much / too sweet throughout. Had no noticeable barrel-aged characteristics, the sweetness was overpowering. Looked beautiful though.

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

'12 bottling. Pours with a one finger high, tan colored, and foamy head, while the liquid beneath is slightly murky red-orange color. Lacing and retention are both moderate. Aroma is quite pleasant. Sweet candi sugars, brown sugar, and burnt caramel, Belgian yeast, toffee, butterscotch, dark fruits, raisins, hints of chocolate, while the barrel aromas of coconut, vanilla, whiskey, and oak are light they mingle well in this one. Sticky, coating finish, that highlights toffee, dark fruit, and caramel. Medium heavy, filmy consistency, light carbonation, and a medium full body.

Overall this is quite a nice barrel aged barleywine. Not quite what I was expecting but it definitely made up for that in a different way. Big thanks to tut2528 for this in our most recent trade!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from an unlisted source who I can’t remember. I still owe you thanks. (JMRSN, maybe?)

A: Violet brown. No head. Semi-sticky legs.

N: Coconut and white chocolate. Oak character with caramel. Has a very rounded flavor profile.

T: Bubble gum, caramel, white chocolate, and coconut. The oak barrel is subdued, but it is present. The Belgian yeast lends a very sweet candi sugar profile. This does become cloying after a spell.

M: Medium, likely from the yeast. Not bad. Good job on hiding the alcohol.

O: A worthy beer, but, like Imagine from Block 15, it is very much unbalanced. If you like confections, this is your frog.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Big thanks to radio2525 for sending this out in the Barrel Aged BIF. It was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Barrel Aged Naked Evil pours a brilliantly clear dark amber, with a handful of nice highlights. A finger and a half or so of white foam rises atop the beer before fading pretty quickly. Lacing is a bit on the scant side. I want to score the appearance lower, but the color is just too nice. The nose is wonderful, with aromas of brown sugar, figs, and plums all swimming together with a hint of whiskey. The flavor leads off with a malt profile that's definitely more brown sugar than caramel. The middle portion features some very nice esters from the Belgian and English yeast strains. Lots of fig, and a bit of plum to give it more of a dark fruit edge. The finish features some subtle oak and a bit of straight up whiskey (though it's not hot at all). The mouthfeel starts out fine, with a slightly heavy body and just a bit of carbonation. The carbonation seems to drop off soon after the beer's poured though, and the second half of each glass is just too syrupy (the mouthfeel score is a compromise between how each glass starts and finishes). Sure there are a couple minor technical flaws, but BANE excels where it counts (taste). I'd be lucky to come across another bottle of this brew.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'12. Thanks again normyk

A: Like the shit inside the old white haired professor's cane from Jurassic Park- petrified floaties amidst a thick viscous solidified light amber. Very small white head.

S: Pizza? there's some seriously smokey, dense, cheese aromas foremost. Aged cheddar and mozz. Some warmth and light hickory come through thereafter. Maybe a jab of tobacco. Pretty unidirectional.

T: Alrigghhhhttt! Syrupy smooth rolling honey, light amber maple, sweetness, and american barley hop twang. There's an ever so modest barrel presence that doesn't scream whiskey, but more apple brandy for me, or at least a blend of the 2. Maybe more like 60:40 apple brandy:whiskey.

M: Very light and smooth for a barelywine. Not overly sweet, definitely not overly hoppy, but still tells my tongue it's an american barelywine. For that, I give more credit than if it were darker/maltier/more english and presenting this flavor profile.

O: Very good at this point, especially for a lighter colored/bodied barelywine. I think I'd like to lay the rest of mine down for a good 2-3+ years and not sure if I'd seek this out as hard as I did or in large quantity next year.

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

A: Rusty and murky. Lots of bubbles, light head, no lacing.

S: Smells delicious! Lots of brandy, candy and malts. Butterscotch and bread. Light raisins. Vanilla.

T: Perfect. This is delicious!!!! OMG, why isn't this a whale??? No alcohol at all. Vanill, butterscotch, caramel, candied sugar. WOW; period.

M: Nice and chewy. Full bodied. Perfect coat left on the tongue. Wow again.

O: A gem, almost perfect gem by Hoppin Frog. Loved it.

Thanks Charity (Towamencin Bev)!!!!

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

A: Clear ruby, mahogany, brown body with one finger head. Looks like maple syrup.

S: Vanilla, dark fruits, booziness, caramel, sweetness, brown sugar

T: Hmmm ok. Interesting. Initially bourbon barrel notes are felt - vanilla, oak - ... but then the piney hops, fruits (cherry, orange, fig, blood orange, grape fruits), some sourness kick in right away. Finishes bitter/sweet. Without the bourbon treatment, I probably would have found this beer to be on the hoppier side (like big foot, old ruffian, etc.).

I find this beer to be too sweet and fruity for my liking (for the style), but it's delicious still. Alcohol can be tasted slightly throughot, but I wouldn't categorize this as a boozy beer.

M: Chewy, syrupy, thick, with very little carbonation.

O: Interesting. I'd rank this lower than the top tier barleywines I've had (Abacus/Sucaba, BA Hi-Fi Rye, etc.) but it was different for sure.

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Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.22 out of 5 based on 649 ratings.
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