Barrel Aged Naked Evil | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Barrel Aged Naked EvilBarrel Aged Naked Evil
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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

Added by TMoney2591 on 09-04-2011

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/10/12

Cheers to Goblinmukey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Deep copper, a red orange in the light - Small, off-white head - fades quickly to a minimal cap, small ring, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Rich malts, yet also light and sweet - chewy caramel and tons of toffee - sweet and lightly sugary, yet not as absurdly sweet as Hoppin' Frog's Sweet Evil - some fruits, fruity esters from the yeast - wood and whiskey barrels - some booze in the background

Taste: Sweet, boozy, yet almost balanced - malt extract, caramel malts, caramelized sugar, molasses, and lots of toffee - light fruits, light bananas and apples - lots of yeasty esters - whiskey and wood - sweet, reminiscent of a raw sugar packet, but not in a gross way

Mouthfeel: Borderline full body, somewhat slick and sticky, minimal carbonation, but it works

Overall: Naked times are good times

For an English Barleywine, this is good. On the sweet side, but it's dramatically more pleasant than Sweet Evil. It's a good sipper, but it's arguable whether it's worth the intense price point.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear red-hued caramel with some.light browns. No head. Tiny, miniscule white collar. No carbonation. Very still.

Smell: Caramel sweetness. Biscuity, breast, and sweet without being over the top. Mild hints of oak and vanilla smooth out the edges. Almost toffee sweetness in the back. Bread crust and sugary sweetness. Layers of cooked malts. Vaguely toasted. Caramel and English toffee. Some lingering spiciness.

Taste: Mellow whiskey sweetness. Some vanilla and oak. Layers of cooked malt sugars. English toffee, caramel, and raw.sugar, all minor. Some nice toasted elements. Sharp bite of alcohol. As the beer warms the sweetness kicks up. Bigger pushes of toffee and even some.brittle. Lots of cooked, overcooked malts. Layers of sweetness. Nice touch of bourbon on the back. Very much reminds me of candy.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation on a smooth medium body. Some pushes toward full but it never reaches it.

Overall: Frog? Frog? Frooogggg!

Naked Evil is a far better codename than Sweet Evil. The depth missing from the base is present in this version. Loaded with depth, but ultimately too sweet. Better.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Auracom
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2 bottle from MSCM. 8 oz. poured into a CBS snifter on November 2nd, 2012.

A - Very similar to Sucaba, but with less head. Clear, thin, medium mahogany coloring (like a deep bourbon). Virtually no head, but big alcohol legs.

S - Plentiful vanilla, caramel, lightly charred oak, spiced dark fruits. Not nearly as bready as I may have assumed, and I can't pull much of whatever Belgian quality is supposedly in here.

T Initial sweetness, mostly toffee. Aha, now that yeast strain shows up. Light cherry, blend with a bit of roasted almonds. Candied sugary sweetness continues through mid palate. Backend morphs into more oak barrel, with bourbon showing up a bit in there.

M - Medium bodied. Semi dry finish, with a bitter roasted aftertaste. Slight heat, barely noticeable given 11.3%.

T - Balance isn't bad considering the Belgian off twist, but it is maybe a tad overly-sweet if I really must be nitpicky. The bourbon barrel is beyond accessible, and its semi-sweetness is somewhat offset by a nicely dry finish. Not mesmerizing, but well done. Wouldn't mind sitting another bottle in my fridge.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Wardo
2.03/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Been a "lurker" on this site for many years, never posted, but had to put this out there because this one isn't making sense. How does this beer rate Exceptional??

This beer is just so sweet, annoyingly cloying, and lacking of any barrel/bourbon characteristics that I just don't get where the high reviews are coming from.

I read the rules for posting, and I am supposed to post some positives. So here goes...a good afterdinner coridal beer, if you will. Small servings with a sweet desert would be very nice (the ladies will even like it, just don't tell them its a beer), age will do nothing but help this beer, will take care of "sweet tooth" fix, high ABV. Got me to post after years lurking on the site!!

I've got 5 more of these overpriced badboys in my cellar, hopefully, hopefully, after 2-3 years drinknig an entire beer will be a palatable experience. As it stands now, this one is tough to finish between two experienced drinkers with cellars of good beer. Half way through it, you just ask yourself "why am i doing this when we have all this other beer we could drink?".

As a barrel age barleywine drinker (my favorite style), i wouldn't take 10 of these for a King Henry, Abaucus/Sucaba, Kuhnhenns, Central Waters, etc... (all personal favorites, and sitting in my cellar). For the price, take your money elsewhere!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.
Batch # 1 (White Cap)

Pours a very nice slightly hazy dark amber with some nice ruby red hues. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that forms with some dense bubbles and some medium sized ones. The head recedes down to a nice ring around the glass. (4.0)

Aroma starts with some ripe dark fruit notes. Very delicious. There is some red grape skin notes and some nice date notes. Fresh fruit sweetness is present mixed in with some more whiskey sweetness, with notes of vanilla and some molasses. There is some fresh oaky notes that underlain the whiskeys and fruit sweetness. There are some yeasty esters present int the nose that work very ell with the vanilla notes from the whiskey and the slight spicy oak notes. Very delicious and complex aroma. There is also some slight butterscotch notes mixed in with some nice boozy heat. (4.5)

Flavor is impressive!! Wow. Delicious rich ripe sweet dates and figs. Pure molasses and caramel notes envelope some nice oaky and vanilla notes. The dark fruit sweetness is amazing and rich. the middle of the beer highlights the barrel very well. Tons of molasses, toffee and caramel. Nice vanilla notes and some good whiskey sweetness. I can even perceive some coconut sweetness and even some banana (Belgian yeast) in there. Very good and well balanced. Not cloying at all. The mouthfeel is perfect also. Rich, oily and velvety. It coats every inch of my mouth and lingers for a bit. There is a nice slightly boozy finish. (5.0)(5.0)

Overall, this brew is amazing. Delicious barrel aged notes and delicious Barleywine notes mixed in with some nice slightly spicy yeast notes. The sweetness is perfect and not cloying. This rivals King Henry IMHO. (5.0)

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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle--2012 vintage Batch 2. Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

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. 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. This brew is amazingly complex. It certainly trends on the sweet side, but it never reaches the point of being cloying. A sipper that is worthy of being savored on cold evenings.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 91.6% out of 100 with 658 ratings
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