Barrel Aged Naked Evil | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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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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Ratings: 656 |  Reviews: 170
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of sleuthdog
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage poured into tulip glass
Belgian-style Barley Wine-style aged in whiskey barrels
Thanks to BuckeyeDave for the trade.

Appearance: Naked Evil poured a beautiful crimson orange color with a half finger size off white head. It is a fairly clear beer with some small bubbles rising up to the surface. The color very appealing on this one.

Smell: The smells I pick up on this one are caramel, some vanilla, and toffee. This is a sweet smelling beer for sure. I also get the oak smell from the barrels and some spiceness from the whisky and yeast. Maybe some dark fruits on the tail end.

Taste: Wow I'm getting a lot of apples and booze on the initial taste. It is very sweet to the point of possibly overly sweet. I for sure get the yeast characteristics and the whiskey influence in the taste. I taste some of the caramel/toffee but it is so far hidden behind the apple taste it is hard to pick up on. I also do get some alcohol but it is not hot at all and I would say the 11.3% is well integrated in this beer.

Mouthfeel: I have to say I do enjoy the feel on this. It is medium-heavy with little to no carbonation. It is somewhat sticky with no burn at all.

Overall: I will say this did not impress me as much as I thought it would. It is a very good example of the style but not the best I have had. I enjoy the whiskey influence and the yeast addition. These add another dimension to this beer that saves it for me because without these I would not have enjoyed this as much

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Photo of Jeffo
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to get a couple of these from SliverX and hotpipes29. Cheers for the trades gents!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Vintage: 2011
Belgian style barleywine aged in whisky barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Perfectly clear, burnt orange in color, perhaps rust, with medium carbonation evident. A good ring remains until the end and leaves some splotchy lacing down the sides of the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Big nose for sure. Caramel and toffee with whisky, oak and light vanilla notes from the barrel. Some light notes of red berries, like raspberries and cherries, works out nicely. Pretty good.

TASTE: Lots of caramel, toffee and a touch of butterscotch up front. Lots of sugary and candy sweetness, then it moves into some whisky barrel, oak and vanilla at the swallow. Very nice transition here. Bold and lingering aftertaste of caramel and red fruit sweetness, as well as whisky and oak from the barrel. Sweet malts, whisky and a touch of spicy booze linger on the palate. Pretty nice actually.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A touch light on the palate, but definitely creamy, goes down fine with a slight burn at the swallow and finishes rather sticky.

OVERALL: A good beer, but the palate was not quite as heavy as I'd like. This is a sweet beer with lots of sweet barrel notes. I would appreciate a bigger bitter presence to add balance to the brew, but for a big, sweet, barrel aged barleywine, this is pretty nice. The flavors tell a story and the barrel doesn't overpower. A brew I'm glad to have tried and would enjoy trying a newer vintage, with the hopes that the palate thickens up and smoothens out a bit. Cheers for the bottels gents!

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Jesse13713
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to my buddy Aw Yeh for bringing this and splitting it with me. Reviewing from notes from early January. Forgot to put this up for awhile.

Appearance -A thickened, murky amber-orange color with a bit of a purplish hue as well. Very nice bubbly lacing. A very intoxicating/medicinal/mysterious appearance.

Smell – Smells strongly of a traditional barleywine - full of beets, sugar, and natural sweetness.

Taste – An insanely sweet candy taste. Plum and burning hops overtake the undertone of beets. A sweetened alcohol with an oaky-wood background.

Mouthfeel – Sweet, sweet, sweet. Barleywines are not my favorite category, but this one is surely more delicious and palatable than many of its competitors.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Thanks to seeswo for this treat!

A: Beautiful orangish golden, with a few cm of off white head, very good retention and lots of nice lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Layers of caramel, some bourbon, fruity esters, and vanilla.

T: Caramel forward, but less rich than I typically see in BBBWs, light smooth whiskey, balanced with some nice citrus notes, finishing with light sweetness and bitterness.

M: A round, medium-full body and medium carbonation.

O: Really nice, and damn drinkable for a bba barleywine. The addition of fruit lends some good complexity.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Barrel-Aged Naked Evil pours an attractive color. It’s mostly clear. Backlighting gives it a really nice crimson look. Love the color. A soft, light vanilla colored head barely covers the surface. It disappears quickly, leaving a very light, spotty lacing behind. Maybe the abv was a little too much for it. In any event, I do like the color.

The nose is quite good. It smells quite malty and sweet. Chock full of caramel. Whiskey follows. It has a moderate presence that complements the malt base extremely well. The barrel-aging definitely imparted oak and vanilla, as well. There are some light fruity notes. Apple is the most notable. Belgian yeast is definitely noted and smells spicy. Alcohol is there, but smells pretty well integrated. It smells rich, complex, and delicious! Excellent!

The flavor is extremely impressive! It definitely has a very sweet, rich caramel/toffee malt base. If you’re averse to sweet beer, this one may be a problem. Whiskey has a moderately strong presence and is a very nice complement to the malts. It never overpowers the other flavors. Vanilla, coconut, and oak are also noted. Hints of apple and pear appear at times. Belgian yeast works much better than I anticipated. It adds a bit of a spicy flavor and really drives the flavor up a notch. Alcohol is there, but never seems too strong or hot. Finishes spicy, malty, and very sweet.

Barrel-Aged Naked Evil has a body that’s on the lighter side of full. Carbonation is very light and soft. It’s extremely smooth and silky. Goes down far, far too easy for a big, barrel-aged English Barleywine.

I’ve come to expect excellent beer from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery. Every so often, they release a beer that’s nothing short of exceptional. Barrel-Aged Naked Evil is one of those cases. I’m shocked at how good it is. The only slight downside is that it’s a bit too sweet. A little less would be more. That’s nitpicking though. This is great stuff! Highly recommended!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pretty clear amber color almost no head at all just a few bubbles. No lacing here at all.

S– Sweet malts, a touch of vanilla, caramel, toffee, a touch of booze, a very light touch of yeast spice.

T- Follows the nose quite well. A little more sweet than I was expecting. A great taste from the barrel with a good amount of booze. A touch of spice/funk from the yeast.

M- Medium in body and carbonation was pretty light too.

O– A very good brew. Probably right up there with some of the big dogs of the style and probably over looked too.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to cmrillo for sharing this one as soon as I arrived at his house the night before his big 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, sugar, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, sugar, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really went into this one blind not knowing what to expect, but what I found was quite pleasant. The sweetness on this one was really nice and made this brew stand out from some of the others from this style I’ve had. It did this all while not destroying a delicate balance of flavors and aromas. I’m really glad that I got the opportunity to have this one and hope to do so again in the future.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

this beer had aged for over six months, and I have not had it fresh.

The beer pours a clear light brown with almost no head. The nose is orgasmic with incredible sweetness and an outstanding barrel vanilla. There are toasty notes of coconut and caramelized sugars. The taste is godly smooth with intense whiskey barrel and barleywine sweetness. The aftertaste after each sip is equally smooth... definitely a sipper. However, the alcohol is incredibly well masked except for a slight burning in the back of the throat. Completely worth trying and seeking out, definitely the best barrel aged barleywine I've had.

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Photo of KevSal
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my favorite beer at the blind ba barelywine tasting. (well aside from the alpine great). decided to crack mine open tonight in hopes of getting the same flavors from it i had before.

huge thanks to pahn for this guy. thank you evan!

22oz split into eclipse snifters

a- it looks alright, very light colored ba barelywine, little to no head. looks a lot like apple juice.

s- awesome, the fruity bouquet i remember from the blind tasting, i love it! its in line with hifi and ba old dipsea with fruitiness on the nose, i love this in my ba barleywines. fresh grean fuirt up front, green apple, hint of pear, followed by big malts and vanilla barrel with slight alch on the backend

t- taste is awesomme! just as good as i remember from the tasting. green fruits upfront, vanilla, toffee and sweet malts up front, alch burn in the finish with an odd after taste (from the belgian yeast maybe?) this is a sweet beer, but when it warms it really opens up

m- mouthfeel is big! thick body with lots of carbonation for ba beer. coats the tongue. very, viscous alch is present.

o- very good beer! its very sweet but very tasty. probably the fruitiest ba barleywine ive had to date. this is what i was hoping for with shmalts 15:15 but this one is done right. its very similar to hi fi but not quite as smooth, kinda wished i aged this guy for a year, i can see this guy smoothing out and tasting very special. definitly seek this one out if ur a fan of the style

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ehammond1
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Blind Tasting and Review

(Aged for 6 months)

Clear, dark orange with a very minimal head. There's some slight sediment floating around the beer. This leaves the glass oily, but no lace in the classic manner.

Sweet, somewhat simple, though very nice aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon.

The flavor is similarly nice, with good amounts of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and slight dark fruit.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Very nice, though I was disappointed in this one, only because my expectations were so high. This is quite nice.

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Barrel Aged Naked Evil from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.22 out of 5 based on 656 ratings.
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