Sweet Evil Barley Wine | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Sweet Evil Barley WineSweet Evil Barley Wine

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ChadQuest on 08-01-2012

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1.97/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Wish I wouldn't have spent $18 on this sweet mess.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of menkros
4.53/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a golden color. The smell is like liquid brown sugar. The taste is a perfectly sweet barley wine. I heart it so much. his beer is the non-barrel-aged version of Naked Evil, and you don’t see the barrel-aged version of a beer released first too often. The beer is a clear dark copper-amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel and fruit. Medium to full body with a very sweet caramel malt flavor along with flavors of fruity yeast and hops. The finish is nearly cloying in its sweetness and leaves a lingering toffee and malt aftertaste.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours light brown with ruby highlights under a very thin light tan head.
S: Very fruity nose – hinting at cherry
T: Very fruity and porty palate, peppery finish, dark fruit flavors, cherry, dark black cherries, rich malt flavors, some grape. Hefty hops but malt driven and overall fairly sweet.
F: Chewy, medium low carbnation with some alcohol burn on the finish.
O: The bottle identifies this as a Belgian style barley wine but there is very little Belgian about it. Some wild yeast might bring it up a notch – right now it is too sweet.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.49/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color, depth, clarity, smoothness and brightness of this beer's appearance serve to amplify its somewhat whiskey-like overall character. It does develop a bit of tan head, soft and foamy, which leaves spotty lacing on the wall of the glass. This seemingly thick dark orange brew with a bright fire in its depths does give me the impression that I'm pouring whiskey rather than beer but for the head and lace.
There's no denying: this beer is sweet, and extremely so for a beer. It's understandable that it would be sweeter than some could handle, though I imagine the brewer's intent for this beer is certainly slow sipping, and I would suggest nothing else. It's got that distilled grain spirits quality about it from the get-go, and really the best I can think of it as is a whiskey-mead hybrid. It's very honey-like in the sweetness, with grains underlying, some barley-like malts but not heavy, with lots of dark fruits. Think very sweet plum and raisins that are just overripe. Toward the end there's a bit of a toasted brown sugar/burnt caramel element under the white sugar and honey sweetness. It does have a light hoppiness to it, very little bitterness just cutting through with some steel and herb (English?) a bit.
It's thick but less sticky and syrupy than I'd expect, though it leans in that direction. There's a very gentle but still noticeable crispness up front that, while soft, doesn't fade. It's fairly smooth, and a little dryness cuts the sweet, heavier body.

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Photo of weonfire
2.3/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

A - Amber, light head-dissipates quickly, opaque, carbonation bubbling, zero lacing

S - Dark fruit, real sweet sugary pineapple

T - Sugar, ripe pineapple, aged fruit-raison, plum, nectar

M - medium body, low froth, more of alcoholic juice, boozy finish

O - Hella sweet, gross sweet, sweet like you put sugar on overly ripe pineapple slices sweet- then add some booze flavor. I fully do not recommend this. I got through maybe 4oz of the bomber. Complete disappointment. 12 bucks. down the drain. literally.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vonerichs
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper body with a flat appearance. There was no head at all.

Smells like a loaf of bread with some kind of sugar glaze. More sugar, dates, sugar, raisin, sugar.

Holy crap it's sweet. Sugar, dark fruit, brown sugar, bread. Doesn't play well with me.

Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy.

Well, it lives up to its name but I'm not convinced that's a good thing. It's cloyingly sweet and bready with no bitterness to cut it.

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2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This intense barley wine pours a beautiful and luminous medium dark amber with a moderately light head of off white foam that settles to a thin ring, subtle thin layer, and streaking light lacing. Nose of heavy brown sugar coated cherries mulled in brandy. Flavors follow the nose with sweet candy and lightly tart cherry notes on the front to middle, middle to back shows brandy, apples, and warming booze. Slick sugary mouth feel with low carbonation and a sweet fruity aftertaste. Substantial. Would be interesting to lay one of these down for a few years.

A malt lovers dream.


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Photo of trevorpost
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of SeriousALEment
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this. At the time of this review, there are only 7 other reviews. Weird.

Consumed 10/12/12

Appearance: Dark orange with a some red highlights - remarkable clarity - small white head, leaves a nice array of spots

Smell: Weird - maybe it's just the name of this beer priming me, but this smells sweet - like, sugary candy - spicy Belgian yeast - sugary bread with powdered sugar - sweet jam - did I mention this is sweet? Sweet, sweet, booze

Taste: Sugar and booze - malty, but in a very sweet way - sweet bread sprinkled with sugar - so, so sweet - caramel, sugary candy - Belgian yeast with some sugary banana and sugary bubblegum - light fruits and more sugar - some musty British notes

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, oily, syrupy, with booze

Overall: Would you like some beer with your sugar?

Sweet Evil. This is one of the most accurate names for a beer ever. I've eaten sugar packets that are less sweet than this beer. It's absurd. Interesting, but not great.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Etan
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful light amber with a small white head.

S: Extremely vinous with notes of sticky grape, sugary maple, cidery hop oil.

T: Overwhelmingly sweet esters - dried apricot, prune and grape, molasses, cooked sugar, vanilla, apple juice.

M: Medium-bodied, slight carbonation, a little syrupy.

O: I like sweet barleywines, and this is still too much. It's amazing that putting this stuff into a barrel yielded Naked Evil. Unbarreled, this beer isn't disgusting, but it's barely drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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Sweet Evil Barley Wine from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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