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Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged Naked Evil

Hoppin Frog BA Naked Evil11.3% ABV. Barleywine from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron, Ohio. Apparently, Hoppin’ Frog visited several Belgian monastery breweries and discovered a barrel aged ale that had an incredibly satisfying flavor combination. Aging in oak barrels added a memorable richness, that Hoppin’ Frog wanted to achieve with this barrel aged Belgian-style barley wine-style ale. Being the ideal celebration beer to release on their 5-year anniversary, Barrel Aged Naked Evil was fermented with both British and Belgian yeasts and aged in whiskey barrels for a lightly spicy twist on this old-world beer style. I was fortunate to acquire this beer through purchase during a rare opportunity. 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 nonetheless!
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This entry was posted on April 10, 2014 by in Beer, Beer rankings, Beer reviews.

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