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BART - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

129 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 46
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Blend of American barleywine and oatmeal stout aged six months in a Jack Daniels barrel."

(Beer added by: hopdog on 12-09-2008)
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken from a bottleshare at the Phoenix Sun in NYC. Thanks kindly to Alex for sharing.

a - dark as night. head like a dessert coffee. body was deep dark purple.
s - timid. some roast. nutmeg...dark fruits.
t - there is a lot going on in this one. kind of strong ale fruitiness...wow, it IS a strong ale...i had thought this was a stout going into it, but upon checking, tis a strong ale. decent for the style, a bit heavy on the booze and roastiness.
m - big and boozy. medium bodied.
o - overall decent strong ale, probably not worth what you'd have to give up to get it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Eclipse party, barrel aged barleywine and stout, 1/2 and 1/2, named after the practical dog mascot of the brewery so the story goes. Amazing delivery of the jack daniels into this one. (Edit: It was heaven hill, but whatever the bourbon was, it melded ever so nicely) Great barrel aged bourbon barleywine aroma, rich and seductive.

Taste, good enough with anything in any style, lots of vanilla, ample hops from the barleywine, it never felt heavy in here. Was like a conglomeration of all their stouts and a barleywine. I'd take this over any of the FW anniversary blends any day. A little big of lingering chocolate from the stout side of the equation. Tad of citrus from the barleywine. Lots of complimentary if not often harmonious flavors in this one.

Can't figure out how something like this, with so much diverse flavor from different component beers, didn't have much heat and didn't really fatigue the palate. This was a great beer to change it up with after a massive palate gauntlet of Eclipse barrel aged stuff that night. Can't wait for this on tap.

Photo of 01001111
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of adamdarcy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Look: Deep opaque black with an aggressive white head. Beer is quite active for a barrel aged beer with lots of legs keeping the head high

Smell: Big dark chocolate, lots of oak, dark pitted fruits, vanilla, raisins, bourbon, dark cherries, more dark chocolate, and lots more oak

Taste: Huge dark chocolate at the front, prominent coffee, oak dominates throughout, surprising little bitter hop notes, vanilla, bourbon, tobacco, and dark pitted fruit covered in honey. Big and complex

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy at first then bodies up and sits heavy on the tongue like a thick stout. The bitter notes come through on the finish and mild alcohol heat. Oak dominates once again.

Overall: One really tasty brew. This is one deep complex brew that makes it's presence known and rules over your taste buds. I really enjoyed how well the oak shines through while all the other notes duke it out on your tongue

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured dark black with one finger of light brown head and great lacing.

S - A huge charred malt aroma with vanilla, chocolate fudge, bourbon and light caramel notes.

T - Huge barrel qualities really shine through - char, oak, bourbon and vanilla are all present. Chocolate fudge, roast and dark caramel all come through from the base beer. Great balance of sweetness with bitter roast.

M - Full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured more like a stout, black, some brown edges, tanned head. Aroma was sweet, with a sugary fruity note, medium barrel wood and bourbon, hint of char, molasses, plums, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste had a nice vanilla and wood note, subtle but well noticeable bourbon note, chocolate, figs, hints of citrus hots and a very mild bitterness. Feel was more on the medium body side of things, carbonation felt good.

This had a reminiscence of Eclipse, but not the full on stout experience. Pretty nice, quite enjoyable.

Thanks David!

Photo of Gunson
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cdean801
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kk73
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of largadeer
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FiftyFifty, 2010 edition aged in bourbon barrels of some sort.

A beer has never been more aptly named, for this is indeed a barrel aged rare tick.

It's a dark caramel hue, nicely carbonated, topped by a small but retaining off-white head.

There's a ton of caramel on the nose, both from whiskey barrels and the barleywine component of the beer. The whiskey character seems slightly more one-dimensional to me compared to Eclipse, but it's excellent all the same. Totality contributes a bit of chocolate that blends harmoniously with the fruitiness of Old Conundrum. Alcohol is hardly noticed.

The palate is only semi-sweet. Big caramel and bourbon flavors are balanced by light alcohol and tannic oak. The mid-palate brings out notes of stone fruit preserves, vanilla and milk chocolate. Medium in body, a little thinner than I'd like, with a little astringency showing up in the otherwise mellow finish.

This was quite good. Not on the same level as Eclipse, but with a bit more work it has the potential to be. Glad that this is going to be bottled next year.

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan/off white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Dark fruits, honey, some roasted malt and bourbon.

T-What I presume to be honey, Mild bourbon, Dark fruits and slightly roasted malt.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and a tad watery.

O-Honey in beers just does not do it for me.

Photo of 1424IpA
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MrHirschybar
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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BART from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.