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BART - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 124
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 46
Gots: 23 | 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 kaseydad:
Photo of kaseydad
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon this at a local bar/shop. Happy to see it make it's way South.

Pours an almost pure black ale with a big beige foamy head. Lots of lacing. Very nice way to start.

The aroma is cocoa, brown sugar, oak, chocolate, bourbon, and glorious honey. Somewhat like the Eclipse series but more subdued...which I dig.

Taste is a nice blend of chocolate, molasses, wood and a definite presence of alcohol. I can almost feel a bit of the oatmeal kicking in on the aftertaste. A kiss of hops but most of the kiss is from the barrel. Alcohol warming after each sip. +1. I like the forwardness of the barrel and believe this is best drunk fresher. As is warms, the roastiness comes out to play and plays well with the barrel booze.

Pretty full bodied though nice and smooth.

Overall I was extremely pleased with this. Shocked to find and although it's a little steep in the pocket book, it lives up to a hard earned Jackson. It can be tough to find, but when you do, give it a shot. Or a snifter.

kaseydad, Feb 15, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

01001111, May 10, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.8%

mdaschaf, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

MrVonzipper, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

seavercm, May 21, 2014
Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +20.2%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

leschkie, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of adamdarcy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

adamdarcy, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Kegatron, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.8%

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.2/5  rDev +1%

LotsofLupulin, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

EgadBananas, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Gunson, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

auhwfm, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jegross2, Oct 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

cdean801, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of kk73
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kk73, May 03, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

largadeer, Dec 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

1424IpA, Jul 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

MrHirschybar, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

oline73, May 17, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

wethorseblanket, Sep 16, 2014
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BART from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.