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BART - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 45
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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Photo of corby112
2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 vintage on draft at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a half finger light beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with a very strong barrel presence that slightly overpowers the sweet and dark malts notes.  Toasted oak, and alcohol followed by spicy rye, coffee, dark chocolate and vinous fruit notes.  It takes a while for these other notes to open up, but they're there underneath all of the booze and oak.

Medium bodied with a really strong boozy barrel presence that dominates the flavor, almost completely obliterating and trace of a base beer.  Lots of toasted oak, vanilla, spicy rye and scorching hot booze assaulting the palate.   After it warms up considerably, there is some subtle hops, leathery malt and dark fruit but the boozy barrel character is way too strong.  This brewery usually makes really good barrel aged beers but this turned out to be extremely hot and one dimensional.

corby112, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Cyclone8
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Cyclone8, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber of this stuff from ScottO recently. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Ale with honey in oak barrels

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy light head with very good retention. Bistre brown, clear, with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full creamy wisp with lots of sheets of lacing down the glass. A faint wisp and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Oak, some vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel and sweet cream on the nose. Relatively mild, unfortunately.

TASTE: Oak, vanilla and some caramel up front. More flavors at the swallow with oak, toffee, caramel, sweet cream and vanilla, milk chocolate and lightly burnt flavors lingering on the palate. A bit of perfume in there as well. Lots of oak in there, with the vanilla and caramel that comes with it.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down okay and finishes with a bit of a burn and finishes a bit sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is alright, but certainly nothing special. The oak is a touch perfume-like, which becomes tiring as the bottle empties. An okay beer from a brewery that makes some rather good stuff. Happy to try things from 50/50, but this is not a repeat. Thanks again ScottO!

Jeffo, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of brystmar
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

brystmar, Jun 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

mquartuccio87, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

leschkie, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

bsuedekum, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

cosmicevan, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker brown color, light tan head, thin collar. Nose is smooth booze, oak, caramel, some dark fruit. Flavor is oak, burnt sugars, oak, vanilla, toasted malts. Medium body, good carbonation, creamy sweet finish.

Not my favorite beer from FiftyFifty, but nothing really mind-blowing here. I'm looking forward to see how this ages in the next year or so, as I have one bottle left. Decent, but not sure I'd seek out again.

Sean9689, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of alexhahn82
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

B.A.R.T. (Barrel Aged Really Tasty)

This batch is a Heaven Hill barrel aged mixture of Donner Party Porter + Old Conundrum Barley Wine. 60 IBU's and 10% ABV.
(Only available in 8oz Pours @ Fifty Fifty on tap)

A - Dark, almost red win like color, 1 finger head with lacing.

S - Barley wine. And thats about it.

T/M - Taste is of bourbon up front with immediate and evenly blended flavors of porter with a medium but stern finish of Barley wine.

O - Amazing. Seek and Destroy, Seek and Destroy (Do it twice!)

PP (Price Point) $7.95 for an 8oz pour. Great deal, do it all day! A dollar an ounce for an insanely good barrel aged product!

alexhahn82, Jul 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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

seavercm, May 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

sideshowe, Jun 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

illidurit, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

seeswo, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Bwagner1122
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Bwagner1122, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

drummermattie02, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

2beerdogs, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into an eclipse snifter. The brew appears black in color with a khaki head a finger strong that slowly fades leaving a full wall of lacing effect on the glass. When held to the light, there is some cola clarity around the edges.

The smell includes fruity to floral hops mingled with an accenting fruity alcohol component. Some roast blends into herbal and dare I say catty to citrus aspects. It gets raisony as it warms up with a hint of minerals and solvent/neutral booze.

The taste includes roast initially that blends to a raisony alcohol character. Some citrus and herbal hops fade/blend into lots of fruity and floral notes. Only in the aftertaste, long after each sip is a bit of roast present tasting of stale coffee and a bit of must and earth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This brew is quite perplexing. At times, it kinda has a mellow black ipa kinda feel to it. It looks like a stout but smells/tastes strong of american barleywine. It makes sense after reading the blend description but it is strange how the stout aspect is all in the looks and the barleywine dominates every other aspect of the brew except the aftertaste hints towards stout. This is worth trying but not getting crazy over. Unless you are a fan of boozy black ipas, then it is worth flipping your shit over.

stakem, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of cvm4
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark cola body with a caramel hue to it. Has a light brown head.

S - The barrel aging is really front and center on the nose. Some charred characteristics, caramel and vanilla.

T - To me, the taste really mirrors the smell. The sweetness of the honey does peak through and thankfully it's not cloying.

M - Medium bodied and light to medium carbonation. There's some heat to it, but it's really smooth.

O - It's worth a try, but not sure I agree with the overall rating. There's some aspects of it that are muddled and need to be pulled together.

cvm4, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of kdahnke123
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at room temperature.
A - Pours a deep brown color with a single finger of tan head. The head quickly dissipates, leaving a long lasting lacing.
S - A deep hop smell with a background of dried fruits and carmel.
T - Coffee, bourbon, toffee and hint of honey.
M - Very mouth coating. Smooth and moderately carbonated.
O - My first FiftyFifty. Pretty good. Not as well rounded as some barrel aged beers I've tasted but worth a try.

kdahnke123, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with a thick and creamy tan head. Monster lace after each sip.

S- Slightly hot whiskey aroma with some cola, chocolate, spicy rye, honey and some raisin.

T- Chocolate and lots of whiskey right away, chocolate covered raisin, light char and a lot of honey sweetness. Flavored get a touch disjointed as the beer warms, but pretty good.

notchucknorris, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of hopdog
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. This is a blend of their Barley Wine and Oatmeal Stout aged in a JD Barrel for 160 days. Interesting sounding to say the least.

Poured a dark brown color with red edges and a small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, oaky, bourbon, citrus, and fruity. Tastes of lighter wood, bourbon, fruity, and citrus. Some coffee and oats in the tastes too.

hopdog, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bart is a blend of brews that changes up each year. This particular iteration is a blend of Totality imperial stout, Donner Party porter and Summit barleywine aged in bourbon barrels for 180 days. Poured into a tulip.

Thin yet completely black look. The half-inch head of light, sandy tan head fizzles away nearly completely after a few seconds.

Interesting nose, with a noticeable blend of roast and barleywine notes. From the stout and porter: bitter toast and roast, a hint of coffee, some oats. From the barleywine: caramel and oranges. Not much barrel from any of it, though.

In the flavor, the barrels aren’t very noticeable save some clean oak. Bitter black malt and dark coffee blend with orange zest, caramel, oats and vanilla.

Smooth, soft medium body. Mild massaging carbonation breaks into soft fizz as it moves. Alcohol isn’t very noticeable, but dark malt bitterness builds.

Bart’s decent, but I could use more barrel or bourbon. Interesting blend, though. Really tasty yes; barrel-aged no.

Phelps, Jul 25, 2012
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BART from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.