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Concentrated Evil - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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76
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Raisins, Coconut Sugar, Panusta Sugar.

(Beer added by: bulletrain76 on 11-17-2009)
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3.28/5  rDev +1.2%

wethorseblanket, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +8%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of brentk56
2.49/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a modest head; decent lacing

Smell: Wow, is this ever phenolic; that's about all I can say

Taste: Hints of dark fruit and caramel, up front, but by mid-palate, the sour tones take over; after the swallow, the phenols appear, bringing a lot of herbal character to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: The best I can say about this beer is that it might have made an interesting sour if it were not for the phenols

brentk56, May 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Gonzoillini, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -7.4%

nmann08, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. I wasn't expecting much from this one and was pleasantly surprised.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a mild layer of off white head. The smell is sweet with brown sugar, dark fruit, and some Belgian spice like notes. The flavor is a weird mix of dark fruit and Belgian spice. Things aren't working together as well as I would have hoped. The dark fruit notes are a bit tart. Sweet notes fade towards the finish. There is also a slight smoke that shows up in the taste and smell.

oline73, Feb 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

gpawned, Nov 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

creez, Aug 22, 2012
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2.48/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red amber, slight head and no lacing. Slight belgian aroma with a spicy sweetness. Bitter orangy start with some elements of Belgian flavors, some malt and light fruits; more citrus flavors finishes dry and astringent. Not very good. I'm not finishing the bottle.

LiquidAmber, May 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

daveytheformer, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

Sailracer, Mar 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

imperialking, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of ccrida
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber picked up and cellared 1.5 years, poured into a tulip, Concentrated Evil is light mahogany with a tight egg-shell head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is very phenolic, a touch of sweet raisin malt. Fairly herbal, some brightness, I'd guess phenols more then hops at this age, but surely some of both. Gains pretty big intensity as it warms.

Taste is also very phenolic, lots of fresh herb, wintergreen, and some prune. The malt lacks depth, the punch here is all yeast, spicy esters and phenols. Not bad, just not exciting.

Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, medium bodied. Some sweetness from the booze, which is otherwise well hidden.

Drinkability is okay. No real off-flavors, it was just a little exaggerated with yeast notes, and not much else, save a little turbinado. The age probably helped the smoothness, with the heat only on the back end of the throat, but it's not one I'd seek out.

ccrida, Feb 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a dredgy brown and purple pour with almost no head on it. Prunes, brown sugar, figs, raisin aroma, with a substantial amount of alcohol to it, but relatively in the right proportion for none of it to be offputting.

Taste, a sipping beer for sure, mildly enjoyable, sweet, but not cloying or disdainful in its interaction with everything else. Its a relatively hot beer, and once you get to the point where you are a little bit more used to it, then the raisin aspect seems to be a little bigger than you'd prefer (well, than I'd prefer is more like it). Dark and bready, like rye bread, without the rye. Sorry, I couldn't come up with a better dark bread descriptor. Maybe it has a little nutmeg and cinnamon in it, but raisins and alcohol are quite upfront here. Appreciated the higher than usual carbonation, I can only imagine how much raisin there would be in the mouthfeel if the carbonation was flatter.

Loads of toffee, seems like the yeast phenols are equal parts English and Belgian.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

drewone, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

mjaggers, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

TicoCali, Nov 21, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mentor
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a two finger light brown head over a very dark brown liquid with ruby edgings when held to light. Smells fruity estery with belgian candi sugar, some phenol, mild chocolate and nut, clean alcohol, and burnt matches. Esters are pear, pineapple, and green raisin. There is a woody husk character that dries a deep breath.

Tastes strongly phenolic with dark esters and drying malt. Phenols are more pine bark than clovey. Malt is dry chocolate, with a dash of caramel. Candi-sugar adds a nice sweet flavor, but the sugars have clearly been fully fermented. Esters are dark fruits, such as dark raisin, dark cherry, plum meat, and tamarind. The phenols carry a sharp cinnamon spicey zip mixed with nutmeg and cumin. has a definite pumpkin pie spice character to it. Very clean alcohol gives adds to the spicey zip.

Phenols and alcohol make it seem light in the mouth, despite the sweetness if sloshed around in the mouth. There is a phenolic and lightly acidic finish that's not working so well for me. Just a tad overcarbonated with a fine sharp sting on the flat of the tongue.

mentor, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

More like Concentrated Burnt Raisin Toast. I think Chicken Choker would be the more descriptive name. A bullet to the head would accomplish the same mission, however. Either way, this stuff is killer, har, har. First impression is a big fruity thing but after a few sips it tastes more like sour cherries gone bad in a cocktail of very old oxidized sweet vermouth.

Appearance is fine with a nice golden amber in the snifter. Aroma, however, is like raisin cookies with some cheap rum for company. I would wish for more carbonation, though there are some nice lacy swirls in the glass. I like to try big alcoholic beers but this one seems to step on its own dork, as we used to say in the Coast Guard. Crazy big flavors but skewed toward the dark and murky.

mactrail, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Edit: Update, within 24 hours after posting this review, I received a beermail from Todd Ashman. "FiftyFifty has reworked Concentrated Evil. The raisins have been cut back almost 90%. A new yeast strain that, ups attenuation and lowers phenolics. Dark Candi syrup is used in place of raisins. We plan on bottling this version in early 2012."

Needless to say, I'm very excited to try this new version, and post an updated review when it does, it sounds great! Fantastic customer detailed focus, and Fifty, Fifty is a first class act!

Original review.

Picked this one up at Green Jug, and split the bomber with my wife.

A: The beer pours a cloudy/hazy dull rusty amber brown, with a ruby hue. A quarter inch of light tan head formed to a semi-creamy film on top, but faded to just a ring of bubbles.

S: Light dark cherry, raisins, caramel, and burnt brown sugar.

T: Dark fruit forward on the intial draw and in the middle. Concentrated flavors of cherry, raisins, and a touch of belgian yeast esters on the finish. Some caramel on the back end too, and some layers of roasted brown sugar. The alcohol is well masked. Towards the end of the bottle was this sweet honey flavors (I'm guessing from this yeast) which was very nice, just wish that note was more abundant in the beer to balance the fruits.

M: Light carbonation, touch syrupy, finishes sweet.

O: Decent. Smooth, and the belgian yeast notes are mild, but it's a bit TOO fruit forward for my preferences, which I was not fully expecting, since I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. To clarify what I mean by that, cherries & raisins are not fruits I eat a lot of, as they are good in small quantities, and not so much in large quanities, so the level to which both flavors are concentrated in this beer, didn't agree with my palatee. Still good, and glad I tried it though.

Retsinis, Sep 19, 2011
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Concentrated Evil from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.