Concentrated Evil - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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3.08/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
12-25-2011 19:00:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5 rDev +13.6%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Lightly chilled.
Very lightly hazy sienna body which takes on a sinopia glow when held to the light. A small head stained a variant of light khaki dissipates to a modest slick and bubbling collar. Fine sandy lacing but no real legs (surprising considering the alcohol level).
Very rich bready malt in the nose. The esters have a fruit-cake quality that works well with the base yeast. Faint cinnamon sugar can be detected as well. A vague armagnac note emerges as the beer continues to warm.
Slight wheat-like tartness on the palate entry, though this is offset by the complex sweetness from a variety of sugars (I think I can detect turbinado but nothing more exotic). Faintly nutty/coffee bitterness with delicate tobacco flavors melds with cherry-like esters from the alcohol in the finish. (Golden?) Raisins are present but don't stand out. Tastes something like a well attenuated dubbel though a tad generic compared to the singular Belgian examples of the style, each with their own very well evolved yeast strain.
Light bodied yet oily in the mouth. Moderately carbonated, though not especially effervescent.
The brightness and balance make this one more drinkable than the ABV would suggest (dangerously so). Glad to finally see some Fifty Fifty in SoCal - hopefully this is only the beginning.
11-23-2010 03:25:14 | More by augustgarage
3.03/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured from the 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Body is a slightly viscous reddish-orange co.or, topped by a small bit of creamy, off-white head that vanishes almost immediately. Aroma is big on raisins, dark fruit, Brown sugar, and tangy yeast.
Palate is mostly sweet malt, with hints of raisins, brown sugar, grapes, and dark fruit. The yeast adds a nice tangy note, but also a slightly chalky bitterness. Finish is a lasting sweetness, with a hint of orange peel.
Body is full and not sticky, but largely flat. I expect a lot more effervescence from a Belgian-style ale. Still, there's very little heat for such a strong ale, which makes it pretty drinkable.
03-08-2011 06:43:36 | More by ElGordo
2.6/5 rDev -19.8%
Thanks to Jeff (ipa247) for this one. 22oz. bomber poured into a Southampton oversize snifter.
A: An extended pour barely yields a .25 finger coarse, off white head that dissipates quickly into a single layer of big bubbles floating atop the brew. Beer is a clear light mahogany. Lacing is stringy and sparse with moderate stick. I thought Belgians were supposed to be well carbonated, with big, bold head formation and ridiculous lacing! This one falls a bit short here.
S: Nose is not at all what I expect. Fresh green grapes and plums and a noticeable vinous note. Also a touch of rubbing alcohol in the back. Where are the cloves? Spices? Dark fruit? The aroma is missing all of these critical aspects here.
T: Opens vinous with a touch of tartness. Watered down white grape juice washed over with ethanol. Grape notes from beginning to end with a touch of spice and clove right towards the finish. Yeasty on the finish and a slightly bitter and spicy aftertaste. Very little complexity here and some off flavors.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and slick in the mouth. Watery in parts with a slight aggressiveness going down. Finish is watery with a messy, lingering aftertaste. Could be a bit more carbonated but the smoothness really helps.
D: For an 11% beer, this one drinks surprisingly well. However, for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, it falls almost completely flat. Appearance? Not too great. Aroma? Inappropriate. Complexity? Largely missing. Feel? Not half bad. I won't be revisiting this one though.
02-17-2011 01:22:08 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.25/5 rDev +0.3%
On tap at City Beer on FiftyFifty day.
Pours cloudy amber-brown with a foamy off-white head that lasts.
Smells decent, with bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and honey noticeable.
Flavor is similar to the aroma - bourbon and vanilla stand out, and there are slight fruity/citrusy and spicy notes. A touch boozy.
Medium body with carbonation a little too high, and some booziness, which is to be expected for this high of ABV I guess.
Drinkability is not too high. Not sure exactly what they were going for with this one, but it definitely fell a bit short for me.
01-25-2010 08:02:41 | More by nickd717
3.48/5 rDev +7.4%
Dark copper red with a short and short lasting white head.
Nose is assertive candi sugar and nail polish remover; undertones of sweet carmel and plum sauce, hints of mince meat pie, Xmas fruit cake and whiskied cherries, all to say that, the nose is almost overpoweringly sweet.
Mouthfeel, flavor and finish don't match the nose or expectations whatsoever. Mouth is thin but nicely carbonated and seems to have nice balance for what it may be trying to be (which is a question).
I don't mind the taste or the flavor profile. The beer is not a Belgian style ale - so, on that score it fails. It's not even close. However, it's almost a sour although I think it's by accident.
There are some raisin and brown sugar undertones; hints, as the case may be. However, this could have been wild with some brettanomyces or other yeasts or bacterias.
Flavors are sour plum, sweet wine vinegar, bitter burnt sugar tones with a burnt toast, light burnt coffee bitter finish.
This is the first FiftyFifty brew I've had. I'm drawing no conclusions from this one. This beer is not bad; just not what it purports to be. I'm ignoring the label and just reviewing it as if the beer was not labeled. Otherwise, the scores would not reflect the beer's good points. Fair warning. An interesting experience, if nothing else.
11-21-2010 02:18:45 | More by GRG1313
3.53/5 rDev +9%
Aroma: Complex fruity esters reminiscent of cherries, strawberries and raisins. Soft spicy phenols. Low to low alcohols. moderate sweet malty aroma; caramel and raisins. No diacetyl and no hops.
Appearance: Deep copper with excellent clarity, Thin smear of tan foam that reduces to a collar immediately, low head retention.
Flavor: Complex fruity and malt balanced; raisins jump out first followed by prunes, a touch of caramel, and a slight toasty graininess. Low spicy phenols. Low and subtly refreshing tartness. Overall quite sweet but finishes reasonably clean with a little lingering sweetness and hop bitterness. Low hop bitterness balances a portion of this malt and ester forward beer. Alcohol balances a portion of the sweetness.No diacetyl. Unexpected low metallic flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Medium low alcohol warmth, not hot. Unexpected subtle grainy astringency in the background of the finish. Overall reasonably smooth for such a strong beer.
Overall Impression: Fairly drinkable beer though I find this style in general to not be a style I go to when I want to drink. Wonderfully complex and fruity. Apart from the metallic flavor and the graininess I was very pleased with the beer. It is deceptively strong, I do not think the version i have is 11%, I think it was 9% actually.
04-01-2010 02:35:22 | More by matiasek
2.48/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
05-06-2012 03:25:58 | More by LiquidAmber
3.58/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
02-19-2013 01:00:38 | More by oline73
3.33/5 rDev +2.8%
Thanks to Jeff for opening up a bottle of this yesterday at the Bruery.
A: The pour is a dark amber/mahogany color with a minimal off-white head forming.
S: Candi sugar, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and honey provide a lot of sweetness right off the bat. Lots of sugary, overripe fruits are present as well, namely raisins, plums, and apricots.
T: Jesus is this beer sweet. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and perhaps honey give this beer more sweetness than is necessary. More sweetness from raisins and plums, maybe some apple juice too, as if this beer really needed to be sweeter.
M: The body is medium with a low to medium carbonation giving this one a pretty syrupy feeling.
D: I think I might have diabetes after drinking this. The flavors were good, but I just couldn't see myself drinking much more than a few ounces of this in a sitting.
11-22-2010 06:45:45 | More by womencantsail
2.98/5 rDev -8%
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.
09-26-2011 04:26:26 | More by mactrail
3.53/5 rDev +9%
Picked this one up at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, on a recent family trip. Poured a nice brown color with a good tan head. Aromas of raisins, yeast and spices. On the palate, light to medium bodied, with apples, raisins, dark fruit and sweet malt.
04-27-2011 05:20:35 | More by emmasdad
3.63/5 rDev +12%
22 oz bomber. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.
Pours a dark caramel brown with a thin head and a small ring of foam.
Smells fruity. Banana on the sweet end, mixed with fig and plum. Candi sugar, sweet malt. Some red wine notes. Light on the Belgian peppery notes.
Flavor starts sweet and gets strong through the middle. Dark fruits are there. Peppery notes stronger than the nose. Fruit flavors get sour in the middle and on the finish. Some lingering tobacco and port notes in the aftertaste. Overall it tilts towards complex, but goes in some weird directions. The mix of sweet and sour is the oddest part.
Carbonation is pretty low on this one. Gets kind of syrupy over time. Alcohol is quite well hidden in the flavor, you've got to give it that, but you will certainly heat up quick at 11%.
04-02-2011 02:57:12 | More by brotherloco
2.49/5 rDev -23.1%
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
05-02-2014 01:41:18 | More by brentk56
2.55/5 rDev -21.3%
Pours a murky prune juice color with a tiny 1/2 tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Lifeless strings of lace here and there on the glass. Smells of raisins, plums, turbinado sugar, and a typical Belgian yeast aroma. Ok, now the taste is something else. The first thing that hits the mouth is a sourness. I am not sure I have had a sour BSDA before and I know why. Sour plums, stale raisins, and yeast come through in the taste. This beer has no sweetness that I was expecting. Carbonation levels are fine. However, there is an astringency about this beer that is very unpleasant in the mouth. Overall, this beer is not very good. I would be willing to try another bottle sometime to see if it's any better but I have a feeling this is just an overall miss from the brewer.
04-09-2011 05:42:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.4/5 rDev -25.9%
Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Todd.
A: Pours a dark, but ultimately clear, maroon body with light beige head. It has orange tint when held to the light. Despite a vigorous pour, a head of light tan bubbles barely forms, and it vanishes quickly, leaving only a thin collar. No lace.
S: Even from the bottle I could smell dried red apples and raisins. In the glass it is heavily raisin-y with hints of overripe plums, cherries, apricots. I pick up multi-grain bread and a light cinnamon note. It's pretty interesting.
T: When I first poured it (straight from the fridge), it was kind of a mess: disjointed dark fruits, somewhat boozy, and lacking in body. As it warmed, it pulled together, defined by a backbone of overripe dark fruits (raisins, plums) and a small stone fruit presence. It has a general sweetness mid-taste, almost like straight sugar. The finish brings out a slight sourness -- not lactic or acetic, but rather something akin to old apples beginning to ferment. That and a small taste of cinnamon really drive home an apple cider comparison. The aftertaste is dried plums.
M: The beer lacks body when cold. As it warms, it firms up a bit, but it still needs more. The booze character becomes less overt as the beer approaches room temperature, but there is a lingering warmth.
D: In mental comparisons to some other BSDAs, I find this falls short. For some reason the spicy phenols haven't manifested; the yeast hasn't brought out any of the nuts / brown sugar / green apple / toast / caramel that I appreciate in better examples of the style. I didn't have the first batch, so I can't comment if this is an improvement, but I think a few more tweaks are in order.
12-29-2010 06:12:12 | More by Arbitrator
3.9/5 rDev +20.4%
A: poured a burnt brownish orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: dark fruits were very noticeable on the first whiff alongside caramel, mild spice, floral, brown suagr, and faint vanilla in the background.
T: the taste was also very sweet qwith the caramel leading the way but had dark fruity, mild spice, vaniila accents and a touch of brown suagr.
M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a a very sweet, aslight fruity, spice, and sticky finish.
D: definitey was a sipper to me due to how rich and sweet it was. Glad I got to take a stab at it though.
01-18-2011 01:01:49 | More by Gobzilla
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