Concentrated Evil - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of Arbitrator
2.4/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.55/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bulletrain76
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewpub. Super dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of licorice a sweet dried fruit. The flavor is sweet and alcoholic with strong licorice and herbal spice. Full bodied and a little sticky. This is just a weird beer. Super herbal and licorice flavored. When I saw this on the menu I got pretty psyched, but just couldn't get into it. Some more subtlety, and I could see this being a nice strong dark ale, but its just too much.

Photo of Gonzoillini
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of popery
2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

City Beer Store. Maybe, a bit too big for its own good. This beer was a jumble of big, sweet flavors. They didn't exactly come together perfectly for me, but it was fun to try. The beer is a very dark ruby/brown with a sticky beige head. Raisins, honey, sweet prunes, brown sugar, soy sauce, peaches, caramel. Lots going on but quite sweet and sort of heavy on the palate. Some spice is detectable. It's just not all good. Some booze but good for the abv.

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.

Photo of jh1982
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Stoutsman
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TicoCali
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ElGordo
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of chumba526
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This ale appears dark brownish red though it is almost black. There is a small bit of brown foam that forms on the top but quickly disappears.

It smells of caramel, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar. I get a bit of a fruity bubblegum and raisin like smell to the beer as well. I get a bit of a nutty malt smell to the beer. It does not smell bad but it smells very sweet. The smell does not seem very balanced.

It tastes initially of raisons and other dried fruits. I get a bit of a plumb like flavor to the beer. There is an earthy like brown sugar flavor. There is a pleasant citrusy, banana, fruity and bubble gum yeasty flavor to the beer. I get a bit of a nutty malt taste to the beer. I am surprised and glad that this beer was not as sweet as the smell suggested it was. The beer has a bit of an alcohol burn in the aftertaste. I still think that the beer is not very well balanced but it tastes quite nice.

The carbonation is quite low and there is a smooth and somewhat cream mouthfeel. The low carbonation complements the flavor of the beer.

The drinkability is not that good. One glass of this is all that I could drink because it is a bit heavy and sweet. It is quite smooth as it gets warmer though.

Overall a pretty good beer. It is a bit too sweet for my taste but it is a pleasant beer. I think it is a little overpriced but it is worth trying.

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.

Photo of kwjd
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know about this beer until I was in the beer store and it was recommended to me. Thought I'd take a chance, even though I believe it was close to $10 for the bomber.

Pours dark ruby-brown colour with thin tan head. Some very mild lacing, head retention was ok. Smells mildly of dried fruit with some Belgian yeast, though more muted than I thought. Some bready malt in there too. Flavour is quite sweet, some brown sugar maybe. Big carbonation level. Overall, not worth the price, just an ok beer.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Why can't my hectic, annoying weekends come during my three month vacation??!! In any event...OK, a relatively new brewery should NEVER be charging $8.99/bomber for ANYTHING. They are calling this a Belgian "style" ale. We'll see, kids...Pours a deep amber with hints of orange. Only the slightest haze sits in this here brew. No real head forms, and no real lacing. It's carbonated a lot more than I would have expected for an 11% ABV ale. Just a touch above par. Nose is somewhat subdued but what there is is loaded with sour stone fruit of the cherry and peach varieties. Some raspberry seems to be in there too. A touch, just a wisp mind you, of funk, too. Nice and kind of unique. Flavor is thinner than I would have wished. Are they SURE this is 11% ABV? Some real funky sour notes right upfront. Not overwhelming by any means. No real sweetness either, which is kind of surprising. The malt character is really downplayed in this brew. Almost no "punch" to it. A little thin all the way through. Finish is very dry and not at all hoppy. This is a bizarre and intriguing brew, but not elite or even in the 2nd tier. It's very unique and I still can't believe it's 11% ABV. A pretty nice effort but too expenisve for my tastes.

What I like most: The interesting and dilectible aromas.

What I like least: The price and thinner-than-expected flavor profile.

Verdict: Unique but a little too expensive. try as a novelty.

Photo of nickd717
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up because of the cool label. Pours an almost-clear, dark reddish brown color with a small, white head that goes down quickly. Scent is quite pleasant. Nice candied dark fruits with a lot of spiciness. Some nice, boozy aromas, with some caramel malt and vanilla notes. Taste is this beer's downfall though...actually, I take that back. Given this beer is not as good as it smells, it is a decent tasting beer. There are some nice dark fruit flavors, but the spices just seem a little off. Not only that, but the sweetness tastes somewhat artificial to me. The flavors just don't mesh as well as they should. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Drinkability is fair. Overall, I would not purchase this beer again, but it wasn't a bad beer.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%

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Concentrated Evil from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.