Concentrated Evil - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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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
2.49/5 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
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
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
3.58/5 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
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
3.08/5 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
3.4/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
02-05-2012 07:58:01 | More by ccrida
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
4.25/5 rDev +31.2%
Aroma has a strong tone of brown sugar, plus hints of miso and malt. It pours a clear cola brown with a thick, fluffy beige head that leaves some respectable lacing. Rich flavor has tones of caramel, malt, horehound and apple plus just a touch of grass or herbs. Lively texture leaves behind a sweet caramel-apple finish. Concentrated Evil? This beer is GOOD!
07-29-2011 23:46:08 | More by Cyberkedi
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
2.95/5 rDev -9%
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.
05-07-2010 08:50:20 | More by popery
3.75/5 rDev +15.7%
A - Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin covering of off-white head. The head faded fairly quickly leaving behind very little lace.
S - Aroma is full of sour raisin and other dark fruit flavors. There is also a bit of sweetness from some caramel malts and a touch of yeast mixed in.
T - Starts off with some fairly strong sour raisin flavor and some other dark fruits. There is a touch of sweetness from the caramel malts in the background. Through the middle, the sourness subsides a bit and the sweetness grows with a bit of yeast coming through. The finish is a mix of sweet and sour with a bit of alcohol flavor coming through that lingers.
M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels a bit watery and a bit resiny. Overall, the mouthfeel is not quite there.
D - Pretty drinkable. Seems like this did not quite hold up as expected and the raisin flavor seems stronger than planned. That being said, I found it very interesting and am happy to have given it a shot.
07-29-2011 15:29:58 | More by ngeunit1
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
3.25/5 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
3.18/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
11-30-2010 21:13:32 | More by kwjd
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
Concentrated Evil from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.