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Old Conundrum - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Old Conundrum
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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.05% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: nickd717 on 01-25-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

ScottO, Jul 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jh1982, Nov 29, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer for FiftyFifty day. Weird how this has the same name as an old Flossmoor Station beer, and if I'm not mistaken, FiftyFifty's brewer worked at Flossmoor. Coincidence? I doubt it.

Pours a clear dark amber-brown color with a medium off-white head leaving some foam and bubbles as it settles.

Aroma is nice and hoppy, pretty much what you'd expect from a decent fresh barleywine. Caramel, toffee, wood, and earth in there.

Flavor is lots of sticky caramel malt, toffee, rough resinous and earthy hops, wood, and slight citrusy notes

Medium bodied, mildly syrupy and sticky, with average carbonation.

Overall pretty good, but not the standout that FiftyFifty's imperial stouts are.

nickd717, Jan 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ChrisPro, Nov 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ac22rush, Sunday at 01:00 AM
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

drewone, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

sideshowe, Oct 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

jmdrpi, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Dog, I believe this is the standard version which packed a lot of flavor.

Old Conundrum Barleywine has a deep brown looking color with some hazy red and deep bronze peeping through. Oddly enough I got no bubbles on the top straight from the tap, so the beer looked pretty dead, yet there was some carb felt. The smell is big toffee, with a lot of toasted malt, some faint dark fruit, with honey. English styled with a nice amount of hops coming out giving off earth, surprised I get this much hop aroma out of this. Taste is pretty unique. The English malts give off toffee and the like, slight coffee grind, plum, apple, cocco. Full flavored, not a dud. Not sure if honey is used but I get that feeling. Body is above medium with carb not over bearing. This drank a lot easier than I thought it would, the 9% takes a hold after a while, but is not intruding. 50/50 makes big beer, and this is one of the better ones. I want to see them nail down a small ABV'ed Berliner Weisse.

BARFLYB, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A slightly clear copper color with no head whatsoever. The head settled to a thin collar. Nose is of butterscotch, toffee, sticky caramel popcorn, and honey. Waves of sweetness upon sweetness. The flavor profile follows the nose. Ribbons of sticky caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar, honey, and ethanol. Maybe a touch of rye and pine. Medium body with loads of sugary sweet malt. The finish is sweet, dry, and boozey. A nice American barleywine without loads of hops. Heavily reliant on malts, and I am ok with that. Well made.

ColForbinBC, Sep 29, 2012
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GeoffreyM, Oct 01, 2012
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Rado, Oct 18, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favourite barleywine. Slightly muddy, amber colour. Smells strongly of alcohol, but the flavour is subtle. Sweet, but not TOO sweet the way most barleywines are. Tastes and smells slightly of dried cherries. A little hoppy - just the right amount. I usually don't like barleywines much, but this is already a favourite. Only tricky part is remembering it's 9%, since the flavour is so delicious and gentle.

pennywhistle, May 24, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
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Old Conundrum from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.