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Old Conundrum - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Old Conundrum
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89
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | 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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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a reddish copper color, there was a very thin head on top. The retention was minimal and the lacing wasn't really there either. The smell of the beer is sweet and malty. There is a bit of fruit-like aromas coming off of this beer also. The taste of the beer is sweet, lots of malt in this one, the complexity varies from sweet to bitter in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, not really all that carbonated... A little on the flat side. Overall this beer was a pretty good Barley Wine but I wouldn't have to seek it out in the future.

Knapp85, Sep 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap

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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Old Conundrum from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.