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Old Conundrum - Heaven Hill Rye - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Old Conundrum - Heaven Hill Rye
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BA SCORE
88
very good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 12-09-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at FiftyFifty. Hazy amber body with a tall lasting head that leaves behind webs of lacing. Mellow rye whiskey aroma. Heavy on caramel, nuttiness, sherry-like oxidation. Palate had a good mix of rich caramel malt, oxidation and barrel. Nutty, spicy flavors lend depth. Some nice earthiness, dry in the finish. I love a good barrel aged barleywine, and this one delivers.

largadeer, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

yourefragile, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/9/2011

On tap at FiftyFifty. I was bummed to miss the party last night and even more disappointed that I missed the Iced Eclipse, but when I sat down at the FiftyFifty bar in Truckee, California, and learned that Old Conundrum - Heaven Hill Rye was on tap, all my sorrows disappeared into the mists of Truckee.

A: Dark brown with a crimson hue and a small, fleeting beige bubbly head.

S: Dark toffee with nutty and earthy notes. Caramel is evident, and I detect notes of date and fig. There's a pronounced brown sugar sweetness melding with robust rye whiskey notes. Vanilla is faint and there's just a little booze in the nose. The aroma reminds me a bit of Alpine's Great.

T: I'm greeted by an upper low bitterness that accompanies earth, a light spiciness, and a little alcohol. Whiskey is forceful yet not artless or overpowering, and the barrel imparts wood and light vanilla notes. Dark toffee meets brown sugar and nutty notes. There's light oxidation in the whiskey toffee finish.

M: Upper medium body with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and sticky, with lots of alcohol warming.

Overall: A fine barrel aged barleywine. I'd love to have this again. Truckee, you and I shall meet again.

HopHead84, Dec 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is a rustic orange with a tight tan head. The nose has the overly sweet note I get often from brandy aged beers. Almost like a sweet magic marker but I don't believe it to be acetone. Light chocolate notes and sweet muddled malts. Cherry and berry notes in back add some pleasantry. The taste is similar but the marker isn't really present. Still a touch sweet brandy on a sweet beer with berries and light chocolate undertones. The body is very drinkable, full but not heavy and a nice Assertivve carb. There is some alcohol heat in the finish but not overwhelming by any stretch. Not horrible but overly sweet and brandy isn't my favorite barrel aging apparatus as I find it makes the beer cloying.

cpetrone84, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eclipse release party 2011. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy dark honey-iced tea color with a wispy, thin, off-white head.
S: Caramel, toffee, light booze and a touch of spicy barrel. Warm and inviting but not great.
T: I get rye, booze, caramel and a touch of tobacco. Sweet and spicy overall with vanilla and honey coming through in the aftertaste.
M: Frothy carbonation, decent amount of booze, medium-thick body, and a tingly mouthfeel.
O: A bit one dimensional and disappointing. I did not need a second pour of this one.

scottfrie, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of CRJMellor
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

CRJMellor, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of gueuzegossage
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

gueuzegossage, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -25.9%

leschkie, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jh1982, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev -1.2%

KevSal, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of furthurgone
4/5  rDev -1.2%

furthurgone, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

PaulStoneAnchor, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of dsgolovin
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber with little head.

Smelled of sweet malt and distilled spirits.

Taste was well balanced between barrel and malts and sugar.

Light mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

My first beer at the 50/50 Eclipse release and quite a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not too boozy, not too sweet.

dsgolovin, Dec 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

ipa247, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of rudeboy916
5/5  rDev +23.5%

rudeboy916, Dec 12, 2011
Old Conundrum - Heaven Hill Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.