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Annularity - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
FiftyFifty’s Blonde Barleywine hopped with Calypso and El Dorado hops and aged in Rittenhouse Rye Barrels.

(Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 05-23-2012)
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Chebyshev, May 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

PaulStoneAnchor, Oct 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

usofar, Jun 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

drewone, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap, into a little plastic wide mouthed cup. Wouldn't describe this beer as blonde, it looks more like a hearty ipa. Has that current of orange running through it more than anything yellow or blonde. Smallish amount of offwhite head on the top.

Aroma, smells like the right amount of bourbon, nothing over the top, small tobacco like notes, even smaller rum sweetness, larger vanilla aroma.

Taste, wow, heaven, tons of flavor packed into a relatively light body here. Immediately brought Abacus into my realm of consciousness, the amount of coconut was big and awesome. Caramel all over it. Bourbon obvious, but not overpowering. A great creamy, smoothness to the mouthfeel, really an effortless 10% beer to drink. There's even more vanilla to it than in the aroma. The oak notes are real bright, you get the best of both worlds, it has a high oak quotient that seems almost like it would be virgin oak if not for the perfectly delicate bourbon (and seemingly rum) touches on this. Really didn't pick up any hop notes on this one, so I was hesitant to call it an American Barleywine, but there isn't a blonde barleywine, and the only other one I'm aware of (Behemoth) is an American creation, so I went with said classification v. British/English.

This beer was kind of an awakening to me. I really have never been a big fan of bourbon barrel barleywines. I've often said I don't think they have the body to handle bourbon, you need to use an imperial stout to manage such a thing. And since then, I've had some great ones like BB4D, Abacus, MOAS etc. . .

And then there's this beer, a blonde barleywine, with less body than any of those great examples, and it just nails it for me. Never felt like I was breathing fire like in some of the bigger barrel aged barleywines. I can't wait to share it again with friends.

EDIT: Had a bottle of this while koufax21 was out over the holidays, not as good as fresh. Bummer, but 4.68 was the rating on tap. We'll see how it shakes out averaged with the bottles.

Beerandraiderfan, May 23, 2012
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Popping the cap releases spice, vanilla, bourbon and honey aromas. It pours hazy copper tinted amber under an off-white foam cap. This is a big, chewy beer with a big honey, bourbon, oak caramel palate. It is fruity and boozy but the alcohol is not particularly hot. It has a spicy bitter finish that suggests a mixed drink with a hint of tartness underneath and overall has a good balance between the malt, honey, alcohol and bitterness.

pat61, Sunday at 06:52 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

MattSlem, Oct 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

sideshowe, Jun 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

zestar, Jun 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Ungertaker, Mar 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

Dark golden yellow with a thin near-white crown that leaves spots of lacing down the glass. Appropriate.

The aroma is an intoxicating combination of vanilla and earthy bourbon. The barrel has transformed the base beer, I'm sure. The vanilla is a lovely, complex note of earthy and sweet, while the barrel layers play together nicely. There's even a hint of bright citrus.

The flavor is also incredibly complex yet immediately delicious and drinkable. Big notes of vanilla, bourbon, earth, wood, and mild hops intermingle nicely. There's the slightest bit of alcohol, but complementary.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this one.

ehammond1, Jul 16, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy red-orange with a thin finger of slightly off-white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Sweet caramel malts, caramelized sugars, citrus, pine, and grapefruit hops, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, rye, brown sugar, some booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, caramelized malts, citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops, some nice lightly resiny bitterness, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, spicy rye, some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and bitter finish.

D - Fantastic barrel aged barleywine. Great malt and hop flavor.

ngeunit1, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

leschkie, May 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

indy351, Oct 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Rado, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

dfhhead25, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken from a bottleshare at the Phoenix Sun in NYC. Thanks kindly to Alex for sharing.

a - soft orange with no head. opaque.
s - smells like oranges.
t - soft barleywine. oranges and tangerines with some booziness glazed over the top.
m - a bit boozy but soft enough. bit of a sting.
o - overall fairly nice blonde barleywine. boozy, but enjoyable with great tangerine and orange notes.

cosmicevan, Oct 25, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

brotherloco, Saturday at 05:27 AM
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/16/2012

Thanks!

A: Yellow gold with a big white head.

S: Restrained whiskey presence initially with light oxidation. There's a touch of date and a nice vanilla profile. Lightly bready with notes of caramel as well as citrus and a dash of pine. The beer really opens up after a few minutes and the vanilla and whiskey become more apparent.

T: Boozy with big whiskey and vanilla notes. Lower moderate bitterness meets citrus and well hidden alcohol. Lightly tannic with evident oak. Nice rich caramel presence.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Lots of alcohol warming.

Overall: A very nice beer. It improved when allowed to open up for a few minutes. I think a little time in the cellar (3-6 months) might be good for this. And by cellar I mean an actual temperature controlled area, not a hot closet.

HopHead84, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

bpfrush, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

jh1982, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

largadeer, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

mbeerdino21, Nov 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

illidurit, Jun 29, 2013
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Annularity from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.