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Annularity - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 05-23-2012

FiftyFifty’s Blonde Barleywine hopped with Calypso and El Dorado hops and aged in Rittenhouse Rye Barrels.
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 15
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2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


A: Pours a honey-golden body with a pinky finger of off-white head.

S: Very tannic, with a modest, slightly buttery rye whiskey nose. Mild dark fruit with some vanilla.

T: I was warned this would be boozy, but it wasn't; apparently it was hotter and hoppier when fresh, but that has faded considerably. The front end is malty and relatively mellow, imparting a vanilla-whiskey breadiness, leading into honey in the mid-taste, and closing with a fairly bitter, tannic back end.

M: Medium-bodied. No heat, but it is more astringent than it needs to be; that probably worked a lot better when the beer was fresh (and hoppier). I didn't get a chance to try it then. Wish I had.

O: I'm glad I tried it, but this isn't in the range of Eclipse. In our tasting discussion, opinions ranged from 3.2 to 3.8, with the median around 3.4 and me on the lower end (natch). I just wasn't all that impressed when comparing against other barrel-aged barleywines in recent memory: Sucaba, King Henry, Sebago BA Barleywine, BA Old Ruffian, etc...

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at monks

Pours a light golden color with some darker orange hues. Thin patch of white head dissolves into a few spots of lacing on the glass.

An interesting mix of punchy, citrusy, somewhat sweet hops and bourbon in the nose. Vanilla with bitterness, followed by caramel and bread crust. Boozy and sweet at the same time.

Hoppy and bright up front with a nice cuvee of citrus fruits. A little sweet towards the middle with a dash of vanilla infused bourbon and a suggestion of passion fruit. Decent malt backbone with caramel and light bread crust. Smooth and warm in the finish with another dash of hops.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue with a round creaminess. This was interesting, although I found it a little sweet at times - still highly drinkable though, considering the ABV.

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3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened at a BA Barleywine tasting.

This one is lighter in color than most of the other barleywines. There is more of a citrus like bitterness in this beer than the other beers from the tasting. There is a sweet note, but the bitter is dominant. I would say this is a strong ale/double IPA before it's a barleywine. I would have liked the sweetness to be a bit more prevalent.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, honey, fruit, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, caramel, honey, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a barrel aged presence that is only giving off wood qualities at this point in time.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves a lot of small spots of lacing of lacing on the glass. The aroma is oak, caramel, and is quite fruity with pineapple, plum, and fig. There is also some bourbon and a bit of alcohol. The taste is sweet with caramel and oak. There is also some pineapple and tropical fruit as well as a bit off bourbon. The finish has a bit of alcohol, some bitterness, and a light astringency. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. Not bad. Not great. The tropical fruit notes remind me a bit of Gratitude.

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3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oak aging is subtle at most in the aroma, but it's obvious in tasting, where it mainly provides woody and (fainter) rye whisky flavors. Fruit and booze in the nose.
Nicely complex and soft for style but alcohol should be more hidden .

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3.81/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Shane!

Pours sort of an orange color with a small white head. Nose is heavily woody, but not all that much in the way of the whiskey. Quite a lot of piney hop character with a definite citrus bite to it as well. Sweet malt and bread are also present. The flavor is a bit too bitter initially but seems to mellow out as it warms. The citrus and fruity hop flavors really come through, as does the sweetness of the beer.

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3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 2.3.14

A - Pours a cloudy, light brown with a huge foamy light tan head that doesn't move.

S - Sweet citrus, oaky, spices.

T - Very light and subtle lemon-citrus, oak and some subtle winter spice.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter then expected body.

O - Light and citrusy. Oak is ther, but it is pretty mild.

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3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Annularity from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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