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Iced BART - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Iced BARTIced BART

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BA SCORE
89
very good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 12-23-2012)
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Photo of maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Analogchainsaw for this bottle, which I'd been coveting ever since having the 'regular' BART a while back. Plus, I want to drink anything FiftyFifty makes. 22 oz. bottle #90, dated 2012, little over a year old. Split with my wife.

The pour sloshes out like liquid chocolate, with roughly the same amount of carbonation, though there was a decent hiss when the cap came loose. Aroma is cut from the same brew kettle, mild alcohol, sweet malts, vanilla, but the sum of them all is tame.

Iced BART suffers from a lack of bubbles. Immediately one gets a heavy, sloshing feel in the stomach as the first sip goes down & begins to roll around like half-melted marbles; way, way too dense. Taste is interesting. Brown leather jacket that's been scraped across a brick roadway in the rain (man, I didn't need that memory), then scrubbed gently with bourbon, burnt caramel, & black licorice. Prunes, alcohol rub up against my palate suggestively as the beer warms. 11 ounces isn't going to be as bad a raking the lawn, but I'm glad I put the other half on my wife's to-do list.

The lack of any semblance of carbonation dooms this into being a marginal beer. Only the second FiftyFifty beer I've tasted that wasn't excellent, but this isn't even close. Sub-par & a big disappointment.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 Bottle #144 opened on 10.2.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a small light brown head with decent retention.

S - Booze, coffee, roasted malt, pretty mild.

T - Strong bourbon, chocolate and roasted malts in the finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Very boozy and big. Silk smooth and still hot.

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3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber #131 poured into an Eclipse snifter. The brew appears a dark brown color with a khaki colored head that starts off with a big bubble composition and falls back to a fine penline of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. When held to the light, some cola clarity is seen around the edges.

The aroma includes notes of raisony alcohol tang, minor citrus and fruity hop elements mixed in with solvent alcohol. It smells strangely inviting and fruity sweet at the tip of the nose but as you breath in deeper, the alcohol becomes alarmingly solvent and burning to the nostrils. A hint of chocolate and caramel malt are also present.

A strong taste of solvent alcohol starte things off that is initially sweet and fruity like plum/raison that fades to more earth and roast character as more sips are taken. A bit of caramel comes out before the solvent alcohol burn reverts and overtakes the profile.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This probably sounds like a dumb/obvious statement but this really is a souped up, bigger version of bart. It feels thicker and smoother with a bigger alcohol bite and even more fruity elements. Yet it still remains aa not nexessarily a better iteration of its original base unless you love booziness. I never felt like I was drinking a stout or barleywine...ok maybe a barleywine.

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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Pours a murky brown with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild alcohol kick after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage, bottle #71.

3.0 A: Deep brown color. Aggressive pour yielded just a wisp of head that fell quickly.

4.5 S: I had another BART variant a while ago, but I don't remember much about it. However, I don't think it smelled much like this. This American strong ale smells like equal parts imperial stout and barleywine. Moderate roastiness, milk chocolate, layers of caramel, and hints of toffee. Dark fruits including dates, figs, prunes, and light raisin. As per usual, the barrel aging is done really well. Smooth leather with earthiness and light, supple tannins. Lots of vanilla and a mild oakiness.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, but it less powerful. It's also a bit more tilted toward barleywine. Light roast and chocolate. Layers and layers of caramel, some toffee, fruits mentioned in nose. Light booziness that fits in well with the beer as a whole. Again a good bit of vanilla, leather, earthiness, and oak.

2.75 M: Just like the Eclipse line, this is desperately in need of some body. It's a light to lighter medium body. It lacks creaminess and is also a bit low on carbonation. Get a higher mash temp up in this bitch.

3.75 D: Again the thing that holds a 50/50 brew from being stellar is the mouthfeel. More body would fix the mouthfeel and would add some more flavor to the taste. Still, it's a good beer, so feel free to give it a try.

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3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #126. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Black with a lot of transparency. Almost brown. Wispy surface and some chunky foam in the collar.

Smell - Some barrel character but otherwise very sweet. Chocolatey, not quite a stout.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Lots of chocolate, bourbon sweetness. Slight bitterness in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Halfway to a stout. Very sweet. Not a ton of booze.

Overall - Tasty, but not "Really Tasty." Pales next to the Eclipse variants.

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Iced BART from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.