Concentrated Evil
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Concentrated EvilConcentrated Evil
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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV:
11%
Score:
81
Avg:
3.22 | pDev: 13.35%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
48
From:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  8
Gots
  5
SCORE
81
Good
Concentrated EvilConcentrated Evil
Notes: Brewed with Raisins, Coconut Sugar, Panusta Sugar.
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 48
Reviews by popery:
Photo of popery
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

City Beer Store. Maybe, a bit too big for its own good. This beer was a jumble of big, sweet flavors. They didn't exactly come together perfectly for me, but it was fun to try. The beer is a very dark ruby/brown with a sticky beige head. Raisins, honey, sweet prunes, brown sugar, soy sauce, peaches, caramel. Lots going on but quite sweet and sort of heavy on the palate. Some spice is detectable. It's just not all good. Some booze but good for the abv.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Body is a slightly viscous reddish-orange co.or, topped by a small bit of creamy, off-white head that vanishes almost immediately. Aroma is big on raisins, dark fruit, Brown sugar, and tangy yeast.
Palate is mostly sweet malt, with hints of raisins, brown sugar, grapes, and dark fruit. The yeast adds a nice tangy note, but also a slightly chalky bitterness. Finish is a lasting sweetness, with a hint of orange peel.
Body is full and not sticky, but largely flat. I expect a lot more effervescence from a Belgian-style ale. Still, there's very little heat for such a strong ale, which makes it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of mentor
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a two finger light brown head over a very dark brown liquid with ruby edgings when held to light. Smells fruity estery with belgian candi sugar, some phenol, mild chocolate and nut, clean alcohol, and burnt matches. Esters are pear, pineapple, and green raisin. There is a woody husk character that dries a deep breath.

Tastes strongly phenolic with dark esters and drying malt. Phenols are more pine bark than clovey. Malt is dry chocolate, with a dash of caramel. Candi-sugar adds a nice sweet flavor, but the sugars have clearly been fully fermented. Esters are dark fruits, such as dark raisin, dark cherry, plum meat, and tamarind. The phenols carry a sharp cinnamon spicey zip mixed with nutmeg and cumin. has a definite pumpkin pie spice character to it. Very clean alcohol gives adds to the spicey zip.

Phenols and alcohol make it seem light in the mouth, despite the sweetness if sloshed around in the mouth. There is a phenolic and lightly acidic finish that's not working so well for me. Just a tad overcarbonated with a fine sharp sting on the flat of the tongue.

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Photo of jh1982
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of brentk56
2.53/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a modest head; decent lacing

Smell: Wow, is this ever phenolic; that's about all I can say

Taste: Hints of dark fruit and caramel, up front, but by mid-palate, the sour tones take over; after the swallow, the phenols appear, bringing a lot of herbal character to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: The best I can say about this beer is that it might have made an interesting sour if it were not for the phenols

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Stoutsman
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ccrida
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber picked up and cellared 1.5 years, poured into a tulip, Concentrated Evil is light mahogany with a tight egg-shell head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is very phenolic, a touch of sweet raisin malt. Fairly herbal, some brightness, I'd guess phenols more then hops at this age, but surely some of both. Gains pretty big intensity as it warms.

Taste is also very phenolic, lots of fresh herb, wintergreen, and some prune. The malt lacks depth, the punch here is all yeast, spicy esters and phenols. Not bad, just not exciting.

Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, medium bodied. Some sweetness from the booze, which is otherwise well hidden.

Drinkability is okay. No real off-flavors, it was just a little exaggerated with yeast notes, and not much else, save a little turbinado. The age probably helped the smoothness, with the heat only on the back end of the throat, but it's not one I'd seek out.

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Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.21/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has a strong tone of brown sugar, plus hints of miso and malt. It pours a clear cola brown with a thick, fluffy beige head that leaves some respectable lacing. Rich flavor has tones of caramel, malt, horehound and apple plus just a touch of grass or herbs. Lively texture leaves behind a sweet caramel-apple finish. Concentrated Evil? This beer is GOOD!

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of augustgarage
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Lightly chilled.

Very lightly hazy sienna body which takes on a sinopia glow when held to the light. A small head stained a variant of light khaki dissipates to a modest slick and bubbling collar. Fine sandy lacing but no real legs (surprising considering the alcohol level).

Very rich bready malt in the nose. The esters have a fruit-cake quality that works well with the base yeast. Faint cinnamon sugar can be detected as well. A vague armagnac note emerges as the beer continues to warm.

Slight wheat-like tartness on the palate entry, though this is offset by the complex sweetness from a variety of sugars (I think I can detect turbinado but nothing more exotic). Faintly nutty/coffee bitterness with delicate tobacco flavors melds with cherry-like esters from the alcohol in the finish. (Golden?) Raisins are present but don't stand out. Tastes something like a well attenuated dubbel though a tad generic compared to the singular Belgian examples of the style, each with their own very well evolved yeast strain.

Light bodied yet oily in the mouth. Moderately carbonated, though not especially effervescent.

The brightness and balance make this one more drinkable than the ABV would suggest (dangerously so). Glad to finally see some Fifty Fifty in SoCal - hopefully this is only the beginning.

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Photo of bulletrain76
2.76/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewpub. Super dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of licorice a sweet dried fruit. The flavor is sweet and alcoholic with strong licorice and herbal spice. Full bodied and a little sticky. This is just a weird beer. Super herbal and licorice flavored. When I saw this on the menu I got pretty psyched, but just couldn't get into it. Some more subtlety, and I could see this being a nice strong dark ale, but its just too much.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, on a recent family trip. Poured a nice brown color with a good tan head. Aromas of raisins, yeast and spices. On the palate, light to medium bodied, with apples, raisins, dark fruit and sweet malt.

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Photo of nickd717
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at City Beer on FiftyFifty day.

Pours cloudy amber-brown with a foamy off-white head that lasts.

Smells decent, with bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and honey noticeable.

Flavor is similar to the aroma - bourbon and vanilla stand out, and there are slight fruity/citrusy and spicy notes. A touch boozy.

Medium body with carbonation a little too high, and some booziness, which is to be expected for this high of ABV I guess.

Drinkability is not too high. Not sure exactly what they were going for with this one, but it definitely fell a bit short for me.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jeff for opening up a bottle of this yesterday at the Bruery.

A: The pour is a dark amber/mahogany color with a minimal off-white head forming.

S: Candi sugar, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and honey provide a lot of sweetness right off the bat. Lots of sugary, overripe fruits are present as well, namely raisins, plums, and apricots.

T: Jesus is this beer sweet. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and perhaps honey give this beer more sweetness than is necessary. More sweetness from raisins and plums, maybe some apple juice too, as if this beer really needed to be sweeter.

M: The body is medium with a low to medium carbonation giving this one a pretty syrupy feeling.

D: I think I might have diabetes after drinking this. The flavors were good, but I just couldn't see myself drinking much more than a few ounces of this in a sitting.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of 100floods
3.44/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not going to lie, I firstly bought this because the label looked so damn cool. I've also heard great things about this brewery. I've only had their stout and loved it.

Pours a copper hue with no head. From a foot away I can smell candy sugar and a little bit of alcohol. Upon a 'closer' smell I pick up hints of apple juice and yeast. This already reminds me of an aged Koningshoeven Quad i had a year or two ago. As I let it sit and stir my cup a little, more dark flavors begin to appear, but faintly.

This first sip caught me buy surprise. I was expecting rich, dark malt flavors with some belgian yeast, but rather I got a sour flavor. Oh my. The details on the label (which says it's brewed with raisins and brown sugar) certainly lead me to think I was going to be drinking a more traditional attempt at this style of beer. There's little carbonation, which I was kind of a bummer. Each sip leaves a dry, slightly dark fruit-ish aftertaste. For what was advertised, this beer missed the mark.

There's definitely nothing wrong with how this beer tastes. It actually has the foundation to make a great sour beer. Toss this in a barrel, add some bret and you'd have a great sour brown ale. The problem is, I don't think they were going for that. The only thing evil about this beer is that it's misleading.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.47/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Todd.

A: Pours a dark, but ultimately clear, maroon body with light beige head. It has orange tint when held to the light. Despite a vigorous pour, a head of light tan bubbles barely forms, and it vanishes quickly, leaving only a thin collar. No lace.

S: Even from the bottle I could smell dried red apples and raisins. In the glass it is heavily raisin-y with hints of overripe plums, cherries, apricots. I pick up multi-grain bread and a light cinnamon note. It's pretty interesting.

T: When I first poured it (straight from the fridge), it was kind of a mess: disjointed dark fruits, somewhat boozy, and lacking in body. As it warmed, it pulled together, defined by a backbone of overripe dark fruits (raisins, plums) and a small stone fruit presence. It has a general sweetness mid-taste, almost like straight sugar. The finish brings out a slight sourness -- not lactic or acetic, but rather something akin to old apples beginning to ferment. That and a small taste of cinnamon really drive home an apple cider comparison. The aftertaste is dried plums.

M: The beer lacks body when cold. As it warms, it firms up a bit, but it still needs more. The booze character becomes less overt as the beer approaches room temperature, but there is a lingering warmth.

D: In mental comparisons to some other BSDAs, I find this falls short. For some reason the spicy phenols haven't manifested; the yeast hasn't brought out any of the nuts / brown sugar / green apple / toast / caramel that I appreciate in better examples of the style. I didn't have the first batch, so I can't comment if this is an improvement, but I think a few more tweaks are in order.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper red with a short and short lasting white head.

Nose is assertive candi sugar and nail polish remover; undertones of sweet carmel and plum sauce, hints of mince meat pie, Xmas fruit cake and whiskied cherries, all to say that, the nose is almost overpoweringly sweet.

Mouthfeel, flavor and finish don't match the nose or expectations whatsoever. Mouth is thin but nicely carbonated and seems to have nice balance for what it may be trying to be (which is a question).

I don't mind the taste or the flavor profile. The beer is not a Belgian style ale - so, on that score it fails. It's not even close. However, it's almost a sour although I think it's by accident.

There are some raisin and brown sugar undertones; hints, as the case may be. However, this could have been wild with some brettanomyces or other yeasts or bacterias.

Flavors are sour plum, sweet wine vinegar, bitter burnt sugar tones with a burnt toast, light burnt coffee bitter finish.

This is the first FiftyFifty brew I've had. I'm drawing no conclusions from this one. This beer is not bad; just not what it purports to be. I'm ignoring the label and just reviewing it as if the beer was not labeled. Otherwise, the scores would not reflect the beer's good points. Fair warning. An interesting experience, if nothing else.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red amber, slight head and no lacing. Slight belgian aroma with a spicy sweetness. Bitter orangy start with some elements of Belgian flavors, some malt and light fruits; more citrus flavors finishes dry and astringent. Not very good. I'm not finishing the bottle.

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Photo of stakem
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A bomber poured into a tulip appears clear mahogany with khaki cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

An aroma of neutral fruits maybe somewhat vinous and certainly oxidized.

The taste has a stale grain flavor with vinous oxidation to slight cardboard.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Time has not served this one well.

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Concentrated Evil from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 48 ratings