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Concentrated Evil | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Raisins, Coconut Sugar, Panusta Sugar.

Added by bulletrain76 on 11-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
48
pDev:
13.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
5
Trade:
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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.21/5  rDev +30.3%
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 Sailracer
4/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a burnt brownish orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: dark fruits were very noticeable on the first whiff alongside caramel, mild spice, floral, brown suagr, and faint vanilla in the background.

T: the taste was also very sweet qwith the caramel leading the way but had dark fruity, mild spice, vaniila accents and a touch of brown suagr.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a a very sweet, aslight fruity, spice, and sticky finish.

D: definitey was a sipper to me due to how rich and sweet it was. Glad I got to take a stab at it though.

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Photo of creez
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of ngeunit1
3.74/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin covering of off-white head. The head faded fairly quickly leaving behind very little lace.

S - Aroma is full of sour raisin and other dark fruit flavors. There is also a bit of sweetness from some caramel malts and a touch of yeast mixed in.

T - Starts off with some fairly strong sour raisin flavor and some other dark fruits. There is a touch of sweetness from the caramel malts in the background. Through the middle, the sourness subsides a bit and the sweetness grows with a bit of yeast coming through. The finish is a mix of sweet and sour with a bit of alcohol flavor coming through that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels a bit watery and a bit resiny. Overall, the mouthfeel is not quite there.

D - Pretty drinkable. Seems like this did not quite hold up as expected and the raisin flavor seems stronger than planned. That being said, I found it very interesting and am happy to have given it a shot.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.69/5  rDev +14.2%
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 brotherloco
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours a dark caramel brown with a thin head and a small ring of foam.

Smells fruity. Banana on the sweet end, mixed with fig and plum. Candi sugar, sweet malt. Some red wine notes. Light on the Belgian peppery notes.

Flavor starts sweet and gets strong through the middle. Dark fruits are there. Peppery notes stronger than the nose. Fruit flavors get sour in the middle and on the finish. Some lingering tobacco and port notes in the aftertaste. Overall it tilts towards complex, but goes in some weird directions. The mix of sweet and sour is the oddest part.

Carbonation is pretty low on this one. Gets kind of syrupy over time. Alcohol is quite well hidden in the flavor, you've got to give it that, but you will certainly heat up quick at 11%.

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Photo of oline73
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. I wasn't expecting much from this one and was pleasantly surprised.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a mild layer of off white head. The smell is sweet with brown sugar, dark fruit, and some Belgian spice like notes. The flavor is a weird mix of dark fruit and Belgian spice. Things aren't working together as well as I would have hoped. The dark fruit notes are a bit tart. Sweet notes fade towards the finish. There is also a slight smoke that shows up in the taste and smell.

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Photo of matiasek
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Complex fruity esters reminiscent of cherries, strawberries and raisins. Soft spicy phenols. Low to low alcohols. moderate sweet malty aroma; caramel and raisins. No diacetyl and no hops.

Appearance: Deep copper with excellent clarity, Thin smear of tan foam that reduces to a collar immediately, low head retention.

Flavor: Complex fruity and malt balanced; raisins jump out first followed by prunes, a touch of caramel, and a slight toasty graininess. Low spicy phenols. Low and subtly refreshing tartness. Overall quite sweet but finishes reasonably clean with a little lingering sweetness and hop bitterness. Low hop bitterness balances a portion of this malt and ester forward beer. Alcohol balances a portion of the sweetness.No diacetyl. Unexpected low metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Medium low alcohol warmth, not hot. Unexpected subtle grainy astringency in the background of the finish. Overall reasonably smooth for such a strong beer.

Overall Impression: Fairly drinkable beer though I find this style in general to not be a style I go to when I want to drink. Wonderfully complex and fruity. Apart from the metallic flavor and the graininess I was very pleased with the beer. It is deceptively strong, I do not think the version i have is 11%, I think it was 9% actually.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
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 daveytheformer
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Retsinis
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Edit: Update, within 24 hours after posting this review, I received a beermail from Todd Ashman. "FiftyFifty has reworked Concentrated Evil. The raisins have been cut back almost 90%. A new yeast strain that, ups attenuation and lowers phenolics. Dark Candi syrup is used in place of raisins. We plan on bottling this version in early 2012."

Needless to say, I'm very excited to try this new version, and post an updated review when it does, it sounds great! Fantastic customer detailed focus, and Fifty, Fifty is a first class act!

Original review.

Picked this one up at Green Jug, and split the bomber with my wife.

A: The beer pours a cloudy/hazy dull rusty amber brown, with a ruby hue. A quarter inch of light tan head formed to a semi-creamy film on top, but faded to just a ring of bubbles.

S: Light dark cherry, raisins, caramel, and burnt brown sugar.

T: Dark fruit forward on the intial draw and in the middle. Concentrated flavors of cherry, raisins, and a touch of belgian yeast esters on the finish. Some caramel on the back end too, and some layers of roasted brown sugar. The alcohol is well masked. Towards the end of the bottle was this sweet honey flavors (I'm guessing from this yeast) which was very nice, just wish that note was more abundant in the beer to balance the fruits.

M: Light carbonation, touch syrupy, finishes sweet.

O: Decent. Smooth, and the belgian yeast notes are mild, but it's a bit TOO fruit forward for my preferences, which I was not fully expecting, since I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. To clarify what I mean by that, cherries & raisins are not fruits I eat a lot of, as they are good in small quantities, and not so much in large quanities, so the level to which both flavors are concentrated in this beer, didn't agree with my palatee. Still good, and glad I tried it though.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
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 100floods
3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
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 ccrida
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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 DovaliHops
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up because of the cool label. Pours an almost-clear, dark reddish brown color with a small, white head that goes down quickly. Scent is quite pleasant. Nice candied dark fruits with a lot of spiciness. Some nice, boozy aromas, with some caramel malt and vanilla notes. Taste is this beer's downfall though...actually, I take that back. Given this beer is not as good as it smells, it is a decent tasting beer. There are some nice dark fruit flavors, but the spices just seem a little off. Not only that, but the sweetness tastes somewhat artificial to me. The flavors just don't mesh as well as they should. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Drinkability is fair. Overall, I would not purchase this beer again, but it wasn't a bad beer.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Why can't my hectic, annoying weekends come during my three month vacation??!! In any event...OK, a relatively new brewery should NEVER be charging $8.99/bomber for ANYTHING. They are calling this a Belgian "style" ale. We'll see, kids...Pours a deep amber with hints of orange. Only the slightest haze sits in this here brew. No real head forms, and no real lacing. It's carbonated a lot more than I would have expected for an 11% ABV ale. Just a touch above par. Nose is somewhat subdued but what there is is loaded with sour stone fruit of the cherry and peach varieties. Some raspberry seems to be in there too. A touch, just a wisp mind you, of funk, too. Nice and kind of unique. Flavor is thinner than I would have wished. Are they SURE this is 11% ABV? Some real funky sour notes right upfront. Not overwhelming by any means. No real sweetness either, which is kind of surprising. The malt character is really downplayed in this brew. Almost no "punch" to it. A little thin all the way through. Finish is very dry and not at all hoppy. This is a bizarre and intriguing brew, but not elite or even in the 2nd tier. It's very unique and I still can't believe it's 11% ABV. A pretty nice effort but too expenisve for my tastes.

What I like most: The interesting and dilectible aromas.

What I like least: The price and thinner-than-expected flavor profile.

Verdict: Unique but a little too expensive. try as a novelty.

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3.28/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of nickd717
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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