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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:
0
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Photo of stakem
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Oh the ol' beer that tastes like its name joke. Its funny because its true. . .

Pond water brown, stagnant river, turbid brown. Lots of dark fruit alcohol booziness wafting around, coming off a little harsh.

Taste was harsh alcohol, sweet fig, bitter raisin and prune, dark bready notes. Toffee, phenolic yeast notes, just too big of a beer for me to enjoy, not doing anything I'm really down with.

They can't all be zingers fiftyfifty.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of brentk56
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
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 zestar
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -7.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of creez
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
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 daveytheformer
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Sailracer
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a dredgy brown and purple pour with almost no head on it. Prunes, brown sugar, figs, raisin aroma, with a substantial amount of alcohol to it, but relatively in the right proportion for none of it to be offputting.

Taste, a sipping beer for sure, mildly enjoyable, sweet, but not cloying or disdainful in its interaction with everything else. Its a relatively hot beer, and once you get to the point where you are a little bit more used to it, then the raisin aspect seems to be a little bigger than you'd prefer (well, than I'd prefer is more like it). Dark and bready, like rye bread, without the rye. Sorry, I couldn't come up with a better dark bread descriptor. Maybe it has a little nutmeg and cinnamon in it, but raisins and alcohol are quite upfront here. Appreciated the higher than usual carbonation, I can only imagine how much raisin there would be in the mouthfeel if the carbonation was flatter.

Loads of toffee, seems like the yeast phenols are equal parts English and Belgian.

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Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mjaggers
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of TicoCali
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of jh1982
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mentor
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Concentrated Evil from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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