Old Conundrum | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Old ConundrumOld Conundrum

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.05%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nickd717 on 01-25-2010

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of irv2424
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Jhavey
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Jmoore50
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a dark brown with a crisp khaki head. The head leaves very fast and transforms into a lacing over the brew. It leaves a medium-light leg on the glass. Poured into a 8 oz. snifter by the way.

The smell is of brown sugar, dark fruits and some fresh hops. This is all mildly pungent and does not leave an overwhelming impression.

The taste is good, but this in my opinion is not a barleywine but a American Strong Ale. This has some barlwine characteristics but nothing too strong stands out. There is some fresh hops with a malt background that is enjoyable. Overall average.

The mouthfeel is carbonated fairly strong and was it was served cold which did not help the mouthfeel. After it warmed up it was good, not really heavy on the palate.

Good drinkability, but there are better barleywines out there. Did not leave a memorable impression.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ScottO
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of gueuzegossage
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a reddish copper color, there was a very thin head on top. The retention was minimal and the lacing wasn't really there either. The smell of the beer is sweet and malty. There is a bit of fruit-like aromas coming off of this beer also. The taste of the beer is sweet, lots of malt in this one, the complexity varies from sweet to bitter in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, not really all that carbonated... A little on the flat side. Overall this beer was a pretty good Barley Wine but I wouldn't have to seek it out in the future.

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3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jtrigonis
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snaotheus
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a large snifter. I don't see any dates. I only poured about half the bottle, so I shouldn't have gotten much sediment.

Pours murky brown with little head. Looks like a bourbon barrel barleywine, that's for sure. Not quite still - minuscule bubbles crawling through the murk. Smell is booze, maple or vanilla, wood.

Taste is alcohol, strong wood flavor, a little char, mild vanilla sweetness, and a strong bitterness I'm having trouble placing.

Mouthfeel is smooth, moderately thick, with just the right level of carbonation -- just enough to keep it from feeling flat. Overall, a pretty good example of a bourbon barrel barleywine.

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3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer for FiftyFifty day. Weird how this has the same name as an old Flossmoor Station beer, and if I'm not mistaken, FiftyFifty's brewer worked at Flossmoor. Coincidence? I doubt it.

Pours a clear dark amber-brown color with a medium off-white head leaving some foam and bubbles as it settles.

Aroma is nice and hoppy, pretty much what you'd expect from a decent fresh barleywine. Caramel, toffee, wood, and earth in there.

Flavor is lots of sticky caramel malt, toffee, rough resinous and earthy hops, wood, and slight citrusy notes

Medium bodied, mildly syrupy and sticky, with average carbonation.

Overall pretty good, but not the standout that FiftyFifty's imperial stouts are.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kdahnke123
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured into a snifter at room temperature.
A - Pours a dark brown color with 1.5 fingers of beige head. The lacing is long lasting.
S - Bourbon and the fore, malt in the middle and a little hops on the finish.
T - Carmel and wood followed by a lot of bite from the hops.
M - Mouthfeel is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - A little too much bite for a good barley wine. Might be good with aging. Given the price, I'll pass on getting more.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Old Conundrum from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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