Old Conundrum | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.05%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nickd717 on 01-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
10
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
8.96%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 10
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at FoBAB 2011. This version was aged 225 days in a combination of rye and brandy barrels. Served in a pint-shaped FoBAB taster.

A - A generous amount of tan foam settles to a near-complete cap and thicker collar. Transparent dark brown body, but minimal lacework.

S - Earthy rye whiskey, caramel, and only a hint of brandy - it's already quite sweet so I think additional brandy flavor might have been overkill. Reminds me a little of Heaven Hill Imperial Eclipse, but with more caramel and toffee presence and less in the way of chocolate.

T - Taste is quite heavy on the barleywine base, with the oaky vanilla and brandy flavors showing up late on the palate. Plenty of toffee, milk chocolate, and caramel, and only a kiss of whiskey in the finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with moderate-to-low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth - I though this was a bit stronger than the listed 9.05%.

D - A very nice, and fairly unique, barrel-aged barleywine. I found it quite easy to drink, particularly when other offerings at the festival became fatiguing. I'd order this if Todd would bottle some up - I always appreciate that he manages to pack so much flavor into beers on the lower end of the expected ABV range.

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4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Dog, I believe this is the standard version which packed a lot of flavor.

Old Conundrum Barleywine has a deep brown looking color with some hazy red and deep bronze peeping through. Oddly enough I got no bubbles on the top straight from the tap, so the beer looked pretty dead, yet there was some carb felt. The smell is big toffee, with a lot of toasted malt, some faint dark fruit, with honey. English styled with a nice amount of hops coming out giving off earth, surprised I get this much hop aroma out of this. Taste is pretty unique. The English malts give off toffee and the like, slight coffee grind, plum, apple, cocco. Full flavored, not a dud. Not sure if honey is used but I get that feeling. Body is above medium with carb not over bearing. This drank a lot easier than I thought it would, the 9% takes a hold after a while, but is not intruding. 50/50 makes big beer, and this is one of the better ones. I want to see them nail down a small ABV'ed Berliner Weisse.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap

A slightly clear copper color with no head whatsoever. The head settled to a thin collar. Nose is of butterscotch, toffee, sticky caramel popcorn, and honey. Waves of sweetness upon sweetness. The flavor profile follows the nose. Ribbons of sticky caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar, honey, and ethanol. Maybe a touch of rye and pine. Medium body with loads of sugary sweet malt. The finish is sweet, dry, and boozey. A nice American barleywine without loads of hops. Heavily reliant on malts, and I am ok with that. Well made.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of shoegueuze
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

2016-12-24
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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Old Conundrum from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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