Annularity | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
FiftyFifty’s Blonde Barleywine hopped with Calypso and El Dorado hops and aged in Rittenhouse Rye Barrels.

Added by Beerandraiderfan on 05-23-2012

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quality american style barleywine. i didnt find it to be particularly blonde, as they describe here, but i liked the beer a lot. its a lightly murky reddish color, normal for the style, with patchy white foam. smells heavily woody, like straight lumber, more wood than rye by a lot to my nose, but more even in the flavor where the spicy rye comes out mid palate. there is a lot of sweetness and alcohol here, making it a slow sipper for me, and its not as complex as some. tons of wood, a dried raisin and cherry note, a long boiled caramel property, and maybe a hint of toasted coconut. the hops provide fine bitterness and maybe a faint orange peel note or something, but for me its more bitter balance than flavor from them, despite it being dry hopped. i like the rye here instead of bourbon too, i feel like it has a little more earthiness to it, and sweet bourbon would make the already strong vanilla and residual sugar feel like too much. wood and brown sugar and rye spice to finish, along with the hops. i havent had hardly anything from these guys that isnt an eclipse stout variant, so it was cool to try another one of their beers, but i wouldnt quite put this one on the same level...

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Photo of pkalix
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought On-Line

22 oz. Bomber
ABV: 12.5%

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice dark golden amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some oak/whiskey, honey, vanilla, slight citrus. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice touch of oak, whiskey, honey, vanilla, some citrus. Full Body, ABV is hidden fairly well, still kinda hot. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PprBurke
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a nice dark gold topped by a finger of dense off white head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of old pine and citrusy hops with some caramel, vanilla and oak
T: Taste is the faded pine and citrus with some nice barrel presence. The honey sweetness comes through at times as well. Good bit of oakyness with some caramel and vanilla. Nice herbal hop notes as well with what almost seems like menthol. Swallow is caramel sweetness, slight alcohol, vanilla and more oak as well as some lingering pine and citrus.
M: this one is full in the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a drying finish that battles with oily hops.
O: This is a fun and interesting beer. It is well hopped and has a great malt backbone. This one has almost a year on it and it's tasting great. The beer and the barrel play well off of each other so this one is a joy to drink. If you see it then try it.

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Photo of Tommo
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a huge beer. Very drinkable despite the high abv, but nothing really popping out for me. Caramel and sweetness on the front and booze on the back. Not bad

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WynnO
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

With the look of an ipa comes the blonde barleywine, barrel aged. Orange and dark yellow in the color. 1/4" white head. Aroma was solid bourbon aroma that the brewery does so well. Sweeter than expected, lots of vanilla stands out against a non stout base I guess.

Smacks of Helldorado, lots of bourbon, light blonde barleywine body, sweet, vanilla, oak. Even some coconut. Caramel notes. Easy drinking mouthfeel for 10%. A little bit of hop bitterness. Went through a year or two of rough spots age wise, but its drinking great again. I've had it on tap a few times, a few bottles, so this score is an average of all of them, but wow, the first time on tap and the last time out of the bottle were top notch, if not almost 5 years apart.

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Photo of brayton
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taeryn
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maximum12
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the last men standing from my two weeks of ‘working’ in CA, & thrilled I was to locate this on the shelf. 22 oz. trademark FiftyFifty bottle split with my wife.

The pour is more Nicole Kidman than Farrah Fawcett (hair-wise), well, if Ms. Kidman didn’t shower for a couple of weeks. Focus, now, focus. The nose is sweet honey, sweet malts, sweet vanilla. Time seems to have pilloried the hops in this one.

Annularity would ideally be Bi-Weekly or at least Monthularity. There’s a Hopslamesque quality here with a wallop of Honey (anyone ever see that movie…if so, I’m sorry) that delivers a cold, mulled sweetness. Light hoppy bitterness w/resin crowds in behind & holds the sweetness a bit (no flag) at bay. Spiciness & vanilla tangle happily; whiskey is slight. The thing is tied up with a wood bow that runs all the way through to the next sip. Thick, but I want to sip this for hours.

FiftyFifty - ever thought of opening up an outpost in the Twin Cities? Guarantee I could almost support you single-handedly. Another excellent beer from an excellent brewery that’s not just about the stouts.

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Photo of rawfish
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sunrats
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweemzander
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours an orange amber with some off-white froth.
(S)- A lightly spicy but fruity honey character. Subtle dry oak and vanilla
(T)- Smooth honey meets a fruity orange citrus character meeting dry oak sweetness
(M)- Good carbonation level. A nice balance of fruity honey and oaky goodness amidst some sweet malts.
(O)- A nice blonde barleywine. Quite fruity but with a good body to it. Thankfully, not overly hopped or sickly sweet

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Photo of GRG1313
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sanderson
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cvm4
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a cloudy amber in color with an eggshell one finger head.

S - Very oak forward. Sweet honey, citrus and malts come through.

T - Sweet caramel and malts at first that develops into a bitter hop note and has an oak finish.

F - Full bodied and low carbonation. A bit of alcohol heat, but not too bad.

O - Nice take on a blond barleywine.

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Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maputnam25
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Among the best beers I've tasted recently. While tasting with my dad, I mused aloud: "You know how some barrel aged beers can get a little much towards the end, and you sort of have to force yourself to finish them? This is just the want to keep drinking it!" FiftyFifty has ingeniously used the pure sweetness of honey to balance out the oak and bourbon flavors that accompany the barrel-aging process. Vanilla and buttery flavors ensue; complex sour fruity notes underlay this balance that I could only describe as rhubarb, of all things.

My only regret is that I didn't buy another bottle. A truly great beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is odd with a thick cream-colored, slow to settle head, some sticky lace, and part hazy - part cloudy honey amber color. Aroma is caramel malt, hop, bit or whiskey. Flavor is hugely sweet at first, long bitter finish. Light carbonation and lots of alcohol warmth. A bit heavy handed for me.

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Photo of brpendergast85
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Go grab this beer! Phenomenal barleywine.

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Annularity from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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