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FiftyFifty Old Conundrum (Brandy & Rye)

FiftyFifty Old Conundrum (Brandy & Rye)
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Barleywine aged in a conbination of brandy and rye barrels for 225 days.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6281) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
mine had 12 yo elijah craig barrels... "A sizeable improvement on the "pretty good" base barleywine. Takes all the rough edges off that beer and makes for a decadent treat. Maaaaybe slightly overbarreled, but in this case it really works. Vanilla, oak and bourbon slightly dominate the malt and spicy hops of the base. *I found a 3/1 barrel to non-barrel blend was near perfect."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11788) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Tap at the brewpub. Aroma is brown sugar. Full bodied, or nearly. Flavor is brown sugar with definite whiskey notes. Not getting much oak, and not sure I can differentiate the brandy. Alcohol is arguably present. Itís a bit earthy, and heading to dry in the finish. Doesnít get there tho. Maybe itís a bit bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2135) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Deep reddish mahogany in color... Aroma of caramel, toffee, whiskey, vanilla... Flavor is rich caramel, with prevalent notes of brandy whiskey, vanilla and a spicy kick on the finish... Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drsordr (1320) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Draft at brewpub. Pour hazy brown. Clean malt and toffee nose. Taste very woody and whiskey up front. Malty mid palate. Fairly strong alcohol finish. I tried to like it, but just couldnít. The barrel treatment overpowered the base beer in my opinion. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6266) - Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Snifter at Fifty Fifty. Pours a hazy dark amber /copper color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma has caramel malts, wood, spicy rye notes with some alcohol. The flavor has everything from the nose with someeearthy qualities and bitterness to the finish. Interesting take on the barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2388) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 25, 2013
Had on draft at the brewery. This was aged in a rye barrel. Spearmint, oily, very fruity, vanilla, alcohol warmth, caramel, sweeter then the base, very malty and rich, viscous mouth feel. A great barrel aged beer, I did enjoy the base beer a little more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1568) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
pour is a rustic orange with a tight tan head. The nose has the overly sweet note I get often from brandy aged beers. Almost like a sweet magic marker but I donít believe it to be acetone. Light chocolate notes and sweet muddled malts. Cherry and berry notes in back add some pleasantry. The taste is similar but the marker isnít really present. Still a touch sweet brandy on a sweet beer with berries and light chocolate undertones. The body is very drinkable, full but not heavy and a nice Assertivve carb. There is some alcohol heat in the finish but not overwhelming by any stretch. Not horrible but overly sweet and brandy isnít my favorite barrel aging apparatus as I find it makes the beer cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoePeesie (897) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2012
FoBAB 11í Pours a dark ruby to black with off white head. Nose and taste are sweet, boozy, malty. Interesting beer, makes me want to try more of their offerings. BA is well done on this and beer is very balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Sampled at FOBAB, 2011. A nice, thick, deep cream head, and an opaque, dark crimson body. The aroma is well balanced and filled with roasted malts, fruity cherries, rich malty whisky, mixed spicy herbals, fruity citrus hops, and and a brandy note that plays quite with the scheme of things. Itís really hard not to love this nose. The feel is strong, rich, malty, and fruity. These fruits, along with herbal wine, and whisky almost muddle together, but somehow each finds a way to hold on to their own identities. Also, vanilla, spices, creamy caramels, and rye toast. I seem to pick up something new with every sip. So many interesting things hit you at once. It lingers with a roasty, spicy herbal. The more i sipped on this, the more I liked. This was big BA barelywine done very well. Great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
FOBAB 2011. Pours a dark brown colored body with a very creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is really impressive. Lots of barrel with a nice spice and brandy with a good amount of sweet malts remaining in the back with caramel and molasses. A bit of a dark fruitiness and a good amount of hops still remain as well. Everything blends nicely and I get a hint of chocolate as this warms a bit. Flavor is similar with the brandy really coming out nicely. Rye spice up front with a good amount of caramel and some chocolate, molasses, and raisin dark fruits. Hops come in again and blend with the rye spice to give this a moderate bitterness. Brandy comes out some more at the end as this finishes dry with a light heat and leaves a lengthy aftertaste. Full, smooth body with a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, an impressive beer. Everything is well balanced and integrated equally. The brandy barrel comes out a bit more on the flavor, but never overpowers. Very well balanced and bold. I really like how the hops and rye spice mix with the rich malts.

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