mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with some amber highlights. The first thing I noticed was the lack of effervescence. I had to pour pretty hard to get much head going. The aroma is raisin and molasses sweetness, as well as a faint bit of sourness. The flavor is very much raisins and sweet malt. It’s a bit excessive, and just coats the tongue with a syrup-like viscosity.
I was looking forward to trying more things from FiftyFifty after having several of the barrel-aged Eclipses, but most of their other offerings have been disappointments. Perhaps it’s the burden of high expectations.
gyllenbock (4397) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Toronado, February 2014. (my first beer from this brewery)
Hazy dark amber with a small white head. Sweet with malt, toffee, dried fruit, light hops and some yeast. Almost a full body with some alcohol in the finish. A drinkable beer but also a slight disappointment.
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Created a fizzy and sizzling layer of head which rapidly broke apart leaving a tiny of patch on foam that rested on top of a medium brown colored liquid. As for the aroma, my nose detects a rich base of caramelized malts that have strong resemblance in scent to toffee, but there isn’t a lot of Belgian yeast to be found. The flavor is subtle with a smooth balanced profile that has a combination of lightly toasted caramel like malt with only a slight hint towards a spicing of Belgian yeast. Overall though, this falls short of being a recipe to truly remember, but it was okay tasting and was worth the price.
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bomber from bhensonb thanks Bill!) Have the black cap here, and boy does the beer pour a cloudy murky brown color with a very thin off-white head. Gotta award a three as it doesn’t really look that appealing. I enjoy the aroma, but it is pretty odd, with plenty of raisin surging forth accompanied by a heavy dose of caramel that’s followed up with a surprising scent of stewed tomatoes. Starts to smell like my parents’ house during canning season. Some strawberry shows up alongside some bread which further adds to the complexity. The flavor, however, is not all that complex, with only some tart raisin-like flavors showing up before yielding to a semi-dry minerally finish. There’s a little bit of lingering caramel and dark fruit, but not strong enough to make any significant impression. The finish really falls apart in fact. Overall either age hasn’t treated this beer well, or it wasn’t all that good to begin with.
nimbleprop (4536) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy, caramel amber. Nose of raisin and metal. Flavor of malt and rusty nails. Oxidized and gross.
TEJA (1261) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thinn brown lace. Clowdy brown color. Strange aroma of both violets and caramell. Sweet, sweet and more sweet!
5000 (6179) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Dirty caramel, darker, thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Dark bready aroma, dark pitted fruit, lots of raisin on the nose.   Peppery start, raisin, dark pitted fruit, but not a lot of body.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Does hide its 11% very well.   Very minor mineral like flavor on the backside.   Not a lot of depth, but has a decent raisin and dark pitted fruit profile.   Lots of brown sugar as well, even a little burnt.   Decent, but a little simple.
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours copper brown with a light fizz. Aroma is sweet and raisin like. Flavor is candied sugar or brown sugar? Has a raisin finish.
dnstone (2126) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet aroma. Browninsh color with an off-white head. Moderately sweet, a bit of off-flavors, think this might be turning.
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, muddy, cider-brown, with burnt caramel cream-foam top. Belgian esters and phenols greet the nose - a muddy mix. Chocolate banana bread and a thread of alcohol burn. Again, a muddy yeast mix. Esters and phenols galore. Earthy yeasty. Some alcohol burn. But well melded. Definitely an evil experience.
Ratman197 (9444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of prune, raisin, burnt carmel, tobacco and light molasses.Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, burnt carmel, prune, raisin and molasses with a smooth lingering dark fruit finish.