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FiftyFifty Old Conundrum Barley Wine

FiftyFifty Old Conundrum Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 272   ABV: 9.05%
Once a year we brew a Barley Wine. Old Conundrum is heavily hopped with CTZ, Warrior, Centennial and Cascade. Brewed in the American Style with a West Coast influence. Enjoyable, warming and smooth. The hop character is young as of tapping 1/2010 but will fade in about 6 months to a year. Some will be laid down in 4 Roses Bourbon barrels.

Editors Note: If you had this in a bottle, it was most likely Old Conundrum on Wood. Please place your rating there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (8699) - Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Draft at Fifty Fifty. Pours a clear dark amber/copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, raisins, some citrus, more hop character than I like in my barley wines, some alcohol comes through, I think this one shows all of the 9 % and then some. Decent, but I tend more toward the English barley wines.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oscbert (1230) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Aroma is light, malty fruitiness. Hard to pick up much aroma. Strong hop presence. Pours a cloudy amber color with small yellowish head Prune like flavor with strong hop character, grapefruit, pine. Well balanced Full bodied, low CO2, lingering hop bitterness Wish aroma offered a bit more. Really like how well balanced this is for a barleywine. Alcohol present but not overbearing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (9619) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
"a cloudy burnt orange amber. medium to full bodied with slightly higher than average carbonation. aroma has a little alcohol, very herbal and spicy. flavor starts off malt heavy but the spicy hops come out quite a bit as it warms. Not one of the best BWs out there, but not too bad either."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2798) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Mahogany reddish brown in color... Aroma of caramel, toffee, light booze... Flavor is caramel, toffee initially, kind of watery, gives way to gentle hop finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (15593) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
On tap @ FiftyFifty. Light amber pour with an off-white head. Nose is caramel, dark fruits, and toffee on the nose. Some booze, toast, chocolate, and a bit of citrus. Sweet flavors of honey, toffee, caramel, and toast. Some dark fruit, chocolate, booze, and a little bit of citrus. Quite a bit of raisin. Kind of thin on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2013
(Draught) cloudy copper, few bubbles. Nose of honey, American hops, caramel, rich, vanilla, grassy. Taste of bitter American hops, caramel, honey, big in every way, medium body, very low carbonation. Bittersweet linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2794) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 25, 2013
Had on draft at the brewery. Fruity, plum, raisin, slight vinous quality, caramel, lots of melanoidans. A very good barley wine, a bit young.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
On tap in Truckee, served in a pint glass. Reddish brown with medium beige head. Smells of apples, dark fruit, booze. Taste is fruity with caramel and raisins. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3457) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Dark brown pour with an aroma of dark fruit, caramel, and alcohol. Dark fruit flavor with caramel, alcohol, and hops at the back end. Impressive brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Sampled at FoBAB 2011. Phenol hairspray aromas from a brown red body. Bitter hairspray flavors. Chocolate. Odd chemical alcohol finish. Not sure what was up with this. 6/3/6/3/12

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