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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Baltic Porter aged in French Oak that did three turns of Cab Sauv from a well known California winery in Napa Valley. Barrels were somewhat neutral so French Oak Heavy Toast spirals added to barrels about 4 months and remained till barrels were emptied. Spirals soaked in Cab Sauv for 48 hours before being placed in barrels.

First in a series of wine barrel experiments for FiftyFifty.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (12256) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Thorpe429, thank you sir! Dark maroon color, small tan head. Aroma of candied chocolate covered raisins. Taste is slightly sour coffee grounds. OK.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5755) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt and not too much else. The flavor is more complex. I get some big chocolate notes, as expected after the aroma, but it is complemented by some strong dark fruit (mainly cherries and grapes). I also get some oak and a nice red wine character. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5552) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2014
22 oz bottle from City Beer San Francisco. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have dark fruits, plums, figs over top of some roasted malt and chocolate. The cab barrel influences are noticeable, wood, some tart vinous character, a touch thin, doesn’t finish real strong.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (782) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Aroma is very fruity with a lot of plum, prune and fig. Medium to medium light oxidation has set in adding some soy sauce and wet cardboard. Medium chocolate, light roast, light tobacco and leather. Some red wine notes as it warms. Pours dark brown but not quite black with a small dark tan head that quickly recedes to the edges where it lingers. Light lacing and small legs. Flavor is similar to aroma but the fruit notes have a more red wine character to them. Still moderate plum and prune but now with a strong red wine element. Light oak notes with medium light chocolate and roast. Moderate tobacco and leather with light soy sauce. Light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low tannic astringency with low alcohol warmth. Overall an alright beer, but I don’t think age has done it any favors. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin and the beer is too small to support all the fruitiness. The age has mellowed the wine notes a bit but added a level of oxidation that really doesn’t help the beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11105) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2013
22oz bottle @Chris’ for Tampa Wkly Gathering-tan ring-mahogany. A-med malt, sour/acetic. T-med malt, med fruit-sour/acetic/vinuous.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
In short: A juicy-fruity-vinous black ale with a awkward wood and other weird stuff. Approximate attempt at something. Meh.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed when around 12 months of age, a bonus bottle sent to me by MatSciGuy, thanks a lot Levi.
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head quickly dissipating to a bubbly ring of foam.
In long: Nose of burnt marshmallows, car tires, dark fruits. The aroma is not inviting at all but fortunately the rubber/car tires somehow do not show up in the taste. However the taste is kind of a strange mix bag. Roasted marshmallows, construction wood, some tannins, red wine, juicy grapes, vanilla, ink, some liquid caramel, some molasses. Unsatisfying mouthfeel with a juicy body and very low carbonation. Not too sure what to make of this one, certainly not what you’d expect from a Baltic Porter that’s for sure. The vinous character on this beer borders grapejuice territory and the virgin oak (construction wood sensation) is a bit too much for the frail juicy body. A perfect example of poorly integrated barrels. I didn’t like it. Listen brewers, I don’t work my ass off all day at work to get back home and drink a shitty beer like this, I certainly don’t, I never work my ass off at work.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2615) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike. The beer is dark brown with a half inch of beige head that leaves random traces of lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings a heavy barrel presence. Oak, wine, roast, chocolate. A bit tannic in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-09-2012

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle. Black with no head. Big red wine, grape, cola, and chocolate aroma. Tastes of grape, black berries, red wine, currants, and chocolate taste with light oak and caramel flavors to the finish with lingering citrus notes on the far back end. Bright oily palate. Very good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11239) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours purpley-black with a transient tan smear. Aroma is strong, plummy dark fruit, with some hints of vinosity. Also a touch of burnt rubber. A pleasure to smell. Full bodied, almost. Flavor is voerripe dark fruit, med dark pitted fruit, a little treacle, some touch of vinosity, and woody astringency. Wood’s not super strong, but noticeable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6578) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle from City Beer. Pours purplish black with no head and a plum and treacle aroma. Thereis a treacle and fruit flavor with an oaky wine finish,


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