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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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11579) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2012
22oz bottle, thanks MrChopin. Small beige head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous, bittersweet chocolate, some vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous, some bittersweet chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown-black with a hint of red with a touch of head and very little lace. S - Roasted chocolate malt with lots of red wine and a bit of oak and a touch of sourness. T - Roasted chocolate malts with a bit of sweetness red wine grapes. Through the middle, some oak comes through with a bit more chocolate and a touch of tartness and sourness. The finish is a mix of red wine, touch of vanilla, and chocolate. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a slightly dry and oakey finish. D - Very drinkable. More subdued than expected but the barrel flavors and the base beer balance nicely together.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2164) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 30, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2012 22 ounce bottle shared at the January 2012 Santa Cruz tasting at Sante Adairius. Pours a nice ruby brown color with a swirly cocoa head. Aroma is robust with zesty fresh coffee at the fore. A piney note comes through, just the slightest bit solventy. Big roasted flavor with tart coffee beans and a well-balanced red wine influence that contributes just enough fruitiness, sharpness and barrel character to make things interesting without taking over.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (349) - , California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 Thank you wavers1 for this bomber! Pours dark brown with ruddy/ruby-ish heart and beige persistent halo of compact bubbles. Floury, tart and red fruit aromas, low note of cocoa. Layered flavors of tart blackberry jam, dusty flour, and plum jam, with tart red wine/red fruits mid-palate and a longer finish that builds into some drying bitterness. Lager-like quality in that it’s clean, and core is somewhat hollow, but the body is medium, slightly oily; some oxidative notes, no roast or overt hoppiness (all welcome).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Sample @ 2011 FOBAB. Pours dark brown with a off white head. Aroma of oak, coffee, roasted malt. Flavor the same. Good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6812) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Sampled from the tap at 2011 FOBAB. Poured black with a dark brown bubbly head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma had a good amount of oak, with roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee. Flavor had notes of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts and dark grains with a bit of a dry finish that had notes of oak.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6703) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle at a tasting at James’ place. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. Slight funk on the nose, deep roast, wine notes and barrel. Nice and spicy. Medium bodied, nice light funkiness, crisp and clean, spicy. Long roast with a touch of sweetness and wood notes. Very nice, quite interesting. Sort of a slightly sour Baltic porter. Love this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8746) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle thanks to Dobby - shared at a tasting at my house. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste is complex hybrid of vinous notes, red currants, roasted chocolate, wood, cocoa, vanilla and splintered oak. Medium body. Well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5212) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Reddish black, thin ring of foam. Smooth, rich chocolatey cherry aroma - really nice smelling stuff here. Smooth palate, with some cherry, some chocolate and a nice winey, woody note.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
22oz bottle, courtesy of Todd. Thanks, man! Pours a dark cola color; a reddish hue throughout; thin, fine-bubbled medium-tan head with solid lacing. Cocoa, bitter chocolate, and a prominent acetic / vinegary notes in the nose that slightly overshadows the vinous notes. Medium body; moderate CO2; lots of dark chocolate, cocoa, and a very lightly tart citrus character on the perimeter; some red wine notes show through as well; the acetic note doesn’t follow through from the aroma. Medium-length finish of bitter chocolate and a red fruitiness.


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