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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Big thanks to hopscotch. Bottle. Reddish brown pour with thin tan head. Cabernet wine and roasted malt aromas. The taste is a little bland with very mild sour qualities. Deep roasted malts, oak, and red wine flavors....

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2011
(Bottle shared by Mike!) Pours a dark brown color with a red hue. The tan head is thin. Aroma has wine, chocolate and berries. Sweet with berry/wine notes most prominent. The roasty bitterness from the porter is still detectable. Thin bodied with a slick/oily texture. Dry, winey finish. This was a nice unique beer. Not my favorite of the bunch, but it went over well with everyone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Thanks to tall and bald.(mike)...pours a nice dark brown color. Aroma is loaded with chocolate, red wine and toasted malt. Flavor is a wonderful mix of chocolatey porter and red wine. Some woody flavors are pronounced in this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (9921) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
A: The pour is dark brown in color with a small, light tan head. S: Smells like what you would expect. There is quite a bit of roasted malt aroma to it and some dark chocolate and cocoa powder. The red wine is quite strong with lots of red fruits and oak notes. T: Thereís a nice bit of vanilla to the flavor along with the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Lots of red wine flavor to the beer giving plenty of red berries, grapes, and oak. M: Medium in body with a somewhat low carbonation. O: Better than I had expected, if you donít mind back-handed compliments. Pretty good, certainly better than Open Container.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1757) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2011
12oz pour @ Maproom Friday. Black with a khaki head. Nose is roasted coffee, roasted malts, and fresh coffee beans. Nice on the palate, great coffee flavor, toasty finish, delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2011
On tap at the Map Room (Chicago, IL). Missed last nightís event, but called up after work and lo and behold, itís still on! My true 2300th. Pours a nice blackish brown hue, a good murky haze, darker with browner edges. A small laced tan ring dies to a loose ring with just a touch of lacing. Small. Aromas are a bunch of red fruit and red wine, a good dry wine initial moves into burnt marshmellow, cocoa, and vanilla. Some smoothed out toffee, caramel. Touches of estery fruit, wet oak, with more flourishes of red wine, fairly subtle. Sweeter overall, without that winey kick I was hoping for. Initial is medium bodied, tart and dry red wine up front, wet oak, big vanilla tannins move into some mellow roasty malts, touches of cocoa, more vanilla, and marshmellow. Dries out more, well roasted, and a ton of vanilla from the oak comes out in the backend. Marshmellows, red wine, roasted malts, dry coffee and roasty ashy malts. Fairly bitter and dry, the barrel really has taken hold but not with nearly as much red wine as anticipated, a lot of vanilla that moves in with that moderate red wine dryness into the backend. Pretty pour, powerful oak, with a lot of things going on. I donít feel itís the best meshing of flavors but itís a solid experiment with powerful oak (though vanilla starts to overcome, red wine back into the fold in the flavor and backend). Very interesting, if not a little rough around the edges. The red wine is great on the nose, but dies out a bit on the flavor element. Aroma really came on. A great beer regardless.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Dark brown with a light tan head, not much lace... Very sweet nose, lots of banana, a bit of oak and red wine on the back, too estery too me... Taste is chocolate covered banana marshmellow, a bit of a roasty finish, a bit of oak, wish the wine barrels showed off more... Canít put my finger on it, just not a fan

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jethrodium (357) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
On tap at the City Beer Store 5th Anniversary Party. Pours black (cola brown at the edges where the light comes through) with a small light chocolate head the settles into a ring at the edge of the glass. Light lacing left on the glass. The aroma is big dark chocolate with some light coffee notes, a light roastiness, and big red wine and oak. The red wine and oak become more prominent as it warms up. The taste follows the nose quite closely. Dark chocolate on the initial taste going into some coffee, oak, and red wine with a decent roastiness present throughout. The flavors are balanced quite nicely with the the wine coming through more as it warms up. A light bitterness on the finish. Full bodied. Low carbonation, perhaps a little bit too low. Overall, a great beer from FiftyFifty. Not quite in the class of some of the better Eclipses, but still very good. I would have guessed it was higher in alcohol based on how full the body is and how flavorful it is. No detectable alcohol in the aroma or taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Draft at City Beerís 5th Anniversary. Dark brown in color with a one finger lasting tan head. Great aroma, roasty and chocolatey, Eclipse-like, with big oak presence and some vinous notes. On the flavor, the barrel and red wine comes out more as it warms. Dark chocolate and roast with some vanilla. The body is a little thin but that adds to the drinkability. Pretty solid beer, well done once again, Todd.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
On tap at City Beer. Congratulations to Craig and Beth on 5 great years! The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is rich with cocoa, roasted malt, nice barrel notes with vanilla, dark cherry, and wood. The flavor is aggressive with lots of vinous cabernet grapes, wood, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a big bitter/roasted finish. Almost a bit ashy, which I like. This tastes much bigger than 6.8%, yet maintains some balance between the roasted and vinous flavors. The mouthfeel is full yet not cumbersome and a little under carbed. Very nice beer.


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