FiftyFifty Old Conundrum Barley Wine - Brandy & Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Barleywine aged in a conbination of brandy and rye barrels for 225 days.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 24, 2015
On tap @ Churchills. Murky dark amber pour with an off-white head. Smells like booze. Lots of rye, some caramel, and vanilla. Quite a bit of dark fruit and wood as well. Theres a bunch of golden raisin, some plum, and sweet vanilla. Big time booze and astringent, charred oak. Just kind of a mess all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2015
[ Keg ][ 4oz ][ Churchills Pub ][ $2 ][ Tasting Flute ][ 3.7.15 ]
>> Brandy & Rye version- murky brown pour, low carbonation, weak foam. Mildew, tequila, tomato paste, brown sugar aroma. Taste is brown sugar and maple up front moving to some paper and anesthetic bite. Harsher finish. Barrel character comes off as mildew instead of dark, warming alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (13065) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Tap at Churchills Pub. Pours clear brown with a medium, creamy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is brandy, figs, dates, vanilla, oak, earthy and spicy rye malt with light caramel and toffee notes. Flavor is sweet malt dominant, brandy, vanilla, oak, dates and figs with boozy notes and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (11678) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
mine had 12 yo elijah craig barrels... "A sizeable improvement on the "pretty good" base barleywine. Takes all the rough edges off that beer and makes for a decadent treat. Maaaaybe slightly overbarreled, but in this case it really works. Vanilla, oak and bourbon slightly dominate the malt and spicy hops of the base. *I found a 3/1 barrel to non-barrel blend was near perfect."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14986) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Tap at the brewpub. Aroma is brown sugar. Full bodied, or nearly. Flavor is brown sugar with definite whiskey notes. Not getting much oak, and not sure I can differentiate the brandy. Alcohol is arguably present. Its a bit earthy, and heading to dry in the finish. Doesnt get there tho. Maybe its a bit bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (3138) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Deep reddish mahogany in color... Aroma of caramel, toffee, whiskey, vanilla... Flavor is rich caramel, with prevalent notes of brandy whiskey, vanilla and a spicy kick on the finish... Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drsordr (2588) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Draft at brewpub. Pour hazy brown. Clean malt and toffee nose. Taste very woody and whiskey up front. Malty mid palate. Fairly strong alcohol finish. I tried to like it, but just couldnt. The barrel treatment overpowered the base beer in my opinion. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (10083) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Snifter at Fifty Fifty. Pours a hazy dark amber /copper color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma has caramel malts, wood, spicy rye notes with some alcohol. The flavor has everything from the nose with someeearthy qualities and bitterness to the finish. Interesting take on the barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2886) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 25, 2013
Had on draft at the brewery. This was aged in a rye barrel. Spearmint, oily, very fruity, vanilla, alcohol warmth, caramel, sweeter then the base, very malty and rich, viscous mouth feel. A great barrel aged beer, I did enjoy the base beer a little more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
pour is a rustic orange with a tight tan head. The nose has the overly sweet note I get often from brandy aged beers. Almost like a sweet magic marker but I dont believe it to be acetone. Light chocolate notes and sweet muddled malts. Cherry and berry notes in back add some pleasantry. The taste is similar but the marker isnt really present. Still a touch sweet brandy on a sweet beer with berries and light chocolate undertones. The body is very drinkable, full but not heavy and a nice Assertivve carb. There is some alcohol heat in the finish but not overwhelming by any stretch. Not horrible but overly sweet and brandy isnt my favorite barrel aging apparatus as I find it makes the beer cloying.

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