RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (365) - , 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 its clean, and core is somewhat hollow, but the body is medium, slightly oily; some oxidative notes, no roast or overt hoppiness (all welcome).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (3209) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at a tasting at Andrews house on August 18. 22 oz bottle. The pour is a relatively dark brown/light black with a thin ring of head that fades off pretty quickly, leaving just liquid. The aroma is really messy. There is a wine dominance up front. A lot of oxidization exists in this one. There is a lot of barrel and a dark grape skin presence. Maybe a light tobacco on the back end? The flavor isnt any better. Its got the big wine dominance and the oxidization happening all over. There is a little more of a fruitiness, but its dry and dusty. The barrel is still resounding. The mouth feel is thinner and slick. Its under carbonated and just falls off the tongue. The aftertaste is oxidized grape and barrel. This is really strange.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sarlacc83 (2187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle found in the back of my cellar. I believe this is from wavers. Thanks! Celebrating my first 100 rate month. A: Pure black with a creme, nearly cappuccino head, decent lacing. N: Huge barrel and acetone. Big leather, red wine grape, and tobacco. Earthy. Some cocoa. Light coffee. Touch of oak. Lemon rind. Plenty of winen here, but also, far, far too much stout/porter. T: Sweet, sour, and bitter. M: Medium oily body, foamy carbonation, no alcohol. O: Im not sure what the idea was here, but Ive never heard good things about this one, and finally trying it doesnt give me any better ideas. This is...really not good. Its like 2009 Abyss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2687) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Tasted on 11/12/11 on draft at FoBaB 2012. Pours opaque dark brown with an average tan, copper tinted head that leaves a nice collar. The nose is dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla and some alcoholic heat. The flavor is pretty sweet, more molasses and vanilla, with the dark chocolate and bitterness taking a back seat. The body is full with average carbonation and a long same as above finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (23350) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6158) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9827) - Cincinnati, 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, doesnt finish real strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (2079) - 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 dont 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 doesnt help the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12335) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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 youd expect from a Baltic Porter thats 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 didnt like it. Listen brewers, I dont work my ass off all day at work to get back home and drink a shitty beer like this, I certainly dont, I never work my ass off at work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3674) - 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

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