FiftyFifty BART (2013)


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL16/20

adamjackson (1928) – Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 7, 2014  [delete] [move]

Grabbed this up at Blackwell’s Wine & Spirits for $20ish a bottle in SF. Enjoyed with AirForceHops on a crisp and dry friday evening. Sadly, Subway closed so I’m drinking this without the joyous double meat big philly cheese-steak that was sooooo anticipated. They would have paired well. I am all alone. Only my skinny jeans retain my hipster self…..sigh. Enjoyed at 55F in a snifter.A – Pours a murky brown. In the glass, edges have some toilet water notes. Looks like a stout barley wine mix pretty much straight up.

S – Nose is very oak heavy…caramel, candy corns, honey, nutella, graham cracker and some ginger. Has some peaty qualities…a touch of earl grey tea.

T – Yeah, this is pretty smoke heavy. The salty astringent sea kelp taste at the finish certainly detracts. The cocoa, caramel and licorice. There is a little sweetness that does help with the saltiness. Smoke is off-putting along with the ashy clam juice but this is a sipper that does open up at warmer temps and is still best shared with a friend. (ball-jokes aside)

M – Sweet, kind of oily, totally leans toward the porter mouthfeel over barley wine. Sweetness at the finish and an everlasting northwest hop bitterness of pine and juice lasts for days.

O – I’d have this one again, maybe after it sat for a while.

FiftyFifty BART (2013)

FiftyFifty BART (2013)