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Collaborative Evil by FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
10.00 % ABV


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Review by Oxymoron on 12/24/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 16 4 8 2009
As compared to Separate Good? Sampled a dark amber to ruby brown color with a soft white head that took a while to dissipate. A bit murky overall. Good retention, even after it calmed down and good lacing.

The nose is funky in a way. A lot of different things going on and leave a bit muddled aroma. Some minor malt notes with a light bready and kettle caramel aromas. There is a light butyric/dirty drain aroma that is off setting and just leaves an odd finish. Some yeasty funk in there as well with hints of brett and mineral notes. There is a spice note that comes out as well, but really doesn't blend well. More of a ginger meats paprika spice aroma. Not much for raisins but there is a light wood aroma that leaves a stale/musty thing in the finish. Overall just odd.

The taste is similar but some of the odd notes back off. The malt comes out more with a good caramel and Belgian like characters. Some bready with a light astringent note on the back end. The wood flavor comes out a bit more with some vanilla notes but does note blend well with the spice. Hard to pick out the specific spice, but to me it's a mix of paprika and ginger with a hint of cloves. Weird. The yeast comes out a bit more with some ester notes. Some rose and plums with a light pineapple taste. Some funk/dirty drains on the back end but not as noticeable as the nose.

The body is moderate with some warming effects. The carbonation is high but ok for style. Some funk but not exactly brett, IMO. Overall this one just has a lot of things going on. Would have liked to see some of the spiced notes back off or eliminated altogether but maybe it will age better.

Served In: Pint Glass

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