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Style: Barley Wine
Spoltore (Pescara), Italy
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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2009
This beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with an initially three-finger thick, lightly tanned head. The beer is a deep amber hue with a touch of ruddy red; when held up to the light the beer shows a lightly hazed, deeply red stained, copper hue. As I pour this I get a scent of orange zest, but an inspection of the nose yields a phenolic, smokiness backed by a touch of medicinal notes. Underneath the dominant phenolics is a touch of sweetness that reminds me of honey perhaps, there is also a nice toasty grain character and a corresponding toasted nutty note, this last actually becomes more and more prominent over time. After a bit the strong phenolics seem to dissipate almost to the point where I am barely noticing them any more. A solid, though subtle fruitiness starts to become noticeable in the nose as well; notes of green grapes, a touch of raisin and some aromatic plum are noticeable if you really dig for them.

Soft and creamy textured up front a peppery carbonation kicks in towards the middle and provides a bit of texture, though not enough to keep this from being creamy through to the finish. The finish has a lingering phenolic note to it that tastes of smoky plastic and smoked sea salt. The beer is lightly tart towards the middle which helps to bring out flavors of plums and raisins. There is a lightly astringent / tannic note here that combines / is a product of a nice, toasty nuttiness; this sort of adds a chewy richness to this beer that I can only assume comes from the chestnut honey, but might in fact be all malt derived. The smoky, plastic-like phenolics does seem to fade a bit with time, but it always is there, lingering in the finish. While creamy this beer is not overly heavy, it is a sipping beer but is almost light on the palate.

I didn’t realize until later that this beer actually has Peat smoked malt in it (it tastes very similar to what an infection can cause); I think the peat gets a bit too phenolic at times (plastic like even), it would be much better if it was at a more subtle level as it would add to the overall richness of this brew. I had high hopes for this brew, but the smoky phenolics just get to me a bit too much for me to settle down and enjoy this. Not bad though, just not my cup of tea.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Courtesy of JMFG. Pours a hazy amber with a cream head. On the nose peated smoke drifts over sweet malts and caramel. More peat smoke and malty, nutty, balanced sweetness in the flavor. Nice tannic smoke tingle, loads of carbonation. The peat is well used here, very much in balance.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of yespr. Very hazy amber golden with a small, creamy off-white head leaving laces. Distinct aroma of smoke and a little caramel. Medium body with sweetish fruit and a distinct and bitter finish. Smoke infection? 290508

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Bottle. Cloudy reddish-brown color, sparse off-white head. Nice aroma - peaty with a moderate mix of spice and chestnut. Taste is not too sweet, good balance with the spices plus a little smoke-like character with the peat presence. Surprisingly good.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Bottle… Post RBSG ’08 O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Chapter 8… Murky, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. The nose is of nuts and caramel with pronounced smoke. Medium to full-bodied with sparkling carbonation. Sweet, nutty flavor and finish. Underrated! Kudos to SoLan for popping the top on this one!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (3002) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle courtesy JMFG. Light cloudy brown pour with a big white head. Big smoky peat aroma. Smooth malty taste with a big smokiness. Not overpowering smoke, subtle tasty and easy to drink.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (43166) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle 75cl @ [ Mafioso Blind Tasting @ yespr, Bottle #25.]
Unclear medium amber color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lancing, mostly diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, caramel, smokey. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. (300508)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Courtesy SoLan. POurs a cloudy dark amber color, with a small white head. Smells of some smoky peat, a little wood, dark malt, and nutty roast. Liked the aroma. The flavor had a big, nice, smoky complexity ot it that was refreshingly interesting in this brew for this style. Very woodsy, with the fruits and roast coming in towards the finish. The smoke however lingers in the aftertaste, leaving a smoky bitterness on the palate. I dug this brew. Definitely underrated at this point, almost laughable at some of the scores.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Portland International Beerfest 2008 on tap--6 tickets for this beer and look at the score people give it! Poured a cloudy amber-brown body with a thick off-white head. Smoked peat, sugary creamy vanilla and roasty malts nose. Nose carried well into flavor. Also carried some piny notes with some oak or alderwood flavor. Very enjoyable!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2008
PIB 2008. Interesting brew, prefect for a winter day, maybe just a touch over the top in dead summer. Pours darker amber with a soft tan head. Smoked flavors build on a toasty and nutty base. Earthy and woody flavors show in the finish, sort of camp-fire in a bottle in the aftertaste.


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