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Brewed by Birrificio Barley
Style: American Strong Ale
Maracalagonis (CA), Italy
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A strong ale brewed with grapes from Sardinia


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAR 25, 2008
Black with red hues, with barely no head. Strong aromas, caramel, red fruits, chocolate, some roast The use of "sapa" gives it a peculiar aroma as well as a full flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel malt with a decent amount of vinous dark fruitiness. Body starts fairly full and earthy dark caramely sweet with a decent amount vinous dark fruits before a slightly warming effervescent drier fiinish. A pretty complex and crisp barleywine, but could use some time to age.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pours a hazy brown color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, roasty, and sweet grapes. Flavor is malty, grapes, roast, and a bitter roasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle shared with the Thursday night crew at Redlight in Orlando (bought at Greens in Atlanta):

Cloudy brown with reddish highlights, small head and some lace. The aroma has notes of funk, cheese, white wine vinegar, wood, pepper, anise, plum and hint of bakers chocolate vapours. The taste is spicy and lined with rich fruit tones over a base of earthy yeast and oak barrel. The finish is more acidic with a grape twang and dry mocha chalky undertone. The mouth feel is is smooth and warming with a bite around the edges, very dry chalky finish. Surprisingly good in a weird way, still not sure if worth the price however.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Courtesy BBB63. Poured a dark chestnut color with a thin white head. Sweet sugarcane, apricot, molasses, some spice. Taste not as sweet as the aroma, kind of just a general dark fruit sweetness, with some alcohol in the finish, but still mild for a 10% brew. Another interesting Italian brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Courtesy BBB63. Pours a cloudy, dark chocolate brown color. A minimal, swirly tan film crowns the top. Sudsy, spotty lacing noted. The nose was a little funky for a barleywine. Familiar notes of chocolate and caramel were present, though soft, and were accompanied by tobacco, dark fruit, and red grapes. A slight vinous quality in the aroma hints at oak barrel aging, perhaps. Flavors were similar, along the lines of a malty barleywine with tannic red grape qualities. Smooth and well blended, but lacking real punch, this is a subtle, delicate example of the style. Medium-full bodied with a sweet caramel finish. This one was very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Thanx to BBB63 for sharing this. This was strange. The nose was funky, grapes and moldy cheese?Poured black with a thin lace of a head. The flavor was better. A nice subtle hint of grapes and a small presence of alcohol with a small bite. This finished with a nice warming going down.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2008
750ml colbalt blue bottle. Hmmm... This one is quite interesting. Rich brown, thick, damn near black pour. Accented by... Nah. Just thick opaque brown with a rich, creamy khaki head. A very nice looking pour actually. Spices, wine tannin, wood tannin, chocolate malt and alcohol on the nose. Quite unique and unlike any barleywine I’ve ever nosed. Tart grenache skin interwoven well with cocoa malt on the palate. Dried fruit, new oak, bitter chocolate. Acidic and tart but far from bracing. Full bodied with the fusel alcohol distracting from the overall essence a bit. I think this will be one killer beer in a year or so. As it stands now, there’s plenty of potential.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2008
The pour appears flat, but a soft film of tan carbonation pokes its head out briefly. The body is dense, not opaque, and very dark chocolate brown with violet hues outlying. This appears well-suited for mulling or chilled consumption, or anywhere in between. Molasses and smoke lead a grapeskin parade that is riddled with woodiness and bittersweet cocoa. Caramel, dried figs, strawberry and black cherry notes peek through. Tobacco, vanilla, charred grains and wine acids seep through next. The remainder is tumultuous, a nutty expedition weaving inward to a dark fruity core. this has loads of personality, seems suitably spiced and above all else is enjoyably unique - the last of which is a trait I am beginning to readily associate with the new breed of wildly experimental Italian brewers - my heart is stolen away once again. Alcohol is readily available but seems aligned with the intentions of the aroma and is therefore not troubling. The flavor is a dynamic cross-section of vinous cultures and wood-infused chocolate with gargantuan caramel and bittered undercurrents. The sweetness level is high and the mouthfeel is sticky but this doesn’t reach cloying levels due to hearty underlying acidity and pleasing bitterness. Experimentation here is a success, the palate soothed by full body and velvety low carbonation. The finish is medium-dry, sticky, sweet and chocolatey. Incredibly enjoyable and one-of-a-kind.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Pours an insanely dark brown, with such a small head I wonder if there is any carbonation at all. The aroma is a fiesta of dark fruit, cedar, light cigar tobacco, a slight cola note, some figs and the malt. The flavor is as complex and intriguing as the aroma. A roasted component comes through here, with a slight chocolate note and a slight, but harmonizing acidity. I really need more of this one.


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