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

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A strong ale brewed with grapes from Sardinia


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrt (62) - USA - APR 20, 2008
This beer is much like a port wine. Deep almost purple brown beer with a dense dense dense frothy head. Tastes like a porter in the beginning: big, roasted, nutty, and dry. BUT THEN! The taste transformed into a lush, vinous confluence of fruit jams, much more complex than the plum flavors that typically accompany a porter. Yes, very vinous and warm. A super-satiny mouthfeel., probably the defining characteristic. Alcohol was noticeable in the taste, but it was not problematic. Even though the flavor was addictive, something about the density of the beer made it hard to drink a 750 by myself. I managed, though. Awesome.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2008
Thanks to BBB63 for bringing this down! Malty, molasses, alcohol, and dark fruit on the nose. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smooth and malty, with caramel notes and hints of a peppery spice. Very nice beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottle... Hazy, very dark ale with a burnt orange color around the edges of the glass. Mid-sized, creamy, well-tanned head. Good retention. The nutty nose also embraces notes of vanilla, chocolate and black tea... odd for the style. Medium to full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nutty chocolate and cola flavors. The high ABV is simply not perceptible. The finish is nutty, chocolaty and more bitter than sweet. Strange for a barley wine, but I’m no believer in style points (unless judging a contest)... thumbs up for this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 Name: Barley BB10
Date: 03/23/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: dark ruby red, wispy beige head,
Aroma: light dry fruity aroma with an earthy character,
Flavor: rich malt flavor with a light earthy character, touch of dark chocolate for balance,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3111) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2008
a wonderful beer with coffee and toffee. Some mild fruits in the mix and a low amount of hops that doesnt distracts. Its a fine beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2008
The aroma is toasty with spices, yeast, coffee, and chocolate. The appearance is cloudy brow with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall I like it but I don’t taste any grapes.

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 (7133) - 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 (6507) - 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.


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