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Brewed by Birrificio Barley
Style: American Strong Ale
Maracalagonis (CA), Italy
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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A strong ale brewed with grapes from Sardinia


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7137) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black. Wonderful full aroma of toffee, caramel, molasses, red grapes, orange peel and barley grains. Taste is the same, but less powerful. Medium body - maybe a little light for the ABV, but still satisfying.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
500ml bottle. Reddish-black or dark brown in color without much head to speak of. The aroma is rather vinous with a considerable roast/charcoal presence. Complex for sure, with some dark chocolate. The flavor is like a red wine/porter hybrid, very roasty with bitter chocolate notes. Medium-bodied with a low, wine-like almost, carbonation level. A nice unique beer overall.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarin (202) - ITALY - JUL 9, 2011
Aroma: fruits, grapes, yeasts Appearance: dark ruby Taste: complex, winey, a bit of acid, quite perfect. This is elegance! Palate: full body Overall: 20/20

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Big red wine character comes through in the aroma and flavor. Light chocolatey-ness and yeasty-ness reminds me of a chocolate malted.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2010
Had this one at the UDRBM, 31-07-2010. Black colored brew. Dark fruits in the aroma. Flavor has malts, coffee, spices, some dark fruits. Creamy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3486) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle @ meeting. Deep brownish black, small tanned head. Aroma of liquorice, caramel, coffee and peat. Flavour is bittersweet of coffee, malt, spices, some earth, some metal and dark fruits. Very creamy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2010
750mL cobalt bottle, at least a few years old. Poured rich garnet-tinted brown with a lovely cap of deeper beige head. The aroma picked up a blend of dark and milkier chocolates paired with sweet vanilla, molasses, and toasted nutty notes.. a touch of tart oak accented, but it carried through very little vinous character.. most excellent cocoa impression on the back. The flavor also had a lot of chocolate character.. darker notes at the core laced with alcohol-fueled molasses, and sweeter vanilla and cocoa notes extending outward.. nutty sweetness and light earthy bitterness on the edges.. light oxidation gave a welcome extra layer of character.. finished dry and lightly-roasted with a little bit of rough rubbing alcohol. Medium-bodied and kind of slick on the palate, not really catching itself until it got to the back.. tart oak complemented the brew, but again the vinous character was almost a nonentity.. overall a very tasty and enjoyable brew!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3149) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2010
Bottle at Dutch RB Meeting. Dark brown pour, creamy tan head that leaves lacing. Aroma of butter, dark fruits, American hops and some roasted malts. Flavor is creamy, bitter, slightly sweet and with butter and fruits. Creamy texture and average carbonation. Decent brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle) Pours with a nice finger of lightly tan head that has some bubbliness about it and holds fairly well on a deep, dark cola brown hue. Not great lacing, though. Aroma is really packed with lots of fruits: passion fruits, plums, prunes, all really nice. Some hop bitterness comes into play, but really leans to an English take on the style. Aroma also has notes of caramel and toffee. Flavor is decidedly less sweet than led on by the aroma, but this is a good thing for me. Still lots of fruitiness in the taste, but more on the prune-side. Nice bit of a hop kiss mid-taste; then toffee and even a coffee note sneeks in. Really lots of nice flavors, and well-balanced and enjoyable. MF is medium, with subtle, soft carbonation. Really nice sipping brew and warming, and my only complaint is that the hop profile would need to be amped up a little to make it a US Barleywine. Nonetheless, it’s definitely a nice one in general. Good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dudebun (135) - GERMANY - JUN 24, 2010
750ml bottle from a touristy food and wine souvenir shop in Pula, Sardinia. Great aroma, tastes of chocolate, prunes, think I noticed the grapes in the aroma, but maybe wishful thinking. Nice carbonation, nice head, felt the alcohol was well hidden, I would buy it again for sure (although for 17€ it’d have to be a special occasion).


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