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

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A strong ale brewed with grapes from Sardinia


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3347) - 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 (1847) - Washington, 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 (136) - 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).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6480) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2010
Bottle at Ma Che Siete. Pitch black body witha medium tan head. Chocolate, liquorice, sweet caramel and light coffee in the aroma. Light roasted flavour with notes of coffee, chocolate, sweet caramel, dark fruit and ligth tobacco in the flavour. Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (13913) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle @ Ma Che Siete. 2007 Vintage. Thanks Manuelle for pulling out this treat. Pours dark brown with a small creamy white head and lacings. Nose is mild roast, coffee and dark fruit. Very complex. Flavor is round and vinous. Liquorice , coffee and fruit. Smooth and oily. Waaauw!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13392) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle at Football Pub - Riserva 2007.   Almost black - brown head.  Burned. Wooden notes. Milkey. Licorice. Dryness. Chocolate. Cocoa. high malty. Sweetness. Nice. 

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2224) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Hahahahaha, I love it man, I friggin love it. These guys are out there bustin their balls makin this great stuff for us to drink. This is great! Oh yeah, and this beer too! Poured with a nice foamy frothy thick tan head and some lace. Color is a very dark brown with red higlights.Aroma is a heady mix of malt fruit yeast fortified wine and chocolate. Flavor’s the same way, but with a lot more of everything. Quite sweet. Sipping beer for sure. Body is heavenly and has perfect carbonation for this style. Be nice to try with a good cigar. Sweet boozy finish. Sipping beer with your smoking jacket on. hahahah hell ya

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8432) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 28, 2010
750mL courtesy of Travlr. Pours a muddy, deep brown with no head. Some speckles of off-white lace. Nose is caramel, toffee, fennel. Taste is rye bread, toast, dark/unsweetened chocolate. No grapes or orange peel :( Pretty mediocre.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11825) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2010
750 ml bottle shared with tarheels86. Dark maroon color, nice blue bottle. Small beige head, moderate lacing. Aroma of rye bread. Taste has chocolate, bitter herbs, finish has slight orange peel. Light body. Nice enough.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle from Smith’s. Pours turbid dark brown/burny umber with 2-finger clingy tan head. Nose is cacao, prune, plum, dark patent malt, blackberry, port, merlot. Tastes dark malty, with cacao, blackberry, some tartness, some late lactic notes, and tons of complexity. This one evolved as it warmed, and was enjoyable from beginning to end.


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