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Brewed by Birrificio Barley
Style: American Strong Ale
Maracalagonis (CA), Italy
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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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5130) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2009
The bottom line on this one is way, WAY too much alcohol heat. It looks great - dark brown and little bit of reddish notes, with a nice thick, rich brown head. Smells OK, with rum and raisin and oak. The flavor is initially rummy, and fruity and red wine, but more alcohol burn at the end than it needs.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
<b>In short: </b>A original strong ale of some kind with a dominant grapes and raisins flavour. Different.
<b>How: </b>Bottle 750ml, bought by MartinT in Italy and consumed fresh soon after his return. Tasting session with Montreal crew
<b>The look: </b>Brown body with littles particles topped by a very small beige head
<b>In long: </b>Nose of a baked raisin pie. Tasty beer mixing a bunch of almost cohesive flavours. Red and dark grapes, toasted graham cookies, caramel, molasses, red wine. The beer is a bit vinous and the grapes flavour were a bit too dominant for my taste and I found it distracting. Even the finish was dominated by grapes and even had a light grapes sourness. I can’t say I really liked it but I give it a few extra points for originality. A decent beer from a country where there are no Jehovah witnesses? They don’t like any witnesses.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (5345) - ITALY - DEC 31, 2008
scura schiuma media non molto persistente sentori vinosi leggermente acidi frutti rossi in bocca cacao tostature caffe frutta mosto cotto fichi secchi il tenore alcolico è ben nascosto ma non è di facile beva da sorseggiare

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2071) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 29, 2008
dark brown pour with a thin head. smells like suntan lotion, oranges, and cola- but good cola.plum flavors that have a bit of roast, berry flavors come out & mix well. milk chocolate flavor lingers, a fun, changing taste that requires attention. interesting & pleasing. 4 7 7 5 16

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
tronraner’s Xmas Eve Eve Eve Tasting. Sample from a bottle shared by me. Dark dark dark brown with a chocolate brown at the light and a thin tan head. Aroma is raisins. Taste is mild alcohol heat and antiseptic

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle at Xmas Eve Eve Eve. Pours brownish with thin beige head. The aroma is nuts and yeast, maybe some chocolate. The flavor is raisin, odd sourness, nut, and toffee. Allright.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5701) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
Bouteille bleue, avec bouchon de liège, de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: Odeur de raisins avec une pointe chocolatée et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de petits fruits avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement chocolaté. (Rating #2049)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (3675) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 Bottle shared by lithy at Christmas Eve cubed. Opaque brown with a small creamy ring of bubbles. Chocolate, caramel and light wood on the nose. Tastes of peppery coffee, chocolate, oak and red wine. Medium body is watery, and dry with both alcohol and roast malt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2008
20080202 750ml bottle, Spirits RB Hazed cola brown with lasting tan head. Aroma is earthy with dark fruits, toasted dark bread. Flavor is a revelation for this brewer, by far the finest of their offerings I’ve tried. Chocolate and dried dark fruit, light astringency, peat roast. Mildly dusty. None of the vinous character I was hoping for.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle, Brewtopia. Opaque dark brown with tan head and looks creamy. Rich chocolate and carob. Creamy mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate and distinct flavor of quality carob in here and very creamy. I liked it.


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