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

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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale brewed with Cannonau grapes and orange peels


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours a murky dark brown with reddish hues. There’s a thin light brown head present. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and light notes of oak. The flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and grape. Medium bodied with a sweet finish. Could be a better beer but the overall balance just isn’t quite there yet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 26, 2009
Bottled.An unclear red-brown beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet wtih strong notes of spices - especially cinnamon. The flavor is sweet with notes of whiskey, cinnamon, burnt malt, celery, and coffee, leading to a spicy and bitter finish where notes of cinnamon and coffee lingers. Huge thanks to yespr for sharing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1280) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2009
[Bottle] Pours brown with a good tan head. Aroma is really weird--quite sweet with chocolate, some malt, and what I assume is an odd contribution from the grapes. The taste is a little too hot, but otherwise roasted malt, chocolate, grape again. A little thin, very smooth, with a long, slightly dry finish. A little hot at time, and really a weird beer, but certainly drinkable and overall good. Glad I got this one in the bargain bin at half cost, because despite its good points, it would not be worth what I would have paid for it at full price.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2009
(750ml bottle, thanks OSLO) Medium tan head atop murky dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grape, some wood. Taste is medium sweet, grape, some chocolate, light wood. Medium body, low carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3713) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Stemware sampler at local beer seminar. Walnut/brown hue with some small, bubbly, off white ring of head and some fair lace. Aroma was malt, caramel and cocoa. These follow into the flavor with a little dark fruit and roasted notes. Alcohol is present but subdued nicely by the flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Pours reddish brown, tart, vinous, citrus, spice, little alcohol, dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Pours dark caramel with no head. The nose and flavor are spice, citrus and a grape skin influence. Interesting brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Body-looks like cola-dark brown with a medium ring f bubbles. Nose-cold cola, light cold sweet coffee, unrefined cereal. Taste-raw sugar, some cinnamon, very bright, light grape, slight ginger, coco powder, some raspberry liquor, light peanut butter, very light butter, some bourbon, slightly cloying, great mouthfeel, light plum. An EXCELLENT beer. World class.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle at Tronraner’s Xmas Eve^3 tasting courtesy of lithy. Dark brown pour with red highlights and ring of off-white head. Raisin and plum aroma. Sweet molasses, chocolate, soy, and a dusty tart semi-driy finish. Didn’t notice too much alcohol as others have picked up on. Appearantly very expensive though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (6075) - 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.


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