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Birra del Borgo Perle ai Porci (Pearls for Pigs)

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Brewed by Birra del Borgo
Style: Stout
Borgorose (RI), Italy

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Oyster Stout
Si chiama Perle ai Porci ed è una Stout realizzata con l’impiego di ostriche. Avete capito bene, proprio ostriche, utilizzate in grande quantità per regalare alla birra aromi e profumi davvero unici. Per quanto possa sembrare stravagante, l’uso di ostriche nell’arte brassicola è una soluzione ben conosciuta, che in passato ha dato vita a un sottostile preciso: quello delle Oyster Stout. La nostra Perle ai Porci si ispira proprio alla ricetta classica: abbiamo aggiunto la bellezza di 15 kg di ostriche su un totale di 500 litri di mosto. Ostriche buonissime, tra l’altro: Fin de Claire N2, arrivate a Borgorose direttamente dalle coste della Bretagna.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Draught at Lord Hobo, 5/13/15
Dark brown body seems to have low clarity and is topped by a small dark beige head with low to medium retention.
Moderate prunes, raisins and other dark berry-like fruits in the nose. Light caramel sweetness on the end seems appropriately balancing. As with all oyster stouts, no actual oyster notes nor any seawater/brine aromas. No alcohol apparency and some light dark roast coffee notes with warming, along with vanilla and sweeter brown sugar notes. Like a baby imperial stout; very roasty and stout-like but without all the booze.
Flavor is a bit more sweet than the nose lets on. It’s not syrupy, but there is a strong chewiness and more brown sugar-like sweetness builds up on the palate. By the end of the pint, depsite the vinous notes and some roastiness, it’s still just too much on the sweet side for my tastes, though I can appreciate the clean flavors and comforting texture with appropriate carbonation. Still drinkable, especially on account of the acidity and low alcohol, but less sweetness always goes a long way.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (957) - Lille, FRANCE - MAY 16, 2015
On tap during Italian Beer Weekend #4 @ Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels - BE. Color: deep black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: caramel and roasted malt. Very good equilibrium on nose. Taste: caramel and roasted malt, good palate not so watery as a stout. Black bread finish. Aftertaste: caramel and roasted malt with black bread finish. Very good stout, well done!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (6639) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2015
I love pigs as much as the next guy but buying them jewelry!? Come on now .. . Dark brown black .. Solid foam, aggressive .. . Black males, petrol scum, and mineral rich soil .. Mouth is a bit bubbly, finish is quick and dire .. . Decent snout stout .. . . I’d bang miss piggy

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (5000) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2015
250 ml. draft @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontenais. Black, smaller but solid mocha head. Nose is thick umami, roast, candy-like, too umami for me, very sweet, bitter roast,.. Taste is weird herbal, bitter herbal, huge umami, bitter chocolate, oddly sweet on top, too herbal, umami for me, lots of sugar,… Okay body. Not my style, indeed “pearls before swine”.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lallifumi (3) - - MAR 31, 2015 does not count
Stout sapida, caffè tostato e profumo sabbioso, birra dal carattere forte, non dissetante ma ben strutturata

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Revok (5) - ITALY - MAR 28, 2015 does not count
Bottiglia. Colore nero impenetrabile con una leggerissima schiuma bianca abbastanza persistente. Aroma equilibrato tra vaniglia, caffè e una leggera nota di sottofondo derivata dall’ uso delle ostriche. Si ripropone uguale in bocca con una lieve nota acidula proveniente dai malti scuri. Oleosa, equilibrata, leggermente più dolciastra con lo scaldarsi della birra. Lascia il palato e la lingua piacevolmente Pizzicato

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille. Mondial de la bière 2013.
Visuel : Couleur : noire. Apparence : opaque.
Arôme : Malt rôti, moyen de café, moyen de chocolat noir, léger-moyen de houblon herbeux aux notes citriques, traces de réglisse noire.
Goût : Malt rôti, moyen de chocolat noir, léger de café de houblon herbeux, traces de chocolat au lait, de réglisse noire et de caramel brûlé
En bouche : Corps : moyen. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : légèrement crémeuse. Finale : moyenne, légèrement amère de rôti, de houblon et de chocolat
En Résumé : Agréable à boire.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zaf (266) - ITALY - MAR 22, 2015
non entusiasmante..aroma di malto tostato e caffè..corpo medio,schiuma beige fine..gusto non eccellente,una stout abbastanza normale,forse un pelino sopra la media per la consistenza non troppo acquosa..ostriche non pervenute ma andrebbe riassaggiata

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8821) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Draft. Pretty dry and smooth stout, oysters and the brininess are fairly low which IMO is desire able.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottled 330ml. -Courtesy of Marko, shared with him and others. Black coloured, medium sized brownish head, mild chocolate nose. Roasted malt, chocolate, mild coffee and notes of salt with bitterish/sweet finish. Light caramel and licorice also. Not a bad pig.


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