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Birra del Borgo Sedicigradi

Brewed by Birra del Borgo
Style: Barley Wine
Borgorose (RI), Italy
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Affinata 12 mesi in barrique. con lieviti da champagne. 16 degrees.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ragnampiza (558) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - OCT 5, 2014
Cask (?) at Eurhop beer festival 2014. Dark brown with some purple tinges, no head at all. On the nose rich grapes notes, red wine, tons and tons of dark fruits, wood, leather and calvados aroma. A hint of bitter dark chocolate as well. Very complex overall, with just a subtle alchool presence. Balsamic and herbal feeling on back of the palate, slick, velvety and sirupy as expected. Dark fruits, burnt caramel, molasses and warming alchool in the aftertaste. Flat to soft carbonation, almost full body, oily texture. Great, but in very small doses, imho.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alengrin (2737) - BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2014 Exclusive, limited, unusually strong Italian barley wine refermented with champagne yeast and oak aged. Thin, unstable, off-white head, dark burgundy colour, hazy. Intense, extremely seductive and complexely perfumed aroma reminiscent of all kinds of good things: chocolate liqueur, vanilla extract, old port wine, almond, cranberries, raspberries, elderberries, liquorice, sage... Candied fruits in the mouth, liquorice, chocolate sauce, complex spiciness, soft and elegant roasted bitterness in the end, full mouthfeel, alcohol warming but otherwise remarkably well-hidden for a beer of 16% ABV. If you’re a sucker for barley wines like me, you will thoroughly enjoy this; I guess it’s the Italians’ experience with fine wine which leads their progressive breweries to come up with exquisite barley wines like this one. Very memorable and one of the best beers I ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (10571) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle, big thanks to Luca (Mortlach) for sharing at the one and only Ma Che, Roma, 08/02/14. Lightly hazed/semi murky chestnut brown with moderate beige edgework formed of bubbleage. Nose carries a boozey pa pang, dark toffee, nutty, earthy, dark fruits, Xmas cake mix, sherry twang, woody. Taste comprises rich dark fruits, caramelised sugars, lick’o’booze, woody twang, dates, raisens, dark toffee fudge. Full bodied, fine carbonation. A well balanced barley wine, solid rich dark fruit vein running through it, it never gets overly sweet. The 16% ABV just doesn’s show up in this one ! Good work !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3882) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of toffee, wine, caramel, brandy, plums and wood, flavor is sweet with wood, vanilla, rum and plum liquor, full bodied

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1012) - Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Pours dark ruby mahogany with practicality no head. Smells strongly of figs, dates, other dark fruits. Tastes is bold fruitiness, similar to Port but less sweet. Full-bodied with a slick texture and no mouth-carbonation, Birra del Borgo Sedicigradi finishes smooth and fruity with a hint of warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5879) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Brown with a tan head. The aroma is full of toffee, brown sugar and alcohol. The flavor has some brown sugar, grapes, oak, dark fruit and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (817) - ISRAEL - AUG 1, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Bottle sample at a tasting, thanks DSG. Pours cloudy dark brown with off-white head. Smell - nice and pleasant aroma of raisin, fig, prune and caramel. Taste - sweet with caramel and dried fruits notes, light alcoholic warmth in the finish. Full body,smooth and creamy, alcohol is well hidden for 16% brew. Enjoyable barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (6534) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks David K. For this bottle! Murky brown color. Strong malty flavor with wood, some soy sauce, lots of prunes and other dried fruits. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, plums, prunes and raisins. Full-bodied but not syrupy. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mortlach (1049) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 15, 2013
03/01/2013 330ml bottle (Vintage 2010). Bruna, intensa, riflessi color caffé, schiuma leggera beige, non molto persistente. Naso esplosivo, sentori di datteri e frutta matura, alcol, nocino, vaniglia, anche una nota acidula. In bocca è se possibile ancora più complessa, simile a un Porto, con sentori di frutta matura, caramello, cioccolato, erbe medicinali, un leggero tocco di liquirizia, una leggera astringenza. Corpo pieno, carbonazione leggera. Barley Wine sontuoso!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9816) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle... Cloudy brown ale with a minuscule, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The bouquet offers singed caramel, crusted port and dark raisins - loads of them. Medium-bodied with busy carbonation. The flavor is sweet and moderately acidic - dark raisins and a hint of dried plum with a light splash of oloroso sherry. Finishes tangy and a bit lactic. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!

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