Brewed by Birra del Borgo
Style: Barley Wine
Borgorose (RI), Italy
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
Affinata 12 mesi in barrique. con lieviti da champagne. 16 degrees.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mortlach (1550) - Rome, - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1856) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle shared by Jackl. Pours a very deep dark brown. Aroma is full of oak, toffee, somewhat boozy, I keep getting walnut too. I don’t know. Taste is excellent. Abv well hidden. Lots of toffee, sweet, really oaky. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (9263) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle shared by Jack, thanks! Pours a very dark brown with a bubbly brown head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma is full of oak with a lot of toffee with some sweet dark grains and a bit of caramel. Flavor combines earthy sweet grain and oak with a good amount of toffee and a hint of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6308) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle from south lyndale liquors. Intimidating deep brown with hardly any head. Nose is rich, complex. Salted wood, prune and raisin cake. Dark cocoa. Mild booze. Flavor is full of umami flavors. Toasted wood. Berry jam. Coffee. Mildly tart. Notes of sherry. Graceful oxidization. Thick body, soft carb. A sipper, but it drinks well considering the ABV. Quite good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Freeney (1) - - DEC 26, 2015 does not count
Dark rich and deep complex aromas , full tasting rich barley wine , elegant rich and fruity flavors that continue forever, plum pudding and friuit cake!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (5200) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
Tasted at Vinni,Birri,Ribelli 2015. Pours very dark brown. Smell is sweet, somewhat boozy. Taste is mild, very silky. Sweet, some booze. Barrels are also there. Good MF and low carbo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (6526) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
Sampled 330 ml. bottle @ “Vini Birre Ribelli 2015”. Dark brown, black, little mocha bubbles. Nose is big cacao, clear oxidation, vanilla, candy, chocolate, warming, spirit,… Taste sweet caramel, mocha, syrupy licorice, very warming, spirit, candy, vanilla, oak, warming, quite a bit oxidation, sugar, rich chocolate, syrup,… Body is oxidation & soft carbonation. Really good, great rich chocolate truffle etc. taste, warming, big vanilla etc. Oxidation is a bit too much but some Italian breweries do seem to have an affinity & love for oxidation, it does work well here, it could have improved a touch more even had they dialed it down a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
leghorn99 (193) - Livorno, ITALY - NOV 28, 2015
Il colore è marrone scuro, molto torbido; la schiuma è ben presente, ma svanisce rapidamente. Si fa riconoscere fra molte per il suo aroma terroso e legnoso, molto rustico, con un vinoso relativamente latente e note non marginali di vaniglia e frutta secca (noci). Il palato deve fare i conti fin da subito con la componente alcolica della birra, accentuata ma non troppo invadente. La Sedicigradi si fa conoscere ed apprezzare per la sua sorprendente morbidità e per il suo calore, per la sua avvolgenza fatta da toni giusti di torrefatto e di legnoso, di una corretta e ponderata maltatura, di belle sensazioni finali di torrefatto; assieme ad una elegante nota di Madeira. Ha un equilibrio generale che rasenta la perfezione e una vita degustativa che si prolunga ben oltre lo sperato.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (10641) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2015
Mini bottle shared by Leighton. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is soft, toasted sugars, toffee, fruit cake, Eccles cake, jammy berry and wood. The taste is smooth, rich, toasty, fruit cake, raisin, sultana, chewy malt, malt acidity, jammy berry, sugary fruits, wood and alcohol warmth throughout the finish. Rich and warming. Perhaps too much alcohol presence, but nice nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (16273) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle shared in Canaan, NH. Picked up in Rome. Pours unclear brown with a slight, foamy tan head. Quite a bit of wood on the nose, leathery fruits, earth. Medium to heavy sweet flavor, lots of meaty, leathery fruits, hearty bread, tangy herries, toffee. Full bodied, oily and chewy, with fine carbonation. Warming finish, lots of toffee and jammy fruits, faint cocoa, earth. Boy, this is some heavy duty stuff. But it’s also really damn tasty, and actually pretty drinkable. Wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (4942) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle at Bishops Arms in Örebro. Boozy smell with wood and caramel. Similar taste, hint of smoke, oak, burned sugar and some roasted aromas. Not overpoweringly boozy considering the ABV.

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