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


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
Affinata 12 mesi in barrique. con lieviti da champagne. 16 degrees.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Thanks to CanIHave4Beers for sharing this. Pours a muddy dark brown. Smells like balsamic vinegar and grapes. Cat pee. Flavor isn’t as balsamic-y. Kinda salty. Definitely doesn’t seem like 16%. Maple syrup.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (2949) - SPAIN - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Slainte, Salamanca, Spain. A: Dark brown. T: Malt, sweet, raisins, Port Wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NordicV (1955) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2016
Disig brun öl med ett mycket lätt beige skum. Doften är vinös och kryddig med inslag av trä och läder. I smaken tillkommer russin och karamell.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mzaar (2842) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2016
Flaska. Dimmigt mörkbrun med ett litet smutsvitt skum. Dofter av rödvin, läder, karamell, russin och sura bär. Smakinslag av läder, trä, rödvin och torkad frukt. Medelstor kropp. Alkoholen väl dold i smaken. Mjuk munkänsla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dansaz (5) - - JUL 17, 2016 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2016 On tap @Open Baladin (Rome) Barley wine molto complessa grazie anche alla maturazione in botte, con un finale giustamente alcolico. Bassa carbonazione. Colore scuro e un po opaco, che ricorda un bicchiere di vino rosso.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OminouSC2 (466) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
Wonderful. I love this one. No carbonation at all, which feels a bit strange since I’m not used to it. But the taste compensates. A whole lot of dried fruits, plums, raisins. A bit of a sour taste but not overpowering. The sweetness and alcoholic feel from Barley Wine is still very much present, and the champagne yeast add another dimension that I can’t quite describe. A long, warming, almost dry finish. Reminds me a lot of Samuel Adams Utopias - but for a much better price!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6970) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Bottle from K&L. Pours dark murky mahogany, flat, no head or lacing. Aroma is roasty, hints of tart red grapes, vinous, dark fruits, raisins, plums, hints of Brett. Flavor is fairly sweet, lightly bitter, hugely vinous, dark fruits and some dark sugars abound. Fruitcake. Medium body, soft rich mouthfeel, no carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
luttonm (4730) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2016
1st Edition in Rome. Thanks Mortlach! Light root beer brown, mostly clear. A few soapy bubbles, wax, earthy resin. Flat stale root beer. A little thin, completely oxidized. A little vanilla, body is a disappointment. Touch molasses, fizzy. A miss due to age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alkolas510 (1197) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2016
Kolsvart utan något skum. 0 kolsyra... Doftar och smakar russin, körsbär, ek, portvin och något syrlig/sur. Ingen barley wine.. kolsyra hade höjt den..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2748) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2016
Pours dark brown with no head Aromas loaded of maltyness, dried fruits, burned caramel, pepper, liqourize, vinous alcohol, hints of sour cherries Taste has very nice oaky notes of cherries, burned caramel, sweet fruits, vinous alcohol, hints of liqourize, tart ripe apples Very well balanced barley wine that hides the high abv nicely

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2016
Pours a deep amber color, with a two finger off white head that had some staying power. Aromas of hops, sweet malts, and some more hops. Flavor isn’t as sweet as I was led to believe. You can taste the alcohol from the get go, what follows is a nice mellow caramel/brown sugar (I Guess) sweetness that finishes with a nice bitter hop.

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