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Brewed by Birra del Borgo
Style: Barley Wine
Borgorose (RI), Italy
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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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Affinata 12 mesi in barrique. con lieviti da champagne. 16 degrees.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2012
375mL bottle in to the new CBS snifter. Served at ~53F. A - Pours a dark hazy amber (root beer-ish) with 1cm of khaki head and minimal lacing. I wasn’t expecting much with the abv. S - Tart cherry, fig, caramel, grapes, slight oak. T - Sweeter than the nose. Starts sweet with oakey caramel and vanilla and then finish with a strong dark fruit element(dates, plums, over ripe figs). A nice balance with just enough depth. M - Smooth and creamy carbonation and the french oak leaves a nice tannic finish. O - This was a damn fine "Barleywine", although I think it fall might fall more along lines of an Old Ale. The closest thing I could relate it to would be BA Decadence 08’ blended with BB4D... The alcohol is well hidden for a 16% beer, slightly warms you from the gut, but no outright alcohol smell or taste. I’m very glad to have another bottle of this!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (12834) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2015
Bottle at Steampunk Bar, Göteborg. Black beer with a small head. Malty figs and raisin aroma, vinous, caramel, licorice, plums, grapes, some toffee. Malty figs flavor, raisins, caramel, vinous notes, warming alcohol, sweetish, chocolate notes, plums, some woody notes. Really nice fruity barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarpa (1065) - FINLAND - APR 1, 2015
Bottle 33cl @ Venuti. Pours dark brown, almost black, no head. Deep, rich aroma of oak, dark berries, raisins, sherry, alcohol. Oily mouthfeel. Chocolate, dark berries, plums, raisins, alcohol, oak in the flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olio (7344) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 1, 2015
33 cl bottle @ Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa. Bottled on 06.11.2014.
Pours dark red color with no head. Lots of dark berries on the nose, plums and raisins, sweetish malts, vinous notes with some syrup on the background. Sweet and sugary flavor, syrup, caramel malts and loads of plums and raisins. The sweetness hides the alcohol quite well but isn’t overly sweet, good balance. Excellent slow sipper delicacy with a berry twist.
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4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (6826) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 1, 2015
33 cl bottle @ Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà. Bottled 06.11.2014, batch LS912B
Bottle says 16 months
Aroma has cognac, licorice and ripe fruits. Also chocolate. Flavour has strong licorice tones, alcohol, ripe fruits and raisins. Also some woody tones. Complex and sweet slow sipper, reminds me of some Lost Abbey beers. Gets a bit berryish with calvados at the end of the glass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ragnampiza (672) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (3019) - BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2015 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (12090) - 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 !

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3962) - 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

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1038) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5924) - 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.


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