BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hardly what I associate with l’Italia, but this beer is an excellent representative of its style! Skillful job roasting the malts leads to a very complex caramely flavor that is malty without tasting toasted. Goes down smooth and easy, very good bock texture (thick with only a bit of carbonation) and with a slight-but-positive presence of alcohol. Aroma is faint but pleasant. I give La Rossa 3 extra overall points simply for following the bock tradition as it’s meant to be done, right down to the hops being present only in the finish! "That’s Italian!"
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whenever I buy beer from a wall o’ singles I always ask myself, how long has this beer been there? Will it still be a decent representation of the beer? Fortunatly this one has either held up well, or its gotten there somewhat recently. So it poured a little head heavy, but then I go to notice the fine crimson body on this one. It has a medium maltyness to it, with a nutty flavor towards the end. There isnt much bitterness, leaving a rather sweet flavor in my mouth, a little bit roasted, but cherry like sweetness. Quite a suprise.
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I happen to love this beer! Great lite dark brew with some very lite tones of cocoa/malty caramel. Toasty as well. Also gives you some wicked beer farts the next day to piss off your wife!!!!!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surprisingly decent Italian beer. Beautiful color/Malty aroma/Caramel flavor/Sweet sticky mouthfeel/Roasty finish...Not bad at all.
Crockett (1067) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep amber/mahogony with a little sudsy head with decent lace. Sweet lightly roasted fruity noses. Maybe past it’s prime but not off tasting. Stale bread, light molases, raisin and cherry tartness. Some cocoa, mild pithy hop well behind the toasted nutty malt. Dry but chalky finish. Thanks ralph.
heemer77 (5242) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large light tan head. Fairly clear dark amber body. Aroma is bubblegum, oatmeal and some roasted nuts. The taste has sweet malty syrup. Also some walnuts. A medium mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Actually a fairly solid brew in the style. The finish has honey roasted peanuts.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad Italian beer. This pours a medium dark with a thin tan head. The aroma is very malty and sweet; the taste is caramel with some fruitiness, and a slight alcohol presence. Sweet & syrupy finsh. And it went good with chicken scallopini.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For an Italian macrobrew, this is pretty good. Big malts here, with caramel, molasses, and fruity notes. Decent alcohol presence throughout the beer as well. I think that this actually holds up well against some real German doppelbocks.
Dorqui (2168) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark color. Dense with a structured body. Decidedly bitter with high alcoholic tenor.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very lucky to get to sample this malty brew at a don giovanni party very recently... funny though, italian beer for a spanish opera?!? Anyway, there is a soft balance in the malts that allows the caramels to take over. Sort of like sqeezing a stone for water... but in only the best beer-like way.