gulf690 (21) - AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Reddish brown colour that was immediately inviting and enticing, with a good thick creamy brown head. Spicy nose of cinnamon and mocha, almost like a stout. Very solid body and a very individual (hard to describe, though pleasing) finish. Big on alcohol at 7.2%, but it wasn’t really noticeable on the palate. Probably go great with some Italian food. Want something different ? Try this. Didn’t know the Italians could make a beer this good.
thegreenrooster (4031) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is of molasses with some dark fruits in there. Flavor is a sweet dark fruit, like a plum or date. Alcohol is very present as you swallow. Its ok for the style but the alcohol overpowers so much at the end its hard to put this one over the top.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber ruby color, tan head. Quite malty, pretty fruity, without going overboard in any direction. Medium full body. Quite tasty, a pretty nice find.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle, snifter. I couldn’t rouse much of a head from the pour. Not something I’m particularly attached to in this style. Deep maroon hue. Aroma is strong of plum and red-grape juice. Caramel, grains. Light alcohol. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter flavor. Medium-full body, watery/creamy texture, average carbonation, light alcohol. The bottom line is: glad this isn’t classified as a doppelbock as it falls well short of that mark. My real knock on this beer is the acidity...it’s just out of place. That and there’s not a lot of depth here. Meh.
highlandlad (1475) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2005 A first-rate bock that might rate higher if not for its country of origin. (Who expects Italian beer to be this good?) It’s a rare Ferrari among the workaday Fiats of the Italian brewing industry. Poured an amber colour with a lasting tan head. Lots of sweet malt in the aroma, with chocolate and molasses characters. Smooth, firm body with chocolate malt and dried fruit dominating before a healthy slug of alcohol in the dry, spicy finish. Very satisfying and comfortably the best Italian beer I’ve discovered to date. (Bottle)
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My favorite Italian beer, so far. Crisp dark copper. Big head, light lacing. Warm malt aroma. Very drinkable dark beer with flavours or cookie, toast and light roasted malt.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Firenze in Bellevue. Pours a reddish brown color. The nose is a subdued raisin and nut aroma. The beer is light bodied and gently carbonated. With a great melding of flavors that consist of figs, dates, raisins, nuts, cherries, and some alcohol. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2005 Tasted at KC Bier Meisters meeting in my NB worthy glass. Reddish brown color with an off-white head. Malty, raisins aroma. Malty, caramelly flavor with some dark fruits. Seemed to have heavy carbonation (did not when I had the beer again). Light finish. An Italian bock? what will they think of next? A pleasant suprise.
arhythmt (69) - Alabama, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting Italian red ale...tons of initial hazelnut flavor and aroma, more so than almost any other beer I’ve had (including Rogue’s hazelnut-themed beers). Overall, perhaps a bit sweet but still a relatively dry ale...definitely the best Italian beer I’ve had (although the selection is slim).
Terminus (3597) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle-pours a nice red hue with a slightly off-white head that lasted forever. Huge malty aroma-sweet and fruity. highly sweet flavors but its hard to make out many of them (caramelt malts). A huge malty beer, but definately not my thing. Not a bad beer perse, but the sweetness kinda gets to me.