highlandlad (1464) - 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 (3545) - 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.
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown sugar or molasses on both the nose and the palate. A decent mixture of hops and malts. A bit rough on the palate, though, without a lot of balance. A little too sweet, but very smooth.
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!!!!!