Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Barley Wine
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
A Barley Wine aged 18 months in French oak wine barrels previously used for Amarone della Valpolicella wine.

Barley wine di grande carattere, maturato per 18 mesi in barriques di rovere francese usate per invecchiare vino Amarone della Valpolicella. Di color ramato intenso con riflessi rossi, al naso è straordinariamente ricco e complesso, sprigiona profumi di frutti rossi (marasca e ribes) e vaniglia, con sentori di sottobosco e reminescenze vinose. In bocca è caldo, di gran corpo e privo di gasatura. Una birra al di là di preconcetti e luoghi comuni, dedicata all’uomo di domani.

Alc. 13,0% 26°P

L’Ultima Luna è la birra che ho ideato per celebrare la nascita del mio primo figlio, Matteo. Ricordo che durante i mesi dell’attesa ho pensato a lungo alla birra che gli avrei dedicato, volevo che fosse profonda, complessa, evocativa e che si potesse destinare ad un lungo invecchiamento. Decisi di utilizzare botti usate di Amarone (uno dei miei primi amori in campo enologico), ma riempite solo per 2/3 del loro volume, in modo tale da favorire l’ossidazione della birra con l’aria (un omaggio al mio passato in Andalusia, ai vini ossidati di una terra in cui ho lasciato un pezzo di cuore). La birra (se così la si può ancora chiamare) avrebbe dovuto originariamente invecchiare 9 mesi, ma con l’esperienza ho capito che l’invecchiamento minimo per questa birra è di 18 mesi. In etichetta ci sono delle citazioni di Dalì e Saint-Exupéry, l’immagine del bambino che solleva surrealisticamente il mare è un chiaro riferimento a Matteo. Quello che mi affascina in questa birra è l’eccezionale complessità degli aromi terziari (cuoio, crosta del formaggio, madeira, legno, mandorla tostata) dati dall’ossidazione, una cosa che mi piace fare è lasciare le bottiglie aperte e berle dopo circa 3 mesi per innalzare il livello del godimento.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gurthnar (4843) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 21, 2015
At Craft Bier Fest Wien. Quite intense with pronounced basic woodiness. Lots of tannins and poorly drinkable. Somewhat astringent. Rough alcohol. I do not like it very much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (2548) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 21, 2015
Purple color with no head. Aroma is amarone, raisins, tartness. Taste is some malts, nuttiness, amarone again, raisins. Like a very good dry sherry. Awesome, a real slow sipper. A masterpiece.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle at Todd’s share. Pours a muddy brown with very small head in a small snifter. Powerful fruited aroma of overipe dark fruits like prunes, plums, nectarines, raisins, and apricots. The taste was super sweet overipe fruits mention in the aroma and dark candy sugars. Cloying. Some sweet roll aspects with spices as well. Medium to full body and very low carb. It smelled good but since the finish was so sweet it was a little rough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PtiBisc (29) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2015
A sugary alcohol smell with a hint of dried raisins. Its brown color with its still taste makes it one of a kind. The taste also have some raisins and molasse taste with alcohol. Drink it with care and make it last. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 19, 2015
Barley wine from the rotter this one is from dasilky. Pours poop pond brown with no head offered. Sweet grapey port wine. Grape drank. Dimetap. Potent sweet plummy figs. Touch of metallic acidic character. Perhaps a bit too sweet and medicinal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThreeCats (804) - ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2015
Murky brown with floating bits and no head. Seems very sweet, smells like fruit compote and spices (allspice mostly). Taste sweet and fruity, almost no carbonation, strong alcoholic feeling going down the throat. I usually love Ducato, but this left me unimpressed. It IS five years old, so maybe that’s part of it, would love to try a fresher, or possibly just later, sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (3713) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2015
shared bottle, sample, poured a murky dark cola to brown colour with a small off head. sweet raisins, dark red fruits, cherries, vanilla, sweet butter notes, spanish wine, oak, sweet toffee, bread, low carbonated, very smooth finish for 13% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (6313) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2015
330ml bottle. Hazy, reddish chestnut coloured pouring produces some fugacious, macropored bubbles. Intense, sweetish malty aroma, lots of almond, marzipan, sherry, Amaretto, Moscatel, Marsala, some little by little pervasive Marmite-like spiciness. Taste is mildly spicy, a touch of soup cube and lovage, hints of Marmite, some sherry, Marsala; slightly dry, papery, cardboard finish, warming alcohol paralleled. Viscous texture, flat, insipid palate. Slow sipper necessitating a process that must be described rather as arduous abolition than reiterated regalement.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maximet (157) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
Dark brown with no head, flat. Amarone wine, wood, dark caramel, very ripe dark fruit. A little bitterness at first, then mainly sweet with a weird finish. No carbonation, tiny body. No really great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (8035) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
33 cl bottle @ tiong
Riserva 2010, 24 mesi in botte. Lotto 01 03 64, UL 30M 11. Bottle nr. 1584.
Aroma is very strong on sherry – even more than some sherries themselves. Also some licorice, porto and alcohol. Flavour has licorice, sherry, woody tones and sweet cherries. Quite pleasant but also quite far from a beer. Feels like a sherry.

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