Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Barley Wine
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
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RATINGS: 147   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2014
11.2oz bottle, on close out from Party Source. Very dark brown / red, near black. Virtually no head. A few khaki bubbles. Chunky flaky dark yeast bits. Bigger, wine-like body. Completely uncarbonated, this is totally flat. Are they trying to make this beer as close to an actual wine as possible? Lots of caramel malt, dark fruit, and huge vinous notes. Lots of big red wine in the flavor, malt. Earthy. Some chocolate. Tomato soup. Big sweet, lightly spicy. Best thing going for this is that it hides the alcohol ok, no burn or bite or warmth. The taste is awful though and make this hard to drink. Probably no noticeable alcohol because it’s so difficult to take more than a tiny sip. Interesting at first, but got way and way worse as I went. Poured the majority of this one out... So oddly wine-like, but without any of the well-roundedness nor complexity of a wine. Is this over my head? Maybe I need to be a sommelier to understand this one. Not even worth the $5 or whatever the price was

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11602) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
330ml bottle. Poured a deep amber color with a very small sized head. Sherry, raisins, some wood, fruity, and some ashy, tobacco.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (9370) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2013
33 cl bottle.
Pours clear dark ruby red color with no head. Aroma is very intense with dark berries, some alcohol comes through, ripe dark fruits, hints of oak and red wine (port) with a dash of tar also. Flavor is quite sweet with syrup, dark berries, ripe fruits, raisins mostly, some caramel malts and wood. Warming alcohol on the finish. No carbonation at all, full-bodied and quite thick, velvety smooth and sticky, almost syrupy palate. A very beautiful delicacy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2013
330 ml bottle. 2010 vintage, bottle n. 0081.
Pours a dark ruby amber colour without a head. Aroma of sweet caramel, red berries, vinegar and bread. Flavour of sweet caramel, licorice root, mild vinegar notes, tannine, bready maltiness, wood (birch?), plums, fruitcake and some cherries, Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel and low carbonation. Finishes warming, slightly oaky. Gets very mellow and vinous as it warms up. At first I had mixed feelings about this because of the lack of carbonation, but it seems to suit this very well as it makes this very vinous and port-like without being overwhelmingly sweet. A dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (2497) - oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 21, 2013
Botella de 33 cl. en el Lúpulo Feroz en el mes de octubre de 2013. Alucinante cerveza con gran carácter en el que predominan las maderas del barril y el fuerte alcohol. De casi ninguna espuma se asemeja mas a un licor que a una cerveza. Me guardo una botella para para disfrutar mas adelante de esta maravilla y compleja cerveza.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ineedbeer (1857) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Aroma is rather vinous with a tart fruit aroma. Moderately strong red wine notes with some light tannins. Smells acidic with some tart cherries and berries. Aroma reminds me of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Pours a flat murky brown, lighter on the edges. Absolutely no head which isn’t surprising as their was no hiss when I opened the bottle. Obviously no lacing and surprisingly no legs either. Flavor starts off a little sweet without much character. Mid palate I get a lot of caramel, light toffee and some cherries. Finish has a medium light acidity with some cherries and berries. Medium oak character with a light roast note in the finish as well. Light red wine notes. Some alcohol spice in the end. Lingering light acidity along with some caramel and a wet cardboard oxidative note. Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with no carbonation. Low acidic astringency with medium low alcohol warmth. Overall not a very enjoyable barleywine. I cannot tell where the acidity enters this beer, but its there and not a good combination for the barleywine character. The lack of carbonation and oxidation don’t help either. Really not sure what the intended product was.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ruben1977 (15) - SPAIN - OCT 10, 2013
Botella de 330 ml. El Lupulo Feroz. De color chocolate claro con fuerte aroma a barrica y un tono muy alcoholico. De espuma y carbonatacion nula. En boca excesivamente alcoholica con poca integracion y con unas notas mu fuertes que me recuerdan al orujo. Cuerpo largo que acaba haciendose desagradable. En resumen una BarleyWine que no me recuerda en absoluto al estilo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowenbrau (3232) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 9, 2013
330ml bottle. Courtesy of Andrés Lúpulo. Brandy feelings, smooth, caramel, lots of liquor, some wood and herbal. Oily texture, almost flat carbonation. Nuts, raisin, liquor flavours. Palate saturating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (5603) - FINLAND - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown, murky. Dark dry oaky plummy raisins on nose. Feels really condensed, pencil sharpeners. Full bodied, somewhat oily, dense. Just about no carbonation. Sweet boozy malts, some chocolate. Lots of flavours, but a bit icky, too much. Best served in small doses.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kristall-König (2726) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2013
Geruch Madeira, Portwein, Pflaume. Antrunk süß, Madeira, extrem weinartig, schokoladig-weich. sanft abgleitend. Kaum spritig. Jut.

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