Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Stout
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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This beer is a variation of SALLY BROWN and a result of the collaboration with Torrefazione Baracco in Parma. The nose is notably marked by coffee aromas from the high elevations of the Equatorial regions. Fragrant malt roasts harmoniously mingle with coffee exotic aromas. The mouth has a velvety body with hints of caramel, cappuccino and smoked flavor. To all those crafts men like us who daily embody their passion by creating something unique.

I have always loved good coffee, particularly Arabica, because it evokes its long mastered roasting tradition in a few enduring sips. Conventional coffee on the other hand, is spoiled by the use of Robusta beans and the excessive over roasting.
Meeting Alberto was definitely a stroke of good luck. We became friends and I ended up developing a deep appreciation for his coffee. Together we created a coffee blend that would match my beer’s aroma. Although this coffee-stout experiment started as a game, it turned out to be quite successful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7127) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours brown. Tan head. Nose/taste of freshly brewed coffee, cocoa, toasted malts and mocha. Some vanilla. Light to medium body. Interesting. I don’t know if I’d call this a "stout".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2011
Bouteille 330ml, courtoisie de SlovakSniper. De couleur noir et opaque. Nez de café noir, léger de chocolat noir et de malt rôti avec des notes de chocolat au lait (notes lactiques), de noix brûlées et de houblon herbeux. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture moyennement crémeuse. Notes de chocolat au lait (légèrement lactique) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute très rapidement un goût de malt rôti doux (faibles notes brûlées) avec des notes de chocolat noir ainsi qu’un goût de café qui progresse pour devenir dominant en finale, où l’on retrouve également un léger goût de noix grillées et de petites notes de houblon herbeux (herbes mouillées). Post-goût moyen, léger-moyen amer de café, léger de noix et de rôti avec des notes de chocolat noir et des traces de houblon herbeux.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (2856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle - 330ml. Opaque black body with low carbonation and a good beige foamy/creamy head. Strong malty/hoppy aroma with coffeeish, roasted cereals, and chocolate hints. Taste is well balanced. It carries roasted coffee notes and ends with a decent bitter/roasty finish. Enjoyable coffee stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GonZoBeeR (2825) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2011
Aroma:choco nutty aroma,light oxydation... Appearance:Dark brown,good mooka head.... Flavor:Sourness,coffe,rosted malt.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harmalodic (2) - Moncton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 11, 2011 does not count
The experience starts before drinking the beer. This small, sleek 330ml bottle makes for a stylish drink, true to Italian standards. The pour is nice, with moderate head, and the beer boasts a deep and dark colour. The coffee aroma is present, without being as engaging as an espresso. Hints of chocolate and bitterness lead into a dry drink. The taste is somewhat obscured by a strong carbonation. The coffee, roastiness is at the forefront, yet a dark, bitter chocolate taste lingers. On the whole, this is quite an enjoyable beer. However, having had my best espresso in Rome, I was hoping to be equally seduced by stylized Irish dry stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2011
In short: A pleasant smooth and roasted coffee stout. Nice easy to drink beer.
How: Very-cute and very-pricey fancy 330ml bottle. Consumed relatively fresh approximately one month after receiving it through private importation (as fresh as an Italian beer can be in North-America)
The look: Near black body topped by a medium dark beige head
In long: Nose of roasted coffee beans and light notes of tar. Taste is burnt caramel, a bit of toffee, hazelnuts, a whole lot of black coffee, a shot of espresso, milk chocolate lots of leafy hops. Medium bitterness, medium dryness in the finish. Soft body with carbonation that was a bit below average. Overall this is a very nice coffee stout although it feels a bit been-there-done-that because there are so many similar offerings out there. And because this one is more expensive than the competition I probably will never have it again. Too bad about the price. But I’m not expecting to find anything for free coming from Italy, because, you know, how do you write “zero” in roman numerals?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (5548) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
Magnifique bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café torréfié. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un large col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût très présent de café torréfié avec une pointe de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #3590)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2011
(Draft @ Lion’s Pride) Served in a small willibecher. Pours dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma of coffee/espresso, light bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel smooth, lightly prickly, dryish finish. Webby, weepy lacing. Flavor of lots of coffee with chocolate and nut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (2968) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2011
Belle petite bouteille de 33cl. Bière noire comme la nuit avec une belle couche de mousse beige, passablement durable. Nez typique de stout au café avec des notes chocolatés et grillés. En bouche la bière offre une belle texture moelleuse, une bonne amertume, le café est discret, les goût chocolatés sont sublimes. Très bonne bière.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2563) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2011
Fancy little bottle with some nice looking chocolate brown with a small tan head. The aroma is malty with chocolate and coffee. The flavor is similar with a nice sweetness balanced with some bitterness. Pretty good for the Italians.

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