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


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

TBone's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14614) - Pori, - SEP 22, 2012
Bottled 330ml (Bierkompass, BB 12/2012)
Dark ruby color, big cloudy beige head, lace. Nice aroma of coffee, coffee beans. Light to medium bodied. Cold coffee, coffee beans, dark chocolate in the flavour. Dryish. Real breakfast brew. Good light stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aethien (40) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2015
Pitch black with a small cream coloured ring of lacing. Aroma is bursting with coffee and tobacco with some malts and brown sugar. The flavour is nice with a lot of coffee bitterness, almost like you’re drinking cold coffee, not as good as the aroma promises but still a very nice flavour. The mouthfeel/palate is unfortunately a bit of a disappointment as it is very watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (1253) - Garching, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2015
Brown color with tan head. Tobacco, coffee, chocolate, red wine, fruity. Nice low-carbonated ticklish mouthfeel. Absolutely beautiful and fruity for a coffee beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ogivlado (6473) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 8, 2015
Bottled 330ml. -from Losfuso Torino. Dark brown coloured, no head or carbonation at all, pure coffee nose. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and touch of tobacco with again bitter coffee finish. Rather watery. Expected much better beer. Pitty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5643) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Black, no head. Smells like red wine and coffee, big surprise. Taste is pretty much the same - red wine and smooth coffee flavors. Nicely rich, too. I liked it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flanfl (303) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - APR 9, 2015
Bottle. Coffe comour. Big head. Aroma of moka, roasted and toasted malt. Flavour of coffee chocolate. Good roasted finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kleurplaatje (104) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle with the expiration date of december 2013. Bit in doubts about how it was stored, however it poured out very well in the glass. Black like a bulls ass with a quick disappearing off-white head. Some lacing visible. So, nothing to complain yet. Quite good. Strong coffee aroma with clear amaretto notes escape from the bottle with a powerful kick. Nutty as well, some burned brown sugars, caramel and dark chocolate. Good one. Taste is much in line with its aroma. Yet, it taste less sweet than it smells. Good coffee flavor with soft sweet notes of the sugar, nuts and the chocolate in the beginning. Nice soft roastiness as well in the middle with a bit of a smokey kick, evolving to a soft bitterish, somewhat tarty (and thus a bit disappointing) end. Not bad, but I have had better coffee-based beers. Texture is a bit oily, medium bodied with still a quite lively carbonation. In general I am somewhat surprised about this brew. It is pretty well brewed, yet it has some of it misses and is not that refined. Needs a rerate with another bottle asap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4175) - Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Pours luscious coffee brown with a thick tan head. Roast quality coffee component of the aroma reaches out and touches you from half a meter away; as you close in, roast malt and semi-sweet chocolate hints make themselves known. Bold, smoky notes dominate the coffee and malt flavor, while earthy, chocolate and subtle nutty tones provide support. Texture is fairly firm but quite fizzy. Almost like a good stout mixed with an offering from Caribou Coffee. Them Italians know how to brew good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (23228) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottled. Very close to black colour with a small but longlasting beige head. Aroma is chocolate, mild toasted notes along with toffee and coffee. Flavou ris coffee, chocolate, mild tobacco and some roasted notes. Balanced and quite pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rouhlas (1482) - GREECE - NOV 18, 2014
From tap at Open Baladin, Rome. Dark brown almost black color with beige head. Roasted malty, "watery" aroma, chocolate and light smoke. Sweet and light bitter taste, like the aroma, chocolate and smokey. Light to medium, thin body, flat to soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (3725) - FINLAND - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle. Black, low fizz. Intensive clean coffee beans on nose, some chocolate, woodsy notes. Surprisingly thin body, feels almost watery. Dry, medium bitter. Loads of roastedness, coffee here. Really liked the aroma, but the body was dissapointing. Really flavourful though.

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