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Grassroots Viola Sofia (Barrel Aged)

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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English: Viola Sofia is an Imperial Stout brewed for our friend Manuele to celebrate the birth of his baby girl, who the beer was named after.
The beer spent 3 months in Jack Daniels barrels on top of cocoa nibs.
Evolving from travel and friendship, Grassroots creates artisan ales inspired by experience and imagination.
Ingredienser: Vand, bygmalt, humle, sukker, gær.
984 bottles produced.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2297) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2012
Dès la première la bouffée, je sais que le chocolat est bien installé. En bouche c’est grossièrement chocolaté, à la Quick, mais plus ça avance, plus les nuances prennent le dessus. Le café s’en mêle assez rapidement. Solide.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle courtesy of yourefragile. Served in a tulip. Pours near black with a good tan head and a thin collar. The nose has really nice bourbon and cocoa. Some roast. The flavor has a great dose of bourbon along with really nice cocoa. Feel is medium and rube-smoothm. A bit of oak and vanilla. Fantastic.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4137) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Shared by Le Turdferguson. Sits ink black with a thin but stable chestnut brown head. Nose shows black coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Lightly vinous with a hint of sour whiskey. Flavor is hard to describe, very dry and bitter. Unsweetened cacao and spent coffee grounds.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Fantastic stuff. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, coffee. Palate is a bit thin and watery but the taste is layered complex and really great. Bourbon is an accent flavor and does not overpower the roasty richness of the base beer. wow.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3917) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Good job frumpyhumpty. Very nice barrel aging here. Vampires are fags. Yep. Queers!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Bottle, thanks Ryan for sharing. Dark brown with small tan head. Nose is strong coffee, roast, light anise, light cocoa. Flavor is extra roasty, char, light cocoa, coffee. Medium bodied. ******************Glad I am getting to try multiple bottles of these Grassroots beers. Thanks Ryan. This is a remarkably different beer when it is not served out of an icy cold cooler and drank outside in cold temperatures on new years eve. both very enjoyable experiences but letting this beer warm up JUST A BIT makes a HUGE difference in the quality of flavor and aroma. I guess it seems obvious for the average beer geek but damn am i more impressed. Unassuming dark fruit comes through much more, a very nice dark chocolate mousse, coffee, light bourbon that melds perfectly. A very well done ba imperial stout. Nice job Ry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nisse666 (4486) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle thx to FrumptyDumpty cons 2012-01-09 Göteborg Ar: heavy roasted malt, salt licorice, coffey, dark chocolate, wee vanilla and wee smokiness Ap: opal black colored body wee frothy dark brown head wee lacings F: round roasted malt body, warming feeling, heavy salt licorice, cOffey chocolate pralines, medium high bitterness, low carbonation, finish is lingering same as beging with some smokiness to it, great beverage!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
INDASTRIA (129) - Berlin & Rome, GERMANY - JAN 3, 2012
Tap @ machesietevenutiafa. black color, brown head. Intense aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, wood, peat, booze. Taste of roasted coffee malt, cacao, a little bit of licorice, tobacco, burnt wood, berries, peat and booziness. Some bitterness too. Silky, full mouth-fell. Not easily drinkable but really good indeed. Honestly i got a lot of peated notes (the only aspect i didn’t really enjoyed) but almost no vanilla and bourbon so I thought it had been aged in some scotch barrel. you can read that they actually used the jack daniels ones. maybe the Charcoal Mellow of the Jack daniels gives that taste, or simply the barrel aging was just too intense. Now i’m curios to have it again and/or try the regular version.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rauchbierlover (617) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2011
On tap@Macché during "Birre sotto l’albero 2011". Deep black color with a frothy tan head. Aroma of berries, cocoa. Full bodied beer with flat carbonation. It’s a perfect mix of sweetness and bitterness. Starts sweet and ends a bit dry and bitter. If you find it, you must drink it!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a light tan mocha head. NIce aroma; dark chocolate, roast, barrel, and dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel, a little light to stand up to the flavors. Dark fruit sweetness up front with a building roasty note that then adds some bitterness. Lingering bitterness. Pretty decent.


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