Malthus Baluba
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Brewed by Il Birrificio di Como
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Como (CO), Italy


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Bottom fermenting beer made with a bitter herb, ruta , and dried fruits.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
profane (40) - - APR 15, 2005
Creamy persistent head. Very good tase. Good caramel aroma. Maybe a beer too much outside standards. I think that is an eccentric beer, so I gived a low overall rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11623) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Clear dark reddish-brown color with a medium creamy khaki head that dissipates slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruit, malt and spice. Medium-bodied with flavors of berries, earthy malt and spices. The finish is sweet with a malt and spiced fruit aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Draft, labeled as Oude Baluba (2007). Minimal off-white head atop crystal clear garnet body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous, apricot, light grape. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous, apricot. Medium body, low carbonation, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2012
From the tap poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Nice light malty flavor with a quick tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Draft at the Farmers’ Cabinet in Philadelphia. Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with a two finger, frothy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks and chunks of lacing left behind. Sweet vinous aroma with dark fruit, subtle oak and a nice roast character underneath.  Lots of red wine notes especially grape and other dark berries.  Faint vanilla and toasted oak.  Some toffee and caramel as well. Medium bodied with soft carbonation up front and a very prominent red wine flavor that dominates the flavor a bit, lingering into a sweet finish. Lots of dark fruit especially grape, plum, currant and other dark berries.  Tart with a slightly creamy texture and some dry oak toward the finish.  Malt is overpowered and barely noticeable.  The flavor is good but it’s a bit one dimensinonal. Whiskey becomes noticeable as the beer warms but is nicely integrated into the flavor balancing out the red wine.  

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (3518) - New York, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Part of flight at ginger man. Pours standard copper with light head and funk on the nose. Tastes of vinegar, caramel, prunes, malt, vegetable matter, with drying finish. Quite odd

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Oaky barrel funk with doughy yeastiness. Savory mineral components to go with a tangy and lightly sour profile. Semi-dry finish, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 8, 2011
750 mL bottle. Pours brown with very small khaki head. The aroma is malty with some bready yeast notes and a very distinct fruit and berry character. The flavor is quite fruity, but in a way that is hard to tell whether it comes from fermentation character or from the actual fruits added. There is a somewhat sweet caramel and raisin maltiness and a slight fruitcake note toward the finish. The aftertaste is clean and not very long lasting. I actually kinda like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 16, 2010
A cloudy brown body with a tan head that had little retention and no lace. Carbonation was well balanced. Aroma had a sour fruit note to it. No real distinction here. Flavor was predominantly malty generally with a fruity note although there was some mild bread notes to take some of the edge off. I really couldn’t tell if the hops gave it a slightly herbal note in the finish or just what ever adjuncts they flavored with. Not a bad beer, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 6, 2010
Bottle 750ml.
Unclear medium amber color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, herbs - vegetable, oxidide notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100314]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (3184) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Mmmm, different and good! We likes it. Looked up Rue and I just hope..... nevermind. Poured with a smallish off white head and a little lace. Aroma is - odd, good, but odd: spicey malty rich roasty and a little bakelite. Flavor we really picked up on the rue. Nice stuff. Good body and carbonation. Nice finish. A litle like ginger. Good finish. Borderline session depending upon mood.

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