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Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Matured in Barbera wine barrels for over 6 months.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Cloudy muddy brown color with a congregation of large bubbles. Vinous nose of red wine, tobacco, wood, and earth. nice sour woody vinous flavors painted across a malty canvass...nice tart wood notes increase the overall earthiness of the experience. I like the rustic nature of this beer, that’s what it’s all about.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle at RBSG. I’ve seen this around, but haven’t tried it, possibly because it’s expensive. Black color. Dryish and bland. Eh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle @ RBSG. Pours dark brown with a ring of a tan head. Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet with a bit of tartness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Thanks Beerlando! This is a truly lovely drinking experience. Pours a somewhat oily but decadent deep brown in color with absolutely no head at all. Vinous fruits and caramelized brown sugar. Its amazing to me how you can take a miniscule beer and barrel age it and it come alive, completely transformed. Front of the palate is slightly vinous and fruity, then a flavor explosion happens, sweet vanilla and oak notes, some dry red wine like tannins. This is really different and delicious.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3311) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle; I think this is my first beer from Italy. Color was a nice dark, reddish-cola brown. Head was off white in color. Aroma was heavy on fruit, oak with a definite tartness presence. Thought I could pick up a bit of spice. Flavor was definite unusual for a barley wine, I am guessing its due to the wine aging. To me it just didn’t work that well and I just couldn’t get myself to really like it. Flavor was dominated by the oak/fruit flavors; a bit harsh; would have liked the underlying beer to shine through a bit better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2008
12.7oz bottle acquired in trade with Beerlando (thanks!). Poured a dark and cloudy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of oaky woodiness, vinous, grapes, cherries, and some chocolate. Tastes of wood, wine, dark fruits, woody, chocolate, and grapes. Light tart finish with the alcohol well hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
(375ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with mahogany edges and spare beige head. Aroma of oak, cherry, vinous, barnyard, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of subtle sourness, oak, roasted malt, vinous, berries, and some chocolate with a dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle from pepsican - thanks! Reddish-brown color with a sweet and sour aroma dominated by red wine, oak, and dark sugars. Flavor had some nice Sangiovese or Tempranillo along with a good dose of wood and a nice tart-citrus bite. Really good and unique.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Bottle, thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a dark brown, almost black with tan head, minimal retention. Aroma is dominate grape. Flavor is citris, grape, faint hints of wood. Mouthfeel is low carb. with full body....this is like a "Beer Wine"....not bad at all.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2008
This beer pours a dark brown with little to no head. The aroma is oak and molasses. The flavor is oak, and acidic . Taste like a port wine. WAY different than the regular bran! Cheers!


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