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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2008
500 ml bottle purchased at By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA--Poured a bubbly dark black body with next to no head. Nose of sour Brett, dark fruit, and powerful vinous grapes. Rich, dry, sweet, chalky, oily mouthfeel. Tannins, wine, malt, and mild hops on tongue. Finished funky, sour, and winy in the end. Not a bad beer, but for $15 a bottle, not sure I’d buy another. Still, a great find.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3610) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2008
375 ml. Nearly opaque brown-black with a half-finger head that settles to a fine web of lace. Dry yeast, sour cherry, and light wine aroma. Flavor is dominated by the same, with some light oak, coffee, caramel, and chocolate notes trying to peek through. Lingering aftertaste that allows the malt flavors in is the best part. Medium body is smooth, watery, acidic-tingly, and finishes dry. Interesting and good, not great. Much better options out there for the price of this winey beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle. Blackish beer with a small tan head. Roasty, chocolate, light fruity aroma. Very fruity (grape, maybe some cherry) with backing roast and chocolate. Medium bodied - very drinkable. Lingering fruit, light chocolate, caramel, and a bit of oak. Well balanced with good intriquing background flavors. Refined.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Pours a lightly-carbonated barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin-lacing, spotty light tan head. Complex aroma of funky sour cherries, oak and dark caramel malt with a hint of molasses and dark chocolate. Body starts semi-viscous and lightly sweet yielding to a crisp, vinous tartness with some oaky leathery character before a drier, bittersweet finish with some lingering toffee and black cherries. An interesting, well-balanced and enjoyable wine-barrel-aged brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Bottle from cdumler. Thanks, Chris! My first Italian brew! Pours dark, dark brown with a reddish tint. Medium head. Aroma of funk and toffee. The funky oak comes through strongly in the taste. Tannins, oak, sour cherry. Almost like a wine in character. Scrumptious!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7729) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle from State Line. Pours deep blackish with minimal tan head and a slow, reduced Guinness cascade. Nose is tart cherry, fig, brown sugar, sour mashy fruit, peaty malt, cacao; very nice nose on this. The taste is a bit tart, with a bevy of fruit flavors including cherry, blackberry, port, grape, raisin, brown sugar, oak, and cacao throughout. One of Italy’s top 10, perhaps top 2 or 3.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Rome, Italy. Very dark, nearly black, with a small, filmy head. Aroma shows chocolate, some oak, red wine and funk. Flavor shows red wine soaked oak, dark fruit, which leads into a long, satisfying roast-like finish. Complex, with lots of taste. This could be Italy’s most refined and best beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Thanks for sharing, argo0! Deep maroon, small white fizzy head. Oaken grape aromas warm to dark currant, cherry, and soft cheese-like tones. Tart funked grapes gain balance on touches of fruity booze and dry wood. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. I am starting to really like the Italian brew scene…

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando. Dark brown color with a thin ephemeral light tan head. Sweet oaky aroma with spicy and fruity notes. Light sourness and tannins on the taste, dark fruity malts, less than the regular Bran. An interesting BA brew, definitely changes the composition of the Bran but not as drastically as I would’ve thought. Still nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2008
(375ml bottle) Blood red body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, oak, vinous, some chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, grape/vinous, some cherry, alcohol. Medium body, minimal carbonation.


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