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Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Matured in Barbera wine barrels for over 6 months.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Tasted at the Triple Rock Sour and Barrel Aged Fest on 2/12/2011. This Barleywine pours an eclipse black color form a 50cl bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit, raisins, oak and wine. There is a touch of a savory flavor as well. A medium to full bodied Barleywine. The malts are fruity and sweet, raisins, oak and wine. The hops are earthy. Very smooth taste. Nicely balanced. Hints of wood and red wine. A very complex beer. I cans ee why these beer get the $$ they are asking for them. Very complex, very smooth tasting beer. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet

1.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Opaque mahogany with a thin but dense and lasting tan head. Medium-full body with high carbonation.

Aroma: acetic sourness with a hint of acetone, dark fruits like cherry and plum, and a bit of roasted maltiness. Like an oud bruin, maybe with cherries.

Taste: sour cherries, acetone, dark fruit and malt, notes of char and soy sauce.

Acetone is overpowering and burns my throat. There is some orher nice stuff going on underneath it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2011
bottle pours dark brown with a thin tan head that fades quickly leaving little trace. Aroma is dry red wine, strawberries, big horseblanket notes. Flavor is rich toast and caramel malt notes, mild booze and a big red wine finish of oak, leather and grape tannin. Really nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3846) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Not much by way of notes on this one! I think this was towards the end the night at a tasting over at mark’s house. "Sweet and sour, dark and berry. molt acidic". lol. can barely read it. but I must have loved it based on the numbers! Would definitely like to try it again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
375ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, oak, tannins, slight acid, slight chocolate, and a hint of dark ripe fruit. Poured very dark brown in color with a small, brown/beige had that disappeared except for around the edges. Opaque. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, grapes, oak, wine, dark fruit, light acid, and some chocolate. Medium body. Thin, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, vinous, grape, malt, wood, finish is dry. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
bottle... dark brown, light tan ring, but not a ton to look at... the nose is awesome, a hint of sour vinegar, oak, red wine, a bit caramel... all that bursting aroma on the nose is gone on the taste, really boring and disappointing, light caramel with a typical americanish sour yeast note, generic oak, tastes watered down... to thin... great start, horrendous finish, pass

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
bottle at dak’s 9/5/10. dark woody brown color with a quickly disappearing head. sour fruity nose... grapes maybe... along with malt sweetness, herbs, wood and smoke. strange sour flavor as well... it is not overwhelming but it is definitely there... mixed with notes from the aroma. feels like it is missing something. thin-medium body feels watery and disappointing. 6/3/5/2/13

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle, no best before date, brought back from somewhere we travelled this past year. Dark brown, very thin layer of brown bubbles that fades quickly to nothing. Aroma is full-on sour brown ale territory. Lots of bretty funk, sour cherries and darker fruits. Palate has moderate carbo, so this beer isn’t dead. Sour brettanomyces-laden palate, again some fruity notes sitting behind the funk, with a dry, woody bitterness in the finish. There is no way I would ever have guessed this to be barley wine, but I have to rate it as one so my scores will be low. Funny enough, it wasn’t a bad sour ale...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
POurs thick black with notes of wood, earth, and wine. Fruit shows deep on the palate that then drives to a sweet and sticky finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1283) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2011
100th Rating!! Bottle share. Tulip glass. The pour produced a thick, dark brown colored brew with nice lacing that lasted forever. One whiff detected funky/sour notes and a pungent malty and fruity flavor to go with them. Smelled like a sweet red wine in a way. Sour and malty flavors were right in line with the smell. Plums and raisins came forth as well. Semi-dry. Slight hint of alcohol but it was well hidden for the ABV. Quite different for a barley wine, or rather from what I’ve experienced. A sipper for sure. Also, the bottle had high amounts of thick, viscous sediment on the bottle neck/cap.


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