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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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11510) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
333 from Pizza Port Bottle Shop. The plastic bottle cap liner is more 3D than any I’ve ever seen. Pours quite black with a fluffy, bubbly 3/16 inch tan head. It smells like sour wine. Not vinegar. Sour wine. Near full in body with very mild carbonation. The flavor is vinous and sour. Red wine yes. Barbera? It seems too smooth for such a crude wine. Maybe oak aged Barbera (vice E&J Gallo) does become smooth. So barley wine? No way. This is a sour ale. Friggin brilliant. Right in there with Flemish sours. Perhaps a discriminator is that there seems to be a hit of sweet at the end of each sip. Or this may be too complex for my palate. Friggin brilliant!!!!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Superdave! Dark brown/burgandy pour. Not much head. Sour fruit, lactose, chocolate aroma. Flavor is is tart and light oak. Very thin. Just ok.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Chandler. Pours a silky black color with a ruby shade around the edges and a lasting beige ring of foam. Smells more like a sour than a barley wine. Brimming with notes of red grapes, green strawberries, oak, lactose, and malt. Incredibly smooth, but not really right for the style. Interesting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Sampled from a bottle at Crown in Indy. The appearance is a really deep black with some purple or ruby edges. The flavors and aromas are very vinous, a lot of dark fruits, figs, a nice mild tartness really sets this brew off. It makes me think of a soured port with a lighter body. Excellent, grabbed a bottle to enjoy later. Another Italian delight.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drpimento (2293) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Opened the interesting bottle cap with a plastic sealing plug mounted inside it with a nice "pop". Poured with at first no head, and then, a very fine light brown, fine foam and no lace. Color is an almost opaque, clear very dark brown with garnet highlights. Aroma is heavy red wine and malt, sour, and a little dark ripe fruit. No hop. Flavor is the same, but in a way kind of two dimensional. Body is ok, but maybe better carbonation could have made this beer a little more interesting. Finish is dominated by the tart wine characteristics. Not a session.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Pours a deep brownish almost purple with a small light brown head. Aroma is sour grapes, chocolate, roast, a touch of grape kool aid, oak, red wine, and a little sourness. Flavor is upfront grape wine meets grape kool aid, malt, caramel, barley, chocolate, a touch of faded hops, a light sourness and mild acidity are present in a enjoyable way. Very unique and enjoyable. I’m wanting to describe this as if somebody blended a Grape Wine with Cuvee De Tomme. Really nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11860) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2010
Bottle, at Jimmy’s No. 43 during a Lovullo Tasting Session. This was an interesting - and very good - beer. Poured a purple-brown, almost shiny, like a red wine but a little darker. Had a moderate, off-white head. Sweet, malty aroma with notes of oak, chocolate, some fruit. Flavor was complex, with some caramel and ripe fruit, along with burnt malt and roast, particularly in the finish. Full-bodied with average to light carbonation, some warming. Very nice beer overall. Definitely bend the definition of a Barley Wine in my estimation.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle. 12.7 oz. Spli with Vin. Pours a hazy, opaque chocolate brown with zero head. No lace. Aroma of sour wort, tart cherries, barley, wild yeast, farmhouse, figs and tart. Medium to full bodied with an awesomely sour palate. Finishes slightly dry and boozy. Sick ass Italian barley.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3066) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Pours dark brown cola color with thin tan head. Sour, vinous, funky aroma with some chocolate and oak. Tart and vinous flavor with lots of oak. Medium body with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Almost black with a short lived white head. Chocolate, berry, and red wine aroma. Nice creamy palate. Tastes of mild chocolate, vanilla, berry, red wine, and oak. This would be a nice complement to dessert.


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