Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Matured in Barbera wine barrels for over 6 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012

Bottle 375ml.

Clear dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark malt, berry, tart, barnyard, dark berries, raisin, plum, oak, red wine. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate acidic with a long duration, raisin, red wine. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120324]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40453) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
37.5 cL bottle. Pours brown and with a lacing tan head. Dense fruity and malt aroma. Smooth and inviting. Dense fruity and slight woody base flavour. Smooth and slight acidic to fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34356) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2009
Bottled. A brown beer with a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with notes of caramel, alcohol, and oak. The flavor is sweetwith notes of malt, straw, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
14th September 2009
Opaque brown beer. Crisp palate. Sour start but it’s not puckery! Unsweet wood and some herbs in the malt. Finishes tangy and a crisp. An interesting sourish dark beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21441) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle shared with Nico, Philip and Felix. Pours slightly cloudy dark brown, almost black, barely detectable head. No lacing, but it has legs! Aroma of rye and pumpernickel bread. Taste starts slightly sour, dark fruits, dates, cereals, bread dough. Finishes tart and slightly bitter. Interesting, and worth trying again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2015
2014-10-25, vintage 2009, 5 years old, 8-4-8-4-17=41
Perfect balance, good chocolate, very vinous, maturing very well. Excellent.

2012-03-24, bottle from the brewer, thanks Riccardo! Vintage 2009, 3 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Very dark brown color, almost black; small head. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, with a pleasant wine twist, light wood too. The body is strong enough, with malt flavor, chocolate, quite strong sour presence, light fruits, vinous. Astringent final.
Dynamic and very pleasant, complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18527) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2010
Dark brown. Vinous, chocolatey, barrelly with rich deep fruit notes - a very complex nose. Fruity front, almost juicy with some tartness. Light chocolate on the palate as well, maybe a hint of barrel. The palate is probably not as full and realized as the aroma, the body maybe a shade thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15537) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle @ Miss January / AA Meeting Afterparty Tasting, March 2012. Pours dark brown with a creamy bubbly head on top. Nose is fruity and tart. Lots of oak, caramel and red wine. Vinous, dry and tart. Really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (14944) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Purplish pour. Nose is sour malt and merlot. Taste is lovely sour grape. Very wine like. Rated 8/24/08

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