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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.


3.2
   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.

3.9
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrickfannon (1236) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1230) - 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 Ive experienced. A sipper for sure. Also, the bottle had high amounts of thick, viscous sediment on the bottle neck/cap.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Obtained in one of the Perfect 10 Trades. Walnut colored flat looking brew. Vinous aroma. Strongly so. Vinous taste with a bit of wood. Lightly tart, and sour with some fruity notes to it. At first I did not like it. However it started to grow on me and I finished the bottle. Its certainly a thin brew and it has wine all through it. The result is somewhat of a clash but ultimately it is one that you can drink if you are in the mood for something outside of the ordinary.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
brystmar (1203) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Grapes, booze, other vinous characteristics dominate start to finish. Really reminds me of a mediocre wine in many ways. No thanks.

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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Poured a deep mahogany with a very small off-white head. Somewhat faint aroma of oak, chocolate, and some acidic grape fruitiness. Flavor follows and is surprisingly tart with some notes of oak and current, with a touch of cherry and grape. Lightly carbonated body. Unusual, though I expected as much from the Italians, and though wasn’t bad, I’m not dissuaded from enjoying more traditional barley wines more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2009
Shared with rudy and IPFreely. Dark chestnut brown color topped by a tiny white head. Oak vanilla and red grape aromas. Nice dry oak flavors accompanied by grape skins, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. This was really a very enjoyable beer, almost like a great Flemish Red minus the puckering sourness. Not really a barley wine in my book, but an interesting and enjoyable experience.

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.


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