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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10702) - 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!!!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10483) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle from Secret Santa. Deep dark brown color, almost opague. Grapes and oak in the aroma. Vanilla, roast, oak, apple, grapes and hints of ash in the flavor. tart and fauirly complex. Sweet and completely unnoticeable alcohol. Great beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (8867) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
Bottle... Pours dark and sits black with a minimal, creamy, khaki head. Small, swirling, creamy retention. The aroma is sweet, fruity, malty and acidic with mixed notes of chocolate, black cherries, blackberries, red wine and wood. Medium to full-bodied with soft carbonation. Leans on the bitter side of balance. Vinous and fruity with dabs of chocolate and acidity. Minerally, lightly acidic and gently bitter finish. A strange, but interesting brew... a joy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8777) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2008
12.7oz bottle acquired in trade with Beerlando (thanks!). Poured a dark and cloudy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of oaky woodiness, vinous, grapes, cherries, and some chocolate. Tastes of wood, wine, dark fruits, woody, chocolate, and grapes. Light tart finish with the alcohol well hidden.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Thanks Jon for bringing. Brown with white bubbles in the head; lacey. Sourish from the cherry which is a bit of acid requiring food, under average mouthfeel. Malty including chocolate malt. Kind of sweetish. It said barleywine, but this category is the suitable one. Pricey for a just OK Belgian.

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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (7905) - , 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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