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


on tap


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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Matured in Barbera wine barrels for over 6 months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2008
(375ml bottle) Blood red body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, oak, vinous, some chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, grape/vinous, some cherry, alcohol. Medium body, minimal carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
(375ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with mahogany edges and spare beige head. Aroma of oak, cherry, vinous, barnyard, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of subtle sourness, oak, roasted malt, vinous, berries, and some chocolate with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (11408) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (11248) - , 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Date: November 29, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque dark ruby red, wispy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet dark fruit and chocolate aroma balanced by fruity tartness, initially strong oak quickly fades away
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of cherry tartness, sweet fruityness balances out the tartness, oak follows the tartness to add a bittering balance
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (10841) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10346) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10210) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10105) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (10069) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
2009 vintage. 375mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks Alex), pours a deep dark mahogany / dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is very dry, oaky and vinous, with dry wood and grapes. Flavour is similar, with dominating dry vinous and oaky notes – I get mostly wine and wood here. Quite complex. Drinkable in small amounts, as the intense wine and oak become slightly overbearing after a while. This has held up exceptionally well over the past 5 years. Nice stuff.

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