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


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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Matured in Barbera wine barrels for over 6 months.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (9986) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
375ml shared by argo0. Thick dark blood red or purple colored body with minimal carbonation. Nose of syrah, oak, char, plum, overripe red grapes, and a bit of booze and some phenol chemical notes as well. Tastes of prickly, tannic grape and plum skin, some wine-like oak dryness, especially developing in the finish. Very interesting, and an improvement over the original.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle from State Line. Pours deep blackish with minimal tan head and a slow, reduced Guinness cascade. Nose is tart cherry, fig, brown sugar, sour mashy fruit, peaty malt, cacao; very nice nose on this. The taste is a bit tart, with a bevy of fruit flavors including cherry, blackberry, port, grape, raisin, brown sugar, oak, and cacao throughout. One of Italy’s top 10, perhaps top 2 or 3.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8796) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2008
Black beer, with greige head. Coffee, oak, wood lactic, fruit, vinous and milk chocolate. Beautiful flavour, with all the former aromas repeated in the taste. Very mild lactic acid. Well oily, full bodied, alcohol warming. Beautiful, refined product.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle, no best before date, brought back from somewhere we travelled this past year. Dark brown, very thin layer of brown bubbles that fades quickly to nothing. Aroma is full-on sour brown ale territory. Lots of bretty funk, sour cherries and darker fruits. Palate has moderate carbo, so this beer isn’t dead. Sour brettanomyces-laden palate, again some fruity notes sitting behind the funk, with a dry, woody bitterness in the finish. There is no way I would ever have guessed this to be barley wine, but I have to rate it as one so my scores will be low. Funny enough, it wasn’t a bad sour ale...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2009
courtesy of ibrew2or3. Pours clear brown with brown head. Aroma is yeasty with very light notes of chestnut. Taste of light roasted coffee, light tartness and nutty. Notes of chocolate and faint wood presence with fruity mouthfeel. Another great beer out of Italy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle. Blackish beer with a small tan head. Roasty, chocolate, light fruity aroma. Very fruity (grape, maybe some cherry) with backing roast and chocolate. Medium bodied - very drinkable. Lingering fruit, light chocolate, caramel, and a bit of oak. Well balanced with good intriquing background flavors. Refined.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Pours deep dark brown with thin brown head. The aroma has a full wood note with a hint of booze and then some red wine like fruitiness creating a dry tannin sensation. Behind that are notes of dark fruity esters and a bit of malt roast. The taste feels thin to start bringing in dark fruits mixed with red wine and some wood. Nearing midway roasted malts mix with dry red wine tannins drying it out some into the finish. Very good stuff. A full flavored session barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
Thanks to Blake for opening this! Poured deep, murky brown with a loose-bubbled cap of tan head. The aroma was sour, deep, and complex with dark fruit, light metallic notes, and cherries over dark malts (semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder).. nutty undertones. The flavor had a mild-to-moderate steel and fruity sourness throughout with cocoa and dark chocolates providing a dry cake-like core.. vanilla, nutty notes, and a touch of coffee hit the back with a hit of cognac-cy warmth. Medium-bodied and near perfectly balanced on the palate.. like a soured dry stout.. very interesting and enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Pours a lightly-carbonated barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin-lacing, spotty light tan head. Complex aroma of funky sour cherries, oak and dark caramel malt with a hint of molasses and dark chocolate. Body starts semi-viscous and lightly sweet yielding to a crisp, vinous tartness with some oaky leathery character before a drier, bittersweet finish with some lingering toffee and black cherries. An interesting, well-balanced and enjoyable wine-barrel-aged brew.

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