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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Matured in Barbera wine barrels for over 6 months.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 28, 2008
an oily black pour with a small brown head. oak, brandy, licorice, flowers, pink bubblegum aroma. low carbonation. apple juice, tobacco leaves, licorice, vanilla, dark chocolate, red grape flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2011
375ml bottle from stevefinny on BA - thanks! Dark brown pour with hints of purple at the edges, understated but persistent carbonation and very little retention. Nose is very ripe and tart, difficult to detect many notes that I normally associate with a barleywine but that’s just fine. Plums, dark grapes, wet wood, and young blackberry. Mouthfeel is fuller than I’d have thought, given the appearance, and this allows the lively flavors to come into play enjoyably. Oak and tart flavors come through quite prominently as you get into the tasting, and there are malts that come through a bit as well, along with strong currants. Kinda ends up coming off like Consecration’s little cousin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3942) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2009
The wife picked this up for me at Dirty Johns, I had high expectations.... and they were met. The beer pours a nice deep reddish brown with a small head. The aroma immediately greets the nose with that old familiar barnyard funk with notes of good red wine and lots of tobacco and oak. The flavor maintains the very nice sourness throughout and the alcohol is very well hidden. The flavor once again has those hints of tobacco and some cherry with plenty of red wine and some cherry like tartness finishing with a good dark dry fruity raisin like character. I highly recommend this!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010. Slightly hazy brown body with a thin off-white head. Tart fruit and caramel aroma. Tart fruit, caramel and cherry flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7 Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Dark brown body wtih a small frothy light brown head. Big spice and molassas aroma with some rasins. Dark rum soaked fruit, some caramel, molassas and yeast. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6 Bottle at RBSG2008 Grand Tasting on 08/02/2008. Cloudy dark brown body with a small white head. Big caramel and molassa aroma. Slightly sour caramel and molassas flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/6/3/13 - 3.3

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2009
12.7 oz bottle. Dark brown with a smattering of bubbles. Nose is mild vinegar, oak and red wine. Medium light almost still. Taste is watery wine, cherry and caramel. Bland for a barleywine but very smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3511) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle; I think this is my first beer from Italy. Color was a nice dark, reddish-cola brown. Head was off white in color. Aroma was heavy on fruit, oak with a definite tartness presence. Thought I could pick up a bit of spice. Flavor was definite unusual for a barley wine, I am guessing its due to the wine aging. To me it just didn’t work that well and I just couldn’t get myself to really like it. Flavor was dominated by the oak/fruit flavors; a bit harsh; would have liked the underlying beer to shine through a bit better.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
chibuck (3507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
bottle... dark brown, light tan ring, but not a ton to look at... the nose is awesome, a hint of sour vinegar, oak, red wine, a bit caramel... all that bursting aroma on the nose is gone on the taste, really boring and disappointing, light caramel with a typical americanish sour yeast note, generic oak, tastes watered down... to thin... great start, horrendous finish, pass

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3468) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Pours dark brown cola color with thin tan head. Sour, vinous, funky aroma with some chocolate and oak. Tart and vinous flavor with lots of oak. Medium body with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle @ RBSG. Pours dark brown with a ring of a tan head. Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet with a bit of tartness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3364) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Very interesting version of a barley wine. It’s all souped up on the fruity side and primarily the grape fruity side. Pours and almost opaque brown with a bit of an auburn tint to it. Zero head. It is incredibly smooth and almost like a light port minus the alcohol. The wine barrel aging comes through primarily in the grape flavors but there is a hint of oak in the background as well. Aroma is wood and fruit. As it warms you get a little more of a bitter sort of hop presence but very faint on the finish. Points for uniqueness.


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