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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3025) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
12.7 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown almost black with a small beige ring. Nose of tart cherries, oak, vinegar, and some dark fruits. Brew was much more sour than anticipated, very tasty none the less. Finish was actually quite light and crisp for a Barley Wine, Sour Ale ......what ever you want to call it.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (2949) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
slight tart on the start, gives a nice mellow flavor with a bit of mild caramel flavor. slightly fruity. nice alaround

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Bottle, thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a dark brown, almost black with tan head, minimal retention. Aroma is dominate grape. Flavor is citris, grape, faint hints of wood. Mouthfeel is low carb. with full body....this is like a "Beer Wine"....not bad at all.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (2736) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle from MatSciGuy - thanks Levi! Pours deep, dark mahogany with very little carbonation or head. This was interesting given the cap/cork combo blew off like a gunshot when opened. The smell was nice--lots of dry red wine overlayed on some sweet, rich flavors, a little caramel, and some booze. Taste is the dry red wine, caramel, dark malt, with a tannic and dry finish. Lovely. Great legs and glass-coating. Mouthfeel was a little odd though--real thin and watery, which belied the rest of the beer. Gotta like red wine to like this one, but thankfully I do.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2008
Pours a deep burgundy with a thin tannish red head. Aroma is more cabernet than ale, very dry and fruity with some hints of spice. Taste has so many wine characteristics fruity, dry, with a little malt. The fruitiness is balanced by a nice hop bitterness. Finishes dry, bitter, and fruity. A uniquie brew that is smooth and tasty. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2625) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a two finger light tan head. Aroma of light fruit, red wine, caramel, molasses and wood. Flavor is smooth and complex with vinous grapes, oak, caramel, raisins, red wine and a touch of chocolate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation decent barley wine

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Cloudy muddy brown color with a congregation of large bubbles. Vinous nose of red wine, tobacco, wood, and earth. nice sour woody vinous flavors painted across a malty canvass...nice tart wood notes increase the overall earthiness of the experience. I like the rustic nature of this beer, that’s what it’s all about.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2563) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2010
No head on the dark brown body. Nearly all carbonation has faded from this over 14 month old bottle. The vinous character from the wine barrels is the only thing I can detect on the aroma. The body is slightly tart, with a faint hop and malt character, but mostly wine. I think I get a faint amount of carob on the finish. Very good for a barleywine, but a shadow of the the last bottle of Bran Reserva I tried and now wish I’d rated instead.


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