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%
Matured in Barbera wine barrels for over 6 months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
Pours an extremely dark cola brown color. A bubbly, swirly, cream colored head leaves behind minimal, sudsy spotting. The aroma is fantastic, showing a wide spectrum of well integrated elements. Dry and sweet cocoa is accompanied by a touch of dark caramel, with tons of vanilla laden oak, vinous dark fruits, rum cake, and even hints of black cherry. I could smell this all day. The aroma really hypes you up for the first sip, which is unfortunately a bit of a letdown. Still very good, the sourness from the vinous elements overtakes the cocoa and caramel sweetness just a bit too much. The barrel has obviously exerted significant influence over this brew. Medium-full bodied and very smooth, this one finishes on the dry side for a barley wine, with a lingering tartness that is quite unique. Overall, a very cool brew that smells looks, smells, and feels wonderful, but gets a bit muddled when it comes to flavor. Still a great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3303) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
bottle at dak’s 9/5/10. dark woody brown color with a quickly disappearing head. sour fruity nose... grapes maybe... along with malt sweetness, herbs, wood and smoke. strange sour flavor as well... it is not overwhelming but it is definitely there... mixed with notes from the aroma. feels like it is missing something. thin-medium body feels watery and disappointing. 6/3/5/2/13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
375mL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a deep, opaque mahogany red color; mostly headless with a touch of patchy lacing. Tannic red fruits, vinous notes, a touch of cheesiness, and complex lightly toasted malts in the aroma; reminiscent of BFM Bon Chien 2005. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation; red fruits, lightly tannic vinous notes, a touch of warming alcohol and overall a complex, red-fruit-dominated palate. Lengthy finish: red fruits and red wine, touch of tannins and bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3165) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3156) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3127) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2971) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2875) - 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.

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