drpimento (2021) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opened the interesting bottle cap with a plastic sealing plug mounted inside it with a nice "pop". Poured with at first no head, and then, a very fine light brown, fine foam and no lace. Color is an almost opaque, clear very dark brown with garnet highlights. Aroma is heavy red wine and malt, sour, and a little dark ripe fruit. No hop. Flavor is the same, but in a way kind of two dimensional. Body is ok, but maybe better carbonation could have made this beer a little more interesting. Finish is dominated by the tart wine characteristics. Not a session.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red brown pour with minimal head. Aroma of sour fruit, malt and chocolate. Flavor is slightly sour, with a lot of fruity and vinous notes, wood and malt. A unique, but nice BW.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Rome, Italy. Very dark, nearly black, with a small, filmy head. Aroma shows chocolate, some oak, red wine and funk. Flavor shows red wine soaked oak, dark fruit, which leads into a long, satisfying roast-like finish. Complex, with lots of taste. This could be Italy’s most refined and best beer.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a small light brown head. Smells pretty sweet, a little tart smelling, with some dark fruit, and caramel malt as well. The flavor was more on the fruity side, lots of creamy vanilla mixed in with grapes, apples, plums, and a touch of some bready yeast as well. The alcohol presence was masked quite nicely for a barley wine although this wasnt a monster of a beer by any means. I thought this was well done.
DalzAle (1842) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample (from notes). Clear dark amber brown, no carbonation and a sour red wine and whiskey aroma. Flavor was sour red grapes, oaky, earthy and finished dry with some alcohol (but not overpowering).
tomthompson89 (1837) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Barley wine tasting. odd one. brownish color good head, nose is sour kinda cherry or uhhm almost some lambic notes on nose. malty flavor and too sweet, maybe another one with some age would be better.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBSG. I’ve seen this around, but haven’t tried it, possibly because it’s expensive. Black color. Dryish and bland. Eh.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a dark brown cola color with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of bourbon, candy sugar, sweet cherries, and hints of wood. Flavor is malty and sweet as well with notes of raisins, dark ripe fruit, some hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Generally syrupy and full-bodied mouthfeel with a pleasing phenol note on finish
That1Guy (1805) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Nice nose, kinda. Smells like a stouty sour, not the other way around. Flavor leaves much to be desired. Very bready flavor, which is so far from a barley wine it’s not even funny. And the guy who rated before me sucks.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: pours a blend of browns, blacks, and burnt mahogany. Little to no apparent carbonation. Deep ruby port glints along the edges. No collar, film, or head with swirls revealing nothing more.
Nose: musty. Raisins, prunes, dates, and brewer’s licorice. Rustic, earthen, and slightly tart prune skins in the back. Burnt woods. Black cake mingles with black strap molasses mingles with a dark oily black essence. Gentle haze of tartness. Slightly oxidized ruby port.
Palate: light, clean, and super tart up front with plum and cherry skins; tannins, too. Plums and cherries are followed by chocolate and fudge which dries the top of my tongue. Brett is fairly dominant though never intrusive. Funk, earth, old wooden barrels, leather, and dust. Sour tingles the sides of tongue with a pleasant addition of cranberries. Amazing. Burnt root and molasses. Flavors are mostly centered in the middle atop my tongue with the sides and back catching shadowy whispers of ruby port, vintage please, and artisanal red wine vinegar. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: from Dolii Raptor to Bran Reserva, Montegioco has definitely made a huge impression. I’ve known for a while that Italy is kicking out some spectacular beers unlike anything anywhere else, drawing influence from American craft and beyond. If this is any indication of their brewing tendencies and skills…may I have another, please.