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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3322) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle. 12.7 oz. Spli with Vin. Pours a hazy, opaque chocolate brown with zero head. No lace. Aroma of sour wort, tart cherries, barley, wild yeast, farmhouse, figs and tart. Medium to full bodied with an awesomely sour palate. Finishes slightly dry and boozy. Sick ass Italian barley.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Pours a deep brownish almost purple with a small light brown head. Aroma is sour grapes, chocolate, roast, a touch of grape kool aid, oak, red wine, and a little sourness. Flavor is upfront grape wine meets grape kool aid, malt, caramel, barley, chocolate, a touch of faded hops, a light sourness and mild acidity are present in a enjoyable way. Very unique and enjoyable. I’m wanting to describe this as if somebody blended a Grape Wine with Cuvee De Tomme. Really nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Bottle from cdumler. Thanks, Chris! My first Italian brew! Pours dark, dark brown with a reddish tint. Medium head. Aroma of funk and toffee. The funky oak comes through strongly in the taste. Tannins, oak, sour cherry. Almost like a wine in character. Scrumptious!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1183) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2008
This beer pours a dark brown with little to no head. The aroma is oak and molasses. The flavor is oak, and acidic . Taste like a port wine. WAY different than the regular bran! Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Bottle from dchmela. Thanks, Dave! Deep dark brown pour pour, letting no light through; reddish in the right light. Minimal tan head. As soon as I started pouring, I thought about wine. Woody aromas of red wine, cherries, sourness,and complex malts... my mind vacillates between thinking sour ale and Baltic porter. Notes of licorice and molasses as well as port, raisins, wood, wine, and chocolate. Surprisingly thin, drinkable palate and a bit tingly, which again reminds me of a strange marriage between a Baltic porter and a sour ale... this is certainly a unique beer, and unlike any other barley wine I’ve had. All I know is that I want more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6784) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2009
Shared with rudy and IPFreely. Dark chestnut brown color topped by a tiny white head. Oak vanilla and red grape aromas. Nice dry oak flavors accompanied by grape skins, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. This was really a very enjoyable beer, almost like a great Flemish Red minus the puckering sourness. Not really a barley wine in my book, but an interesting and enjoyable experience.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Almost black with a short lived white head. Chocolate, berry, and red wine aroma. Nice creamy palate. Tastes of mild chocolate, vanilla, berry, red wine, and oak. This would be a nice complement to dessert.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (10381) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle from Secret Santa. Deep dark brown color, almost opague. Grapes and oak in the aroma. Vanilla, roast, oak, apple, grapes and hints of ash in the flavor. tart and fauirly complex. Sweet and completely unnoticeable alcohol. Great beer!


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