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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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Thanks to Brewfiend for sharing! Black color with a thin head. Light aroma of wine, oak and a little tart sourness. Raisin and grape flavor. Some chocolate and oaky vanilla. Very, very light sourness. Quite delicious.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Thanks for sharing, argo0! Deep maroon, small white fizzy head. Oaken grape aromas warm to dark currant, cherry, and soft cheese-like tones. Tart funked grapes gain balance on touches of fruity booze and dry wood. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. I am starting to really like the Italian brew scene…

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Pours a lightly-carbonated barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin-lacing, spotty light tan head. Complex aroma of funky sour cherries, oak and dark caramel malt with a hint of molasses and dark chocolate. Body starts semi-viscous and lightly sweet yielding to a crisp, vinous tartness with some oaky leathery character before a drier, bittersweet finish with some lingering toffee and black cherries. An interesting, well-balanced and enjoyable wine-barrel-aged brew.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle from pepsican - thanks! Reddish-brown color with a sweet and sour aroma dominated by red wine, oak, and dark sugars. Flavor had some nice Sangiovese or Tempranillo along with a good dose of wood and a nice tart-citrus bite. Really good and unique.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
37.5 cL bottle. Pours brown and with a lacing tan head. Dense fruity and malt aroma. Smooth and inviting. Dense fruity and slight woody base flavour. Smooth and slight acidic to fruity finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7910) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2008
Black beer, with greige head. Coffee, oak, wood lactic, fruit, vinous and milk chocolate. Beautiful flavour, with all the former aromas repeated in the taste. Very mild lactic acid. Well oily, full bodied, alcohol warming. Beautiful, refined product.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2009
375ml bottle; Sampled January 2009
As I pour this I get a solid note of chewy, berry driven, tobacco edged red wine that is reasonably oaked. The beer pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a frothy, large bubbled, initially half-finger thick, browned, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, well burnt amber color that shows an almost opaque hue to it when held up to the light, but if held just right flashes of deep ruby show through. This is incredibly wine like in the nose, there is also a soft backdrop of funky, ripe cheese and the oak provides a spiciness to this beer that accentuates the alcohol just a bit. Jam-like berry notes, full red currants and concentrated red wine notes are joined by a touch of buttery oak, some solid vanillin notes and a raw, freshly cut oak note. This has got to have been aged in Red Wine barrels of some sort. I am really digging the nose on this beer, it is incredibly complex, though I suppose much of the malt / hop character has been consumed by its stay in the barrel. I really like the touch of funkiness in the aroma that this has picked up.

Lightly carbonated the beer has a lightness to it that makes it seem a cross between a red wine and a strong Belgian Ale. It has a touch of viscous heft to it as well as a light sweetness that accentuates some dark fruit notes of black currants, tannic cherries, concentrated blackberries and perhaps a touch of raspberry. The beer finishes with a nice oak character that is in well balance with the other flavor components; some tannic, spicy oak, a solid woody bite and a bit of buttery oak character in the finish. This has a touch of tartness to it that is wrapped up in the wine-notes somehow. I have finally noticed a bit of beer character here as this beer has a toasted malt middle to it as well as a hint of caramel and toffee, these last mix in with the buttery oak character. There is a certain nuttiness here that seems to be a product of the malt and oak character (this last almost tastes of coconut at times). Perhaps a hint of cocoa is noticeable at times, but this is quite subtle.

This is one marriage of wine and beer that is more on the wine side of the aisle. Definitely surprising given that this is a malt / hop product, and while this is incredibly tasty, even fantastic, the weakness of this beer is that it does not taste enough like a beer. Still I will happily consume this any day.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2009
Pours to a dark brown body that’s got a thin tan head. The aroma has a tangy barrel and dry cocoa powder. This flavor is like a Flanders red meets an Irish dry stout. Light woody barrel. Very good mixture of flavors. The palate is tangy but not tart. Dry tartness. It’s nice to read others ratings on this because I thought I was crazy when I read that this was a Barley Wine. It is "weird" but really quite good.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2009
Bottled. A brown beer with a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with notes of caramel, alcohol, and oak. The flavor is sweetwith notes of malt, straw, and caramel.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (2729) - 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.


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