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Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
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RATINGS: 123   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Sampled at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota and shared by brewfiend. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin film top that quickly dissipates clean. Aroma of some tar berries, a touch of vanilla, chocolate and sour raisins. Taste is tart berry, a touch of bourbon, oak, vanilla and some a little pinot noir. Finish is light tart, a little dry with a light dark grape aftertaste that quickly disappears.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2677) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2685) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2008
12.7oz bottle acquired in trade with Beerlando (thanks!). Poured a dark and cloudy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of oaky woodiness, vinous, grapes, cherries, and some chocolate. Tastes of wood, wine, dark fruits, woody, chocolate, and grapes. Light tart finish with the alcohol well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matrixmorb (6) - , ITALY - DEC 3, 2008 does not count
Very dark beer,. Aroma shows chocolate and malt.The taste is a bit fruty and very complex A very great beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7107) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Pours deep dark brown with thin brown head. The aroma has a full wood note with a hint of booze and then some red wine like fruitiness creating a dry tannin sensation. Behind that are notes of dark fruity esters and a bit of malt roast. The taste feels thin to start bringing in dark fruits mixed with red wine and some wood. Nearing midway roasted malts mix with dry red wine tannins drying it out some into the finish. Very good stuff. A full flavored session barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13458) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle shared with Nico, Philip and Felix. Pours slightly cloudy dark brown, almost black, barely detectable head. No lacing, but it has legs! Aroma of rye and pumpernickel bread. Taste starts slightly sour, dark fruits, dates, cereals, bread dough. Finishes tart and slightly bitter. Interesting, and worth trying again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3085) - 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.


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