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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11590) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2010
Bottle, at Jimmy’s No. 43 during a Lovullo Tasting Session. This was an interesting - and very good - beer. Poured a purple-brown, almost shiny, like a red wine but a little darker. Had a moderate, off-white head. Sweet, malty aroma with notes of oak, chocolate, some fruit. Flavor was complex, with some caramel and ripe fruit, along with burnt malt and roast, particularly in the finish. Full-bodied with average to light carbonation, some warming. Very nice beer overall. Definitely bend the definition of a Barley Wine in my estimation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Chandler. Pours a silky black color with a ruby shade around the edges and a lasting beige ring of foam. Smells more like a sour than a barley wine. Brimming with notes of red grapes, green strawberries, oak, lactose, and malt. Incredibly smooth, but not really right for the style. Interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle shared by Alan. Thanks! Pours black with tan head. It whisps away quickly. Aroma really picks up the components of the wine well this beer was aged in. I almost thought I was smelling wine, not beer. Interesting. Plum and blackberry comes through. Medium mouthfeel. Flavors are like what I would expect. It really tastes more like a red wine. Without the strong tannins associated with one. But its still got a touch of tannic feel. Very interesting brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2010
(375ml bottle). Pours dark cola color with thin rand head. Aroma of concord grapes mostly. Taste is semi-sweet with some sourness. There is a malty backbone to this, however. This smells like a sour, but the base beer is still noticeable. Medium to full bodied with a silky mouthfeel. Grapes definitely coming through in the end. One of the more unique beers I’ve had lately. I would get this again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2011
bottle pours dark brown with a thin tan head that fades quickly leaving little trace. Aroma is dry red wine, strawberries, big horseblanket notes. Flavor is rich toast and caramel malt notes, mild booze and a big red wine finish of oak, leather and grape tannin. Really nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14084) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle @ Miss January / AA Meeting Afterparty Tasting, March 2012. Pours dark brown with a creamy bubbly head on top. Nose is fruity and tart. Lots of oak, caramel and red wine. Vinous, dry and tart. Really nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle thanks to Dan. Aroma is plums, chocolate, and port. Pours deep brown to black with no head. Taste is chocolate, oak, plum, cabernet, and caramel. Very sweet but it has a great tart oak port taste to it. Not too intense but some nice complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3801) - - MAR 28, 2008
an oily black pour with a small brown head. oak, brandy, licorice, flowers, pink bubblegum aroma. low carbonation. apple juice, tobacco leaves, licorice, vanilla, dark chocolate, red grape flavors.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle. Blackish beer with a small tan head. Roasty, chocolate, light fruity aroma. Very fruity (grape, maybe some cherry) with backing roast and chocolate. Medium bodied - very drinkable. Lingering fruit, light chocolate, caramel, and a bit of oak. Well balanced with good intriquing background flavors. Refined.


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