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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
375ml shared by argo0. Thick dark blood red or purple colored body with minimal carbonation. Nose of syrah, oak, char, plum, overripe red grapes, and a bit of booze and some phenol chemical notes as well. Tastes of prickly, tannic grape and plum skin, some wine-like oak dryness, especially developing in the finish. Very interesting, and an improvement over the original.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2008
500 ml bottle purchased at By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA--Poured a bubbly dark black body with next to no head. Nose of sour Brett, dark fruit, and powerful vinous grapes. Rich, dry, sweet, chalky, oily mouthfeel. Tannins, wine, malt, and mild hops on tongue. Finished funky, sour, and winy in the end. Not a bad beer, but for $15 a bottle, not sure I’d buy another. Still, a great find.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Thanks Beerlando! This is a truly lovely drinking experience. Pours a somewhat oily but decadent deep brown in color with absolutely no head at all. Vinous fruits and caramelized brown sugar. Its amazing to me how you can take a miniscule beer and barrel age it and it come alive, completely transformed. Front of the palate is slightly vinous and fruity, then a flavor explosion happens, sweet vanilla and oak notes, some dry red wine like tannins. This is really different and delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle, shared w. Tim & Jacob. Thanks Jacob! Very dark brown, almost purple head. Nose is balsamic, meaty malts, bright pit fruits. Flavor is oakey, rich malt, some acidity & wine-ness. Fruity twang towards the end w. earthy malt. Very nice!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010
[Bottle] shared by guerde. Pours a clear, burnt caramel with almost no head. Aroma has lots of red wine barrel character, which I am really thrilled about, plenty of tannin, caramel, cherry, and alcohol. The barrel doesn’t completely cover up the base beer, which is nice. Flavor is a bit thin and nearly flat, there is a nice sharp tartness in there, caramel, and cherry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
Bottle, thanks Alex! Nice pop from the plastic cork. The color of the beer is the color of dark chocolate. Yields only scant head. Aroma is wholly unique. Chocolate is immediately apparent. Over that is funky barrel with fun sour organisms and cherries. Palate is dry, nearly woody, flat and somewhat thin. Flavors of sour cherry predominate, which then mellows out to smoothness. The flavors do not carry all the aromas. Not as much chocolate. There is lots of sherry instead. Nice flavors with dry finish. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 Bottle share ----> OmegaX. A very stout-like pour into a tulip glass. The head was creamy and tan, providing smooth lacing. The aromas were thick, spicy and zesty. Smelled like barley, malts, apples and spices. The flavor was tangy, dry and again, of sour fruits with a touch of pomegranate. This beer was very complex and strong in it’s mature flavors. DEFINITELY meant to be savored.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
(375ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with mahogany edges and spare beige head. Aroma of oak, cherry, vinous, barnyard, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of subtle sourness, oak, roasted malt, vinous, berries, and some chocolate with a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2008
RBSG ’08: Poured a dark brown color that looked like a glass of cola. Beige head. Tart fruity cherry aroma aand flavor with a mix of spices thrown in. The body was lighter than I expected.


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