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Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
750mL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a dark reddish brown color; medium brown head with fine-bubbled lacing. Brown sugar, sugar, and cereal in the aroma; some cola. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation; brown sugar, cola, and a reasonably dry core; pretty complex, tasty beer, well-attenuated with just a bit of lingering sweetness. Lengthy finish: toasty grains, cola, and breadiness; some boozy brown sugar.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
750ml shard by argo0. Dark brown colored body swirls up some big, thick brown, viscous legs, and forming a medium sized frothy brown head. Sweet booze in the nose, some wood, some dark fruit, charred wood, vodka (?), and brown sugar making up most of the aroma, but lighter roast and smoke notes show through over time. First flavor is bran and nuts, turning more to a charred wood and wet soot flavor, then some rough plum and astringent soy sauce, before presenting a lasting, sticky finish of reduced brown sugar and resinous, nutty plums. Definitely has some good things happening, but as for the whole package, it could improve some. Seems to be a bit complicated and messy at times.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6171) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 30, 2008
Chestnut color with a fleeting tan head. Aromas of nutty roasted malts and dark pit fruits. Medium/full body and smooth. Taste is more like a Belgian strong ale here with a sugary chocolate, mild pit fruit sweetness meshed with dusty earthy roasted malts. Enjoyed this whatever the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 20, 2008
Courtesy jmfg. Black/brown/ruby. Small tan head. Toasted malt, cocoa, dark vinous fruit, earth, subtle caramel. Very complex brew. Medium/full to full body, smooth. Need to try the barrel aged version.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2008
Thanks Jayg. Pours a burnt brown, almost cola color. Aroma is very wine like, with dark fruits, sweet malts, some toasted wood with some vanilla hints. Flavor is not as sweet as the aroma would indicate. There is a touch of astrinency thsat brings every thing together nicely.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9832) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottle... Sits black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nose is vinous and fruity... cocoa, cola and dried plum. Full-bodied and oily with moderate carbonation. Lots of residual sweetness tempered by burnt malts, sparse hops and slight alcohol bitterness. Bittersweet (more sweet than bitter), red wine and cocoa finish. Dries out a bit in the wee end. Very complex. Difficult to rate, so I’ll just go with “very enjoyable!”

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3395) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Split bottle with maniac. Pours a very dark brown, decent head, attractive. Aroma was of sweet caramel, dark fruit, and a bit of roast. Flavor is caramel and slight roasted malt with a strong backdrop of rum-soaked fruits. Enjoyable beer, wonder if there was something odd thrown in here like in a lot of their other beers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Dark murky brown body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy light brown head that lingers. Sweet caramel and roasted malt aroma. Sweet roasted malt, rum-soaked fruit, caramel, molassas and light coffee in the flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3877) - - MAR 8, 2008
opaque, muddy, murky brown beer with a large creamy brown head. aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel. the flavor is sweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder, dark fruits and berries. bittersweet coffee finish. creamy texture with low carbonation. fairly dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8122) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2007
Yellow-brown head, black beer. Extremely liqueurish beer, vinous, liquorice. Alcohol, fusels; sweet like a sweet brandy-based liqueur. Dark fruit (prunes), dried and flambéed. Absolutely fiery MF. Alcoholwarming². Superb, but difficult beer; maybe a tad too sweet, but all the same impressive. I got a slightly different, experimental version, characterized by the smaller bottle with white plastic cap.


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