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Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThreeCats (529) - ISRAEL - AUG 29, 2013
Dark brown with nice mocha head. Aroma of dark caramel, coffee, roast. Taste of roast, nuts, coffee, chalk.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
biereflaneuse (22) - Certaldo, ITALY - AUG 22, 2013
33cl bottle bought from the brewer, aged two years in cellar. This dark ale has the bitter and toasted notes of an imperial stout without being one; "Bran" is surely one of the best brews by Montegioco. Unfortunately it is not very easy to find.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (12652) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle from Gbbf 2013 and drunk on a train. Black beer with a thick tan head.Lots of cchocolate on this good rich dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage. It’s smooth in the mouth with some alcohol heat on the finish. More an imperial porter than a barley wine surely. Quite pokey in the alcohol but the chocolate is delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiammanghilla (421) - Genova, ITALY - JUL 21, 2013
Spina @ Porck’n Beer 2013. Nera con schiuma color cappuccino. Grande corpo, si evidanziano i malti tostatie il caffè. Finale lungo ancora al caffè... Ottima!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (6987) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle split at No.Au, Roma, 21/06/13. Mid black with a decent tan head. Good roasty blast on the nose, chocolate, dark fruits. Taste comprises dark chocolate, malt, toffee, dark fruits, sugars. Medium bodied with bite, roasty lingerings in the finish. Decent stuff but surprised to find this classed as a BW, had presumed it was an imperial stout when rating!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doomed (15) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2013
Montegioco Bran, supposedly a barleywine. Strong coffee and then choc aromas, with milder toffee and a little roast, more alcohol as it warms. Very dark brown, sparse light tan head that fades quickly. Less burnt flavours, more toffee and coffee with an initial sweet malt body leading to a lingering dry coffee finish. Body med to med-full. Nice and quite drinkable but bordering on a big porter perhaps?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (955) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 26, 2013
25/05/2013 Ma che siete venuti a fà (tap). Nera, impenetrabile, bellissima schiuma beige a grana finissima, molto persistente. Al naso sentori di zucchero di canna, frutta matura, tostato, cioccolato fondente. In bocca è morbida e ha una discreta beva nonostante gli 8 gradi e mezzo, l’attacco è maltato, note tostate, leggero caffè e liquirizia, residuo zuccherino, coda appena amarognola. Corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione media. Veramente ben fatta, Montegioco non finisce mai di stupire!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rondphoto (1537) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Opaque black/brown with a foamy tan head and streaks of fine lace. Taste begins with roasted malt full of plums, currents, raisens, and sloe, on a bed of earthy bran. It grows through the palate to a mild bitter finish that goes on for a long time before dissapating to a neat vanilla that caps it off. Complex and interesting, it solidly delivers an earthy grain quality similar to heavy grains that give life to homemade bread. Good stuff!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (225) - ITALY - MAR 8, 2013
aroma: toast, floral, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, apparenza: black, cloudy, minimal head, gusto: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, palato: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter, aroma complesso,caffè,malto tostato,cioccolato,floreale e alcolica..scura con poca schiuma bianca..sapore fruttato e di caffè,dolce con un lungo finale amaro luppolato..ottima davvero ma l’ho presa perchè volevo un barley wine e in realtà non stiamo parlando proprio di un barley wine ma di stout/imperial stout secondo me..comunque ben fatta!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - JAN 20, 2013
Un buonissima birra. Nel bicchiere nera quasi impenetrabile, con schiuma quasi assente. Al naso emergono subito note alcoliche e fruttate, tipo di mela e strudel. Al palato ingresso dolce e discretamente carbonato, emergono poi note di cioccolato e caffè che confluiscono in un amaro erbaceo finale. Piaciuta tantissimo. Trovo difficile definirla un Barley Wine sinceramente.


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