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Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doomed (16) - 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 (1005) - 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 (2282) - 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 (248) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1535) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Pour is a dark syrupy brown with very little tan head. Nose is very sweet cherries up front, notes of dry chocolate and rain, more fruit sweetness and notes of boozy rum faintly behind but well put together. Taste is chocolate and dark malt up front, raisins and cherries followed by head and rum, a bit stronger than the nose would lead you to believe and a bit less integrated. Feel is creamy and almost full bodied with a soft carbonation and semi dry finish. A little sweet but not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle from Bir&Fud. Very dark brown, red tint, small white head. Aroma of cocoa, raisins, coffee. Rich roasty taste, with coffee, dry licorice, vanilla and belgian yeast. Good bitterness joined by vanilla for a long good aftertaste. Awesome stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Albe (56) - ITALY - JUL 24, 2012
Pours dark brown with brown head that disappears quickly. The nose is light with some yeast and dark malts, roasted notes. The initial flavour is a bit sweet but well balanced with the bitterness, flat carbonation and a quite full malty body.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
txolo (154) - SPAIN - APR 18, 2012
Tenemos aquí un brillante ejemplo del buen trabajo que se está haciendo en Italia cerveceramente hablando. Cosa buena la de esta cerveza. Es negrísima, casi asusta, parece que te metes en un tunel sin luz, pero tranquilo porque el aroma a chocolate intenso te recuerda que estás en territorio seguro, en casa de la abuela pero en plan cañero. El aroma del cacao es absolutamente predominante. Al beberla entra con un toque amargo, el amargor que dan los chocolates puros. Después, llega un gusto dulce. La textura es suave, muy agradable. De nuevo el chocolate está muy presente en la boca, con el retronasal. No destaca por su espuma ni por su gas, pero no se echa de menos. Lo dicho, muy buen trabajo, hay que mirar más a Italia con esta movida de las cervezas porque se lo están currando que da gusto. Lo único, los precios que tienen, que son más elevados que las artesanales de la península, aunque en Italia se venden bien, claro que la extraordinaria calidad hace mucho.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (1221) - ESTONIA - APR 14, 2012
Dark brown, tan head. Nose is roasted malt, caramel, dark bread, coffee. Taste is roasted malts, some yeast notes, licorice, coffee notes. Some dryness in the finish. Roasty-bitter aftertaste. Medium body, smooth, oily mouthfeel.


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