luttonm (3630) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large bottle from Domus Birrae in Rome. Great darkest brown pour with light tan head, quickly dissipating. nice, typical belgian brown nose: sweet molasses, robust dark malt and fruit. Coffee, cocoa nib, bright yeastiness. sticky, slightly off-bitter note. Would take this for a quad or strong belgian brune. really tasty.
deanso (7406) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Bir & Fud, Rome.
Thick creamy white head. Clear dark amber pour. Well brewed!
flavio_b (277) - ROME, ITALY - JUL 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On bottle. Dark colour, coffee aroma and smell. It is a very good job from Montegioco Brewery. Very flat froth with no persistence.
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Manuele! Dark brown, oily top with thinnest cream beige ring. Anise, chocolate, and earth in the nose, sweeter flavor has muted profile, light chocolate and anise, bit thin roast and chocolate through the short finish. A uniquely spicy barley wine without excess sugar.
suprchunk (2781) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with a tan head. Small head and no lacing left behind. Smells malty and a bit raisiny. Sweet taste. Slight bitterness. Very bitter on the back. Not a hop bitterness, but more of a tannin astringency. Raisins, figs, dates, plums. Mostly raisins, though. Sticky sweet mouth feel. Not cloying. Slightly bitter. Very decent beer. Not much like a barley wine though, but close enough.
glennmastrange (2526) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of toasted and dark bread, moderate resin for the hops, leather and meat for the yeast, with background notes of raisin and a hint of licorice. Head is non-existent and the color is muddy dark brown with a decent amount of dark colored particles. Flavor starts moderately sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with carbonation that is almost flat, and finishes lightly astringent, moderately alcoholic and dry. An excellent slow drinker, it’s bold and rich, but some of the finer points of a Barley Wine are lost on it.
Travlr (18623) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with tarheels86td. Almost black, brown head. Aroma of alcohol and bread. Taste is black bread and pumpernickel. Nice.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà in Rome. The pour is a near jet black with a large, tan head leaving webby lace. Aroma is Abbey Quadrupel: deep forest fruits, blueberry, raspberry chocolate, heavy dark fruits. Taste is massively sweet, cocoa, tart berries, butter, lightly metallic, a little watery. Palate adds some oil, ganache, fullness. Really just so far out of the barleywine category, but still a nice one.
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from A Tutta Birra, Milan. Very dark brown pour with a vanishing tan head.
Sweet, fruity vinous nose. Plenty of sweet malt and roast character in the flavour with notes of chocolate, spice, dark fruits and a slight sourness lurking. Dryish finish. Not really like any barley wine I’ve tasted but pretty decent stuff.
jeremytoni (3022) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown/black color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.