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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (2913) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbierlover (638) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 20, 2012
Dark brown with a frothy tall head which immediately disappears. Aroma of alcohol, belgian yeast, dried fruit. Taste is sweet, with hints of fruits again and an aftertaste like porto or other liquor wine.Ends dry

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9403) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2012
Draught at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa. Chocolate and spice nose, dried fruits. Black with a low, bubbly head. Very chocolaty and fruity flavor, with quite a tart edge. Plums and raisins, a bit of coffee, and a dry and bitter finish. Full, cream, big mouth. A bit too sweet at first but finishes dry. Well, still a bit too sweet—but good. I would call this a Belgian Strong Ale, not a Barley Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (4728) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (9211) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2011
on tap at Bir & Fud, Rome. Thick creamy white head. Clear dark amber pour. Well brewed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flavio_b (277) - ROME, ITALY - JUL 25, 2011
On bottle. Dark colour, coffee aroma and smell. It is a very good job from Montegioco Brewery. Very flat froth with no persistence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2964) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2682) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2011
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.

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