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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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4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alphadelic (1840) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2010
This one is a good few years old. Bran flakes an blackberries on the nose. Sweet black cherries fil the mouth entirely. Absolutely beautiful subtle and smooth. No hint of the alcohol at all. Cherries, cherries, cherries. Crazy drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (16890) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2013 2nd January 2009
Very dark brown beer with a thin tan head. Hard to pin down. Slightly sour like a porter but has a chocolatey character. Like a hybrid of a porter and a Belgian brown. Dry finish with a sour malt aftertaste and a little chocolate too. Unusual!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle. Blackish beer with a tan head. Chocolate and malt aroma. Chocolate and rich malt flavor with light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Chocolate, malt, and light yeat lingers.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
santinogbr (1) - ITALY - DEC 31, 2009 does not count
dark, toasted but fruity almost sweet old ale with some sour points and medium body, very tasty and good complexity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Thanks to whomever brought this to the Bruery’s Christmas 2009 Show and Tell. This dark brown pour had a roasty flavor with a touch of sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle from Cole’s Italian Beer Tasting: Very dark ruby-brown color with almost no head. Lots of dark fruit aromas accompanied by light toffee notes. Sweet and malty with a blancing dose of hops, subtle flaovrs of caramel and cocoa throughout. Not too shabby.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (20472) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2009
Bottled. Mahogany colour, minimal head. Caraelly and very sweet. Near full bodied with wll rounded mouthfeel. Toff overpowers everything in its way, coffee lures behind. Like a too sweet, warming cushion of toffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
Murky brown pour with a thin beige head. Pleasant aroma of caramel, raisins and malt. Good flavor of caramel, raisins and malt, it’s sweet, but not too much. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malts, dark ripe fruits, ash, slight roasting, and a hint of smoke. Poured dark brown in color with a small, tan head, that diminished but lasted around the edges. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is complex and light to medium sweet. Tastes of roasted malts, caramel, wood, tobacco, slight alcohol, slight smoke, slight chocolate, and some coffee. Medium body. Slick, slightly oily texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, caramel, wood, roasted malt, and tobacco finish. 8.5%ABV is quite well hidden.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7097) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 12, 2009
This dark brown ale poured with a rich tan head and a burnt caramel aroma. The flavor is raisin and coffee with a smoky alcohol trail.


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