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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2009
On tap at Bir & Fud, Rome. Dark brown. Full coffee and toast aroma. Sour smoke playing with the sweetness. Deceivingly easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29846) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 26, 2009
Bottled.A dark brown beer with a red shine under a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and caramel, as well as light notes of soy sauce. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of wood, caramel, and soy sauce, leading to a dry woody finish. Huge thanks to yespr for sharing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2009
750ml from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond. Dark and slightly opaque pour, the cloudiness recalling Goudenband or something in that range. Strong yeasty aroma, with hints of intense roasted malt. Not sure that mix is too successful, but there it is. Mouthfeel is average, with a slightly waxy feel. The taste is characterized by more or less the same tension that you find in the nose: a smooth candied malt presence (Belgian strong mixed with barleywine) with a dry, dusky finish. It doesn’t always work, and my impressions vary sip to sip it seems. Not bad, but yikes, the price is ridiculous.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrGGen (312) - ITALY - MAR 8, 2009
Il colore nero la fa assomigliare quasi ad un stout.L’aroma ha la dolcezza dello zucchero e della frutta candita.Gusto d’avena,con un grande corpo, un pò di malto amaro e cioccolato scuro.Profondamente complesso.Come un incrocio fra una forte stout secca e una barley wine dolce. Squisita.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, yeast and notes of spice. The flavour is sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and mild spices. Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. This is pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
What to expect from an Italian barley wine? Discovery is what it’s about and this one did it well with a deft focus on fruitiness. Cloudy deep brown to prune bodied covered by a 1cm lasting head. Incredible range of fruit flavours reached on make for a vinous, almost juicy offerings where you can feel the 8.5% ABV, but it passes well under this vinous side. So yeast and malt interplays produce an all-in fruity range over a solid toasty foundation. Forget about hops in here, they were not invited. Strong raisins - dried-, figs, blueberries, this is not particularly complex, but still a most pleasant potion. If anything, I’d welcome some tannins to carry the sweetness away towards the end.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Dark brown. Small tan head. Aroma: Roasted malt, caramel, dried fruit. Flavor: Caramel malt, dried fruit, yeast, somewhat bitter. Bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8311) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown with purple tints and a small head. Aromas are chocolate and liquorice with coffee and berries. Molasses with some smokiness. Flavours are sweet molasses with vinous berries. Caramel with some nutty notes. Woody towards the finish. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (15166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle at home ... from my GBBF haul ... rich sweet vinoues malt nose ... not really a barley wine nose ... sweet rich plums ... heavy malt ... toasted oats ... quite sweet ... medium bitter ... medium carbonation ... bit too heavy and intense...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4292) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle. Muddy brown beer with a hopped, subtle vinous and malty aroma. The flavour is largely roasted, nicely bitter and hopped. Overall a very nice gently bitter and roasted beer.


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