kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a dark brown to black with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and syrupy with raisins, phenol, ripe dark fruit. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, hops, molasses, phenol. Generally medium body with a sweet and slightly bitter finish.
Ibrew2or3 (7930) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle didnt explode like most Italian brews we have opened during our tastings. This may have broken a stream of something like six in a row. It did creep up the neck as I was readying my glass. Pours dark brown with thin mocha head. The aroma is dark fruitiness and musty fruit to go along with faint molasses and earthiness. The taste is rich and slightly musty with dark fruitiness. Just after a red wine fruit flavor and tannins shows by about midway. It dries out into the finish where notes of roastiness, nuttiness and faint earthiness surface and take the experience to closure. Very nice.
sebletitje (8663) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of ibrew2or3. Thanks Dave for this amazing offering. Have yet to be disappointed by anything Montegioco has brewed. Pours black with beige/yellowish head. Aroma of dark fruits and barley. Taste, roasted, nice caramel malts, with notes of chocolate. Finish is yeasty, rich flavor and again one can note the light presence of chestnut that seems to characterize so many Italian beers.
nick76 (4357) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is toasty and fruity with coffee and malt. The appearance is deep brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma with a somewhat funky taste but overall its like a stout. The palate is smooth. Overall its interesting but not lovable.
finol (2844) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black. A lot of rosted malts in the flavour. The finish comtains some fruit and Port wine. Not very typical for the style.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
<b>In short: </b>A Barley Wine attempt that tastes like an entry level ABT. Decent brew.
<b>How: </b>Bottle 750ml, consumed soon after purchase, tasting session with Montreal crew
<b>The look: </b>Cloudy brown body topped by a very small tan head
<b>In long: </b>A bready toasty malt profile reminiscent of toasted bagels. Fruits, fruits and more fruits. This is a very fruity beer with raisins being the dominant flavour. Prunes and other dark fruits also present. Rather sweet. Discreet hops. Earthy notes with an overall feeling of dirt/dust, I kind of liked its dirty nature. More drinkable as it warms-up. Much more a fruity Belgian Dark ale (ABT style) than anything else. The beer is drinkable but as a Barley Wine it misses the boat like a sailor lost in the Sahara desert.
hirigalzkar (2734) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black. Small white head. Smells chocolate, raisin and coffee. Tastes a bit like wine. But also hints of coffee and raspberry. This is an OK beer but it has no real depth or character.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of yespr. Hazy and opaque dark brown with a small creamy beige head. Sweetish hard roasted malt in the aroma. Medium body with sweetish hard roasted malt, a little yeast and a fairly dry and bitter finish. 290508
Furseth (2056) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: deep red colour,with a nice head. Aroma of malts, alc, Iron and chocolate. Flavor issweet maltynes,medium body,creamy mouth feeling. Thin to medium fruity fnish. Nice
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Salient raisins immerse themselves in licorice and vanilla-like spicy sweetness, while toasted cereals bulk up this nourishing and inspired half Belgian Strong Ale, half Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam stands atop the blackened purple.
-The yeast is obviously Belgian, and its highly fruity connotations (teamed up with the malts) make it a perfect companion for wine barrel-aging. I wish I could try their Reserva!
-Ample carbonation makes this quite drinkable.
-Kind earthy hoppiness is tasted in the back.
-The talkative fruitiness peeks into mild tartness.