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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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Furseth (1990) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2008
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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2008
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.

Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13836) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle at GBBF08. Almost black colour. Small light brown head. Very malty flavour, quite creamy. Good Belgian yeast.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at GBBF.
Almost black with an excellent tan coloured head. Awesome sweet malt, masses of fruit with clear blackcurrant notes and tasty as hell. Very burnt and roasty with plenty of coffee character. Good spice and bitterness in the finish with slight alcohol showing. Not a barley wine in my opinion but certainly a well made and very enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7308) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2008
Bottle. High creamy and lasting light brown body. Pitch balck body. Roasted malt aroma with coffee and liquorice. Smooth mild and round flavor of coffee and liquorice but little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long aftertaste. Would never have guessed such a high alcohol percentage.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
Bottled - GBBF 2008. A black beer with a frothy coffee head. The aroma hs some hops and some light grass. The taste has alcohol and more grass. Some petrol, and sweet fruitiness. The body lets the beer down. Could have been really good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (36362) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle 75cl @ [ Mafioso Blind Tasting @ yespr, Bottle #10.]
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lancing, mostly diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, chocolate, sugar, licorice. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (300508)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (21106) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2008
Bottled. Brown colour, beige head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malts and mild woodenness. Flavour is sour, wooden and mildly roasted. Also some alcohol and mild notes of spices.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (5783) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2008
Bottled. Almost black with a small, beige head. Slightly burnt aroma; chocolate. Slightly sourish and pretty bitter. Vinous alco-feel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle shared (and bought) by Haukur. Black pour with a nice head looks like a stout. Aroma has much candi sugar and fruit sweetness, with an odd mustard seed thing going on. Oaty taste, with a great body, some bitter malts and dark chocolate. Some spice and mint. Deeply complex. Like a cross between a strong, dry stout and a sweet barleywine. Delicious.


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