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Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
santinogbr (1) - - DEC 31, 2009
dark, toasted but fruity almost sweet old ale with some sour points and medium body, very tasty and good complexity.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (18) - Livorno, ITALY - OCT 10, 2014
Colore praticamente nero, con una discreta testa di schiuma beige, fine e cremosa, che ha buona persistenza. Aroma pulito, anche se non molto forte, che mostra coerenza con il colore della birra: caffè, orzo tostato, leggeri sentori di salsa di soia, una lieve speziatura e qualche nota fruttata (pera?) vanno a comporre un bouquet olfattivo interessante ed abbastanza complesso. Molto bene anche l’arrivo in bocca: morbida, quasi cremosa, poco carbonata, dal corpo medio. Ritroviamo il caffè e le tostature, le lievi note di salsa di soia, la liquirizia e, più nascoste, alcune sfumature fruttate (soprattutto prugna) e di cioccolato. Nel finale emerge anche una gradevole leggera nota di sigaro; birra complessa ed arricchita da numerose piccole sfaccettature che la rendono molto interessante, quasi da contemplare sorso dopo sorso. E’ facile da bere, l’alcool è ben nascosto e regala un discreto warming, morbido, solamente nel retrogusto, assieme a caffè, liquirizia e prugna disidratata. E’ una birra importante (sebbene un po’ snellita dal finale che porta in dote la leggera acidità del caffè) che si lascia sorseggiare lentamente a fine pasto, ma è anche quasi scontato vederla abbinata a dolci (di cioccolato o caffè).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1982) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
At Zwanze Day 2014 (Moeder Lambic Fontainas). THX everyone for sharing today’s beers. APPEARANCE: black beer, small stable beige head. NOSE: coffee, some hops, chocolate. TASTE: coffee, caramel, malts, nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2014
Thanks! Sampled draft @ Italian Beer Week-end / Zwanze 2014 CML. Black, solid smaller mocha head. Nose very syrupy, prunes, mocha, liquorish. Taste is long cooked brown apples, syrup, lots of prunes, creamy liquorish, dark fruits, mocha. Thick syrupy body. Very nice even if not my favourite flavour combinations.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taboada (350) - Compostela (Galiza), - JUL 7, 2014
Tap tasted on 05/07/2014. Drak brown ale with a creamy and persistent white head. Aroma is fruity and sugar. Taste is complex, with vainilla, dark fruits and malts. Nice carbonation and easy to drink. The alcohol is well balanced. Next one please!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wolfbass (937) - Firenze, ITALY - MAR 21, 2014
Color nero impenetrabile con schiuma caffèlatte. Al naso subito evidente la tostatura. In bocca è davvero ottima, calda, avvolgente, cremosa e molto tostata. Finale decisamente amaro.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ragnampiza (499) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAR 2, 2014
2013 vintage (9% ABV instead of 8.5%), 330 ml bottle from ArtigianBeer served in a Teku glass. Pitch black, absolutely no light passing through, with an average light brown head which doesn’t last very long. Rich and inviting aroma, some light spices (cinnamon and vanilla), toasted malts, blackberries and dark fruits, milk chocolate and espresso coffee. Difficult to consider it a classic barley wine, since there are so many RIS/Imperial Porter qualities in this beer, but it’s certainly less bitter, more sweet, and definitely more balanced, elegant and harmonius. Slightly fruity, again blackberries but also notes of raisins/plumbs, ending with a pleasent white chocolate and coffee aftertaste. No trace of the alchool at all, which is both amazing and scary for how drinkable it is. Soft carbonation, medium to full body and oily texture. Great!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Buongiorgio00 (779) - - JAN 12, 2014
Barley Wine molto elegante e bevibile, con un’anima cupa e tenebrosa. Gusto che unisce armoniosamente cioccolato, caffé leggero, caramello a note di frutta scura. Veramente ottima! Penso che al buon vecchio Poe sarebbe piaciuta e ne avrebbe tratto grande ispirazione.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7545) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle from Colin (Theydon Bois) had this Tuesday 25th December 2013 at dads Pours very dark brown with light beige head. A little caramel bit of vanilla, nice nose but very gentle. Easy drinking, smooth, soft in the mouth with fine dusty cocoa finish. I like this another interesting Imperial Stout. A7 A4 T8 P3 Ov15 3.7

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8269) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle from Domus Birrae in Roma based on recommendation from the guy running the place. The beer pours dark brown with a medium thick foamy tan head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit and coffee. Medium to full body with flavors of roast malt, figs, coffee and earthy hops. The finish is malty with a dark fruit aftertaste. Pretty good beer all around.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12816) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Cask/Handpump@Open Baladin
Opaque black color, good creamy brownish head, lace. Strong toasted aroma, coffee, chocolate. Soft palate, full-bodied. Creamy chocolate, a bit ashy, tobacco ... Nice toasted and smooth flavor, not alcoholic at all. Excellent.


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