Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montegioco, Italy


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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Demon Hunter matured in Barbera wine barrels for over 6 months

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8397) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
A cool unusual bottle thanks to Gription79. Pours a cloudy brown color, very murky, with a medium brown head. A wonderful vinous and woody nose, some hints of funk and sweet malts. The flavor is an interesting beast; woody, lots of grapes here, only light suggestions of sourness, more dry funkiness from Brett, sweet Belgian fruity esters. Very nice. Odd, quite a lot here, but it works. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2011
From notes: Received as an extra in a past trade with WilliamD. Pours a dark, hazy golden amber/chestnut brown color with a two finger frothy off white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Earthy oak aroma with hints of vanilla as well as some crisp light fruit and vinous dark fruit. Slightly funky with hints of grape and strawberry. Vinous medium body that is slightly funky/tart but not acidic with hints of dark fruit and earthy oak. I’m picking up hints of cherry, strawberry and grape as well as some subtle vanilla. Dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Appearance: pours clear in the tired and worn hues wood of the wood barrels she was aged in. Touch of dregs at the bottom dirties it up. Bubbles form a loose collar while swirls produce nothing. Little apparent carbonation.
Nose: I can smell it from my chair as it rests on the table. Amazing woody sourness up front and leather in the back; old and worn. Grape skins, cranberries, and plums, especially their skins. Planks of wood await the skilled touch of a cooper’s hand. Wonderfully invigorating; smells of labor, love, earth, and old-world artisanal skills.
Palate: thin yet not watery mouthfeel carries the flavors cleanly over, around, and down. Wisp of caramel up front while plums and dark grapes linger longest in the back. Different to and similar to the nose. Freshly juiced grapes, plums, apples, pears for liquid sweetness while their skins cleanse the finish. Love the smooth mouthfeel thanks to no discernable carbonation; not flat thought. Wood and leather are faint, soft brushes and gentle whispers throughout our slow session. Bread sops up the fruit juices while cinnamon and nutmeg add to the bitter tickle in the back of each quaff. Tartness snaps in the middle, then poof! Gone. Brett is a subtle wooer. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: hands down this is one of the most intriguing beers I have tasted to date. Similar to some and yet so far removed from others, she’s almost her own entity unto herself. I could drink this beauty on any given day, though something tells me she’d be especially endearing whilst gazing upon the slow beauty of Italy’s rolling hills and mountains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5400) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle. Orange/brown pour, very small head. Interesting beer... bread, sugar, dark fruit, raisin, plum, spice, oak, and some wine grape notes. A little bit musty. I like it, quite different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2010
ruddy orange brown pour with no head. flat. aroma sour and funky and musty like a gueze. some berry coming out..flavor is a muted, disappointing mess considering the inviting nose. broken down sugar, plum, grape, oak, and raisin. some pepper and clove...none of this works together..

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shaggyvii (1) - USA - SEP 18, 2010 does not count
Wow. Italy - the new paragon for cutting edge beer? Who knew? Definitely worth the price and trouble to experience. Undoubtedly complex and surprising.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle. Muddy brown pour with large yeast chunks and no head to speak of. Aroma of redwine, port, butterscotch, plums, lemon, sugar cookies, light spices, cherry, red currant, berries and a few other fruits I cannot exactly place. Flavors of strawberry, bitter, super vinous, earth, vinegar, tobacco, wood. Oddly slick/oily mouthfeel that I find unpleasant. No carbonation. Different beer for sure. Long duration. Have very mixed feelings about this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Sampled from Crown in Indy. The appearance is a darker orange brown. The flavors and aromas are medium tart grapes and cherries, some nice maltiness too. I like the bacteria in this one. Italians know how to make food and drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
aroma is cologne, leather and well defined wood. cognac pour with nil carb. flat plywood mouthfeel, big wooden super developed caramel base with weak finish, too dry. much closer to an over aged barley wine then anything barely belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2010
This beer was kindly given to me by Pepsican, thanks much Andy. The beer pours almost flat with a hazy beautiful red color. Sam and my wife (Beeronmypants) both got some of that mocha swirl head so I guess this beer just hated my glass or something. The aroma holds such treats as toffee with some light tartness, some raisin and some brandy (specifically Cognac) with some cherry and earthy notes. A bit of wood shines through the aroma as well. The first taste of this beer was remarkably brash and didn’t take on the subtleties of the aroma very well at all. The beer mellowed as it opened up though and the flavors tightened up a bit showing some fruitiness some booziness and some port wine with some dark fruit and plenty of tartness. A very delicious and interesting beer, Thanks Andy.

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