otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JohnnyJ (4546) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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..
shaggyvii (1) - USA - SEP 18, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Italy - the new paragon for cutting edge beer? Who knew? Definitely worth the price and trouble to experience. Undoubtedly complex and surprising.
BMan1113VR (7869) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange with almost no head. Caramel fruit and red wine aroma. Big tastes of red wine mild caramel and vanilla creamy palate and a smooth slightly oaky finish.
ketchepillar (1152) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Pepsicanihave4beers! One of those trick beers one happens upon every few hundred rates where the taste is drastically different from the aroma. Aroma-mildly tart, vinous, slight caramel, bready. Flavor-a big slap in the face with cognac (although good, once I became accustomed to it). Candy, caramelly sweetness. Very low carbonation. A little spicy. Hated this at first, liked it by the end.