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Montegioco Draco

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Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
Serve in Snifter

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on tap
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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Draco has a dark red color and a persistent head. It is full bodied and has a moderate level of carbonation. The nose shows a great complexity with aromas of honey, caramel and forest fruits. The hops brings out pepper and plum. The initial taste confirms the nose with notes of caramel and initial sweetness. The finish is a fine balance of hops and bitter notes. Draco is produced using a mix of select malts. The beer is fermented three times. During the second fermentation the blueberries are added along with the yeast and malt sugar. The alcoholic content obtained from the fermentation of the malt is of 8.5% by volume, while the final one is 11% by volume.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (408) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Super murky rust coloured with a decent head of foam, some lacing. The smell starts off with a malty port like aroma that goes a bitter trail as well. Sniffing for the blueberries. .I don’t get any. The taste follows suit with the smell, the only difference being that the finish returns to a more sweet malty side and there’s a slight suggestion of something fruity. By golly, I think I have found the wee bit of blueberries after all. There is no visible dating on the bottle so I have no idea how old this is. Taking a wild guess, this isn’t fresh. No revisits for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (880) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 15, 2014
Bue à la pression @lambiczoon. Belle barley wine avec une grosse touche de myrtille. On sent l'alcool mais l'équilibre est quasi-parfait. Superbe !

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (36) - Livorno, ITALY - NOV 1, 2014
Il colore è ambrato carico; la schiuma è abbondante, cremosa e molto persistente. Il naso presenta una grande complessità, con aromi di miele, caramello e frutti di bosco. In bocca dolcezza e caramello, ma soprattutto frutta rossa e frutta matura, con un finale intenso di mirtilli. Corpo pieno, buona carbonazione. Birra complessa dal bell’aspetto, con una buona aromaticità, ma che mostra interamente tutto il suo potenziale al palato.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zaf (248) - ITALY - OCT 19, 2014
barley wine per me significa birra da meditazione..mi piace degustarla e apprezzare la complessità olfattiva e di gusto..questa birra sinceramente ha poco di tutto ciò..ambrata con schiuma a grana grossolana che lascia solo un sottile strato (in stile). aroma maltato e un pò caramellato..al gusto prevale il malto ma niente di che..l’alcool si sente.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silvan7 (749) - Samarate, ITALY - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle @ barbaresco legnano. Schiuma minima, quasi assente e poco persistente. Birra ramata, velata con riflessi aranciati e violacei. Aroma intenso fruttato, di frutti rossi, melassa e miele. Vinosa e con alcool ben percettibile. al palato ha ingresso abboccato fruttato sempre frutti rossi in evidenza. miele e liquore presenti. finale amaro luppolato. lieve acidità. corposa, poco carbonata, lievemente astringente (piacevole) finale più spigoloso. equilibrata e d armonica

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (4939) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
Appearance: Clear amber color with a off white head. Good lacing.
Aroma: Balanced fruity and sweet malty.
Palate: Medium + body. Slightly sweet and a mild bitterness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: Sweet malty, raisins and fruity. Very well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: Tasty balanced nice evening sipper.
Personal stats: Bottle at Dags beer fest Feb14

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sissio (725) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JAN 30, 2014
On tap at Birratrovo, Como. Pours red amber with minimal cream head (dye to high alcohol gradation). Aroma of passito, riped fruit and late autumn scents. Emnoyable as a glass of exceptional dessert wine, no hurry, just hedonism.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malombra (38) - NUOVA OLONIO(SO), ITALY - JAN 12, 2014
Barley wine abbastanza atipico, a parte i sentori di prugna. Miele, caramello e molta frutta matura. Amaro presente e ben bilanciato. Vedrei bene un leggero passaggio in botte(ma non barrique!!!!). Gran bevuta. e dire che non e’ il mio genere per nulla!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NordicV (1229) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2013
Brun öl med stort smutsvitt skum. Doft av kola, nöter och torkad frukt. Även en del alkohol i både doft och smak. Inte så kraftig i smaken som jag vill ha ett barley wine.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brandman (2148) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Dirty brown body, white head. Aroma has plastic and bit alcohol. Some sugary yeast and light caramelly maltiness. Some blueberry when warms.


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