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Montegioco Draco

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Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
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RATINGS: 148   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (5480) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle on the RBWG beer bus
Clear dark golden with a medium sized white head, good lacing. Aroma of malts and berries. Flavors of berries and woody
Decent

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6237) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle - Rich Berry and syrupy sweetness. Cloudy copper with a decent beige head. Big malty and light rotten fruits, very nice and rich.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (4532) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle during RBWG, pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is bready malt and raisin. Medium mouth with a strong dark fruit, bready malt, decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dado93 (147) - ITALY - JAN 22, 2015
Rubin red color with big head, good aroma and taste with malt and red fruit notes, good carbonation level, full body, and alcohol is present, good beer,..

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2607) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 1, 2015
On tap at Bir & Fud. The version I tried was 10% and made with cranberries I was told. A reddish amber wuth a bready spicy belgian nose + tart cranberries - think cranberry cookies. Medium bodied with a zesty mouthfeel. The taste is bready sweet spice + cranberry. Wonderful.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (446) - 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 (1021) - 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 (56) - 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 (780) - 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


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