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Toccalmatto Italian Strong Ale

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Brewed by Birrificio Toccalmatto
Style: Barley Wine
Fidenza (PR), Italy
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged in grappa barrels.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (357) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle nice cloudy amber color with nearly no white head nice Aroma of dried fruits and malts taste is fruity malty with some yeast you also taste some wine aftertaste is sweet with some alcohol nice one but to expensive

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Earthen cellars, green wood and caramel slowly merge over cherries, grapes and alcohol heat in this most intriguing of strong ales.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the opaque reddish-brown.
-Oxidation appears to be voluntary here and it fits the flavor profile nicely.
-Carbonation is very low, which makes the mustiness stand out even more.
-Delicate tartness in the end helps make this beer feel lighter.
-This oozes ’Old World’ character.
-The flavor profile is very interesting, but it is too rough to fall in love with it.

Bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (2552) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle. Murky brown liquid that pours dead flat. Aroma is quite musty, lots of damp cellar earth, woody notes, winey grappa notes as well, some volatile alcohol, licorice. Taste is malty, oxidized and woody malts, nice rich sweetness, a lot of winey character here as well, grape must. Palate is dead flat, but with decent body. Difficult to rate this one accurately - decent beverage although definitely rough around the edges.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teddybeer (2097) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle shared @ Animal. Light brown colour without head. Aroma has menthol notes, dry fruits, fruity, raisins and sweet wine. Flavor is sweet, with good presence in the mouth, rounded, notes of grapes and very sweet wine, creamy sensation, plumbcake. The final is sweet, with notes of grapes, cookies and plumbcake.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (2630) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2013
Amber colour, no head. Aroma of tangerine, oranges, madeira, citrus, raisins, zest and alcohol. The grappa comes through as it warms up. Light bitter flavour, somewhat sweet, raisins, malts, wheat touch. Relatively thin body. Finish orange peel and raisins, with some alcohol in the back.
Utterly beautiful bottle & box design. Lovely. The beer itself disappoints a bit in comparison.
(From 66cL bottle at the DMT @ Tim’s living, Gent. Bottle 0845, lotto 09045. Shared by Klaas. Thanks!!)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2013
#1700 // Thx. to Klaas for this one // 50 cl. bottle sampled @ Tim’s De Molen & assorted beers tasting // bottle nr. 0845 // def. one I have been wanting to try // the packaging on this one is incredible, possibly a tad too much & probably jacked-up the price a lot but still I was really loving it // packaged in a shiny black cardboard box with in golden letter the logo of the brewery, like classier strong spirit // the bottle itself looks like a 16th century wine bottle or expensive strong liquor perhaps // total wine-cork, 16th century looking wax on top of it & a string, wonderful bottle design, clear bottle // man, this was something really // as far the beer itself goes, it seems to be suffering from some identity issues, it is like they tried making hard liquor and didn’t quite managed to, the liquid inside this bottle seems to be wanting to really not be a beer but something else // I sort of get what they were going with this beer but I don’t feel like they entirely managed, it is cute & I can love it but this is not really what they had in mind I feel // pours nearly still bright ruby amber reddish with basically no head // nose is sweet and oxidized (possibly on purpose, possibly due to the barrel aging), sweet malts, light alcoholic spirit (grappa, I assume) with herbs, oranges, fruits, brown sugar, caramel & fruits // taste is sweet fruits, same oxidation & spirit are clearly present, as mentioned before it is almost like this is trying to become a spirit, caramel malts, light honey, sweet, touch brown sugar and herbs, light wood, toffee & light cake. Oxidized & nearly flat body. Sort of didn’t work out but there are things to love, not if you had to cough up the full price I assume. I still sort of feel the urge to drink this & it is memorable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 30/XII/12 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home: De Molen & assorted beers tasting - BB: 2025 - bottle # 0845 (2012-1427) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!

Clear deep orange to red beer, no head. Aroma: ltos of oranges, mandarins, orange zest, sugary, bit oxidized, some spices. MF: no carbon, medium body. Taste: sourish start, some citrus, bitter touch, oranges, orange peel, mandarins. Aftertaste: little bitter, oranges, bitter touch, some spices, sour, bit lemony. Not really great, definitely not a barley wine.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Huhzubendah (2266) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle shared by Travlr. Thanks Gene. The beer appears still and murky orange to auburn colored. The aroma offers grapes, sweet malt. Simple and straightforward with a dominant grape presence. Light and smooth on the palate with subtle notes of alcohol. Very low carbonation, virtually still. Additional notes of sweet malt and a hint of desert bread. Decent. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-10-2012

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (7040) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
Stopped regular rating 22nd Oct 2012 picked this up at Dranken Geers, Oostakker, nr Gent, consumed at Scotts (brother) 22 December 2012 Pours hazy murky light brown with a liberal scattering of fine wax that ended up in here. I have to say I was not overly impressed with this beer it wasn’t bad but it was no world beater. Flat, sweet it is not exciting in fact can’t be bothred to rate. A5 A3 T7 P3 Ov11 2.7

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 15, 2012
Botella, out there some where, thanks yespr. Orange colour, small bubbly white head. Sweet caramel "old" fruity malty aroma with some alcohol to it. Good sticky mouthfeel. Quite sweet caramel ripe "old" fruity malty bit spice flavour with some alcohol.


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