Brewed by Birrificio Troll
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Vernante, Italy


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Shangrila was the first creation from Birrificio Troll. It is of dark amber color and has a persistent head and with its 8.5 alc./vol. it warms the palate and the heart. Shangrila is brewed using malt, English hops and a mixture of spices from the Himalayas: tandori (Blend of coriander, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, ginger, cardamom, saffron), curry, pepper, anise. Shangrila is a complex full bodied beer with exotic scents and an intense flavor. Shangrila is a perfect companion for meats of every type, especially ones grilled over charcoal. It also pairs very well with fine cheeses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Bottle sampled on 3/12/11: Pours a clear deep copper with a small-bubbled froth of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet biscuity and light caramel nose with a touch of cinnamon. Starts with decent fullness and some sweet caramel maltiness with a good balance of unique spices and light oxidation before a drier smooth finish. A pretty unique brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nickls (1973) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle, argo0 tasting. Amery-orange with an eggshell head. Honey and all-spice in the aroma and some light grapes. Nutmeg, spice, cinnamon, and an very odd flavor overall. Too many things going on here in a not great way. Lighter body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2011
Bottle. Opened with a pop and gushed on my floor. After a quick cleanup, I poured into a snifter. Itís a slightly orange-hued brown with beige head and is opaque with floaties. The aroma is sweet malt, a slight fruity note, raisin, fresh muffins, and an odd sweet spiciness. The flavor is more assertive with the strange spices. I get the anise, coriander, and pepper right away. Then come the ginger and cardamom. The curry is detectable, but I wouldnít have noticed it if I didnít know it was there. A slightly sweet malt backbone helps keep the spice under control. Very bran-muffin like. The finish is somewhat dry and yeasty. It leaves a dusty spice aftertaste. Fair, but not great. Iíd like to try it with some Asian dishes, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear amber with an average, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), light hops (spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of dates, honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15853) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy light amber, large off white head. Aroma of nutmeg, citrus, caramel. Taste is zippy, from spice and carbonation. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22531) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2011
Bottled (thanks fonefan!). Hazy ambery brown colour, small beige head. .Aroma is caramel malts, some toffee, mild alcohol as well as some mild spicyness. Flavour is spices, caramel malts, toffee, mild wooden and resiny notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (14160) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2011
Bottled 750ml (BB 12/2010, vintage 2009)
Slightly hazy deep amber color, small off-white head. Berryish aroma (red currant, caramel). Medium-bodied. Very berryish (fermented red currant juice) flavor with sweetish caramel and alcohol. Lingering alcohol and red currant juice in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2144) - Brescia, ITALY - DEC 18, 2010
Bottled 0,75L. Light and much evanescent head. Beautiful dark amber color, much elegant, bubbly, shining and lively. Alcoholic and sour aroma with white grape notes, wine cellar, clear mildew. Alcoholic and decidedly acidulous taste. Notes of little red fruits, ribes, withered grape. Sweetish and of long persistence final.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (13201) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a dark orange-amber color with a short lived off-white head. S: A strange nose on this beer. Quite sweet with notes of corn, salt, and spices. A bit of anise and candi sugar, too. T: The flavor is quite odd. It is highly sweet, but there is a different sort of spice flavor in there that I canít quite describe, likely from the curry spices. M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation, but itís not quite enough to make up for the syrupy nature of the beer. D: Iíll admit, this was not horrible at all, but it was far too sweet. And the (seemingly) curry flavor was a bit too much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Nose is enticing ... coriander, cardamom, pepper, ginger, and stuff I donít believe Iím smelling, as well as European hops and sweet malts. Looks good, too ... hazy dark amber, small head. Taste is ... well ... strange ... is there really garlic, or curry, or paprika? Maybe. Not sure I would order this again, but great to share it with friends. Strange is good ... better than boring!

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