Brewed by Barba Roja de Anapa
Style: American Strong Ale
Escobar, Argentina
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This rarity is a smoked and aged strong red ale that iwas getting a lot of attention locally, and the word has spread! Best consumed at a cellar temperature of about 55 degrees so that it can show off its complexities, it is suprisingly easy to sip for a beer of this level. Slighty smokey and wood-influenced, but not heavily so, it displays very nice qualities of roasted toffee and caramel-like flavors, but not with any real sweetness - which make it an ideal food beer. Think of classic Argentine fare with your own twists at home: grilled steak or burgers, simply-cooked potatoes, and nutty or salty cheeses

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fonefan (53766) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2014

Bottle 750ml. corked.

Unclear medium orange amber colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, sweet malt, wood notes, smoke notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration, sweet malt, caramel, candy, wood. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130622]

arminjewell (9756) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks to Markus for the bottle! Dark brownish red pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, hints of roast, slight smoke, touch of oak, hints of sour fruits, slight spice. Taste is a mix of slight sour vinegar, earth, sour fruits, hints of oak, caramel and toffee, definitely a bit of garbage, finishing earthy dry, and sour vinegar. Too bad, definitely infected.

TaktikMTL (8012) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
Verre de dégustation provenant d’une bouteille de 750 ml, dégusté au Mondial de la Bière 2012 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité. Apparence: La couleur est noire ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Apparence: Goût de caramel fruité avec une pointe sucrée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #4377)

GarrettB (1748) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
12/16/2009 - Somewhere in the bottom left hand corner of every liquor store’s shelf is a sort of dunce corner where the unexpectedly international beers go. Korean beer? Brews from New Zealand? Japanese craft beer? It actually feels a lot like being a foreigner in Japan. You’re never kicked out of the refrigerator. You’re just sort of pushed to the side where people have to look pretty hard to notice you’re there. Still, my local store owner got out his machete and hacked his way through this corner of the store where he pointed out the Barba Roja beer. “It’s a great beer, and from Argentina! Well worth a try?” I take his word pretty seriously when it comes to beer tasting. He doesn’t always recommend the best beers in his case, but he knows I’m always looking to round out my repertoire. And that is indeed the case here - a mediocre beer, but glad I tried it. I learned that somewhere in Argentina someone is experimenting with barrel aged beers, and that’s progress for the whole of the craft beer world. The head is thick and gripping and tan, capping a hazy brown and red beer; it’s that sort of color you see on young brunette men when they grow some facial hair out and it has a crimson quality to it. The aroma is really wonderful and diverse, featuring chocolate, chalk, custard and all-spice. It’s an odd assemblage, but I could see them coming together in some kind of exotic dessert. The taste has a lot of chocolate too, with a dry wood touch and some caramel flavors. It’s unique, but not edgy enough, and not at all sour despite the title. In fact, I wish I could invite some sourness to the party because my tongue is getting a little bored.

robforbes (2312) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2012
pours a cloudy dark amber-brown with a large beige head that disapates, and some lacing. smell is of malt and toffee. taste is watery and oily, malt, a touch of spice, and a touch of sweetness. ends a little oily and very dry after it sits awhile.

minch25 (576) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Disclaimer: I don’t really go for red ales. Iced tea reddish brown; clear; medium foamy beige head. Ferrous, malty aroma. Toasty, malty flavor, very lightly hopped. And now that I read the label, there is a light smoked flavor too.

Lubiere (14589) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2012
A cognac colored ale with a thin lacing mocha head. In aroma, sweet butterscotch and caramel, sweet and cloying. In mouth, sweet maple and butterscotch, not bad. Bottle at Mondiale 2012, June 7 2012.

Bov (13711) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2012
@Mondial de la Bière 2012, Montreal - quite clear dark reddish beer under a solid creamy beige foam; corny and pretty tart nose; some sweetness and not really tasty; hints of caramel in the finish with some residual sugars; no bitterness - not terrible

MartinT (10240) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Fruity caramel dominates this strong ale, leaving loads of sweetness on the tongue, on top of an impression of artificiality.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slice of foam floats atop the muddled red.
-The caramel presence smells and tastes like it’s not from actual malts. Might even evoke a gooey canned brewing kit.
-Alcohol is not too apparent.
-The flavor profile is way too simple for such a heavy brew.


alexsdad06 (11770) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle shared by kp @ rbsg 09. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma had sweet caramel malts, vanilla, oak, and ripe fruits. The flavor had the same ripe fruits, caramel malts, oak, with a hint of bitterness. Interesting and serves as the Argentina tick.

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