Birra del Borgo Impirial Staut

Formerly brewed at Birra del Borgo (AB InBev)
Style: Imperial Stout
Borgorose (RI), Italy
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brewed for Johnny Off License shop in Rome

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cgarvieuk (26422) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2012 bottle in johnys ... deep black ... thin tan head ... soft toffee roast ...chocolate malt nose .... big sweet toffee chocolate malts ... little sweetness ... nice

bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... deep roast ... dark malts ... soft roast ... big chocolate ... bitter roast ... soft chocolate malts ...

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2010
This rating for a 10% bottle called Birra del Borgo Johnny Off License Imperial Staut. I’m putting it under the regular Birra del Borgo Impirial Staut, not sure if we should make a different entry
In short: A well rounded imperial stout that can stand up to most classic of the style
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed (fresh?) the day of purchase from Johnny Off Licence.
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: The typical but pleasant nose is roasted, coffee, chocolaty and with a bit of smoke. Body is full and a bit viscous. Taste is chocolate cake, black coffee, raisins, burnt wood, some tar, freshly cut coniferous wood. Complex, well balanced, nourishing and way too easy to drink. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. I never thought that Italy were making imperial stouts that could stand up to most top American Imperial Stouts. In my own naïve word I imagined Italy was a country full of mozzarella fields, pizza trees, and cheerful plumbers named Mario and Luigi.

daniele (9888) - ITALY - APR 11, 2010
scura schiuma media leggermente grossolana discreta persitenza melassa nocciola etilico frutta rossa prevale in dolce iniziale anche se l’amaro e lenote tostate vanno a bilanciare

Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAR 30, 2010
Bottle. Ink black with no head whatsoever but for some brown big bubbles. Completely flat. Aroma starts with a nice berry note developing in vanilla oak. Roasted is very subtle. Honestly it’s lacking a bit of taste. No persistence, the acidity kills the body too quickly in my opinion.

rosenbergh (11957) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2010 330 ml bottle. 10%. Courtesy of FatPhil. Shared w/ FatPhil & mjs. Lotto 51/09.
Dark brown/black colour with tiny/no head. Berries, coffee, roasted malt and wine in aroma. Mild hops, roasted malt, berries, coffee, some grains and wine in flavour. Not very complex brew therefore highly drinkable.

mjs (7778) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2010
(Bottle at FatPhil - courtesy of FatPhil) Poured black without any head. Aroma containe liquorice, malt and roastedness. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, roastedness, ash, liquorice, coffee, mildly hops and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty and bitter.

FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2010 Cask (Bir & Fud, Rome)
Note - this was a real ale, I dont know if the bottled version is bottle-conditioned, and whether this should be split into 2 entries. According to the brewer (who was phoned up while we were in the pub - now thats service for you! - the real ale version has been aged in the barrel for an additional 6 months.
Black, loose frothy head - perfect! Blackcurrent aroma, a touch acidic. Some black olive al forni (those gently roasted olives). Carbonation low, and palate smooth. Theres a touch of butteriness there, to a level that I like. Very rich roasty body. Spicy christmas chocolate. This is good. Its just starting to get tired, but still a good beer, and presumably a stunner at its peak.
Rerate: 330ml bottle - 10% (Johny’s, Rome)
Sweet chocolatey coffee aroma. Smooth palate, not quite slick, but certainly very smooth. Very full roast, residual sugars pretty high. Covers the 10% amazingly - I could get through a pint of this very easily. Coffee subtle, heading towards more chocolate than coffee, and the hops are a welcome addition - they’re amazinglybuddy considering how old they must be. HOwever, they onl come out in the late finish. Yum!

thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2010
On tap at Bir & Fud. all black with a frothy, light brown head. Exciting woody chocolate aroma. Vanilla oak flavours blend with chocolate. Good fruity sourness as well. State of the art.

sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2009
(Bottled, 10% ABV, BBE 09/2010) Almost black with a very small, beige head. Strong aroma of molasses, sweet and roasted malt, oatmeal, alcohol. Flavor is roasty, very malty, slightly sweet and sourish, and moderately bitter with a dryish finish. Medium to full body, lowish carbonation. A malt- and licorice-accented impy, getting close to Imperial Porter stylewise. More sour than bitter, but remains balanced. Reminds me of Slottskällans Imperial Stout, which is always a good thing.

ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2009
Almost black with a small thick beige head that leaves a lot of lacings. Looks good. A balanced and pleasant smell, but it’s not very powerful nor extraordinary. Roasted malts, prominent notes of milk chocolate, tannins and a hint of coffee. If I had done a blind tasting on this one, I would have guessed the style to be milk stout. The taste is slightly above ok, no more. It’s quite tasty and pleasant, but neither fantastic or interesting. No surprises. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee in a balanced mix. The milky notes aren’t as prominent as in the smell. A well suited sweetness is balanced by the roasted aromas. Lighter notes of dark fruits. The finish is somewhat bitter with notes of brown sugar, wood and well hidden lightly spicy alcohol. The finish is slightly too short and bland. After a while, the alcohol gets slightly more prominent. Rather light body considering the style and ABV. Boring mouthfeel. This drags the overall impression of the beer down quite a bit. An ok imperial stout. Balanced and pleasant in a laid-back kind of way. But it’s rather modest and slightly too mundane. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

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