Brewed by Birra del Borgo (AB InBev)
Style: Barley Wine
Borgorose (RI), Italy
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
Affinata 12 mesi in barrique. con lieviti da champagne. 16 degrees.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1198) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Thanks to CanIHave4Beers for sharing this. Pours a muddy dark brown. Smells like balsamic vinegar and grapes. Cat pee. Flavor isn’t as balsamic-y. Kinda salty. Definitely doesn’t seem like 16%. Maple syrup.

alex_leit (4120) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 24, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color. Aroma: oak, red wine, a little homemade vinegar, raisins, sweetness. Taste: sweetish-sour, dry port and sherry, red wine, blue raisins.

tmrmwel (2089) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark maroon, with almost no head. Aroma is tart fruity notes, with wine grapes and berries, as well as darker notes of plums and prunes, and wooden barrels with tobacco. Flavour is wooden notes with tart vinous notes, dark fruity notes and tobacco. Dry finish. Different and enjoyable.

Turtles (2664) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2017
330ml bottle from Systembolaget, vintage 2015. Very dark brown no head, just some small bubbles that disappear fast, no lacing. Oaky and musty red wine in the aroma, blue grapes, sweet dried fruit, caramel and earthy notes. Wow, full-bodied for sure, no carbonation, rounded, smooth and dry mouthfeel. Vinous taste, much like a Syrah but thats not very italian?! Tart blue grapes, cherries, oak barrels, caramel, deep fruity background, well hidden alcohol. Dry finish with tannins and a soft warming sensation. Very well made, a great sipper!

BlazerT (1113) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - APR 15, 2017
Mnie nie powala - mokre drzewne aromaty połączone ze słodyczą typową dla BW, przeplatane gdzieś tam w tle z wytrawnością i lekką kwaskowatością. Na pewno inne i oryginalne, ale mnie takie połączenie nie podchodzi.

Iznogud (3811) - CROATIA - NOV 10, 2016
On tap at Open Baladin, Rome. Pours dark brown with small beige head. Coffee and roasted malts, caramel, dried fruit, licorice, wood. Bit sourish vinous. Sweet. Warming and complex. Full bodied.

melush (4144) - SPAIN - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Slainte, Salamanca, Spain. A: Dark brown. T: Malt, sweet, raisins, Port Wine.

NordicV (2347) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2016
Disig brun öl med ett mycket lätt beige skum. Doften är vinös och kryddig med inslag av trä och läder. I smaken tillkommer russin och karamell.

mzaar (3463) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2016
Flaska. Dimmigt mörkbrun med ett litet smutsvitt skum. Dofter av rödvin, läder, karamell, russin och sura bär. Smakinslag av läder, trä, rödvin och torkad frukt. Medelstor kropp. Alkoholen väl dold i smaken. Mjuk munkänsla.

dansaz (5) - - JUL 17, 2016 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2016 On tap @Open Baladin (Rome) Barley wine molto complessa grazie anche alla maturazione in botte, con un finale giustamente alcolico. Bassa carbonazione. Colore scuro e un po opaco, che ricorda un bicchiere di vino rosso.

OminouSC2 (675) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
Wonderful. I love this one. No carbonation at all, which feels a bit strange since I’m not used to it. But the taste compensates. A whole lot of dried fruits, plums, raisins. A bit of a sour taste but not overpowering. The sweetness and alcoholic feel from Barley Wine is still very much present, and the champagne yeast add another dimension that I can’t quite describe. A long, warming, almost dry finish. Reminds me a lot of Samuel Adams Utopias - but for a much better price!

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