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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2012
375mL bottle in to the new CBS snifter. Served at ~53F. A - Pours a dark hazy amber (root beer-ish) with 1cm of khaki head and minimal lacing. I wasn’t expecting much with the abv. S - Tart cherry, fig, caramel, grapes, slight oak. T - Sweeter than the nose. Starts sweet with oakey caramel and vanilla and then finish with a strong dark fruit element(dates, plums, over ripe figs). A nice balance with just enough depth. M - Smooth and creamy carbonation and the french oak leaves a nice tannic finish. O - This was a damn fine "Barleywine", although I think it fall might fall more along lines of an Old Ale. The closest thing I could relate it to would be BA Decadence 08’ blended with BB4D... The alcohol is well hidden for a 16% beer, slightly warms you from the gut, but no outright alcohol smell or taste. I’m very glad to have another bottle of this!

alex_leit (4097) - 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 (2655) - 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 (1105) - 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 (3801) - 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 (4065) - 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 (671) - 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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