Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Stout
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
This beer is a variation of SALLY BROWN and a result of the collaboration with Torrefazione Baracco in Parma. The nose is notably marked by coffee aromas from the high elevations of the Equatorial regions. Fragrant malt roasts harmoniously mingle with coffee exotic aromas. The mouth has a velvety body with hints of caramel, cappuccino and smoked flavor. To all those crafts men like us who daily embody their passion by creating something unique.

I have always loved good coffee, particularly Arabica, because it evokes its long mastered roasting tradition in a few enduring sips. Conventional coffee on the other hand, is spoiled by the use of Robusta beans and the excessive over roasting.
Meeting Alberto was definitely a stroke of good luck. We became friends and I ended up developing a deep appreciation for his coffee. Together we created a coffee blend that would match my beer’s aroma. Although this coffee-stout experiment started as a game, it turned out to be quite successful.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6467) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle: Medium fluffy bit airy more creamier and a bit darker head than the normal Sally Brown beer. With a murky dark ruby shine. More ruby and clearer (still murky) than the regular Sally Brown. A strange dark brown blackish murky beer is tob e found under the pretty quick changing head into a lacing. You smell that this one has coffee added, which the normal Sally Brown doesn’t have this dominating in the aroma. You smell the difference. There’s also some aroma’s of spices, burned wood, pure coffee and something light light sweet ish. Taste is still a bit watery but does have a slightly more spicier and coffee taste which makes it a a bit more bodied in taste than the regular one. I do taste coffee, roasted coffee, hint of burned wood, some light spices and a hint of roasted malts. Not unbalanced but a bit weak. The traces of the light light sourness in the regular version is not really traceable in this one. Coffee ish burned wood and light to medium bitter aftertaste. Also a slight hint of herbs in the aftertaste. Low to medium carbo, softer mouthfeel than the normal Sally Brown, Medium to a bit fuller body and a bit more creamier in texture than the regular Sally brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (6040) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish tan head. Aroma of cream, coffee, nuts, earth, caramel and some light hops also noticeable. Medium-bodied; Assertive coffee notes at first with a relatively light and subdued nuttiness with a little earth and caramel. Aftertaste is mild and only showing some light coffee flavours - not so great, actually. Overall, a good smelling and looking beer, but the flavours and complexity just aren’t there. Nice to sample, albeit quite expensive - still good to find and sample. I sampled this stubby 33 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 24-July-2011 for US$9.25 sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 11-November-2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Pours a dark caramel brown that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lacing left behind. Roasted malt aroma that is dominated by deep roasted gourmet coffee that doesn’t smell burnt at all. Slight lactic presence along with hints of dark chocolate, toffee and toast but this beer’s aroma is all about the coffee. Medium bodied but on the thinner end with a decent balance of deep, roasted coffee and sweet malt notes. The coffee isn’t as dominant as the aroma suggests and it’s a bit more acrid as well. Lots of roasted coffee up front with a subtle astringency giving way to burnt malt notes. Hints of burnt toast, dark chocolate and toffee but it’s still a bit harsh. The lactic presence from the nose is there but very faint. Not as bold or flavorful as I was expecting, especially after the nose was so promising.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3952) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2011
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before 15 06 11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on October 25 2011; eye: black with a bronze hue, opaque, dark brown head that disappears completely, no lacing; nose: roasted malt, burnt malt, black coffee, lactic; mouth: roasted malt, burnt malt, lactic, black coffee, dry finale in roasted malt, medium-full body, not much carbonation, mild astringency, slick texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant 15 06 11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 25 octobre 2011; œil : noire avec une teinte bronze, opaque, mousse brune foncée qui disparaît complètement, pas de dentelle; nez : malt torréfié, malt brûlé, café noir, lactique; bouche : malt torréfié, malt brûlé, lactique, café noir, finale sèche en malt torréfié, corps moyen-corsé, peu carbonatée, astringence moyenne, texture coulante; en résumé : bien bon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2011
330ml Bottle: Aroma of coffee, cream, lactose, malt, light roasting, and a hint of chocolate. Poured very dark brown in color with a small, tan/brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes as it smell, of coffee, lactose, malt, light roasting, and some chocolate. Medium body. Thin, then slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, malt, chocolate, coffee, lactose, and some roasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (16561) - DENMARK - OCT 22, 2011
33 cl bottle. Dark brown with small beige head. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, bitter coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (19336) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2011
Black with a big light brown head. Aroma is dry, roasted malt, coffee and dusty. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and roasted moderate bitter finish. High carbonation. 270911

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (5617) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Notes de café plutôt subtil. Mince mais agréable en bouche. Facile à boire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12370) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle. [thanks Feldthaus]
Bought @ LIVA, Kolding.
Pours completely black with a nice, small, staying, beige-brown head. Aroma has lots of coffee, light roasted malts. Dry and fairly light palate, prickly carbonation and some creaminess. Flavour has lots of coffee, dryness, chocolate, mild roasted, nuts. But mostly elegant coffee. Top balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17994) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle from GBBF drunk at home on a day of coffee stouts. Black beer with thin lasting tan head. Clear coffee aroma. Quite full in the mouth. Solid coffee flavour throughout that is balanced. Not too powdery or dry. But full enough not to make it too watery. Coffee is like a coffee liquer, coffee flaoured dark choc truffle. Touch of tingle on the tongue on the finish. Very drinkable and good balance like I said.

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