Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Rome, Italy. Very dark, nearly black, with a small, filmy head. Aroma shows chocolate, some oak, red wine and funk. Flavor shows red wine soaked oak, dark fruit, which leads into a long, satisfying roast-like finish. Complex, with lots of taste. This could be Italy’s most refined and best beer. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Thanks for sharing, argo0! Deep maroon, small white fizzy head. Oaken grape aromas warm to dark currant, cherry, and soft cheese-like tones. Tart funked grapes gain balance on touches of fruity booze and dry wood. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. I am starting to really like the Italian brew scene… JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando. Dark brown color with a thin ephemeral light tan head. Sweet oaky aroma with spicy and fruity notes. Light sourness and tannins on the taste, dark fruity malts, less than the regular Bran. An interesting BA brew, definitely changes the composition of the Bran but not as drastically as I would’ve thought. Still nice. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2008
(375ml bottle) Blood red body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, oak, vinous, some chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, grape/vinous, some cherry, alcohol. Medium body, minimal carbonation. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
375mL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a deep, opaque mahogany red color; mostly headless with a touch of patchy lacing. Tannic red fruits, vinous notes, a touch of cheesiness, and complex lightly toasted malts in the aroma; reminiscent of BFM Bon Chien 2005. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation; red fruits, lightly tannic vinous notes, a touch of warming alcohol and overall a complex, red-fruit-dominated palate. Lengthy finish: red fruits and red wine, touch of tannins and bread.
3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
375ml shared by argo0. Thick dark blood red or purple colored body with minimal carbonation. Nose of syrah, oak, char, plum, overripe red grapes, and a bit of booze and some phenol chemical notes as well. Tastes of prickly, tannic grape and plum skin, some wine-like oak dryness, especially developing in the finish. Very interesting, and an improvement over the original. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
Pours an extremely dark cola brown color. A bubbly, swirly, cream colored head leaves behind minimal, sudsy spotting. The aroma is fantastic, showing a wide spectrum of well integrated elements. Dry and sweet cocoa is accompanied by a touch of dark caramel, with tons of vanilla laden oak, vinous dark fruits, rum cake, and even hints of black cherry. I could smell this all day. The aroma really hypes you up for the first sip, which is unfortunately a bit of a letdown. Still very good, the sourness from the vinous elements overtakes the cocoa and caramel sweetness just a bit too much. The barrel has obviously exerted significant influence over this brew. Medium-full bodied and very smooth, this one finishes on the dry side for a barley wine, with a lingering tartness that is quite unique. Overall, a very cool brew that smells looks, smells, and feels wonderful, but gets a bit muddled when it comes to flavor. Still a great brew. CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando. Pours a cola brown, with a small head. Aroma is interesting, with notes of wine, grapes, oak, coccoa, milk sugars and some earth. Flavor is vinous, with a touch of sourness. Very nice. dchmela (3062) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2008
Pours a deep burgundy with a thin tannish red head. Aroma is more cabernet than ale, very dry and fruity with some hints of spice. Taste has so many wine characteristics fruity, dry, with a little malt. The fruitiness is balanced by a nice hop bitterness. Finishes dry, bitter, and fruity. A uniquie brew that is smooth and tasty. Very nice. Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2008
Chocolate brown pour tinted with red and skinned with a thin rim of nougat hued tan. Aroma is mostly a soft, lightly oxidized red wine; one full of nuance and revealing its many layers as it dies. First wash is all sweetness; cinnamon, maple, baked pear, and brown sugar. Soft black cherry and blackberry tartness in the middle. Soil and wet wood; vanilla, caramel, alcohol, bit of funk. Flavor is full of this awesome, deep maltiness and juicy tart fruit character, but it always lays back a little bit quietly and cautiously; the wine barrel is quite prominent and tends to offer mostly moldy and damp notes of earth, oak, bittersweet chocolate, raisin and mineral water. Flavors of overripe raspberry, pistachio and red grape; mid palate is very pasty and earthy with dry hints of brazil and pecan nuts that come and go. Syrupy, oily sweetness throughout, though with a consistently watery texture in the mouth; very low carbonation and seeming a bit lifeless at times. Swelling finish of warm pomegranate tartness, caramel, and heat. Really a unique, savory offering here; it could be truly memorable with a bit more punch and vibrancy and lot more malty texture. As is, it presents itself as a kind of high gravity sour brown.