DuffMan (10276) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle, no best before date, brought back from somewhere we travelled this past year. Dark brown, very thin layer of brown bubbles that fades quickly to nothing. Aroma is full-on sour brown ale territory. Lots of bretty funk, sour cherries and darker fruits. Palate has moderate carbo, so this beer isn’t dead. Sour brettanomyces-laden palate, again some fruity notes sitting behind the funk, with a dry, woody bitterness in the finish. There is no way I would ever have guessed this to be barley wine, but I have to rate it as one so my scores will be low. Funny enough, it wasn’t a bad sour ale... JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
POurs thick black with notes of wood, earth, and wine. Fruit shows deep on the palate that then drives to a sweet and sticky finish. OmegaX (1374) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2011
100th Rating!! Bottle share. Tulip glass. The pour produced a thick, dark brown colored brew with nice lacing that lasted forever. One whiff detected funky/sour notes and a pungent malty and fruity flavor to go with them. Smelled like a sweet red wine in a way. Sour and malty flavors were right in line with the smell. Plums and raisins came forth as well. Semi-dry. Slight hint of alcohol but it was well hidden for the ABV. Quite different for a barley wine, or rather from what I’ve experienced. A sipper for sure. Also, the bottle had high amounts of thick, viscous sediment on the bottle neck/cap. Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 Bottle share ----> OmegaX. A very stout-like pour into a tulip glass. The head was creamy and tan, providing smooth lacing. The aromas were thick, spicy and zesty. Smelled like barley, malts, apples and spices. The flavor was tangy, dry and again, of sour fruits with a touch of pomegranate. This beer was very complex and strong in it’s mature flavors. DEFINITELY meant to be savored. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2011
375ml bottle from stevefinny on BA - thanks! Dark brown pour with hints of purple at the edges, understated but persistent carbonation and very little retention. Nose is very ripe and tart, difficult to detect many notes that I normally associate with a barleywine but that’s just fine. Plums, dark grapes, wet wood, and young blackberry. Mouthfeel is fuller than I’d have thought, given the appearance, and this allows the lively flavors to come into play enjoyably. Oak and tart flavors come through quite prominently as you get into the tasting, and there are malts that come through a bit as well, along with strong currants. Kinda ends up coming off like Consecration’s little cousin.
bierkoning (13272) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle from Secret Santa. Deep dark brown color, almost opague. Grapes and oak in the aroma. Vanilla, roast, oak, apple, grapes and hints of ash in the flavor. tart and fauirly complex. Sweet and completely unnoticeable alcohol. Great beer! SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Deep red brown pour with minimal head. Aroma of sour fruit, malt and chocolate. Flavor is slightly sour, with a lot of fruity and vinous notes, wood and malt. A unique, but nice BW. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Pours a dark plum/chestnut brown color with a thin beige foam head that had good retention, slowly fading to a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing.
Earthy aroma with lots of oak/wood character as well as plenty of vinous dark fruit, candy sugar and chocolate malt. Hints of grape and other dark berries.
Medium bodied and very well balanced with the dark malt flavor countering the sweet and tart notes. Complex with chocolate malt, vinous dark, oak and vanilla flavors complimenting each other nicely. Hints of grape, currant and other dark berries. A touch too vinous but overall this beer is very flavorful and extremely quaffable.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Appearance: pours a blend of browns, blacks, and burnt mahogany. Little to no apparent carbonation. Deep ruby port glints along the edges. No collar, film, or head with swirls revealing nothing more.
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Nose: musty. Raisins, prunes, dates, and brewer’s licorice. Rustic, earthen, and slightly tart prune skins in the back. Burnt woods. Black cake mingles with black strap molasses mingles with a dark oily black essence. Gentle haze of tartness. Slightly oxidized ruby port.
Palate: light, clean, and super tart up front with plum and cherry skins; tannins, too. Plums and cherries are followed by chocolate and fudge which dries the top of my tongue. Brett is fairly dominant though never intrusive. Funk, earth, old wooden barrels, leather, and dust. Sour tingles the sides of tongue with a pleasant addition of cranberries. Amazing. Burnt root and molasses. Flavors are mostly centered in the middle atop my tongue with the sides and back catching shadowy whispers of ruby port, vintage please, and artisanal red wine vinegar. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: from Dolii Raptor to Bran Reserva, Montegioco has definitely made a huge impression. I’ve known for a while that Italy is kicking out some spectacular beers unlike anything anywhere else, drawing influence from American craft and beyond. If this is any indication of their brewing tendencies and skills…may I have another, please.
(375ml bottle). Pours dark cola color with thin rand head. Aroma of concord grapes mostly. Taste is semi-sweet with some sourness. There is a malty backbone to this, however. This smells like a sour, but the base beer is still noticeable. Medium to full bodied with a silky mouthfeel. Grapes definitely coming through in the end. One of the more unique beers I’ve had lately. I would get this again.