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Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Matured in Barbera wine barrels for over 6 months.

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3.9
dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2010
(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.

3.9
fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle shared by Alan. Thanks! Pours black with tan head. It whisps away quickly. Aroma really picks up the components of the wine well this beer was aged in. I almost thought I was smelling wine, not beer. Interesting. Plum and blackberry comes through. Medium mouthfeel. Flavors are like what I would expect. It really tastes more like a red wine. Without the strong tannins associated with one. But its still got a touch of tannic feel. Very interesting brew.

3.8
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle. Black pour with small off-white head. Aroma of blackberry, oak tannins, sour funk, and yeast. Flavor of black cherry pits, caramel, roasted nuts, and oak. Some citrus as well. More of a sour than a barleywine, though the flavor doesn’t quite match or live up to what is expected by its nose

4
dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle pours deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma has lactic dark fruit goodness with red grapes, black raspberries, and strangely enough....chocolate. Flavor shows the same with additional oak notes. Overall body is light, somewhat sweet, and the acidity is present yet somewhat flat.

4.3
bhensonb (15745) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
333 from Pizza Port Bottle Shop. The plastic bottle cap liner is more 3D than any I’ve ever seen. Pours quite black with a fluffy, bubbly 3/16 inch tan head. It smells like sour wine. Not vinegar. Sour wine. Near full in body with very mild carbonation. The flavor is vinous and sour. Red wine yes. Barbera? It seems too smooth for such a crude wine. Maybe oak aged Barbera (vice E&J Gallo) does become smooth. So barley wine? No way. This is a sour ale. Friggin brilliant. Right in there with Flemish sours. Perhaps a discriminator is that there seems to be a hit of sweet at the end of each sip. Or this may be too complex for my palate. Friggin brilliant!!!!!

3.4
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Superdave! Dark brown/burgandy pour. Not much head. Sour fruit, lactose, chocolate aroma. Flavor is is tart and light oak. Very thin. Just ok.

3.9
nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Chandler. Pours a silky black color with a ruby shade around the edges and a lasting beige ring of foam. Smells more like a sour than a barley wine. Brimming with notes of red grapes, green strawberries, oak, lactose, and malt. Incredibly smooth, but not really right for the style. Interesting.

4
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Sampled from a bottle at Crown in Indy. The appearance is a really deep black with some purple or ruby edges. The flavors and aromas are very vinous, a lot of dark fruits, figs, a nice mild tartness really sets this brew off. It makes me think of a soured port with a lighter body. Excellent, grabbed a bottle to enjoy later. Another Italian delight.

3.3
drpimento (3755) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Opened the interesting bottle cap with a plastic sealing plug mounted inside it with a nice "pop". Poured with at first no head, and then, a very fine light brown, fine foam and no lace. Color is an almost opaque, clear very dark brown with garnet highlights. Aroma is heavy red wine and malt, sour, and a little dark ripe fruit. No hop. Flavor is the same, but in a way kind of two dimensional. Body is ok, but maybe better carbonation could have made this beer a little more interesting. Finish is dominated by the tart wine characteristics. Not a session.

4.2
rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Pours a deep brownish almost purple with a small light brown head. Aroma is sour grapes, chocolate, roast, a touch of grape kool aid, oak, red wine, and a little sourness. Flavor is upfront grape wine meets grape kool aid, malt, caramel, barley, chocolate, a touch of faded hops, a light sourness and mild acidity are present in a enjoyable way. Very unique and enjoyable. I’m wanting to describe this as if somebody blended a Grape Wine with Cuvee De Tomme. Really nice beer.


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