MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010
[Bottle] shared by guerde. Pours a clear, burnt caramel with almost no head. Aroma has lots of red wine barrel character, which I am really thrilled about, plenty of tannin, caramel, cherry, and alcohol. The barrel doesn’t completely cover up the base beer, which is nice. Flavor is a bit thin and nearly flat, there is a nice sharp tartness in there, caramel, and cherry. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2010
No head on the dark brown body. Nearly all carbonation has faded from this over 14 month old bottle. The vinous character from the wine barrels is the only thing I can detect on the aroma. The body is slightly tart, with a faint hop and malt character, but mostly wine. I think I get a faint amount of carob on the finish. Very good for a barleywine, but a shadow of the the last bottle of Bran Reserva I tried and now wish I’d rated instead. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Lots of cherry, for sure, with notes of smoke and salami--very meaty. Thicky beer with roasted qualities, almost viscous. Coffee-like finish. Plenty of complexity and rather good considering that some Italian beers disappoint relative to the price-point. (This is still overpriced....) Bottle. madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle from MatSciGuy - thanks Levi! Pours deep, dark mahogany with very little carbonation or head. This was interesting given the cap/cork combo blew off like a gunshot when opened. The smell was nice--lots of dry red wine overlayed on some sweet, rich flavors, a little caramel, and some booze. Taste is the dry red wine, caramel, dark malt, with a tannic and dry finish. Lovely. Great legs and glass-coating. Mouthfeel was a little odd though--real thin and watery, which belied the rest of the beer. Gotta like red wine to like this one, but thankfully I do. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Drinks very similar to the non barrel aged version. This is more vinous and has a very pleasant dry oak element. Palate has thinned a bit from the aging. Excellent brew from one of my favorite Italian breweries. From notes.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2009
12.7 oz bottle. Dark brown with a smattering of bubbles. Nose is mild vinegar, oak and red wine. Medium light almost still. Taste is watery wine, cherry and caramel. Bland for a barleywine but very smooth. Ungstrup (37615) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2009
Bottled. A brown beer with a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with notes of caramel, alcohol, and oak. The flavor is sweetwith notes of malt, straw, and caramel. CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2009
The wife picked this up for me at Dirty Johns, I had high expectations.... and they were met.
The beer pours a nice deep reddish brown with a small head. The aroma immediately greets the nose with that old familiar barnyard funk with notes of good red wine and lots of tobacco and oak. The flavor maintains the very nice sourness throughout and the alcohol is very well hidden. The flavor once again has those hints of tobacco and some cherry with plenty of red wine and some cherry like tartness finishing with a good dark dry fruity raisin like character. I highly recommend this!
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
Thanks to Blake for opening this! Poured deep, murky brown with a loose-bubbled cap of tan head. The aroma was sour, deep, and complex with dark fruit, light metallic notes, and cherries over dark malts (semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder).. nutty undertones. The flavor had a mild-to-moderate steel and fruity sourness throughout with cocoa and dark chocolates providing a dry cake-like core.. vanilla, nutty notes, and a touch of coffee hit the back with a hit of cognac-cy warmth. Medium-bodied and near perfectly balanced on the palate.. like a soured dry stout.. very interesting and enjoyable! 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2009
Pours to a dark brown body that’s got a thin tan head. The aroma has a tangy barrel and dry cocoa powder. This flavor is like a Flanders red meets an Irish dry stout. Light woody barrel. Very good mixture of flavors. The palate is tangy but not tart. Dry tartness. It’s nice to read others ratings on this because I thought I was crazy when I read that this was a Barley Wine. It is "weird" but really quite good.