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96
85
style
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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4.2
DocLock (11025) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle from State Line. Pours deep blackish with minimal tan head and a slow, reduced Guinness cascade. Nose is tart cherry, fig, brown sugar, sour mashy fruit, peaty malt, cacao; very nice nose on this. The taste is a bit tart, with a bevy of fruit flavors including cherry, blackberry, port, grape, raisin, brown sugar, oak, and cacao throughout. One of Italy’s top 10, perhaps top 2 or 3.

3.3
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Date: November 29, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque dark ruby red, wispy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet dark fruit and chocolate aroma balanced by fruity tartness, initially strong oak quickly fades away
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of cherry tartness, sweet fruityness balances out the tartness, oak follows the tartness to add a bittering balance
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

2.1
DuffMan (10664) - 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...

4.1
sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2009
courtesy of ibrew2or3. Pours clear brown with brown head. Aroma is yeasty with very light notes of chestnut. Taste of light roasted coffee, light tartness and nutty. Notes of chocolate and faint wood presence with fruity mouthfeel. Another great beer out of Italy.

4
JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2008
Black beer, with greige head. Coffee, oak, wood lactic, fruit, vinous and milk chocolate. Beautiful flavour, with all the former aromas repeated in the taste. Very mild lactic acid. Well oily, full bodied, alcohol warming. Beautiful, refined product.

3.8
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle. Blackish beer with a small tan head. Roasty, chocolate, light fruity aroma. Very fruity (grape, maybe some cherry) with backing roast and chocolate. Medium bodied - very drinkable. Lingering fruit, light chocolate, caramel, and a bit of oak. Well balanced with good intriquing background flavors. Refined.

3.4
daniele (9660) - ITALY - MAR 6, 2012
scura schiuma media poco persistente naso maltato leggero fruttato vinoso un tocca acido poco gasata discreta acidita finale non molto lungo

3.7
3fourths (9358) - 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.

3.9
Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Pours deep dark brown with thin brown head. The aroma has a full wood note with a hint of booze and then some red wine like fruitiness creating a dry tannin sensation. Behind that are notes of dark fruity esters and a bit of malt roast. The taste feels thin to start bringing in dark fruits mixed with red wine and some wood. Nearing midway roasted malts mix with dry red wine tannins drying it out some into the finish. Very good stuff. A full flavored session barleywine.

4
PhillyCraft (7919) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2017
Backlog, Bottle with Pat in 2010. Poured a dark brown with fast receding head. Aroma and flavor of heavy cherries, grapes, malt, and various dark berry. Some toffee, oak, vino and blackberry as it warms. Medium to thicker mouthfeel. Nice Italian sour ale.


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