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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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3.5
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle thanks to Shig. Murky dark brown with a spotty head. Aroma is heavy red wine and oak mostly with some alcohol and dark fruit and lightly musty. Flavor is tanic oak, raisin, red wine and some tartness. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very interesting beer, very wine like all around.

3.4
daknole (11049) - 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.

3.4
daniele (9063) - 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

3.4
SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle: Poured a reddish black with thin tan color head. Aroma was strong sour grapes and very wine like. Taste was sour grapes with offsetting malts and strong alcohol warming.

3.3
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle; I think this is my first beer from Italy. Color was a nice dark, reddish-cola brown. Head was off white in color. Aroma was heavy on fruit, oak with a definite tartness presence. Thought I could pick up a bit of spice. Flavor was definite unusual for a barley wine, I am guessing its due to the wine aging. To me it just didn’t work that well and I just couldn’t get myself to really like it. Flavor was dominated by the oak/fruit flavors; a bit harsh; would have liked the underlying beer to shine through a bit better.

3.3
wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle at RBSG. I’ve seen this around, but haven’t tried it, possibly because it’s expensive. Black color. Dryish and bland. Eh.

3.3
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Pours a dark hue with a minimal white head. Aroma is quite nice with hints of oak, cherry, and some sour notes. Flavor is a bit dead though. It’s sweet and tart and doesn’t resemble a barley wine at all, probably due to the wine barrels. It seems very confused as to what it is, a sour or barley wine, and I think it just hurts it in the long run. Finishes with thin carbonated body. Seems like it had the possibility to be a really good sour though.

3.3
kp (10882) - 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

3.3
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.

3.3
drpimento (3638) - 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.


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