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Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.9
sebletitje (10252) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2008
courtesy of ibrew2or3. Thanks Dave for this amazing offering. Have yet to be disappointed by anything Montegioco has brewed. Pours black with beige/yellowish head. Aroma of dark fruits and barley. Taste, roasted, nice caramel malts, with notes of chocolate. Finish is yeasty, rich flavor and again one can note the light presence of chestnut that seems to characterize so many Italian beers.

2.9
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
The aroma is toasty and fruity with coffee and malt. The appearance is deep brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma with a somewhat funky taste but overall its like a stout. The palate is smooth. Overall its interesting but not lovable.

3.1
finol (3453) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle. Black. A lot of rosted malts in the flavour. The finish comtains some fruit and Port wine. Not very typical for the style.

3.3
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
<b>In short: </b>A Barley Wine attempt that tastes like an entry level ABT. Decent brew.
<b>How: </b>Bottle 750ml, consumed soon after purchase, tasting session with Montreal crew
<b>The look: </b>Cloudy brown body topped by a very small tan head
<b>In long: </b>A bready toasty malt profile reminiscent of toasted bagels. Fruits, fruits and more fruits. This is a very fruity beer with raisins being the dominant flavour. Prunes and other dark fruits also present. Rather sweet. Discreet hops. Earthy notes with an overall feeling of dirt/dust, I kind of liked its dirty nature. More drinkable as it warms-up. Much more a fruity Belgian Dark ale (ABT style) than anything else. The beer is drinkable but as a Barley Wine it misses the boat like a sailor lost in the Sahara desert.

3
hirigalzkar (3231) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2008
Bottle. Black. Small white head. Smells chocolate, raisin and coffee. Tastes a bit like wine. But also hints of coffee and raspberry. This is an OK beer but it has no real depth or character.

3.3
Papsoe (25060) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of yespr. Hazy and opaque dark brown with a small creamy beige head. Sweetish hard roasted malt in the aroma. Medium body with sweetish hard roasted malt, a little yeast and a fairly dry and bitter finish. 290508

3.9
Furseth (2165) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle: deep red colour,with a nice head. Aroma of malts, alc, Iron and chocolate. Flavor issweet maltynes,medium body,creamy mouth feeling. Thin to medium fruity fnish. Nice

3.6
MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Salient raisins immerse themselves in licorice and vanilla-like spicy sweetness, while toasted cereals bulk up this nourishing and inspired half Belgian Strong Ale, half Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam stands atop the blackened purple.
-The yeast is obviously Belgian, and its highly fruity connotations (teamed up with the malts) make it a perfect companion for wine barrel-aging. I wish I could try their Reserva!
-Ample carbonation makes this quite drinkable.
-Kind earthy hoppiness is tasted in the back.
-The talkative fruitiness peeks into mild tartness.

Bottle.

3.6
MiP (15943) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle at GBBF08. Almost black colour. Small light brown head. Very malty flavour, quite creamy. Good Belgian yeast.

3.8
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at GBBF.
Almost black with an excellent tan coloured head. Awesome sweet malt, masses of fruit with clear blackcurrant notes and tasty as hell. Very burnt and roasty with plenty of coffee character. Good spice and bitterness in the finish with slight alcohol showing. Not a barley wine in my opinion but certainly a well made and very enjoyable beer.


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