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

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
Murky brown pour with a thin beige head. Pleasant aroma of caramel, raisins and malt. Good flavor of caramel, raisins and malt, its sweet, but not too much. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malts, dark ripe fruits, ash, slight roasting, and a hint of smoke. Poured dark brown in color with a small, tan head, that diminished but lasted around the edges. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is complex and light to medium sweet. Tastes of roasted malts, caramel, wood, tobacco, slight alcohol, slight smoke, slight chocolate, and some coffee. Medium body. Slick, slightly oily texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, caramel, wood, roasted malt, and tobacco finish. 8.5%ABV is quite well hidden.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9980) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 12, 2009
This dark brown ale poured with a rich tan head and a burnt caramel aroma. The flavor is raisin and coffee with a smoky alcohol trail.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Morgans tasting, 07MAR09. Paper wrapped 750. Reddish brown with a beige head. Raisin nose, something burnt, sweet, caramel. Raisiny flavor, a bit boozy, some chocolate. Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6753) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2009
On tap at Bir & Fud, Rome. Dark brown. Full coffee and toast aroma. Sour smoke playing with the sweetness. Deceivingly easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36459) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 26, 2009
Bottled.A dark brown beer with a red shine under a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and caramel, as well as light notes of soy sauce. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of wood, caramel, and soy sauce, leading to a dry woody finish. Huge thanks to yespr for sharing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2009
750ml from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond. Dark and slightly opaque pour, the cloudiness recalling Goudenband or something in that range. Strong yeasty aroma, with hints of intense roasted malt. Not sure that mix is too successful, but there it is. Mouthfeel is average, with a slightly waxy feel. The taste is characterized by more or less the same tension that you find in the nose: a smooth candied malt presence (Belgian strong mixed with barleywine) with a dry, dusky finish. It doesnt always work, and my impressions vary sip to sip it seems. Not bad, but yikes, the price is ridiculous.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrGGen (334) - ITALY - MAR 8, 2009
Il colore nero la fa assomigliare quasi ad un stout.Laroma ha la dolcezza dello zucchero e della frutta candita.Gusto davena,con un grande corpo, un p di malto amaro e cioccolato scuro.Profondamente complesso.Come un incrocio fra una forte stout secca e una barley wine dolce. Squisita.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, yeast and notes of spice. The flavour is sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and mild spices. Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. This is pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
What to expect from an Italian barley wine? Discovery is what its about and this one did it well with a deft focus on fruitiness. Cloudy deep brown to prune bodied covered by a 1cm lasting head. Incredible range of fruit flavours reached on make for a vinous, almost juicy offerings where you can feel the 8.5% ABV, but it passes well under this vinous side. So yeast and malt interplays produce an all-in fruity range over a solid toasty foundation. Forget about hops in here, they were not invited. Strong raisins - dried-, figs, blueberries, this is not particularly complex, but still a most pleasant potion. If anything, Id welcome some tannins to carry the sweetness away towards the end.


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