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Brewed by Opperbacco
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Notaresco, Italy

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Barley wine aged for 6 months in Montepulciano D’Abruzzo barrels infused with Toscano cigars.

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4.6
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle from Domus Birrae, spent a few years in my cellar. Fruit, red wine, cinnamon. Glowing ruby, fluffy head. Very mellow, very pleasant, this is probably as good as it gets. A hint of grappa in the bacjground. Bay leaves, white pepper.

4.2
garrettdcole (23) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 19, 2010
750 mL at bir & fud, Rome. Deep murky brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma was slightly lacking, but texture and taste were outstanding. Nice body, a bit thinner than expected, but actually in a good way. I typically shy away from Rauchbiers, but the smoke was subdued and helped to round out the profile. Excellent recommendation from the waitstaff.

4
Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 24, 2010
courtesy of fiulijn - pours a cloudy ruby-brown colour with a persistent beige foam; the aroma is fairly smokey showing notes of tobacco pretty well integrated within notes of prunes and melons; full-bodied and very sweet, juicy palate, no bitterness worth mentioning and a long aftertaste of red fruits, tobacco and cane sugar

4
daniele (9063) - ITALY - DEC 26, 2010
scura buona schiuma media persistenza naso intensto tostao maltato esteri fruttati leggero affumicato cioccolato amaro radice di liquirizia in bocca morbida intensa ma non agreesiva alcool piuttosto nascosto con un buon corpo non amara

4
ippopotamo36 (2379) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 17, 2016
On tap at Bir&Fud in Rome-Italy. Black pour, ivory foamy cap little retention. Nose is fantastic. Dried figs, raisins, prunes, charming caramel. Mouth: soft carbo, rich dried grapes, molasses. Wow.

4
Alengrin (5334) - BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2017
At La Tana. Very loosely structured head, quickly reduced to some loose, pale beige bubbles around the edge and eventually disappearing altogether; very deep, stunningly beautiful copper colour, translucent, with warm bronze hue. Strong bouquet of candied cherries, caramel, sweet sherry, marmelade, madera, ripe blue plums, candied figs, cognac, sweet tobacco somewhere, very faintly, but with a bit of imagination, bringing back memories of artisanal, sweet, northern Italian cigars I used to smoke during a trip to Venice a dozen years ago. Candied sweet onset, marmelade, dates, some deep and ’dim’ sourishness, a little tart even, thick and very vinous mouthfeel, low carbo, thick caramel sweet middle part with a toasted touch; woodiness appears in the finish, very elegantly so, in the form of vanilla-ish oak flavors and gently drying tannins, followed by a long, heating, peppery glow of cognac-like alcohol and a dash of spicy, ’deeply situated’ hops for structure; the cigar infusion effect that was so emphasized, remains as good as unnoticeable, though there is a vague hint of smokiness somewhere retronasally. That doesn’t really matter though: this is clearly a high profile barleywine of typical Italian signature. The Italians have applied their know-how of wine to their young craft beer culture and especially in the barleywine style, this has lead to a string of impressive beverages; this one too is a great advertisement for what I am beginning to regard as the hotspot for barleywines in the craft beer world, la bella Italia. Very elegant and rich winter sipper.

4
lello4ever (987) - ITALY - JAN 21, 2017
Una bella versione della 10 e lode con affumicatura di sigaro che dona alla birra una intensa nota di tabacco. Interessante e dolce.

3.9
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle at 4:20 - Thanks to the gang.   Clear red/brown - offwhite head.  Barley. Fruity. Red berries. Nutty. Sweetness. Light candy. Light wooden. 

3.9
Ungstrup (37558) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2010
Bottled. A hazy deep red beer with a huge tan head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and alchohol. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alchol, and red berries, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

3.9
Maarten1993 (1274) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
Drank 26-5-17 after my birthday dinner. Interesting beer, taste a bit like candy. Too bad that the body is a bit thin, not really an aftertaste (fading), otherwise rich and complex beer.


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