Sottobisio Barley Gran Riserva 2016 Edition

Brewed by Birrificio Sottobisio
Balerna, Switzerland
10% · Barley Wine · 13 Ratings · Special Release ·
This is an oak barrel aged beer obtained starting from the same wort of our Barley and same alcohol content (10% vol). We jealousy keep it in the french wood barrique for 18 months (the 2015 version was aged for 6 months). These barriques are kindly supplied by Enrico Trapletti’s cellars after they have kept twice his top wine brand Culdree ( http://www.ticivino.ch/vini-e-degustazioni/rossi/207-culdree.html ). The beer looks ruby color, slightly veiled, with a natural carbonation slowly developed in the bottle. Some of the found flavors: plum, vinous, green apple (reducing over aging), chocolate, black cherries, wild strawberry in spirit, crema catalana (or vanilla). On the palate the lightweight and well-balanced sourness, allows us to distinguish the notes of wood, with the tannins present but never dominant but stronger than 2015 edition, and, again, hints of prunes, hazelnut and nougat all in a creamy and low carbonation frame. Warmly alcohol presence related to the long barrel aging. Beer is supposed to be served at 15 °C in a tulip glass, perfect to be sip after dinner in front of a roaring fire. A meditation beer!

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Beer Rating Assistance

Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
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Texture
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Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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