Sottobisio Barley Gran Riserva 2016 Edition

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Brewed by Birrificio Sottobisio
Style: Barley Wine
Balerna, Switzerland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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Bov (13264) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 17, 2016
courtesy of Marco Buraschi - hazy ruby-brown beer with a persistent beige foam; very toasted aroma of hazelnuts, caramel and red wine barrel notes; some nougat; full-bodied, creamy palate and with a low carbonation; fairly sweet and thick; the finish shows a fair bitterness, a warming presence of alcohol and more nuts, chocolate, wood and prunes - very nice stuff

3.2
luttonm (6763) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle in Seattle. Winey-depth of malt aroma. nice ruddy fruit, nice bitter oxidation. Just a hint of carbonation. Slight wax, richer fruit. Very oddly carbonated body. Great flavors, merlot is great, body has problems.

4
Sissio (1751) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle @ home, courtesy of Jacopo Clear brown, minimal brown head Wood, vin brulé, rum with fruit (rumov lonec), alcohol, wild strawberries in spirit Very light carbonation, wood, cream, vanilla (crema catalana), tannins, some porto Good premis for an evolution

3.3
andrewje41 (4259) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle poured. Pours a dark reddish copper pour with a thin fizz head. Aroma of dough, dough, and dough. Super sweet flavor up front, but mellows. Not picking up much acetone, though somewhat expected. Sweet caramel, boozy finish. A little too sweet and the booze is a little dominating. Can’t really complain though. Pretty good beer.

3.5
beastiefan2k (4112) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2016
10th rater, making this beer an adult. This is a flummoxing beer. A little garbagey smell but a nice grapey character. A good deal of alcohol. The flavor is way better than the aroma. A sweet, grapey malt-centric flavor. No hops, low carbonation. Sweet, fruity malty finish. I like to drink it way more than smell it.

3.4
Ritzn (1808) - GERMANY - MAY 24, 2016
Bottle, thanks sinh4! Hazy brown, with almost no head. Aroma is green Apple peel. Wood, chalk, caramel. Taste is fresh sourness, but also tanine heavy bitterness. Heavy mouthfeel with dry long finish. Overall nice green apple but too much bitterness.

3.1
SinH4 (6265) - Garching b. M�nchen, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Marco Buraschi, many thanks! Murky brown color wih tan ring. Aroma is green apple peel, fussel oil, so much barrel. Was there wine yeast in the barrel? Taste is dusty, chalky, milky yeasts. Mouthfeel is soft (as usual for Sottobisio), but through the barrel aging, it lost a but too much. I like green apples, but the Barrel took over a bit too much. I am not convinced, it’s a bit too dry (probably because the barrel yeasts did their own thing).

2.7
jonas (8035) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2016
Bottle thanks SinH4. Ester notes up front, apples. Cloudy brown, low brown head. Very dry, wood, roast notes, minerals, rest-sweetness was gobbled up by the beasties in the barrel I thjnk, the resulting fusel oils are too much for me.

2.9
jfb (6658) - GERMANY - MAY 24, 2016
(bottle, many thanks to sinh4!) murky amber-brown colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of peppermint and holy water, with lots of sugar icing, some roasted malts, caramel and brown sugar. flavour is mostly dill, ethanol and roasted malts, with a touch of vanilla, heavy caramel and a slightly tart chalky finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

2.9
Ferris (16521) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2016
Bottle - Bit of acetone and caramel. Cloudy copper with no head. Bit of heat and acetone with some caramel and peppery notes.


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