Strada S. Felice - Grado Plato
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Reviews by Gary779:
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
A: This beer literally shot out from the bottle as soon as the swingtop was popped. That which didn't end up against the wall poured with a big head that left some decent lace. The beer is deep amber coloured with some mahogany hints.
S: The smell is very complex, with quite a big body. I would say there is a choclatey hint that forms the main body of the smell along with the chestnut character. Fermented apricots was the only other part I could identify.
T: Very sweet taste, reminiscent of dark fruits like plums, prunes, dates and red red apples. Very prominent alcohol taste (even when considering the 8% ABV). In my opinion the alcohol taste is way too strong in this beer.
M: Carbonation is medium, but pleasant. Mouthfeel is relatively oily and medium bodied. I would even mention here that the alcohol presence is very distractiong.
O: Does shine in some aspects, but only an above average beer overall.
02-09-2012 13:55:49 | More by Gary779
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3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
Thanks to Ben and the previous tenants for this one!
Pours into a straight sided glass with a ton of foam, filling the whole glass immediately. Was a little worried it would be infected, but thankfully it wasn't. Lasting tan head with lots of clumpy lacing in the glass.
Aroma is subdued, minor toasty malt is present, somewhat earthy.
Taste is much more earthy, malt forward with some toastiness and nutty flavors from the chestnuts. Feel is a little thin and overly attenuated, but it's a unique tasting beer. Overall not bad, probably best shared.
04-28-2014 02:08:44 | More by emerge077
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
750 ml swing/flip top bottle, "Amber Ale brewed with Chestnuts". As soon as I opened the bottle, there was a loud pop and a good bit of foam came out of the bottle. I had to let this sit a while before I drank it. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a mahogany/chestnut brown with a huge off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very fruity and a bit spicy. I can smell apricots, bananas, pears, pepper, a bit of chestnuts, and even some Belgian candy sugar. The aroma reminds me more of a Belgian Pale Ale or a Tripel than an Amber Ale like it says on the bottle. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly sweet and fruity which overpowers the chestnut flavor a bit. There's also a bit of spice too. Just like the aroma, it reminds me more of a Belgian style beer than an Amber Ale. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy but has way too much carbonation. Drinkability is OK, but would be better if the carbonation was a bit lower. It is very smooth! I really don't know what to make of this beer. It tastes good enough, I'll have to try another batch of this in the future.
04-20-2008 00:56:11 | More by bluejacket74
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
500 mL fliptop bottle with no freshness date. Purchased at the Divino wine bar at the Monte Carlo in Vegas. Pours a dark amber color with a slight haze and minimal tan foam, even with an aggressive pour. Retention not so good and lacing is nonexistent.
Nose is vinous with a definite nuttiness and dark fruit. Not a whole lot of malty sweetness and nary a hop cone to be found. Smells different, that is for sure and not like any other brown/amber ale I have had.
Sweet malts come into play much more in the flavor with the chestnuts and fruit playing an integral role. Carbonation is seriously lacking from this beer and is easily the biggest flaw. Cocoa and even a bit of coffee bean come through as the beer warms up. Finishes fairly dry even with a low hop presence and some sweeter malts up front. Not bad, but there is certainly room for improvement with this one.
03-21-2010 18:22:17 | More by twiggamortis420
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
Tasted on draft at the Purple Pig. Pours cloudy dark amber with a thick off-white head that recedes to lace. Nose of banana bread and malt with hazelnuts as an afterthought. Flavor is caramel malt with nice bitterness and a slightly sour note. The hazelnuts really come through strongly on the palate. The body is fairly full with average carbonation and a long finish that reminds me of Christmas.
07-27-2010 03:59:45 | More by wedgie9
4/5 rDev +6.7%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a brownish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, consisting of orange citrus, chestnuts (as one would expect), and some sweet malt. On the palate... the sweetness is a bit more then I was expecting, but nevertheless, the flavor profile is attractive. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the beer has a fairly long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the 8% alcohol very well disguised.
In many ways this reminds me of many high quality ambers I've had over the years, but there's enough other stuff going on in this beer to keep it interesting. Nice stuff.
11-15-2009 22:28:07 | More by John_M
2.5/5 rDev -33.3%
pours a cloudy dark amber with lots of chestnut pieces floating around, a large yellowish head, and good lacing.
smell is strange, sour malt, and a touch of caramel.
taste is of sour malt, some wood, some sweetness, and a little nutty, ends a little sour.
08-01-2009 17:54:28 | More by froghop
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
Had a bottle with my wife at dinner on our anniversary at Vetri in Philly, they have a great selection of Italian beers and we had 3 paired with our meal.
Poured a nice copper amber with creamy thick head with specs of chestnut sediment.
Smell was of slight toasted caramely malt, hints of toasted chestnut, but feint.
Taste was a slightly toasted carmely malt, smooth, a feint hint of of chestnut.
Mouthfeel was solid, smooth, just enough carbonation.
Decently drinkable, quite smooth for the ABV.
07-02-2010 03:01:11 | More by mvanaskie13
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
Other than the fact that the beer exploded when we popped the top off the bottle, we overall liked this beer (though the husband thought it a bit too high on the alcohol).
It had a huge head when poured (after the explosion) that departed at a moderate pace - after a few minutes, leaving good lacing on the glass. It's a cloudy brown in complexion.
The smell definitely has some nuts, with a toasty malt - no floral hoppiness here.
Taste is malty, a bit bitter (but not too much) with a lingering flavor of nuts (but I'd say hazelnut) and maybe a tad of chocolate (like a dusting of cocoa).
It feels good in the mouth with body and richness, it's not a light weight, summer drinking beer.
I gave the drinkability an "average" only because of the higher alcohol content, if it were a bit lower, like 6%, I probably would have scored it higher there.
12-05-2009 22:50:21 | More by Kimmer
3.81/5 rDev +1.6%
750ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 06/06/2012
I have always wanted to try an Italian chestnut beer; I cannot believe I finally found one at a local bottle store!
On a side note, my bottle lists this as an amber lager rather than an amber ale like the bottle pictured here on BA.
Appearance: Well, my first impression of the appearance was that of an amber jet shooting towards the ceiling! This was one bad gusher! Thankfully we had enough glasses around to catch most of the beer.
Once things have finally settled down, the body is a moderately hazed amber brown colour and shows red highlights and golden edges when held to the light. The head is massive, beige in colour and sadly displays relatively poor retention and leaves only patchy lace.
Smell: Chestnuts! I know it is a chestnut beer, but I didn't expect the first sniff to yield a ton of earthy chestnuts. Further inspection yields notes of sweet toffee, sweet dark fruits (dates and raisins), toasted malt, more nuttiness, brandy and a light belgianesque spicing.
Taste: Chestnuts are certainly not as prominent as in the nose and are almost absent from the first sip. Toffee, caramalised brown sugar and toasted malt dominate, with dark fruits, golden raisins and a BSDA like spicing also present. As the beer warms, earthy chestnut, brandy and a light alcohol warmth become apparent.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly sticky with a high level of carbonation.
Overall: Aside from the gushing, this is another good beer from Grado Plato.
02-05-2012 07:32:54 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with some dark amber chocolate brown hues when held to a light source with a thick 2 finger frothy tan head with good retention that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of soapy lacing.
Spicy peppery aroma with some estery Belgian yeast notes that give off a lot of dark fruit. Hints of raisin, grape, plum and fig with a bit of nutty malt and alcohol.
Very quaffable medium body with lots of spice, dark fruit notes and smooth malt character. Hints of dark cherry, grape, plum, raisin and fig along with some peppery spice, chocolate malt and hazelnut. The sweetness of the dark fruit and the smooth maltiness are very well balanced and the ABV is very well masked without a trace of alcohol heat. Very complex and quaffable.
11-10-2009 08:29:50 | More by corby112
3.13/5 rDev -16.5%
Bottle was a gusher and lost about 40%. Poured with large (!) tan head and good lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is a slightly sour yeasty malty spicey and bitter belgian style. Flavor's about the same. Decent body and carbonation (!) Slightly boozy at the end. Much better than the other Italian Chestnut beer I just had. But that's not saying a lot.
03-26-2010 03:30:08 | More by drpimento
4.3/5 rDev +14.7%
Everyting seems to point ot a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
Pours a bright, rusty copper until the end of the bottle. Good head right after the pour, but dissipates very quickly. The aroma is a great blend of nuts, toasted toffee, and some cotton candy sometimes. Very unique. The Startswith toated chestnuts thn turn into some almondy toast with some hints of syrupy sweet strawberries with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Pretty complex and tastey brew. I love the nutty,chewey palate of this beer. I remember some vey sweet yet well placed bitte and integrated alcohol makes this one damn fine Italian/Belgian style beer.
Do not pour the sediment into your beer!!!
07-24-2008 03:25:14 | More by scruffwhor
4.25/5 rDev +13.3%
Poured from the 750ml swing-top bottle into a Stella glass. Creamy head, pretty good retention. Very cloudy chestnut (fitting) with particulates floating about.
It has a rich, malty drizzled-caramel aroma typical of bigger "double brown" ales.
This one puts the "nut" in "nut brown." Though it's chestnut I'm getting, I wouldn't immediately point the finger that way if I didn't know it was one of the main flavor constituents. I'd say almond...it has kind of an amaretto taste, I think. And of course, a heaping helping of big brown ale malt. Also has a powdery mineral-ness to it that makes me think of malty bieres de garde.
Pretty luxurious beer in feel, through and through. The last pour with the sediment really makes it feel lush and pillow-y soft.
It's a beer you can drink. The 8% ABV isn't as much of a bear as I thought it might be; it holds hardly any bite here. Soft feel makes it easy to take larger swigs from the glass. I'm drinking it by itself, but like most amber ales it would make an excellent food beer - would go with an array of meats, pastas, desserts. Yeah, I could see it going with panna cotta, tiramisu, creme brulee...
Very good take on amber ale. Its main drawback is the expense. Like most Italian beer, it's not cheap. Like most Italian beer, it makes comparable Belgians seem bargain-basement by comparison. Given this, it would not surprise me at all to see people bypassing 750s of this and reaching for a more-affordable Belgian amber.
08-13-2010 01:44:55 | More by Patrick999
2.88/5 rDev -23.2%
The aroma does have nuts and plenty of malt, but the touch of sourness really hurts the aroma. The appearance is nice its cloudy amber with a large head. The taste is like the aroma and hurt by the sour taste. The mouthfeel is smooth. Overall it has some good qualities but I don't really like it that much.
11-25-2008 17:58:19 | More by nick76
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
Rich golden-red color to this beer. The flavor, however, was somewhat lacking for me. I couldn't distinguish many flavors, so it was hard for me to describe. It is light, some chestnut flavor, some sweet malt, some fruit, some hops, but it all ran together. Easy to drink, no carbonation. Light mouthfeel.
07-24-2010 14:18:05 | More by Perrumpo
Strada S. Felice from Grado Plato
84 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.