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Strada S. Felice - Grado Plato

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BA SCORE
83
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Italy

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 04-20-2008

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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 22
Photo of BigKahuna97
1.77/5  rDev -52%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Over-rated. Paid a lot for this beer, but couldn't force down more a couple of mouthfuls before I poured it down the drain.

Photo of froghop
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of nick76
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of carteravebrew
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of drpimento
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy amber brown. Half finger rapidly dissipating head

S: dark fruit. Sweet cherry and strawberry.

T: tastes of dark fruit with mild sweet and sour notes.

M: mild carbonation. Medium bodied.

O: enjoyable and unique; glad I had the chance to try this one. Sweeter than I like my beer. The sweetness seems to mask the chestnut, toasty and caramel notes that you really have to search for.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Cunningham26
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- poured from tap into a chalice at Publick house in Brookline. color was an absolutely beautiful orange-red that was slightly opaque (the same clarity as any belgian)
Smell- Some spice, but definite sweetness. it was an accurate sign of things to come in terms of...

Taste- Very sweet, with a fruitiness that leads into a more nuttyness that is more general than strictly chestnuts. Ended with a spice i couldn't pin

Mouthfeel- very smooth, maybe slightly overcarbonated, but that petered out halfway through drinking. the alcohol dries out the mouth to cleanse everything for the next new sip, which was pleasant, as the abv is not too noticeable

Drinkability- not high, simply because it's too sweet and by the end of one chalice it was almost sickeningly sweet and tough to finish. Would make for an absolutely excellent dessert beer paired with maybe chocolate or carrot cake.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber with a short lived white head.

S: Chestnuts, brown sugar, pretty mild.

T: Chestnuts, pecans and a lot of brown sugar/malt come out in the forefront. The overall complexity is light, but a good flavour.

M: Medium-bodied with a thin finish. Somewhat tannic at the end which was interesting, I imagine from the nuts.

D: Looks like the Italian beer fest has finally come to a close. Something to try, a unique flavour.

Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with a small head of off white foam on a amber-brown body. The foam fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Notes of honey and brown malt, with some spicy yeast character.

T - Caramel malt and some sweet toffee up front. Clove and brown sugar notes come out in the finish with some red apple and plum yeast notes. Things finish out with spicy, almost hot notes of yeasty alcohol and pepper with a good dose of clove and light bitterness.

M - A moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A nice yeast character and thick, complex malt profile. Many layers of sweet malt compete for dominance and while this keeps the beer interesting it creates a level of sweetness that is somewhat cloying in the finish. Worth a try due to its rarity, but I can't say that I will regret the fact that I am unlikely to ever encounter this beer again.

Photo of Perrumpo
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gary779
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soulgrowl
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't really an American Amber ale, it's a barleywine, but whatever. It pours with no real head, more or less the same color as the mahogany table it's served on, with a nice brick red glow and probably much more haze than there should be. Glace cherry nose with brandy, grape juice, amaretto, and sure enough, a definite chestnut character. Slightly leafy as well, but the hop profile is low overall.

The taste is sweet and mellow but lacking in depth. Autumnal and nicely tinged with chestnuts, slightly spicy with mild carbonation. It's nice, big on brown sugar and cola, simple but sophisticated - like a mix of an English barleywine and a dubbel. Not amazing but it does grow on you and tastes nice with strong cheese.

Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of scottDC
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of wedgie9
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Kimmer
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 06/06/2012
BBE: 03/2012

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.

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Strada S. Felice from Grado Plato
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.