Strada S. Felice - Grado Plato
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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
3.63/5 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
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
3.3/5 rDev -12%
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.
07-03-2011 18:45:39 | More by kylehay2004
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
07-03-2011 04:23:31 | More by nickfl
United Kingdom (England)
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
12-28-2010 12:53:55 | More by soulgrowl
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
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
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
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
3.6/5 rDev -4%
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.
06-30-2010 23:59:56 | More by Halcyondays
Strada S. Felice from Grado Plato
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