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Russian Imperial Stout Wild Bretta - Birra Toccalmatto

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Russian Imperial Stout Wild BrettaRussian Imperial Stout Wild Bretta

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very good

12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 7.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Toccalmatto visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: corby112 on 07-06-2011)
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Reviews by cpetrone84:
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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark black with very little tan head. Nose is sweet and dusty, light berries, very cob webb attic like, and some cirtic brett. Taste is richer, still sweet but adds more stout aspects. Offers some chocolate and dark malt notes to accompany a leathery brett. Vinous notes transition into sour cherries and a bretty citrus finish. Body is thick, some heat, semi dry.

cpetrone84, Nov 29, 2012
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours with average, very thick, mocha (yellow hue) head. Has good, relatively fast retention, mostly diminishing. A very thin, compact layer stays on top. Leaves fair amount of lacing. Color is dark with brown hue. Solid stuff, maybe missing a bit more head.

Smell: Roast, molasses, dark chocolate sweet malt. Light sour - wood berries, currant, acidified red wine . Some light brett musty funk, relatively subtle but gives a fat meaty feeling. Everything in good balance and smooth throughout. No alcohol to detect.

Taste: Roast intensity rises, but doesn't go in the coffee zone. Medium molasses, roast, dark chocolate sweetness continues into light to medium fruity sour spike and ends with light to medium roast bitterness and sour. Sour part completes the taste circle, makes the whole experience a bit lighter. Light bitterness and sour stay for a while. Interesting that there is no brett to detect in the taste, but there are some tart red wine notes and maybe some wood.

Mouthfeel: Creamy as fck, full body, but it feels a bit lighter due to the sour part. Very soft alcohol warmth and notes to detect when beer warms up a bit.

Overall: The sour part (probably from brett, so acetic acid) makes it a lighter and more complete beer - goes well with the creamy fat roast and high alcohol. Even the red wine barrels do it justice and add another part of the complexity. Well crafted beer.

tmzl, Feb 03, 2014
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Aged 13 months in Sagrantino di Montefalco barrels.

Pours a dark plum color that's almost black with red wine edges.  Still with no head or lacing.  

Vinous spicy aroma with dark fruit,earthy oak, vanilla, peppery spice, vinous dark fruit and subtle funk.  Hints of grape, cherry and other dark berries.  The brett presence isnt very strong with only slight funky/earthy character.  The red wine notes are more prevelant.  

Slick oily mouthfeel with light carbonation.  Very vinous with earthy funk, wood, grape, dark cherry and plum.  Sweet with subtle funky earthiness from the brett.  Well balanced and quite flavorful despite the low carbonation.  

corby112, Jul 07, 2011
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Russian Imperial Stout Wild Bretta from Birra Toccalmatto
85 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.