Kukumerla | Grado Plato

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Grado Plato

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RidiculedDisplay on 03-10-2009

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of goodbeergoodfood
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy rusty brown with an inch of foam. Tilting my glass from side to side reveals lots of nice lacing.

Big caramel malt in the nose. There must be some oxidation as I also perceive a butterscotch note or two.

Caramel malt up front in the taste. Oxidation? Yep. Not at an extreme stage so enough aboot that. Hints of dark fruit with each sip. Warming but not hot as a properly brewed Barleywine should be.

Body borders on full.

Smells, tastes and feels like a Barleywine brewed in the UK. Mission accomplished by this Italian brewery.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 1 pint poured into a snifter.

A: Cloudy brown-orange with no head (looks like apple cider).

S: Dark fruit, brown sugar, sour fruit, malt.

T: Raisins, plums, anise, burnt brown sugar, pie.

M: Medium and flatter.

O: An interesting beer with great flavor: sour, sweet, spice. It is very worthy of trying.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates to tha ring around the glass. Aroma of bready and caramelt malt, pomaceous fruit, slight oxidation and a hint of rubbing alcohol. Flavor is caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit with interesting brief suggestions of apple and pear esters; finishes with residual caramel and fruit juice. Medium bodied with slight creaminess, but the carbonation is low. A quite interesting and fun to drink take on an English barleywine, I liked the fleeting fruit esters in a more traditional malty barleywine style. A bit on the sweet side, but enough flavor interest going on to make up for it. I will buy this again and the price was surprisingly good for an Italian import.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the first Italian "craft" beer I have had....they are so damn expensive.Pours into an oversized wine glass a hazed tea infused burnt orange with a thinner white head atop.Fruity aromas that include a bit of green apple and a sherry note,maybe a bit of leather.Fruity with deep brown sugar and light sourness on the palate,a touch of nuttiness as well,as the beer warms the alcohol becomes bigger.A bit cakey and honestly for me true to English barleywine style so Iam giving it a higher taste grade.I gotta be honest I like it more than i thought I would,I only bought it because it marked down.A pretty good barleywine,it's a sipper.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of tubbnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of stcules
2.56/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer with strong copper color, with white, medium and compact softy foam. At the smell hits out immediately a scent of marzipan, butter, and almond, and then give way to a pronounced brown sugar. You can say it's a beer that turn on the sweet side and not on the bitter one! Even in the taste you can find the sweet, too exaggerated, and alcohol (10% in any case, it is clear). The lack of bitterness tends to unbalance the whole in too sharp way. Being a winter beer, which is "warming" is not disputed, but in this way is too stressed only the sweet side. It becomes difficult to finish a bottle (75 cl).
We know the brewer and we know he can do much better (just look at the Chocarrubica platinum medal at the Mondial de la Biere in Strasbourg, or at the Sticher), but, sorry, we did not like this beer. However we will give a second chance.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Oh boy, another beer from the makers of Chocorubica- can't wait. I hated that beer, but thankfully, this beer is much, much better. Of course this is draught and that was in the bottle. I strongly suspect that this brewery has batch and/or bottling issues- but hey, that's all part of a review. I certainly want to know that I've got higher than average odds of getting something not up to snuff. That being said, I have no reason to believe that will be the case here. I think barleywine is more forgiving, and that the use of carob in the chocorubica was the source of the issue there. I like the Cucumerla (how it was spelled at the Brick Store Pub) quite a bit. So much so I'm willing to give this brewery another chance all around.

Pours a slightly hazy darker amber with a decent head and some scant lacing. Smells fresh with clearly defined aromas of sweet juicy grapes and honey. A bit like Midas Touch without the spicing. Given that it's made with grapes and honey, that's to be expected. Sweet, but nice. Tastes sweet as well, and somewhat spicy with cassia, cardamom, and some slight herbal notes. Sweet muscat grapes dominate, with a touch of white pepper and coriander in the finish to lend a counterpoint. Very smooth in the mouth, with low carbonation, but a bit prickly from the spices. Quite sweet, but surprisingly drinkable given that and the 10% abv. Very interesting, and worth trying.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to someone for sharing this beer. It may have been Sammer, but I am not positive. Sorry to whoever shared this.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is biscuit malt, grassy hops and grain. The flavor is citrus fruit, alcohol, brown sugar, bready malt and yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 07/31/2009. On tap at Blind Tiger (misspelled as Kukumerla?). Pours a cloudy orange-brown with no head. Aroma of spices and caramel malt. Flavor is very sweet initially with lots of odd spices, candi sugar, and oaky sour notes too. Interesting beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Porter, Little Five Points, Atlanta, GA. I believe I only ordered a 4 oz. sample of this one, and it was served in a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Arrives a hazy orange-looking body - surprisingly bubbly but with incredibly slow effervescence - capped with a one-finger, slightly offwhite head. There's also a surprising amount of lacing, given the abv%, leaving some nice glittery but somewhat sticky streaks around the lip of the snifter.

Aroma: Faint but very similar to the taste - incredibly fruity, with Candi sugar, gummy bear, and lots of peach notes coming through.

Taste: Very fruity and very varied. Hints of pears, apples, and cherries back up a huge peach presence. Candi sugar, gummy bear, honey, and a slight sweet roast accompanied a few spicy overtones. Reminiscent of rum in the fruity/slightly boozy way.

Mouthfeel: Thick - heavy would be a better word - but not syrupy, with plenty of light fizzy carbonation to even things out and lighten things up.

Drinkability: This one doesn't taste like it's 10%, even when it's warmed. This is a very estery barleywine, not really very English at all - even though it's obvious that the fruity notes are yeast in origin and not hoppy in nature, this one almost reminds me more of an American west-coast style BW, in the way it comes across. That being said, it's not a bad beer, and I actually rather enjoyed it. If I wasn't planning on knocking out a few reviews that evening, I definitely would have had another or gotten more than 4 oz. of it. Recommended for a try if you see it.

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Photo of shivtim
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Porter in L5P in Atlanta. Referred to as "Kukumerla."

Served in a tiny little 4 oz snifter.

It's a bright tangerine color, mostly clear but with a bit of haze, heavily carbonated at first and with a slight off-white sparse head that fades to lacing. The bubbles subside and it ends up looking syrupy.

Nose is gentle spicy celery with hints of dark fruit and some yeast.

Taste is dried plums and apricots and earthy green malts, delicate but nice. I'm left wondering where the 10% alcohol is, because you can't taste or feel it but it's certainly not hidden by any strong flavors.

Mouthfeel doesn't feel like a barleywine but it's fine. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ. Gabe said he had gotten some Italian beers, but that they were very expensive and he seemed iffy about them. This was one of those beers.

Appearance: Pours with no head or lace at all, so very flat looking. The body makes up for its lack of fizz, however, with a slightly unusual amber carrot orange color.

Aroma: Honey, barley, white grapes. There's a strange vegetable-like aroma - carrots? Maybe this looks carrot-colored for a reason? It's hard to find any information on the beer.

Taste: Honey, alcohol, and vine. More one-note than the aroma, and nothing particularly amazing. The honey flavor is almost mead-like - or, even, sort of like Dogfish Head Midas Touch, in some ways. A confusing barley wine, with not much strength or deep malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Way too flat.

Drinkability: This was a bit difficult to get through, admittedly. Flat, sweet, sort of strange vegetableness.

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Kukumerla from Grado Plato
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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