Geisha | Birrificio Troll

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Birrificio Troll

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 16
Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2012 edition.

No sound when I popped the cap, it's a very dark brown, almost black, with a very fine layer of foam.

The smell has some Port like aromas coming from it...dark fruits, and a sweetness to it that seems to come with all Port like brews.

Made with candi sugar and it tastes it. That kind of drowns out the promising Port flavour I expected from the smell. There's a strange hop bitterness that I can't quite put my finger on but it isn't all that forward so that's okay.

Medium bodied with surprisingly little heat coming from the ample abv. I sense no carbonation.

All in all, it's pretty good but NOT at +$19 for the 375ml bottle. I know, no one forced me to buy it but I had to check it out. ;^)

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Photo of augustgarage
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled to imbibe while watching a Mifune marathon. 2008 vintage - poured from a 375mL bottle into my Spirit Sippers snifter. Let's see what 5 years in the cellar brings:

Clear but very dark rose ebony body with a few large bubbles that retreat to the sides of the glass before dissipating. Thin yet viscous tears, no lacing, no real head development or retention.

Intensely concentrated dark fruit aroma suggests figs, dates, and cherry along with hints of freshly chopped wood, tobacco, leather, clay, and a fleeting herbal/floral quality. Deep yet delicate.

Cloying and pungent palate entry is primarily a big dose of brown sugar and pomegranate molasses followed by a brief kick of faded bitter hops. The finish is drawn out and earthy with more of the pleasant notes from the nose coming back into play, though not quite enough to redeem the overwhelming sweetness. Alcohol adds unwelcome flavor but contributes little body - odd. I wonder if the candy sugar ever finished fermenting out or if the yeast stalled at some point?

Thin mouth-feel is nearly devoid of carbonation.

The age has matured many elements of this ale, but the overall impression is that of a weak port more than a strong beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark murky red amber. Sweet malt aroma. Very sweet malt, caramel flavor. An odd bitterness in the initial taste lingers. Almost cloyingly sweet and the bitter aftertaste is not that well integrated. Somewhat complex, but too sweet and odd tasting on the finish. Will not revisit.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another huge thanks to SHIG (over on ratebeer) for these Italian beauties. Thanks Shawn! Pours dirty deep copper with tan head. The aroma is mild and seems neutral. I eventually get faint notes of yeasty winter like spices, a sense of malts, some roasted malts and a touch of berry to spiced apple fruitiness. The taste has carbonation enhanced sweet berry to apple fruitiness followed by winter and yeasty spices. Into the finish berry fruit like sweetness as well as a touch of caramel and faint dark fruity esters close out the experience.

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Photo of 7ways
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Opened with a very satisfying pop, music to my ears. The inside of the cap was lined with an extra plastic piece that apparently fit into the top of the neck. It was labeled sterile-cap. I like it.
Poured a dark, rich chestnut. Very pretty except for the massive amount of floaties that I tried so hard to leave in the bottle. I haven't seen this much crap suspended in a beer since my last Goudenband. Absolutely no head, just a tiny ring of small bubbles around the glass.

As it poured, the scent of Welches grape juice or Manischewitz hit me. Bluh. Swirling brings out sweet fruit, raisins and butter (as well as some carbonation, bringing the beer to life a bit). Yum!

Well balls, the cheap wine grappiness is still there, along with an aftertaste of a cheap rum and coke. Bluh. I can't place much else besides some kind of out of place spice. Hops are nonexistent, which is a shame since they might mask the harsh alcohol in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is quite good, and wasted on this beer.

Holy shit, $16 for 375mls of mediocre beer. I think I need a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' to sort myself out.

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Photo of froghop
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy dark brown-orange with a thin beige head, and good lacing.

smell is of caramel, spice, some fruit, and a little cocoa.

taste is smooth and creamy, cocoa, some sweet fruit, a little caramel, and nuts, ends a bit on the strong side (alcohol aftertaste), and dry.

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Photo of tiffanya
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 99 Bottles in Federal Way, Wash. 4-oz sample in goblet. The body was smooth, creamy and viscous. The flavor was caramel cookies, with a finish of warm golden raisins. Lightly herbal hops. Quite Sweet and sticky, with warming alcohol. Delicious!

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Photo of Docer
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This puppy took 7 tickets at the PIB... was my first glass!

- Great cloudy caramel quality... creamy brown, off white head... large bits of yeast float around... (had the end of a bottle plus a new opener..

- Sweet malts with a bit of ester and plum, and some great spice as well....

- Smooth caramel sweetness, some grain, bread, spice and fig.. interesting citrus jab as well....

- Bit chewy and sweet, overall decent...

- Very drinkable, but had massive amounts of yeast in the bottle... overall carbonation was excellent.

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Photo of Suds
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was from the 2008 vintage, poured from a 375 ml bottle. The appearance is extremely dark brown, with barely any transparency at all. The liquid is capped with a light brown, tightly bubbled head. The aroma on this beer is nice....loads of malt character. Significant malty sweetness with lots of caramel and toffee flavors. The beer also has a plum and port-like quality. Not a notable hop flavor, but the IBU's must be significant...despite the sweetness, the beer does have a respectable balance, making it very drinkable. The beer also hides it's alcohol very well. There's a bit in the smell, but very well hidden in the taste. The ABV's show themselves with a nice internal warming that occurs only after a few sips. Very mouthfilling and creamy texture, this is a very hefty beer. Wonderfully malty, a great barleywine.

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Geisha from Birrificio Troll
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 16 ratings