2 Di Picche | Birrificio Menaresta

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Birrificio Menaresta

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheSevenDuffs on 09-25-2012

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 6
Photo of AleSan
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle... color: clear black whit a medium clearly beige hat... aromas: coffee, mixed nut, prunes, cascade hop... mouth: same of aromas with a small feel of orange peel that balances the taste and makes it a nice drinkable beer among many toasted and warm flavors. Soft with delicate and long finish

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on-tap at Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Rome

Pours a deep brown hue with good clarity in the body. Some heft to it, but also maintaining a fineness. Head is frothy and pillowy and the colour of good vanilla icecream. Lace is streaky and solid. Looks good.

Nose is a nice mixture. Faint toastiness matched with appropriate hops to create that weird mélange. Some citrus and pine comes through, but deepened by the malt character present. Pretty strong too. It's good stuff.

Taste is a little bit disappointing by comparison, although there are good things about it. More of that pithy fruit comes through on the mid-palate, on a pillow of empty roasted characters. Entry is light and a little weak: toastiness comes through, but without any body to back it up. Chlorine bitterness noticeable on the back, and very light weight. Finish is dull with some lingering bitterness.

Overall, it's fairly drinkable, but it's missing integration between the characters. Often the complexity of the competing characters in a good IBA can create this sense of synergy, and this doesn't quite reach that.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bir & Fud in Rome. Served in pint glass.

A - Black with a small layer of off white head.

S - Citrus up front that gives way to a fairly prominent roast profile. Lighter tropical fruit aromas in the background.

T - Grapefruit and peach flavours accompany a good bitterness up front. The roast is present as well but is secondary. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation.

O - This was a solid Black IPA. The hop profile was fresh and robust with just enough roast in the background to add complexity.

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2 Di Picche from Birrificio Menaresta
3.79 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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