BB Dexi | Birrificio Barley

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Birrificio Barley

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IPAcraig on 06-25-2010

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by t0rin0:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is murky reddish brown in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacy wisps of bubbles on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel are present in the nose along with notes of grapes and dark fruits.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off with some caramel flavors and has notes of chocolate, grapes, toffee, and raisins along with slight hints of orange peels. The chocolate seems to linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. No alcohol warming is perceptible.
O: I found this beer to be quite drinkable, as you don't get any of the alcohol in the taste and it feels a little lighter in body compared to an English Barleywine. The taste is rather interesting and has a lot of different flavors that add to the complexity.

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Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of zac16125
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass

A:  moderately viscous, very dark brown with 2 fingers of dark khaki head, decent retention, leaves effectively no lacing, lots of sedimentation can be seen floating in the glass

S: rich dark chocolate, oak, dark fruits including cherries,  not much of the wine character I was expecting, but a very powerful and delicious aroma

T: tons of complexity, big cocoa, roasted malt, vinous red grapes, a touch of hop bitterness, some coffee on back end.   Initially drinks like a really good RIS moreso than a barley wine, then the flavor changes as it warms with a significant amount of orange as it approaches  room temperature, along with more red wine characters.

M/D: medium to full body, thins out as it warms, decent carbonation, drying finish great drinkability with a big  ABV that is completely unnoticeable

O: overall very good and very unique.  I really enjoyed and I’m glad my girlfriend treated me to this one (as well as the awesome new Duvel snifter), as otherwise I probably would have passed on it due to the big price tag.  

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Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donniecuffs
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At the Gingerman, NYC. Poured a deep dark mahogany, with less than a finger of brown head, bad retention, and spotty lacing. The aroma nearly knocked me over; raisin, fig, plum, dried apricot, orange peel, mocha, chocolate syrup, and a huge alcohol presence. The taste confirmed a nice dark fruit/mocha-cino blend with a fruity peel finish, but unfortunately this was overshadowed immensely by the omnipresent alcohol burn. Thick, slick, viscous, and burning. This beer warrants at least a few years in the cellar before drinking. Too harsh.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAcraig
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up in Philly at Eulogy, quite possibly the greatest beer bar on this planet (Dave was the awesome bartender who suggested this gem).

Label says "Ale brewed with 'Cannanou' grapes and orange peels.

Pours a dark ruddy brown with a thick mocha head that quickly disapated.

Big chocolate aroma with a touch of licorice.

A roller coaster of flavor. Orange peel starts the ride followed by a spectrum of dark fruit to finish with the roasted, chocolate finale. Despite the grape and orange peel additions, the lingering flavor of this beer is the dark chocolate. Odd. Interesting.

Thick, viscous brew.

Drinkable and very enjoyable for its uniqueness. But odd. Like the product of a barleywine/stout/wit/dubbel gangbang.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, caramel, toffee, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, roast, earth, caramel, and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of sugary and fruit aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Akeah
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this at the Bethlhem Speakeasy a while ago. The beer was pricy but since they has it I wanted to try it, plus I had heard good things about it. The beer poured out as a dark brown color with some orange red highlights. The head was fluffy and tan in color. The smell of the beer had a mixture of wheat aromas and some dates on the nose. The taste of the beer had some orange peel and grape in the mix. Really not a typical barley wine in my opinion, but still very interesting. The mouthfeel was silky smooth and had a medium body to it. Overall it was expensive and I can't see myself paying that much for it again.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DIM
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brewed with 2010 grapes, not sure how old the beer is.

This was fairly bland and frankly disappointing. There was a mild, watery grape note and a muddled orange peel finish. There wasn't much here reminiscent of beer, let alone a barleywine.

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Photo of Peyton5410
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

my first beer from these guys, but man i am just loving the italians lately! also my first craft beer in blue glass i think, so thats kind of interesting. plenty of age on this one too. its a grape based barleywine, something i have not really seen much of before. its got a really deep brown color, red wine stained color as well, with a short, but thick tan foam on top. never really seen a beer with this color before, almost crimson in the brown there, dense. the nose is great. tangy and tannic from the fruit, almost a little sour really, and there is a whole lot less roast and caramel on the grain base than expected when i looked at it. its amazing how much of the flavoring the grapes have done on this one, its a kind of fruity i have not had in a beer before, almost like its blended with wine. i get that acidity from it, and the flavor for sure, dark lush fruit. the base beer is hard for me to place exactly, not like any barleywine i have had before, no sweetness here at all, i almost dont really even taste a whole lot of barley. this is one special and unique brew, and while the 10% abv cannot be detected, it can certainly be felt. man did i get drunk on this last night! whew. absolutely delicious beer though, as unique as any i have had from italy, which is really putting it in some oddball company. i am curious for more beer from these guys, but have never seen it around at all. top notch, a must try if you can find it. maybe my favorite beer/wine hybrid i have ever had...

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Photo of woosterbill
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, brewed with Cannonau grapes from 07, into a Cantillon tulip. Thanks to JAHMUR for sharing!

A: Dark brown body under a cap of light brown, fine foam that recedes into a ring. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Mmmm, luxurious - smells like red wine and rich chocolate simultaneously, and what a pairing that is. Reminds me of a Valentine's Day candy. No trace of the orange peel, but that's fine by me. I love it.

T: Chocolate, grapes, roast, caramel, and booze. not quite as nice as it smelled, sadly, but still all right.

M: Creamy medium body, similar carbonation. Solid.

O: This was a really fun and interesting beer to try, but don't expect it to resemble any English Barleywine you've ever had. The intense chocolate character and substantial roastiness, combined with the major grape presence, make it a different animal altogether. Good stuff, and great if you just savor the aroma.


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Photo of rtepiak
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

found in hartford CT. Not much information on it besides darker beer brewed with grape and orangepeel. a beer outside of typical stylistic category as i find many italians to be. Simply hard to say what the style would be besides intensely palate oriented food beer. Pour is from a blue bottle. Mud brown with a rather cloudy flim giving it a tint of milk chocolate. A head of about a finger of mocha. Nose is bright and surprisingly not boozy for 10 abv. Nose of chocolate and candied citrus. The palate is that with the grape in there but subtle sweet acidic blending with orangepeel and chocolate. Quite one dimensional cocoa flavor that is a light coat on the tongue. The dessert is subdued by the honey pollen finish that doesn't seem to linger in the face of some nice creamy earthy qualities. Mild dry floral taste and herbal rosemary give it a tight finish reducing thickness and sweetness. Very fruit christmas. Something like an american porter, winter warmer, english barley wine but all in all something new and innovative. Great experience.

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Photo of sh00ky
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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