Mar 22, 2013

Birradamare ‘Na Biretta Nera

Ever since enjoying a bottle of Baladin Nora a few years ago, I’m sure not to ignore the section of imported beers at local stores flagged or labeled as “Italy.” It seems that the craft beer movement in the country is pushing companies to create unique interpretations of traditional styles. And that’s exactly what we have going on with this particular bottle of Birradamare ‘Na Biretta Nera.

This isn’t your typical Schwartbier. It’s almost porter or stout like in its presentation and drinks like a combination of all three. Like many of the Italian — and Canadian for that matter — craft beers I’ve had recently, it seems that the makers of this tasty concoction is more than willing to push the envelope of how to define a style.


‘Na Biretta Nera has got to be the darkest Schwarzbier I’ve ever encountered. It pours opaque black like the gnarliest of stouts with a smallish, dark brown cap of foam.


This beer smells downright amazing as a solid malt roast, grains, espresso, licorice and dark fruit notes fill the nose. It also packs a solid sweetness.


The beer may be of one style and look like another, but it drinks like a third. Porterish in nature, the beer has a roasty flavor and is full bodied. Roast malt, hints of coffee, a touch of smoke and hints of chocolate combine with a late forming licorice as the beer transitions from a moderately sweet beginning to a slightly drying and lasting finish.


This is a treat of a beer. It’s got great flavor though may be a bit too sweet for some. And at 5.5% ABV, it’s down right quaffable. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for more products from this brewery.

Rating: 4/5

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