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Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper) - Birrificio Le Baladin

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Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 74
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2006)
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

DCon, Sep 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gold version. Vintage 2005. Serving date 2009-02-14. Served in medium sized wine glass.

Presentation: 500 ml sturdy bottle with golden letters on the label. Presented in a black cardboard box without any inscriptions whatsoever. Comes with a small leaflet with some short notes of which I can only understand fragments (it's written in Italian, which I don't speak). The bottle is sealed using a regular wine cork (not a champagne cork), and I think it's authentic cork, not synthetic. I couldn't find any freshness date on the bottle, but I wouldn't worry to much about that with this one.

I've tried to gather some information about this beer and its production procedures, but I have only been able to find small parts of info. Apparently, the Xyauyù is made in three versions, copper (might be bronze, not really sure), silver and gold. After primary fermentation it matures using a method originally used in the production of sherry and port wine. During the maturation, that lasts for about 2,5 years, the beer is exposed to oxygen, causing oxidation. The three versions differ in the degree of oxidation - the gold version is the most oxidized one. I'm not sure if the vintage year on the label indicates brewing year or bottling year, but I think it's brewing year, which means this one's been bottled for about 1,5 - 2 years. The ABV in the gold version is 13,5%.

Appearance: The cork comes off with a minimal pop, indicating low levels of carbonation. The cork really smells more of wine than beer. When poured, the beer has a very nice, glowing amber color with red hues, and is a bit hazy as a result of big amounts of very small, almost microscopic, floaties. The first pour results in a minimal amount of bubbles on top of the liquid, around the edges of the glass. However, this is no head, not even foam-like. Rather, it's the kind of bubbles you sometimes get from pouring fruit juice or some wines. The second pour creates no bubbles at all. Actually, I didn't get the beer to produce any bubbles, no matter how hard I swirled my glass. However, when it's swirled it clings onto the glass like a cognac or a wine - a great visual quality.

Smell: An intense smell of sweet fruits, raisins, and caramel hits the noose, accompanied by a sharp alcoholic twang. Notes of wood (perhaps oak) are there as well. The smell of this one is really heavy, dense and sweet. It's actually more reminiscent of a strong dessert wine, like sherry or port, than beer.

Taste: More sweetness: Fruits, mostly overripe plums, raisins, molasses and perhaps some brown sugar and honey-like sweetness as well. There's is also a flavor I have a hard time identifying; the best I can do is describing it as a general candy-like flavor. These massive sweet flavors are balanced by some spices, oak and a more nutty earth flavor. The alcohol is rather prominent and provides a pleasant warmth. In the finish there's more sweet fruits and raisins, but also a gentle but distinct bitterness. Hot alcohol finishes things off. All in all, this one is very reminiscent of a sherry or a port, with big and bold strong vinous flavors, but there is still something about it that is characteristically beer-like, and I must say that I have a hard time depicting how great it actually tastes. The sheer uniqueness of it is worth a top grade, but since it's not only interesting and unique, but also tastes incredibly good, I think awarding it with 5 for taste is motivated.

Mouthfeel: It has basically no carbonation, and thus it's really smooth. Medium body, very viscous and slightly chewy.

Drinkability: This one really pushes the boundaries for beer, and for what beer can be, almost transcending them occupying parts of the realm previously solely reserved for strong and sweet fortified wines. And I would say it could go head to head with any high quality dessert wine - and come out on top - when it comes to food pairings most often associated with sherry, port wines or Madeira - or as an aperitif for that matter. It's really that unique and amazing. Everything about it really breathes of luxury and delicacy; from its elegant presentation, and glowing appearance, to its vinous aromas and flavors and its distinct and bold taste character in general. Although, I constantly compare this with wine and use wine as a measure to describe it, I must say it's still a beer with some characteristics you probably wouldn't find in a wine. I would say that this only makes it better, but considering how far away this is from your average ale, or barleywine for that matter, I don't think I can see my self being in the mood for this one that often. I guess it's for that "special occasion" or when you're in the mood for something out of the ordinary.

Lastly, I shared a 500 ml bottle with my girlfriend and both of us actually felt it was a bit too much. So I would recommend having it in small amounts - it's a great sipper.

ricke, Feb 16, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to trxxpaxxs for sharing this!

2004 Vintage. Copper. 500ml corked bottle poured into a bruery snifter.

pours out a deep mahghony brown color with a good amount of sediment visible. even leaves a bit of sediment on the side of the glass. the slightest ring of head off the pour immediatly fades to nothing.

big sweet, nutty aromas. sherry like. lots of burnt sugars, honey, caramel sweetness.

wow, tons of sweetness. honey, caramel, toffee, burnt sugars, molasses, a little of that sherry like nuttiness that was present in the aroma and hints of dark fruits.

minimal carbonation. big, sticky sweet mouthfeel. a bit warming going down, but no real taste of booze. flows very smooth over the palate.

wow, this was quite a barleywine. i wasnt expecting much based on the one other beer ive had from this brewery, but this was fantastic. id prolly even take this over beers like MOAS...seek it out!

dogfishandi, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2004)

Thanks for opening this with me, SubpoenaDeuces!

(Aged for 9+ years)

Still, clear, dark ruby, dark amber, and cherry wood in color. Leaves the glass only oily, if that, on the way down. Unexciting, but rich in appearance and appealing. A pretty color and an obviously strong concoction.

Lots of burnt sugar caramels, sherry notes, dark fruits, and a hint of honey and chocolate sweetness. Wood character as well. This is reminiscent of a sherry or a tawny port, in a lot of ways. Some oxidation aroma as well. Very nice as it all comes together.

The flavor, like the aroma, is quite sweet, but wonderfully complex. Tons of dark fruits (grape skin), toffees, burnt caramel candies, and chocolate-covered raisin combine extraordinarily well. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden, though I could feel this one coming on strong. Fantastic. Delicious and complex, though so much like a liquor in many ways, it's tough to drink a full glass of this--that is not a criticism.

Oily, moderate bodied. No carbonation. Slick. Appropriate. Very nice.

I loved this one.

ehammond1, May 19, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes : 07JUN2009

2004 Vintage

An expected flatter-than-piss-on-a-plate head.

Color is enchanting and more akin to something from a bottle in the Jerez region.

Nose is filled with with rich dried fruit notes followed by nutty nuances. With enough spice aroma to keep one guessing what Tunisian fair they just walked through.

Mouthfeel of pure velvet and again, this radical brew is reminiscent of Amantillado. Rich clover honey and plump turkish figs are what stand out most to me.

In all, a bottle of barley-sherry to rub in the face of your wine-geek/snob's faces. Followed by something mature like, " I told you"

Paired with Neal's Yard Dairy Colston Bassett Stilton

PGHeppJr, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is possibly one of the best Barley Wines I have ever had.

Imported through B United, this Italian Beast comes from Birrificio Baladin. And is one of the best and rarest Barley Wines out there period.

It pours into a glass nice copper color alcohol. The smell is sweet of some sort of high end port or sherry, and some what like cognac.

For a beverage which is very similar to the Sam Adams Utopias, this is excellent, and only a fourth of the price.

Most places are selling this awesome barley wine around $45 to $50, and Sam Utopias goes from $160 to $500 depending if your buying it online or not, and during it's season.

Xyauyu is simply one of the best alcoholic beverages I have ever had.

Leave it to the Italians to kick ass at Beer too. Watch out Belgium, your not the only ones who produce excellent products.

StevenBilodeau, Jul 15, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
teo musso 2006

A- This beer pours a hazy slight dense antique dark copper body with no head and no carbonation but some nice legs when swirled.

S- The notes of rich woody sherry have an aged fruity alcohol in the finish and a touch of graham. There are qualities of golden raisins, honey, dates and dark grape skins all blended in the nose.

T- There is some malt sweetness blended with an old barrel flavor and some sherry fruit notes that turns into a soft lingering dried fruit alcohol. There are some light caramel and toffee notes that come through when the beer opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a mellow warming alcohol heat.

O- This lacks the richness and depth I hope to find in a barleywine and it is a bit thin due to the lack of carbonation. It is very well blended but the sweet and alcohol balance really leans toward the big sweetness as it opens up.

rhoadsrage, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of pwoods
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to grandq for this trade.

The bottle says 1 pint 9oz. but I'm assuming they mean 1pint .9oz. because the bottle doens't look close to a 750ml

Poured into a snifter. Brewed in 2004.

A: Pours a very deep orange with plenty of maple tinting. Pours with very very little carbonation. No lacing.

S: Rich, sweet dark fruits with a very complex alcohol line. Among the pineapple, mango, strawberries, lime, apricot, and peach aromas, there is a constant juicy, ripe, firm plum character that is fucking amazing. Some dense, moist bread plays around, too.

T/M: Yeah, basically has zero carbonation. Alcohol is a little more subdued that the nose would suggest, but it's still there and still tasty. More of sweet dark fruits with an even more intensified sweetness, almost table sugar/koolaid sweet. The moist bread is also there with a touch of soft desert cinnamon.

D: The lack of carbonation really hurts this brew. It actually makes it feel a bit watery. And not just the mouthfeel, I think everything would come together and fit better if there was at least a bit of carbonation. To more or less round out the edges. No carbo = no head or lacing, too. Tasty, nonetheless. And the bottle looks awesome, lol.

Edit: Looking at my scoring, even if this brew mild carbonation, I more than likely would be able to bump appearance up a half point or more, taste up a half point or more, and mouthfeel at least 2(if not more), and it'd make it more drinkable, too. This could have possibly been around 4.5 overall.

pwoods, May 22, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jastack for sending this my way.

2004 copper label.

Pours a deep amber/ ruby brown color, very ruby when held up to the light. Wow, next to no carbonation despite a relatively vigorous pour. Still.

Nose is very nice with deep dark fruit, fig, date, prune, brown sugar, candied plums and caramel. Rum soaked raisin, alcohol. Slight vinous element.

Whoa! The taste totally follows the nose. Rum soaked dark fruit, plum, raisin. Some fig, brown sugar and caramel. Some hazelnut. Alcohol is most certainly there, but im sure this was MUCH hotter when fresh. Very port like. Slight sour grape on the finish, after taste lingers and sugar grips the lips and tongue far after the beer warms your stomach.

Mouthfeel is good here, but there really is next to no carbonation at all. Nice and viscous, perfect thickness IMO. Very slick going down, smooth. I have to knock this back just a touch though, as i would like to feel just a bit more carbonation, however the damn near flat character of this beer seems to work.

Drinkability is quite good, although, this beer is 12%. For the abv, and with this bit of age on it, the drinkability is actually quite good, but again, i really would like just a touch of carbonation in this one.

Overall a very very nice beer, although sort of strange with no suds, very nice. A big strong bold english barleywine. Very sweet, and a wonderful fall/winter fireplace sipper. Any english barleywine fan should try one of these at some point. Is it worth $40??? You be the judge ;) Great beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 04, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Very interesting about how this beer is brewed in the review below. Some techniques I've never heard of. Any way.

This is a 2005 vintage. I've been sitting on this bottle for about a year and a half not wanting to open it because it is one of the most expensive bottles I have bought. Read below about the vintage.

Pours a completely flat dark caramel color. More like a light brown maple syrup. The bottle is awesome though and it makes you feel like your opening something revolutionary.

Aroma is tons of dark fruits. I have never had a beer with more dark fruit aroma. Mostly rasin. Tons of toasted sugars and caramel. Very complex.

Wow. Taste. I don't know what to say. It's like sucking on a part maple part simple syrup solution. Sooo sweet. It's amazing that there is no alcohol burn. Absolutly zero. And my bottle is 13%. ABV. It's way too sweet though. But the flavors are nice.

Mouthfeel is actually not as thick as I was expecting. The non existent carbonation actually probably helps out the mouthfeel because it would probably taste too thick if there was some carb.

Overall it is way too sweet and is gunna be hard to finish. I should have brought this to a tasting and not split it with a buddy. Would have felt better to split a $50 bottle of beer with more people and we probably would have enjoyed it more since a couple sips and you have had enough.

PeprSprYoFace, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle poured into a tumbler. 2004 bottle.

Appearance - Ruby body. No head. A few floaties. Sugars cling to the glass.

Smell - Very fruity. Raisins and dark fruits. Caramel and booze.

Taste - Well it's sugary. Very fruity again. Brighter fruit, although raisins persist. Caramel and brown sugar all the way through. Boozy with the slightest sherry component.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. No carbonation. Sweet and boozy, a definite sipper.

Overall - Incredible flavors. Great fruit component to the brown sugar. It's just flat and heavy.

Alieniloquium, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of davod23
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Bronze version, brewed in 2005. 500mL bottle, poured into my Stone Old Guardian glass. Thanks, Blake.

Dead still pour. Absolutely no carbonation evident whatsoever. It's an interesting pour nonetheless, thick and syrupy. Dark, clear, brownish color with ruby highlights. Quite pretty.

Aroma... holy crap. Massive hit of sweetness, toffee, a bit of spice, and booze. Weird that it seems to calm down after a few minutes in the glass - maybe I was just taken by surprise.

Taste is quite nice, though far from my favorite barleywine. It's a honey bomb. The girlfriend likened it to plum wine, which I can see too - it has almost a Kool-Aid type sweetness to it. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Maybe some raisins? A hint of spice on the finish, which is interesting for the style. Not as complex as I have found in other examples of English barleywines, but still enjoyable enough.

Mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer. Sticky, syrupy, and thick, this is a good example of what a barleywine ought to be.

Drinkability suffers. It's just so damn sweet! I'm a third of my way through my half of the bottle, and I've got to take it real slow-like. Enjoyable, but I can't imagine wanting more than a single pour of this stuff. Get a bottle and find four friends to split it with.

This is a good brew, definitely interesting, but it will be a once-in-a-while thing for me.

davod23, Nov 12, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BucketBoy for sharing this one at BASC! 2005 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Pours amber with an extremely minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, fruit, figs, caramel, brown sugar, wood, molasses, and massively sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, peat, dark fruit, and very subtle alcohol. It has a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. The aroma was a little misleading as I thought it was going to be massively alcohol forward, but the flavor was very sweet and nice. The mouthfeel on this one could use a little work but still decent. A definite must try, that I was really happy to get the chance to try it.

thagr81us, Jul 16, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not normally a ticker, but I was lucky enough to get a relatively small sample of this at a recent tasting and, well, I don't know whether I'll see this beer again but in a few years when I've got more money I will definitely want to remember this bad-boy.

The beer pours completely still, heck, it even has a wine cork. Now, this isn't an uncarbonated beer, with some residual CO2, this beer is as flat as wine.

But that actually works in its favor. Another beer geek at the tasting described it as "the best port he ever had", and that was a guy who likes port! And while I see the gloss to a nice tawny port, to me the dominant flavor was maple syrup. Just rich layers of 100% grade A maple syrup, the Canada brown, if you will. That was followed by some dark stone fruits, like prunes and lighter plums, coupled with some cherries and apricots . . . but all of them dried and candied in maple syrup.

What was very remarkable is that there wasn't the slightest hint of alcohol. I would have almost welcomed a bit of alcoholic heat to dry out the ending, but none was to be found -- just a building sweetness.

Wow, an outstanding beer. One that I could see aging and busting out for a very special occasion. This beer will certainly have cross-appeal to wine loves, assuming that they dig the porto end of things. A great experience!

shbobdb, Jul 29, 2008
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Cloaked_Phantom, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was bottled the same year that:
-North Korea banned cell phone use
-Facebook was launched
-A grocery store fire in Paraguay killed over 300 people

2004 vintage, poured into a wine tasting glass:

Pours a bright ruby gold, zero head or any other sign of carbonation. Good amount of alcohol legs.

The nose is extremely rich - heavy toffee and caramel, toasted grains, maple syrup, brown sugar, slight leather, oats, almonds. I'm amazed how well this 'oxidation process' has turned out. Zero wet cardboard/must.

Incredibly rich. Massive sweet caramel qualities - a bit of red fruit, a bit of alcohol heat, loads of maple syrup, taste like a sundae. Not overly sweet though, somehow. Warming, a tad cloying, but still relatively dry. This is beer?

Like nothing I've ever had.

yamar68, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

campfirebrew, Aug 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

largadeer, Nov 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Chugs13, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of StephenRich
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was brewed in 2003, but the vintage date on the bottle lists 2005. Heres why. Musso boils his wort (water and sugar extracted from malted barley) for a very long period of time to create a very sweet and dense liquid. It is then inoculated with a yeast from an Islay Distillery and laid to rest for a long, and difficult 40 days primary fermentation (primary would normally be 4 to 7 days). From there the temperature is lowered to 0C (32F) and kept there for a further 3 months. The beer is then filtered and left in an open tank in a sterilized room for 18 months - then finally it will be bottled where it rests for another 6 before it is sent away.

While I greatly enjoyed this beer, the rich, robust, uncarbonated and port-like style of beer is not for everyone. But what you have to do is rid yourself of any silly preconceptions of what beer is. I think we should all know by now that beer doesn't exist merely as a weak fizzy yellow drink - it can be so much more, and a beer like this proves that. So before you open it, clear your mind, and prepare for flavor, and nothing else.

I opened the Xyauyu up around cellar temperature around 14C (57F), just slightly chilled, but far from cold. I poured it into a stemmed tulip glass gently and a thick, silky, oil-like amber brown beer slid out and crashed heavily into the bottom of the glass. Instantly you could tell that this beer was richly viscous, very oily, and in that Madeira realm. The beer rested in the glass with absolutely no head, and only a couple bubbles along the sides of the glass that should not be confused for carbonation; so few I can count them (24...). Totally calm and peaceful, the Xyauyu chilled in my glass glowing a muted burgundy brown with deep shades of golden mahogany, copper, dark purples and shades of black. It was very pretty, and unsuspecting - especially if you still think beer should be yellow and fizzy.

The nose is tawny and sweet with thick malt sensations, sugary fruits, and an earthy must. Getting my nose right into the glass opened me up to raisins, dates, figs, prunes, syrup, brown sugar, caramelized malts, brandy, strawberry jam, and sweet molasses. It is big and malty rich right away but shows traces of balance by way of sweet leather, earth and tobacco. This beer pours flavor out to you right from the get go.

A gentle tilt of the glass to bring some of this richly golden brown beer onto my palate lit up my face and warmed my soul. The beer so gently glides over your tongue and falls heavily onto your cheeks with a sublimely silky and oily texture that wraps your mouth in a velvety blanket of flavor. All the sweetness of the malts, the ageing, and the hard work burst out at you in a smooth and refined manner.

A honey like stew of dried fruits and fresh jam caress my tongue first and open up to figs, dates, caramel and stewed pears. A syrup like malty sweetness is built into the center of this beer and brings hints of brandy and Orloso sherry. It is smooth and warming and goes down with a silky, boozy touch. Take sips, not gulps. This beer was meant to be savored.

As your palate warms to the sweet malts, ranges of herbs and leather begin to show added complexity, and I swear that I taste tobacco. Its a sweet and gooey earthiness that I can recognize from some of my favorite ripe cigars. Touches of warm nut and back to figs and dates remain powerful in the beer's body, and I am amazed at its construction and overall presence. This really should be considered an Italian-Style Barleywine.

No carbonation, intensely malty sweet, hints of jam, orange zest, berries, stewed figs, port and brandy all come together to form a remarkable beer which should be enjoyed on its own with friends. You would have a tough time drinking an entire bottle to yourself in less than 8 hours. I sipped on my 5 or 6 ounces for probably 40 minutes, and enjoyed every second of it. The refined, but malty sweet flavor and silky and warming finish crate a masterpiece. I can't wait to try the 2010 vintage. This is a beer for the ages.

Pics at: http://wp.me/pNKWo-1eE

StephenRich, Sep 21, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle, taken down solo.

A: Pours a thinnish woody brown with a bunch of floaties and no head.

S: Thick raisins and booze, lots of grapey vinous notes, prune.

T: Very rich maple, raisins, brown sugar, slight pleasant heat, vanilla.
Becomes more rich and warming as the beer settles.

M: Flat, thick and a tiny bit syrupy.

O: I really enjoy the intense oxidation character of this beer. I can see how it could be a bit sweet for some, but that's the point of the beer. Utterly unique (Utopias probably comes the closest). Can't wait to try the other beers in the series.

Etan, Aug 31, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the 2005-labeled Copper (Etichetta Rame) vintage.

Pour is a deep caramel garnet, unfortunately marred by a host of tiny black flecks floating in the liquid -- fortunately they are undetectable in the mouth. The smell is rich fruit, caramel, honey and a hint of harsh fusels -- the taste is stewed plums, cherry, leather, wine, raisins, and tobacco. Alcohol is extremely well hidden behind an mouth-coating sweetness. Texture is thick and port-like... in fact, everything is very port-like. Not a bad thing, and really remarkable for a product made without grapes. I love the showcasing of the qualities of slow oxidization.

Eventually I will have to try the silver and gold variations.

jedwards, Mar 22, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at vintage and rare beer tasting at the Funky Buddha Lounge.

2005 vintage

Pours a very dark red with no head or carbonation to speak of.

Smell is very bold. Port wine like without a doubt. Fruit and alcohol punch you in the nose. In a good way.

Taste is again very much like a port wine. Chocolate comes in to finish off what the bold fruit began.

Overall, a very tasty beer. A bit syrupy which leads to the slightly lower drinkability and mouthfeel, but the flavors are great.

bluegrassbrew, Feb 10, 2009
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Rognvaldr, Jul 10, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Trader Pepsican added this to a trade as an extra. Yes, that is as generous as it gets. Got some good news recently that thought this was worthy of breaking out for.

2004 vintage 16.9oz bottled poured into a snifter.
Bottle Graphics: 8/10. Exudes class and heavy.

A: Dark dark red with a film of head, and that is being generous. It has the carbonation of a flat orange juice, ot Fiji water. You couldn't produce a bubble if you tried.

S: Mindblowing sweetness. Caramel and butterscotch are the pervasive aromas. This is in no way the smell of a beer- I am not a wine advocate nor to I pretend to be but from what I have had, this is far closer up that alley.

T: Figs and sweet fruits. The sweetness is unlike any other beer I have tasted and it is over the top without being headache lollipop sweet. Wow, does this think offer a complex portfolio of flavor- the figs and dates come over top of the vanilla and butterscotch that lay the initial foundation.

M: Syrupy viscocity. Intense body with zero, and I mean zero carbonation. The texture is intense and odd because while having a syrupy feel it has the texture of water because of no bubbles here.

D: Very thought provoking. This really stretches the category of beer as it realyl seems to push the envolope of a sweet luxurious wine. Unlike any other barleywine I have had, English or otherwise, and should be in its own category. A sipper for sure and the alcohol is welcome and warming.

Is it worth the price that people say it is on the shelves for? I don't think so but surely and experience that should be tried if you get the opportunity.

A freaking ridiculously generous trader that added this to a box that was sent last year. Now that is karma. Thanks Andy.

marcpal, Feb 11, 2009
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Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper) from Birrificio Le Baladin
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