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Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper) - Birrificio Le Baladin

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 109
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 73
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of corby112
2.82/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2004 vintage.

Pours a dark copper/amber color with burnt orange edges.  Completely still with no head or lacing but it does have nice legs after an aggressive swirl.

Sweet, boozy aroma that's almost all alcohol until t warms up considerably.   Once it does, sweet malt and dark fruit are apparent.  Hints of caramel, toffee and maple syrup followed by raisin, fig plum and more alcohol.

Viscous with no carbonation to speak of and a real syrupy consistency.  Boozy, syrupy flavor dominates with lots and lots of alcohol sweetness but not overly hot.  After it warms the sweet malt and dark fruit notes come to the forefront.  Hints of toffee, caramel and hazelnut followed by plum, raisin and fig.  These notes are still pretty faint with the overbearing alcohol flavor dominating everything.  One dimensional, lacking in carbonation and pretty tough to drink more than a few ounces of.  I was the only one at a recent tasting that finished their pour.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.44/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another bottle opened up at a recent tasting.

Pours a ruddy brown, minimal head.

Aroma is mostly Good N Plenty, red licorice, bourbon vanilla - a very candy-like nose.

Very, very sweet on the palate. Amaretto-like sweetness - in fact, this really could almost pass as an amaretto substitute. Really tasty, but can get sickeningly sweet.

It smells like a cordial, tastes like a cordial, and feels like a cordial.

I think this is a sweet after-dinner cordial trying to masquerade as a beer. Whatever it is, you only need a little of it, preferably at dessert.

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Photo of nick76
3.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has syrup, yeast, cork, and malt. The appearance is copper/amber with no head. The flavor is very sweet but not cloying or overpowering. The palate is thick and sticky. The overall quality is very good and it's amazing that it's almost 14% alcohol since I don't feel a burn.

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Photo of davod23
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

2005 vintage. Based on some high praise I've seen this beer garner, I had to give it a try, especially considering I had the disposable income necessary for an investment in a bottle. Let's do this, my first beer in 2013: It pours a brackish amber topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises biscuit, honey, light and mild booze, and a vague sense of sweet fruits not unlike a sauternes or sherry. The taste brings in more of the same, with the sweetness really taking hold, and some cardboard-y hints of oxidation poking through every now and again. Things are slightly messy, muddled. The body is a stoic medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I can see the allure of this beer to many, but it wasn't entirely my cup of tea. The sweet and oxidative notes are generally pleasant, but when mixed they don't cooperate, nor do they do so with any of the other components. Still, I'm glad to have tried this stuff, and I even hope to try the Silver and Gold editions some time in the future.

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Photo of Florida9
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color. flat. no head. no lacing. Aroma is a mix of nuts, barrel, and caramel. taste is nothing like a barleywine. this is very sweet, almost port or sherry like. Mildly grapy, sweet, raisin, and very sweet molasses. On the thicker side of medium, but I think this is mosttly becuase of the lack of carbonation.
This would make a fine port, but as a beer, its lackluster.

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Photo of Durge
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This unusual brew is a cloudy, creamy brown color with no head or lace. I detect a fair honey and brown bread aroma. The feel is thick and cloying. It tastes of super sweet malt and honey, no carbonation. Cherry vanilla comes to mind. Thick and not highly drinkable. Quite strong in alcohol but very tastey. Everyone should give this a try.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of KCHopHead
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cousin brought from STL. Expensive bottle to buy in the states, but I had to try. Poured into a stemless wine glass.

A - Great copper golden color. Poured thick so I knew I was in for some syrup Barleywine.

S - The alcohol smell come into play as well as grape/wine like features. Complex to the nose for a beer.

T - Green grape taste, bourbon flavors hit the tounge.

M - Very flat with no carbonation which is somehwat common with this style, but I think to balance this syrupy/alchoholic brew you need something to get a little hop flavor.

D - Rough to get down. I am not a scotch sipper, but if you're into that thing then this might appeal more to you. Definitely sip this and savor small wine glass full.

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Photo of jedwards
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

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Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Bottle Vintage; Sampled January 2009
A wine bottle that, unsurprisingly, has no carbonation. As I pour this beer notes of sherry and prunes are noticeable. The beer has not head and has a deep, dark-red / purple-plum color with a touch of brown around the edges. When held up to the light the beer shows a clear, bright ruby hue, but there is a ton of floaties in the beer, despite resting comfortably for at least a month. This has lots of fruity notes that are reminiscent of Brandy (dark grape notes, concentrated berry notes and a jam-like red wine character). There is a nutty note here as well as the soft sherry notes, but I wouldn't say that this is overly oxidized; it is a very impressively smooth oxidation. The alcohol provides some warming to the nose.

The beer is quite sweet. It finishes with a solid fruitiness that reminds me of Port. Flavors of prunes, raisins, dried blackberries, . In the finish there seems to be a touch of herbal hops and a faint bitterness that doesn't really become noticeable in the finish until long after the beer has left my mouth (giving a chance for the sweet fruit notes to die down a bit). Thee is a light nuttiness and a hint of sherry, but this was a bit more prominent in the aroma. A touch of orange zest (more like Grand Marnier) joins the other more dark fruit driven flavors. While the sweetness provides lots of viscousness to this beer, the lack of carbonation tends to keep the body light some how; despite this the beer is most definitely a sipping beer though

This is one of those beers that you would be hard pressed to guess is beer in a blind tasting. This tastes so much like a fortified wine (like Port), and it drinks just like one as well. I really enjoy a good Port from time to time, and I am really digging this right now. This is very interesting, it isn't overly complex though as really the sweet, dark, oxidized fruit flavors tend to dominate. I'll admit this wasn't at all what I was expecting, but this is quite good.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A few ounce decanting thanks to yamar68, poured into a snifter.

Pour: A dead burgundy with no head, no lacing, no carb. Nice legs, alcohol presence is definitely letting itself be known. Port?

Aroma: Caramel, brown sugar, raisin, fig, vanilla, light booziness. All come together pretty seamlessly. In keeping line with being closer to a sherry or port, the alcohol provides more of a sting on the nostrils than a boozy character.

Taste: Decadent, truly. Brown sugar and chewy raisins up front, followed by boozy fig newtons. Halfway through my pour, the barleywine characters come out, with chewy sticky caramel. Finally, the complexities of a smooth bourbon dance on the last sip, even though barrel aging was not part of this beasts regimen.

Mouthfeel: Light syrup effect, but not cloying. Slightly boozy.

Overall: A very unique experience, and one I relished. I would love to have this, or other Xyauyu's in the future.

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Photo of hopdog
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt 9oz bottle in 'eye catching' packaging. Labeled, brewed in 2004.

Poured a deep amber-brown color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of fruits, cognac, bourbon, wood, and caramel. Tastes of toffee, brandy, vinous, brown sugar sweetness, cherris, plums, raisins, apples and pears. Sweet (I'd lick my lips a minute later and they were still very sweet). Lots of alcohol in the finish; definitely a sipper. Interesting, but I think I overpayed for this one (it cost me $40!).

Notes from 4/27/07

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Photo of Treebs
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2005 vintage served in a Firestone Walker mini snifter. Thanks to sweenzander for the share.

A: Pours a ruby and brownish color mix with no head forming on the pour. A few wisps are present, but overall it's very still. Reminiscent of Utopias.

S: Boozy and hot, but there is a nice caramel-like sweetness to cool it down a bit. Some notes of plum and dark chocolate with a raisin as well.

T: Sherry like oxidation. Dark cherry with some boozy notes. Raisin with a burnt sugar bitterness.

M: Flat and smooth with a medium body leaning towards the heavier side.

O: A nice sipper, like a Utopias-lite, but not as complex. I definitely wouldn't drop the coin on this version so I'm glad I could get a share.

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Photo of yamar68
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light red, with basically no head. Sweet dark fruit aroma, somewhat muddled and unpronounced. Amazing flavor of dried fruits, pear, peach, cherry and lingering banana peel and banana. Finish reminds me of a tawny port, with notes of macadamia nut, pecan and caramel. It's very, very impressive. Complex, dramatically flavorful. Extremely well hidden alcohol (I detect no alcohol flavor at all) Immensely satisfying, but unfortunately, this one empties the wallet too fast.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served as part of a pairing with a meal at Vetri in Philly... 2005 Vintage paired with dessert.

Pours a shimmering, clean and clear copper color, sticking to the sides of the glass like maple syrup. No carbonation to speak of. Scent in a wonderus malted barley that brings forth whiffs of sherry, port, orange liqour, toffee and nuts. Taste is a sticky sweet, yet wonderosly blended combination of all the above mentioned components of smell. Excellent after dinner, dessert accompanyment, a whole bottle in itself would be a challenge to get down due to the syrupy sweetness, but a delight none the less.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to bucketboy for opening this bottle at Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate. Served in a Deschutes tulip, courtesy of Lunch, who was sleeping in his car at that point.

2005 vintage.

Pours a moderate copper-bronze color with a very thin head of bubbles that quickly receded. The nose brings forward a really nice balance between caramel and dark fruits along with some sherry in the background. The flavor melds everything together really well, and the oxidation process has really done wonders to this beer. Beautiful sherry-like flavor along with some caramelization and just a touch of alcohol. Light to medium body and very smooth. Low carbonation. Really a delight all around. Thanks again, Joe.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of jmgrub at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear orange with no head and no lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, wood, and vanilla. Taste is much the same with a very syrupy sweetness to it. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great flavors and smells but the mouthfeel is a bit lacking in my opinion.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back home for me by my friend who is temporarily living in Italia. Salute Daniele!

A: A murky, red copper. Pretty purdy. No head.

S: Lots of wine, grape-like smells. Also apples, but not really dark fruit. Very sweet.

T: Sweet wine and apple liquer, which I imagine exists or has existed at some point. Reminds me of my mother's mincemeat pie, which does not have actual meat, but apples soaked in brandy. Very sweet.

M: As I had heard, this beer is without carbonation. Feels more like an after-dinner liquer than a beer. This makes it nice and rich, but does negatively impact the

Drinkability: fairly low. I split this with two friends, and though we had a few other beers we wanted to get to, the 5 or 6 ounces we each drank took the better part of an hour to get through. Trying to drink it all by myself would have been very foolish. The sweetness started to become rather cloying as well, and I have quite the sweet tooth.

Certainly a unique beer. Quite tasty in small doses. I would really treat this like a liquer. Have a few ounces after dinner, and then seal it for the next night, or the next week. I don't think it could get any sweeter, so even a little oxidation wouldn't hurt it.

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Photo of Etan
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of PGHeppJr
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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

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Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper) from Birrificio Le Baladin
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