Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold) - Birrificio Le Baladin
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4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
Again, thanks to Eric and Matt for sharing Copper and Gold at our latest Gingerman tasting in Houston.
A: Thick, viscous, and still. Pours a hazed ruby red color. No head and no lace. Acceptable for the style, age, and alcohol.
S: Toasted malts, bread, biscuit, and a big sweetness. Caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Some booze, but not overwhelming at all.
T: Like the nose toasted malts up front. Baked bread, biscuits, and then the sweetness. Caramel/toffee, vanilla and chocolate. Slightly boozy with, but finishes with a dark fruit flavor. Almost sherry like. Amazing.
M/D: A full body, with low carbonation, but so smooth. A bit of warming booze, but really enjoyable to sip on considering the size.
Like the Copper version, just incredible. Warming, but never over barring booze, and the malt character is to die for. A great English barleywine that holds up with some of my favorites.
07-14-2014 02:23:56 | More by champ103
British Columbia (Canada)
4.21/5 rDev -3.9%
It's a $50 bwine kind of night... 2009 bottle. Thanks Rodkin!
Appearance. Pours a deep deep amber with haze. No head, looks complete flat as intended.
Smell. Caramel, booze, brandy, brown sugar and ...fruit blossoms. Yep, that's what I'm picking up. Interesting for sure.
Taste. Big brown sugar, some booze and caramel and some light floral notes that I was picking up in the nose and some sweet red wine ...maybe pot but I'm not well versed in that stuff to say for sure. . Quite smooth considering the abv.
Mouthfeel. Full body, completely flat. I think a little carbonation would be nice but it actually drinks well without. Some smooth boozy heat for sure.
Overall. An experience for sure. I wouldn't normally go for such an expensive brew but this was worth the try one time at least.
12-09-2013 03:43:21 | More by Rutager
4.18/5 rDev -4.6%
Reviewed from notes.
Picked this one up from a wine shop in Sorrento. 2008 vintage. 14% ABV.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark copper to brown with absolutely no trace of a head.
Aroma: Nose is very malty, with some extreme sweetness, and maybe a little nuttiness. Early is some light chocolate and candy, then molasses, caramel and toffee come through, and even a little dark chocolate. Some oak character is present, and a bit of alcohol is noticeable.
Taste: Follows the nose, it is very sweet, with molasses, toffee, vanilla extract and caramel. Maple syrup is actually a strong character, and it carries throughout the taste. The candied flavor and light chocolate come in, and a little bit of dry red wine creeps through into the alcohol warming in the finish. The whole taste is quite syrupy, I really had to sip this one slowly. The alcohol is nothing terrible, but that combined with the syrupy quality made it a sipper. The sweetness plays with the line between nice and cloying, just barely avoiding being cloying. The beer is not what I'd call balanced, but it manages to end the sweetness at just the right time.
Mouthfeel: Quite thick and syrupy, with no carbonation. The alcohol is definitely there, but it doesn't ruin the mouthfeel.
Overall: An extremely sweet, but not cloying beer. The malt profile is extremely complex, with layers of sweet flavors that play around in the mouth. Definitely a unique beer, definitely a real sipper. Not my personal favorite, but I really appreciate this well crafted beer.
11-14-2013 10:16:41 | More by Laxadaisical
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
2009 vintage, 14% ABV
A: A nice clear deep burgundy. No head, no lacing, completely flat. Didn't mark it down too much because this is intentional. Color is nice though.
S: Surprisingly mild given the 14% ABV. Very sweet, lots of syrupy caramel. Mild dark fruits, maybe a hint of raisin and fig. No booze at all. Really nice, hard to describe but basically like smelling the sweetest sugary syrup you could find.
T: Super sweet through and through. Some dark fruits up front, nothing heavy but bits of raisin, cherry and fig. Maybe plums too. I keep getting random hints of other fruits too, pomegranate sometime? Loaded with caramel and brown sugar. Even maybe maple syrup? Maybe even some honey? Hints of toffee on the back end with a little molasses. No booziness which is amazing. Strong, sweet flavors from start to finish.
M: Very thick, very syrupy. No carbonation does not help this. Like drinking maple syrup from the bottle.
O: This is one hell of a beer. Does not taste like any other beer (only Utopias comes close). Very complex and flavorful. Try this one with an open mind. The syrupy, flat nature takes a little getting used to. It's extremely sweet too, starts to get hard to drink eventually - I'm glad this is "only" 16.9 ounces and not a 750ml or something. I've had a 2004 copper version of this and it was a little mellower and simpler. This one is sharper (maybe due to less aging) but with more complexity too. An amazing brew no matter how you approach it; clearly a masterful creation and it stands alone.
03-30-2013 02:27:40 | More by Dope
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
16.9 oz bottle, bottled in 2009, poured into a snifter.
A- Pours a clear, dark brown, has no carbonation or head, looks pretty much as described.
S- Rich, sweet, delicious aroma. Lots of caramel, vanilla, madeira and port, and caramelized dark fruit. This is my favorite part of this beer. The aroma is just highly complex and rich, it smells great.
T- Similar to the aroma, lots of caramel, vanilla, sugar, caramelized dark fruits, and maybe a bit of chocolate. There are also nice accents of port and madeira, as well as some leathery oxidation.
M- I really wasn't sure how well this would work with no carbonation, but the beer is full-bodied, with a smooth, silky feel and a dry finish with a nice amount of boozy warmth.
O- I've never had a beer quite like this, but this was really, really delicious. I was hesitant about the cost, but this is certainly worth it, pick this up if you have the chance.
03-24-2013 06:30:40 | More by WillCarrera
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
500ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass.
A- Pours a reddish brown that is perfectly still without any carbonation, head, or anything. Mostly opaque with some light transparency around the edges.
S- Complex and fairly boozey smelling, but the booze smell is pleasant almost like a fine sherry mixed with aromas of vinegar, grapes, plums, cherries, light molasses, and figs. I really like the smell on this, but the booze does get to me a bit.
T- Sweet caramel, brown sugar, plums, cherries, light molasses, finishes with more molasses, dark fruits (cherries, plums, grapes), figs, raisins, and brown sugar. Sweet lingering aftertaste of aforementioned tastes. Taste definitely isn't as boozey as the smell and in my opinion definitely the best aspect of this beer.
M- Surprisingly light with almost a slight watery aspect but in my opinion it fits perfectly with the flavors of the beer and brings them out nicely. No carbonation to speak of. Very easy drinking with pretty much no abv burn.
O- I really liked this barleywine and the oxidation definitely makes it very interesting. It's fairly complex with a lot of dark fruit qualities that provide a nice sweetness. At 13.5% it is insanely easy to drink and the only part in the beer you really notice it in is the taste. I love how you can re-cork the bottle and drink it later, this is definitely a beer that is meant to be sipped and enjoyed in fairly low servings. Maybe not worth the $45/500ml bottle price tag, but I definitely recommend checking this beer out if you get the chance especially if you like complex beers.
03-09-2013 00:18:08 | More by jaasen64
Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold) from Birrificio Le Baladin
95 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.