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Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold) - Birrificio Le Baladin

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Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold)Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold)

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 58
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Italy

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sammy on 06-06-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from bottle ($9) at Mondial 2010. Like Argento, only creamier. Strong American/fruit/vegatable ratehr than barleywine tastes. No head on dark brown. Creamy look and taste. The taste is heavenly though chestnut nectar, dark fruits, Belgian chocolate, grapey, some malts, on the sweet side.

Sammy, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with no carbonation. Aroma of brown sugar and maple sugar with light dry fruits and light warming notes. Taste is also a very nice mix between some dry fruit with notes of caramel with some deep notes of brown sugar and maple syrup and some dry raisins. Alcohol is somewhat apparent with a full body and no carbonation. Very interesting thought somewhat expensive for the experience.

Phyl21ca, Feb 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

GRG1313, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just as good as the Copper Label. Really freaking impressive, It's just nothing like a beer. I really don't know how they make these. This brew has a tannish brown color with a stunning aroma of sugars, flowers and fruit. Has a sweetness that is a little like roasted marshmallows. Drinkablity is dangerously good on these. I wish I could've had more.

Knapp85, Mar 28, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'06 vintage shared with Alex (masterski) in Chicago last year. Yeah, took me a while to get these notes up.

Clear reddish-amber, has an almost purple tint. Perfectly still. Beautiful.

A lot of honey and port on the nose, wonderfully oxidized. Very sweet, which is amplified by the lack of carbonation. Dark fruit, a slight sting of alcohol. A touch more oxidized than the silver, which does replace some of the sweetness with more earthy, nutty oxidized notes.

Sweet honey and carame on the tongue, port-like oxidation, faint nuttiness, dark fruit. Full bodied and rich, but not cloying; ends somewhat dry. No noticeable alcohol, and no off-flavors from oxidation. Very drinkable. This is as good as it gets for aged beer, as far as I'm concerned.

largadeer, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Chris (largadeer). Served in a snifter. This was the 2006 vintage, gold label.

A - Unsurprisingly, pours still. The body is a transparent deep bronze color. There are nice legs when the liquid is swished around the glass.

S - Caramelized sugars, fruits, sherry, port, complementary oxidation, and a hint of oak (even though I know this is aged in stainless).There's a hint of alcohol, but nowhere near the listed 13.5% is present.

T - Taste is incredibly smooth for the listed ABC, with huge sugar, caramel, and maple flavors, and hints of chocolate, berries, and other fruits. Mead-like sweetness, but without being cloying.

M - Viscous full body, a surprisingly dry, crisp finish, and a hint of alcohol warmth on the back the throat.

D - Utopias "light"? A dessert madeira? Another hard-to-peg beer that is delicious nonetheless. Expensive, but worth it in my book. I'm not sure whether to thank Chris for turning me on to this stuff, as it'll make me that much poorer.

MasterSki, Jul 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

wrightst, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

DoubleJ, Jan 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured by the 5 ounce glass during the Italian beer festival at Max's. According to the beer menu, this was the 2004 version.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with virtually no head retention or lacing. In other words, this beer was completely still. While the beer may not have looked all that great, the aroma and flavor profile were outstanding. On the nose I got an aroma of sweet grape juice, brown sugar, toffee and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but if anything was even better. The flavor profile was dominated by cherry, toffee and caramel, with some nice oxidation notes in the finish. The slight oxidation seemed to work very well in this beer, and helped to counter some of the richness and sweetness. The finish was very smooth and long, and the 13.5% abv. was very well integrated into the flavor profile.

Age has treated this beer very well. Just an absolutely delicious BW from the folks at Baladin.

John_M, Jul 20, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/13/2011

Review # 1300.

2006 Etichetta Oro (Gold) poured into a snifter.

A: The color is an orange tinged copper and it pours near flat, with a few stray bubbles from the hard pour that fade instantly. A swirl brings a thick collar to life an inch up the glass, and this yields a cascading string of pearls. As beers like this go, this looks excellent, inviting.

S: Pronounced fig and date with much brown sugar and notes of leather. Smooth oxidation with maple and toffee. Smells very sweet. There's a little orange In there.

T: Sweet toffee and brown sugar meld with a complimentary sherry-like oxidation. Caramel and leather are evident. The beer is very rich, as I expected, but the flavor is complex and wonderful. Citrus is light, and there are evident plum notes.

M: Lower full in body and completely still. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth with ample alcohol warming on the palate.

Overall: Slightly more oxidized than the Silver, but still excellent. These beers are amazing.

HopHead84, Aug 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

rolltide8425, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of dgilks
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, dark amber colour with no head. Perfectly still.

Pear, peach, apricot, sweet malt. Grain. Caramel. Toffee. Raisins. Dates. A complex combination of malt and esters.

Sugar. This is one sweet beer. I also get toffee, pear, apple, raisin and dates. No bitterness. Mild aged alcohol. Malty with a touch of grain.

Full bodied and silky. No carbonation.

A complex, sweet and malty ale. The fruit character is mind blowing and melds to make a fantastic beer.

dgilks, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of champ103
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

champ103, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

sweemzander, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.5%

jophish17, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Dope
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

Dope, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Ciocanelu, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Rutager, Dec 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -42.9%

DonFrap, Jan 28, 2013
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Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold) from Birrificio Le Baladin
95 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.