Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)
Birra Baladin

Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)
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Barleywine - English
4.34 | pDev: 10.14%
Birra Baladin
Retired (no longer brewed)
Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)
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stevoj from Idaho

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from share. Dark, clear Amber, dull flat pour. Fruity, sweet aroma seems syrup y. Taste is malty and sweet, fruity, malty. Gentle, but potent. Super smooth.

Apr 01, 2018
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Johnct from New York

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 Vintage. Bought at Yankee Spirits Attleboro for $42.

Look: Amazing. Flat, dark brown/burgundy. Looks like bourbon but somehow more ...beautiful? In a Baladin Teku, next to the beautiful bottle. A treat just to look at.

Smell: This one hits you in the face with that beautiful Xyauyu smell. Not the barrel-aged version but it might as well be. Bourbon whiskey and dark fruit, exactly what you want to smell.

Taste: I could go on for hours about this. But it's hard to describe without trying it for yourself. It tastes kinda exactly how you would think based on the appearance and smell. It's downright perfect.

Feel: It's flat, purposefully left out in a tank until the carbonation is gone before bottling. That's how I like my barleywines. We had Sucaba tonight too but that just fell so short because of the tiny amount of carbonation it had left. Baladin got it right though. It's not too heavy, but it does coat your mouth so well that the flavor seems to linger for an hour or two.

Overall: Out of 1,500 or so beers I've had over the past few years, this is hands down the best. I was happy I got to split it (the cost) with two other people, but now having tried it, I will be going back soon to purchase another bottle for myself. More complex than most barleywines like JW Lees and such, and more well-balanced than Utopias. A real treat.

Edit: Received another bottle as a gift and cracked it. Still an absolute pleasure to drink. Taste is a mix between bourbon, Tawny port, and Utopias. We enjoyed half of it then recorked it. A few days later, it's still just as good. Gotta love how they deoxidize this one before bottling. Over 2,000 beers now and this might still be the all-time favorite.

Jun 04, 2016
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A 2005 cracked on New Year's Eve 2014, the eve of its tenth birthday. Poured into a Bourbon Barrel Temptress 2014 snifter. Purchased off a shelf the same day, cooled in a 40 degree room for 5ish hours before being opened.

Appearance: Completely flat, no head, translucent copper to amber body. Thick and syrupy, clings to the glass. Exactly what I was looking for in this beer.

Smell: Boozy, lots of dark fruit, mostly raisins, with prominent vanilla and oak notes as well. Very port-like. Which makes sense considering the age and style of this beer.

Taste: Raisin juice. Mixed with molasses. Hints of toffee and vanilla come through, and the raisin flavors stick around after everything else is gone. Dried figs in there too. Some boozy heat, but not too much. My mom couldn't tell it apart from port. Definitely a lot of similarities, that oxidation really worked well here.

Mouthfeel: Flat flat flat. Not even a hint of carbonation, but I really wasn't expecting or wanting any. Sticky and thick, this really seals my lips shut. Long linger on the palate, consumed by the raisin and fig flavors.

Overall: Not quite as complex as Thomas Hardy or Utopia, but a lot of similar flavors going on for sure. I love these flat super-aged beers. Probably would have been better off with the JW Lees which was a quarter of the price, but I'm very happy to have tried this.

Jan 01, 2015
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champ103 from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to Eric and Matt for sharing both gold and copper at our recent Houston BA tasting at the Gingerman.

A: Pours a still, ruby red color. A minimal beige head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. Basically what you would expect for such a beer.
S: Warm, toasted malts throughout. Caramel sweetness, vanilla, chocolate. Dark fruits like cherries and plums A bit of oxidation which really adds to the complexity.
T: Like the nose, the malty character is amazing. Toasted and caramel malts. Certainly sweet, with vanilla and chocolate. Dark fruits, and very sherry like. A bit of oxidation, that is very welcome. Incredible.
M/D: A big full body and low, almost still carbonation. Though not over baring viscosity that other beers of this strength seem to have. Ultra smooth and creamy. The alcohol is there, but in check. Amazingly enjoyable to sip on. Very much like a sherry or port.

This might be the best drinking English barleywine I have had not named JW Lees. It has aged incredibly gracefully, with finesse that many beers of the same strength miss. A great treat, and very much worth the high price tag for those that enjoy the style. I love it.

Jul 14, 2014
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Treebs from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Aug 03, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Jul 04, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

May 19, 2013
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Feb 17, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Jan 03, 2013
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage, 13% ABV.

A: Pours a dark, menacing reddish amber. Fairly syrupy. Completely still as this one is uncarbonated. Obviously no head or lacing. I didn't want to mark it down for poor appearance since this is an intentional feature of the beer. Figured a 4 was reasonable.

S: Very sweet. Loaded with caramel and dark fruits. Cherries mainly it seems. Touch of molasses. Kinda smells like sherry sometimes. Not as boozy as I would expect, only slightly. I guess oxidation and aging has mellowed it.

T: Wow, this is very interesting. It is very sweet and syrupy. Up front there is a wonderful caramel and brown sugar combination with dark fruits mixed in. Cherries and grapes mainly it seems. Raisin too. They're sort of indistinct fruit flavors, just heavy sweet dark fruits that meld together to form a singular flavor. No real indication of alcohol at all which is shocking. Aftertaste is long lingering sweet dark fruits (have I said that enough yet?). Mouth-coating effect adds to the long aftertaste. No sign of oxidation really, at least from a cardboard standpoint. A touch like sherry but honestly it only improves the beer (I guess that's the point). Very mellow in general with well integrated flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is syrupy, thick and heavy. Coats the mouth like syrup. Similar to a JW Lees...but with no carbonation. Must be sipped. Like drinking slightly watered down maple syrup. Emphasis on SLIGHTLY watered down. Having said that, it is super smooth, no alcohol bite and not cloying despite the heavy sweetness. Somehow - not sure how they did that. For a flat beer this is outstanding.

O: Well, I'm glad I dropped the coin on this one. No beer, wine or spirit even comes close to be able to compare. It is super thick and sweet but not cloying and in fact is quite wonderful (take note, JW Lees). I can't even describe why it's good. No big west-coast style hops to jump out at you or delicious adjuncts like vanilla beans to add to the flavor. It's just sweet and fruity and it just plain works, that's all I can say. Dessert beer for sure due to the sweetness and lack of carbonation.

Dec 01, 2012
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Xyauyu' pours syrupy with a dark copper hue and garnet highlights. There is no head whatsoever, and the viscosity leaves long, thick legs on the Arrogant Bastard snifter.

The aroma includes caramel, crème sherry, dates, figs, and honey all up front and center.

The sweetness of this beer is exquisite, with ample dark fruit flavors that follow the nose. Nut flavors come out with some bitterness. Meanwhile sherry and honey maintain a consistent theme. The finish is light and quick. Warmth brings out a progression of the above flavors, each more pronounced than initially encountered. Vanilla and oak are found late.

There is a hint of carbonation in this dense, super smooth, syrupy beer. The alcohol is high and expected, but not hot. Residual sugars are left on one’s lips.

This is undoubtedly a sipping beer. It has the nuances that first turned me on to Barleywine. One can enjoy this equally well while reading, during contemplation, for dessert or as a digestive. This would even work well for a romantic evening.

Nov 25, 2012
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cfrances33 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Oct 06, 2012
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yamar68 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Sep 27, 2012
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Etan from Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Aug 31, 2012
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

2.82/5  rDev -35%
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.

Aug 05, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Jul 24, 2012
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9 for a 5 oz glass at Max's today. 2004 vintage

Mildly hazy, this amber-copper colored beer is still with no head or lacing. The nose is rich with toffee, sherry, port, beautifully oxidized with deep dark fruit - raisins, and plums. While not bright, this is vibrant and vivacious. Some butterscotch is noticeable as well.

The palate opens full and sweet with dark fruit, buckwheat honey, raisins, caramelized raisins, dates. Full in body with nice sherry notes on the finish. More oxidized than the Xfume, but this is really distinctive. Great, long lasting finish. Amazing stuff.

Jul 14, 2012
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John_M from Oregon

4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured by the glass from a 2004 bottled version of this beer. At Max's...

The beer pours a slightly cloudy, brownish amber color, with no head retention to speak of. This beer is completely still. On the nose, you know you're in for a treat. I get considerable brown sugar, caramel, light chocolate, fig and rum raisans. There's a hint of nuts and sherry as well in this lightly oxidized beer. If anything, the beer is even better on the palate. Also, while fairly sweet, the oxidation helps to counter that sweetness nicely. Otherwise, this is an increadibly rich and complex beer, with the brown sugar and chocolate taking center stage. This beer is just lip smacking delicious! Mouthfeel is full and very, very long... like drinking the finest XO cognac or aged vintage port. Incredible!

Age has treated this beer very well... an absolute bargian by the glass at Max's; $9 for a 5 ounce pour. I'll probably have to order another.

Jul 13, 2012
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Pahn from New York

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2004 vintage split 3 ways into tulips.

Appearance: No head, no lace, no carbonation. Hazy brownish red.

Smell: Raisin, some nutty aromas, marzipan. Beautiful, alcohol infused pastry and malt aromas, well-integrated.

Taste: Slightly apple-tinged brown sugar and marzipan malt flavors. Very light toffee.

Kind of a smooth, nectar-y barleywine juice. Lack of carbonation doesn't hurt it at all. Surprisingly easy drinking. Mild warmth.

This is difficult to review, because the flavors are so well integrated. It's not really individual notes, but a divine melding of dessert beer maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Flat, but not difficult to drink at all. Mild heat, almost undetectable.

Overall: Delicious, and just amazingly easy-drinking. At $45~ I would never buy it again, but I love it nonetheless. Great sugary barleywine flavor, almost no oxidation influence after 8 years of storage. Beautiful beer.

Jun 04, 2012
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from '04, poured into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks again, Dan!

A: Clear bright amber body with whisky-like internal swirls (I'm sure those things have a name, but I don't know what it is - you can see them most clearly when you put an ice-cube into room-temp Scotch...); when swirled it leaves nice sticky legs. Completely still, of course, looking more like a fine spirit than a beer - which is fine by me.

S: Whoa. Toffee, sherry, solvent (in a very good way, trust me), and straight brown-sugar caramel. Very sweet, strong, and smooth. Lovely.

T: Fruity booze up front, with sweet toffee, caramel, and candied raisins behind. Tastes like sciacchetrá, an amazing dessert wine from the Cinque Terre in Italy. Long, sweet, restrainedly boozy finish. Great.

M: Thick, viscous, sticky, and mouth-coating. Heavy, but expected.

O: I'd love to try this side-by-side with Utopias, as that's really the only beer I've had that's comparable in its sheer decadence. Obviously that one is a completely different beast, but I'd say that those two are the finish sipping beers around.


May 21, 2012
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dogfishandi from New York

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Mar 10, 2012
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trxxpaxxs from New York

4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 version...

A: Pours an auburn/caramel, light maple syrup color. It's translucent, but there are tons of floaties in there. There is absolutely no head to this beer at all.

S: Smells of honey, dates, a touch of funk, and some earth. The alcohol is there, but it's hidden under the honey and middle eastern fruits.

T: Ohh my! This beer is delicious. It's huge honey, sweet dates, raisins, and caramel. I'm blown away. There is no funk in the taste at all. It's smooth and sweet and the booze is non-existent.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer coats the palate and last forever.

O: Fantastic. This is one of the best beers I've had in a long while. The price point on this beer is high, but it's worth it. I'd buy it again if I ever see it.

Mar 09, 2012
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amphion1065 from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2004 bottle that had languished on the bottom shelf of a local beer store, served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Barely a pop from this cork. Pours a murky, light copper. Many infinitesimally small particles float in my glass, even from the first pour - it's like liquid static. No head, and no lacing, though there are some legs evident.

At first, the oxidation is unbelievably potent. This is almost like pure sherry, with a pungent vinous fruit aroma. But as this warms, the aroma transforms beautifully. Vanilla and plums, with just a hint of toffee. Though this is fairly spirit-like, the base malt definitely peaks through.

The taste is sublime. In some ways, this reminds me of a very old J.W. Lees, though the sweetness isn't nearly as heavy or borderline cloying. Odd as it sounds, this is very evocative of sorbet. It's sort of a mixture between grape juice and iced tea, the fruit mingling with the herbal aspects of the taste beautifully. A slight, subtle vanilla note reminds me of oak, and over time a rich caramel flavor emerges. I don't know if I've ever had a beer that masks its ABV quite so well.

The mouthfeel is very still and on the thin side, but it somehow works. It's quite decadent, but still so easy to drink.

Marvelous, a truly unique take on the style that has aged incredibly well. A total joy to drink.

Dec 07, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had reviewed this a while ago and for some reason the review is now missing. This beer much like it's sister beers is excellent. I really enjoy these with every sip. This one specifically had a red color with no head on top. The smell is very sweet but not in a sickening way. The taste is over the top and almost unexplainable. The mouthfeel is sort of like a sweet wine, it's very soft and very easy to drink for a brew with such a high ABV. Overall I wish these beers were cheaper... I'd love to drink these over and over again. They are masterpieces in my eyes. Well worth trying at least once!

Thanks, MasterSki

So different, it's got a Kool-Aid sweetness to it. No alcohol burn at all. Not even like a wine sometimes has. This is something that I've never experienced before. Very pricey and not for regular basis drinking, although I wish it was. It's got a ruby red color fantastic sweet aromas and just perfect for sipping over a long period of time. I love these releases and I will be getting them whenever I can without a doubt.

Nov 16, 2011
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HopHead84 from California

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


2005 vintage (13% ABV) in a snifter. There's a soft pop when the cork is removed.

A: Pours a very attractive reddish brown. There are a few small bubbles resulting from the force of the pour, but there is no apparent carbonation. A gentle swirl of the glass brings the liquid up the sides, leaving a clear collar that cascades down in small beads.

S: Oxidation is redolent of leather and sherry with nutty notes. Notes of brown sugar and maple are pronounced, blending wonderfully with date, prune, plum, and grape. There's a good deal of caramel and there's an aspect that reminds me of Grand Marnier.

T: Maple, brown sugar, and caramel combine harmoniously with leather and sherry-like oxidation. Dark fruit pervades the flavor, imparting plum and grape. There's also notes of orange liqueur and date, as well as earth and a hint of tobacco. Very nice.

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

Overall: I originally thought I liked this less than gold and silver, but after pulling the wine stopper out of the bottle and enjoying 5 ounces a few days later, I'm not so sure anymore. Fantastic.

Nov 12, 2011
Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper) from Birra Baladin
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 112 ratings