Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)
Birra Baladin

Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)
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Birra Baladin
Barleywine - English
4.3 | pDev: 10.23%
Jan 27, 2020
Dec 26, 2006
Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)
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4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jan 27, 2020
4.5 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jun 28, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

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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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Johnct from New York

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
4.35 by wethorseblanket from California on Sep 05, 2015
4.22 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Jun 27, 2015
3.44 by nathanmiller from New York on Jan 21, 2015
3.66 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Jan 16, 2015
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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by WTKeene from New Mexico

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
4 by baybum from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2014
4.25 by BucketBoy from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2014
4.25 by MichaelLamb from New York on Dec 14, 2014
4.5 by TurdFurgison from Ohio on Dec 14, 2014
3.8 by tectactoe from Michigan on Oct 27, 2014
4.75 by Beerbuddy21 from California on Oct 22, 2014
4 by zestar from California on Oct 02, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by champ103 from Texas

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
4.25 by wrightst from Maryland on Jun 08, 2014
3.25 by pisano from Massachusetts on Mar 17, 2014
4.25 by DerekMorgan from Massachusetts on Mar 15, 2014
4.25 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Mar 11, 2014
4 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Nov 25, 2013
4.25 by largadeer from California on Nov 25, 2013
4.75 by Chugs13 from New Jersey on Oct 30, 2013
4.9 by Docrock from Illinois on Sep 08, 2013
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4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Treebs from Illinois

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
4.5 by campfirebrew from New York on Aug 01, 2013
3.25 by sweemzander from Illinois on Jul 15, 2013
4.5 by DRBiser from Maryland on Jul 12, 2013
5 by Rognvaldr from Alabama on Jul 10, 2013
4.5 by CTJman from Connecticut on Jul 06, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
by Alieniloquium from Florida

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 +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by ehammond1

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
4 by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH from Illinois on May 19, 2013
5 by Bonko_the_sane from North Carolina on May 15, 2013
5 by Cloaked_Phantom from Washington on Apr 21, 2013
4.5 by spycow from Illinois on Mar 10, 2013
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3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Florida9 from Illinois

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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3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

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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