Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)
Birrificio Le Baladin

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Style:
British Barleywine
ABV:
12%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 10.37%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
111
From:
Birrificio Le Baladin
 
Italy
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by SLeffler27:
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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.

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

I had this fantastic beer at an outdoor cafe in Turin. Served in a large goblet, the beer is a deep reddish brown color. There's no head at all, but the color is rich and has an exceptional depth of varying hues. The aroma is complex and intense. There's a forcefully intense malt aroma. It's grist-like, and very thick. There's also booze-soaked fruit...raisins and dark berries. There's a touch of hops, but it's all about luxurious and sweet malt. The flavor is a masterpiece. The malt is intensely sweet, but the beer never gets cloying. The sweetness is perfectly dovetailed with the alcohol, and a a very restrained bitterness. Chocolate, candy, booze, and lots of grain. Smooth. Enchanting. This is an amazing barleywine!

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

Special beer, defined "sofa beer" by the brewer. Brewed with Solera method. Something similar to a barley wine, but absolutely not easy to be classified.
The color is something between a dark cherry-wood and plum. No head. The appearance is more of a wine than a beer.
In the smell it reminds a passito wine. Plums, ripe apricot, raisins, a touch of sugary. Maybe melon, too. Surely, ripe fruit.
The taste: again vinous, delicate, raisins, tamarind. Definitely oily, full, and powerful. Unique.
Then, something more loaded, it tends to a porto. It left a lot of maltiness in the mouth. Dry figs, dry fruits. Oxidations.
The beer comes with some chocolate (candied fruit covered with chocolate). The pairing is perfect. The orange of the chocolate is exalted, and the remainig chocolate is perfect.
Body? Well, the body there is, it rises up, it persuades, it becomes full, it doesn't leave you, it fulfils you, cover you, grasps you. It pleasures you!
It is impossible to compare. And for the same reason, it is also difficult to give it a vote. We give it a full 5's, just to prove the uniqueness of it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Crosling
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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 John_M
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle picked up by grub in Buffalo, thanks a ton Russ!

Pours a cloudy orange/red, ruddy looking, no head forms, basically flat, but a neat colour. Smell is wacky, caramel, apples, alcohol, apricots and light fruit, bread, some wood, maple, neat. Taste is sweet, caramel, brown sugar, maple, vanilla, nuts, brandy, apples, fruit, lots of alcohol, solid bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy, low to no carbonation, flat, but smooth and easy to drink. Very cool beer, blurs the line and I could sip on this all night. Thanks a ton Russ!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a still, clear reddish-brown body. It certainly does look viscous!

Smell: Honey blended with rich caramel syrup and light brown sugar. Distinctive golden raisin character. Hint of oloroso.

Taste: From the word "go" it's an extreme honey-sweet, caramel flavor with plenty of golden raisin fruitiness. Some slight oxidative notes. Faint hint of herbal hops. Sweet, succulent finish with a perky alcoholic kick. It's hard not to have a certain "glow" about you after that first sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Nicely warming. Xyauyù has a lush, velvety mouthfeel you'd expect from a sweet dessert wine.

Drinkability: Truly, a fantastic beer! And it better be for the cost, especially when you consider the picture of the bottle on your screen is the actual size of the bottle itself.

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Photo of hopdog
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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 BEERchitect
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Xyauyu, Reserva Teo Musso, Brewed in 2005, 13% abv. (copper etching).

Simply put, barleywines just don't get better. If the aura of a sipping beer conjures up dreams of cognac, port, or brandy, then this savory desert beer will change your notion of how good beer can be. The review posted by StephenRich below is spot on.

The still chestnut-brown concoction pours with an oily and viscous crawl into the snifter. A mystic glow of rust, amber, golden, and ruby colors carry a diffused look- the beer seems ideally of port wine-at least to the eye. With the absence of foam or lace, the beer subs in a lightly inky legging that clings to the glass, providing a clean gloss.

Succulent and savory aromas of warm alcohol oils, stone and dehydrated fruit, deep molasass and brown sugars all meld into the most wonderful of blends. Delicate earthiness of peat, raw tobacco, and fresh leather further support the growing complexity of the nose.

Sweet toffee, brittle, black-strap molasass, maple syrups, and buckwheat honey surely satisfy the sweetooth as very few deserts can. Plumbs, dates, figs, raisons, prunes, and grapes all give roundness and variety to the sweetness, absorbing some of the heavy-sweet brunt. Added sherry and soy sauce oxidation contributes many more savory flavors than subtract. Again, the herbal tobacco, leather, and peat flavors piggyback on the fruits and give a glimps into the fading hop contributions. Tawny flavors of rum-soakes sandalwood with a musty taste of rustic, weathered oak. Flavor descriptions of this beer are infinate.

Silky, velvety, and cloying sweetness are all welcomed in a very decadent mouthfeel. The sweetness and alcohol coats the mouth and seemingly melts into the soft tissues of the mouth for a long and savory sweet feel that lingers well into the next sip.

Every once in a while, an epiphany in beer appreciation happens. This is how Xyauyu presents itself. Masculine. Refined. Endearing. It transcends the tired notion of what beers should be and truely exhibits promise for the beers of tomorrow.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of grandq
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After wrestling with the cork (which smells wonderfully sweet) this pours a hazy iced tea brown. Floral sweetness wafts up from the glass at a couple feet away. Honey, plum wine, sherry and port come to the nose. The flavors are quite similar to the above, heavy on the sherry and plum wine qualities, with a slight warming alcohol tinge on the end. Honey and butter on a biscuit followed by melon and berry cocktail. Some petals in here. Maybe a touch oxidized. This calls to mind Utopias, though not nearly as big and boozy, appealing much more to sweeter palates. The mouthfeel is carbonationless and liquorlike - a tad thin at first and perhaps too syrupy toward the end. Very much a sipper, meant to be shared and savored, but for all the sweetness and alcohol, it goes down easily. Even the burn is pleasant. Not something I could drink on a regular basis, but a lovely, unique beer to sip once in a while.

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Photo of grub
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo and i split on this bottle during a recent beer shopping trip in buffalo. picked this up at premier gourmet.

1pt 9oz corked bottle. 2004 vintage. label says 13%abv.

pours completely still crystal clear reddish brown, showing a nice garnet colour when held to the light.

aroma is great. smells more like a port or mead than beer. loads of fruit. raisin, date, fig, cranberry, cherry, currant. alcohol. bit of red wine. vanilla. caramel. honey. maybe a bit of maple too.

taste is great. much like the aroma, there's a lot of port and mead here. lots of big fruity character. light alcohol. caramel. vanilla. honey. bready malt. very low, almost non-existent bitterness. nice sweetness without seeming syrupy. the alcohol seems to have mellowed nicely too, not showing much.

mouthfeel is good. no carbonation at all. medium body.

drinkability is great. excellent fruity depth. nice balance. hides its alcohol well. much like a mead or port, it's a bit of a sipper, but one you'd be happy to enjoy for an evening. great stuff.

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Photo of mcallister
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stuck inside from snow today and having to work from home. Decided to open one of my bottles of copper Xyauyu.

Pours with no traceable head and ver still mahagony. Turns to a firey ruby color when held up to light.

Out of sight nose (nothing to do with apperance.) Wonderful honeycomb, date, mission fig, golden raisin, oxidation, sherry grapes, caramel, toffee, earth, alcohol and more.

Absolutely no carbonation which really hurts the mouthfeel and keeps things thin and watery. However the flavors are quite amazing, complex, and brought in as one. Residual sugar is high, big in brown sugar and alcohol off the bat. Raisin, date, fig, caramel, honey suckle, hints of prune, maple syrup and more. Just wish there was a bit of carbonation just to give this some life.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber in color with purple? hues, zero head, even with an agressive pour at the end, mainly clear, just a slight haze. Gorgeous aroma of raisins, toffee, and caramel. Very sherry or port like in quality, some rich leather and pruney notes as well. The taste lives up to all the aroma promised. Large raisin flavor, and a strong date quality as well. Sweet and sugary caramel up front mix with the dark fruits before a warmth of alcohol hits the throat in just the right quantity. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, basically no carbonation feels a little syrupy, but not overpowering. Alcohol drys and warms in the finish. Awesome beer, very much like a port in alot of ways, a definite after dinner sipper to keep the happiness flowing. An outstanding barleywine. Thanks Greg for the opportunity!

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Photo of shbobdb
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not normally a ticker, but I was lucky enough to get a relatively small sample of this at a recent tasting and, well, I don't know whether I'll see this beer again but in a few years when I've got more money I will definitely want to remember this bad-boy.

The beer pours completely still, heck, it even has a wine cork. Now, this isn't an uncarbonated beer, with some residual CO2, this beer is as flat as wine.

But that actually works in its favor. Another beer geek at the tasting described it as "the best port he ever had", and that was a guy who likes port! And while I see the gloss to a nice tawny port, to me the dominant flavor was maple syrup. Just rich layers of 100% grade A maple syrup, the Canada brown, if you will. That was followed by some dark stone fruits, like prunes and lighter plums, coupled with some cherries and apricots . . . but all of them dried and candied in maple syrup.

What was very remarkable is that there wasn't the slightest hint of alcohol. I would have almost welcomed a bit of alcoholic heat to dry out the ending, but none was to be found -- just a building sweetness.

Wow, an outstanding beer. One that I could see aging and busting out for a very special occasion. This beer will certainly have cross-appeal to wine loves, assuming that they dig the porto end of things. A great experience!

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Photo of Deuane
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason and Julie for breaking out a bottle of this at our post-Brew Grass shin-dig!

A-Lustrous, deep copper-orange with burgundy highlights. No carbonation or lacing. Does however leave faint legs like a wine.

S-Massive, dark fruits, primarily of plum with some red grape and raisin. Sublte notes of other fruits come thru as well with apricot/peach and straw/raspberry present. Quite Port like in it's presentation. A bit of backing breadiness as well. Could be this be the Claxton Fruit Cake of brews?

T-Dark fruits with a bit of alcohol heat and sweetness. Never becomes too sweet or cloying. Malty chewiness in the background and a wafting of nutmeg in the aftertaste. A Port/fruitcake combo!

M-Medium bodied and viscous but not syrupy. Very luscious. A brew to be sipped and enjoyed.

D-Interesting and tasty....the most Port like beer I have ever had. It is big and bold but at the same time soft and mellow. A very interesting, delicious and beer far out of the realm of "normal" beers. Sure this is classified as an English Barleywine....but it is about as close to that as Miller Lite. If anything this is more like a Tawny Port. A beer to be consumed and enjoyed with a small group of your closest beer loving friends.

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Photo of sholland119
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of davod23
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
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 ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Popped this bad boy for my b-day, which is also thanksgiving this year. Picked it up at Belmont a few years ago, on clearance no less, but still crazy expensive.

Poured into my Delirium snifter, Xyauyu is still and syrupy, a ruddy chestnut. There's a wisp of carbonation, but it's fleeting. I'm gonna rate this one basically as a desert drink rather then any type of normal beer.

Smell is extreme, I really don't know where to begin, absolutely unlike any other beer I've ever had, and I thought I've pretty much had them all, at least stylistically. Most like brandy, but more of a honeyed vibe, like fortified wine. Big time cured fruit, some alcohol vapors.

Taste is similarly desert wine like, but way more honey then the prune, and exceptionally smooth, save for a slight burn of the belly. It's really exceptional, like what I assume most people that have never had mead would expect honey wine to taste like. I wouldn't be surprised if they added a lot of honey or some other sugar after the primary fermentation and cold crashed it to keep the dangerously high residual sugars - I can taste the diabetes and can't feel my feet!

Mouthfeel is pretty slick, not nearly as heavy as it looks, actually very light on it's feet, perhaps a bit unctuous.

Drinkability is tough. This is a super intense drink, with a formidable strength. On the other hand, it's incredibility good. Then again, it's super expensive and a (now 6 year old) one-off. I'm calling it good. Absolutely memorable, one of the best beer experiences I've had, ever.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy brown that has no head, but seems thick like something you wouldn't normally have. Nose is figs, alcohol, slight dust, some wood. Fruit is there as well. Flavor is magnificent. Rich port and sherry like qualities. Fruit is there. Sweet sugary tones. Just stellar. Feel is smooth and thick on liquid with an extremely low carbonation. This is really in a class of its own. Very little compares to it. Absolutely worth trying. Buy a bottle and share it with a group of anyone you know; beer lover or not.

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper) from Birrificio Le Baladin
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 111 ratings