Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper) | Birrificio Le Baladin

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Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)

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Birrificio Le Baladin

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Pahn
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of capuozzo84
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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.


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Photo of afksports
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of amphion1065
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HopHead84
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
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 rtepiak
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

looked this over the internet... i have a copper with 13%abv... not 12%abv

when there was no pop which automatically get a bit pensive. the beer although is very mildly carbonated. as it sit bubbles collect on the glass. pour is copper with the first distinction as closer to a mild cloudy tawny. nose is almond, pollen honey and Porto. the feel regardless of no carbonation is excellent and creamy. the sweetness reminds me most of vanilla and almond macaroons. the bittering is immaculate. a hint of thistle grass... this was a moment though where there was some robust notes that quickly faded. braggot souring fruit notes. hint of Calvados fortified cider. walnut mineral tannin hint in the finish. can be had in portions and resealed... and absolutely worth its weight in Porto... smoother and just as warm. a treat.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to bucketboy for opening this bottle at Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate. Served in a Deschutes tulip, courtesy of Lunch, who was sleeping in his car at that point.

2005 vintage.

Pours a moderate copper-bronze color with a very thin head of bubbles that quickly receded. The nose brings forward a really nice balance between caramel and dark fruits along with some sherry in the background. The flavor melds everything together really well, and the oxidation process has really done wonders to this beer. Beautiful sherry-like flavor along with some caramelization and just a touch of alcohol. Light to medium body and very smooth. Low carbonation. Really a delight all around. Thanks again, Joe.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BucketBoy for sharing this one at BASC! 2005 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Pours amber with an extremely minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, fruit, figs, caramel, brown sugar, wood, molasses, and massively sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, peat, dark fruit, and very subtle alcohol. It has a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. The aroma was a little misleading as I thought it was going to be massively alcohol forward, but the flavor was very sweet and nice. The mouthfeel on this one could use a little work but still decent. A definite must try, that I was really happy to get the chance to try it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of PGHeppJr
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes : 07JUN2009

2004 Vintage

An expected flatter-than-piss-on-a-plate head.

Color is enchanting and more akin to something from a bottle in the Jerez region.

Nose is filled with with rich dried fruit notes followed by nutty nuances. With enough spice aroma to keep one guessing what Tunisian fair they just walked through.

Mouthfeel of pure velvet and again, this radical brew is reminiscent of Amantillado. Rich clover honey and plump turkish figs are what stand out most to me.

In all, a bottle of barley-sherry to rub in the face of your wine-geek/snob's faces. Followed by something mature like, " I told you"

Paired with Neal's Yard Dairy Colston Bassett Stilton

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Photo of jedwards
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the 2005-labeled Copper (Etichetta Rame) vintage.

Pour is a deep caramel garnet, unfortunately marred by a host of tiny black flecks floating in the liquid -- fortunately they are undetectable in the mouth. The smell is rich fruit, caramel, honey and a hint of harsh fusels -- the taste is stewed plums, cherry, leather, wine, raisins, and tobacco. Alcohol is extremely well hidden behind an mouth-coating sweetness. Texture is thick and port-like... in fact, everything is very port-like. Not a bad thing, and really remarkable for a product made without grapes. I love the showcasing of the qualities of slow oxidization.

Eventually I will have to try the silver and gold variations.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter glass

A - Barrel aging helped create a nice liquor-syrup look; thick body; no foam formed

S - You can smell the high ABV, that's the first smell to come up; followed by sweet and deep bourbon oak smell; yeast - earthy tones

T - Smooth oak taste, with vanilla and fig taste; wine-port taste (probably form high ABV); grape

M - Thin liquor feel; flat but goes down very smooth

D - Great drink; I was really impressed with this English Barleywine; this makes for a fantastic after dinner drink; sweet fig and dates taste makes this a unique brew; great stuff

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Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper) from Birrificio Le Baladin
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