Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold)
Birra Baladin

Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold)Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold)
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Birra Baladin
Barleywine - English
Ranked #32
Ranked #1,315
4.34 | pDev: 10.37%
Aug 31, 2021
Jun 06, 2010
Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold)Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold)
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4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2016 vintage; drank 8/30/21 @ the Yarchives.

Murky orange/red rust appearance.

An even pour yielded no head; no lace, either.

Caramel, fig, merlot & cognac notes in the nose.

Flat, thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Caramel, dark chocolate & fig flavors up front; cognac notes on the finish.

Had this at room temperature as recommended; it's certainly a damn fine after dinner sipper. I'd have another!

Aug 31, 2021
4.46 by Casey_L from Texas on Aug 03, 2021
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4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by DIM from Pennsylvania

Brewed in 2014. Pours dead flat, no bubbles.

Oh my, this is heaven. Aromas of honey, graham crackers, marshmallow, Belgian chocolate, vanilla, brown liquor, and faint, vinous fruit blanketed by enticingly gentle warmth. On the tongue this is quite sweet, but the layers of complexity keep this from even approaching cloying levels of sweetness. Everything from the aroma is here, in rapturous, sublime harmony. This is perfect, just perfect.

Mar 29, 2021
4.64 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Mar 18, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared 500 ml corked bottle, as Baladin Xyauyu Birra Da Divano Riserva Teo Musso 2008, imported to Germany by BraufactuM. Bought at Citti-Markt Flensburg. Orginal bottle No. 263926. German bottle No. 316. ABV is 14.5%. Clear reddish brown colour. No head nor carbonation. Strong vinous aroma, notes of old sherry / madeira, oak and dark dried fruits. Strong sweet flavour, in a blind test I might mistake it for an old sweet sherry or madeira. Notes of dark dried fruits again. A real treat if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Jan 08, 2021
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4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by bigred89 from Maryland

2011 edition. No carbonation left but lovely depth.

Mar 19, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Buck89 from Tennessee

2014 version poured into a snifter. The beer was copper in the glass with a faint tan head the left quickly. Aroma featured cherries, red wine, caramel, toffee, and butterscotch. Taste followed. Quite sweet and almost syrupy. Butterscotch and cherry. Not overly boozy. More like a Tawny Port than anything else.

Jul 28, 2019
4.25 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jun 28, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by DJ-Hophead from England

2014 version, Baladin bar, Bologna - Pours red wine in colour with no discernible head, sticky residue to Teku when swirled. Aroma - Woody notes, dark stoned fruits, vinous notes, dark berries. Taste - Sweet not cloying, dark berries, sherry/port feel, light really smooth alcoholic warmth at the end. Whether this is a beer cannot say, still a fantastic easy sipping, very complex brew. Absolute belter for a dessert after a lovely long lasting dinner.

Aug 27, 2018
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4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Bruno74200 from France

2014 vintage

From a bottle in Baladin bar in a nice market over in Bologna.

Is this beer or a nice brandy which was put in my glass ?

It's amazing how this beer is complex but so much balanced it seems simple.

Chocolate, toffee, baked apples, flat, very complex, not too sweet.

Very nice

Aug 09, 2018
4.79 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Jun 11, 2018
4.5 by paulish from New York on May 21, 2018
4.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Sep 18, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Gajo74 from New York

My second tasting at Bir & Fud. This time I went for a small 10cl sampling, from the bottle, of Xyauyu 2013.
It poured an opaque and very dark amber, perhaps copper color with hints of ruby red. Oddly enough there was no head.
Putting it up to my nose I could tell it was going to be both strong and sweet. Creamy, toffee, caramel and butterscotch impart their sweetness. Prunes, grape and raisin add fruitiness. There was lots of alcohol in the nose, yet, not in a boozy way, more in a vinous, port wine or sherry like way. Amidst the alcohol I even detected the subtle roastiness of coffee beans.
When I ordered this, the bartender warned me that "it's very strong, more like a grappa or dessert digestif". I assured him I had experience with high ABV...I know barley wines...blah blah blah". Yet, despite his warning I was still surprised at the first tasting that I thought to myself "Is this beer?" It felt more like a sweet liqueur, sherry or port wine. For one, it had absolutely zero/zilch/nulla carbonation! "Is this beer?" I though again. I did taste raisins, prunes, cherries and lots of alcohol but with no warming. Certainly I've tasted these qualities before in beer, but I'm really looking for a tell tale sign. Lo and behold I think I detect a tinge of bitterness in the finish. Is that hops? I hold up the glass to my nose and even smell biscuit malt in the aroma. For sure there must be a malt presence especially because I think I detect a caramel malt sweetness. However, for the most part the alcohol and fruity esters mask the malt profile.
Overall, this is a full bodied brew, lush and decadent. Sweet but somehow not cloying. Highly alcoholic but somewhat not boozy. It is certainly a sipper and just about right for the small doze I was given. Is it beer? I suppose I should say "who cares?" and rate it well because it is after all, under the right circumstances, pretty tasty and full of complexity.

Aug 02, 2017
4.28 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jun 24, 2017
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5
by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

2009 vintage enjoyed in February 2017. Unbelievably beautiful dessert beer. Similar to Sam Adams Triple Bock.

Flat, sweet, raisiny, nutty... notes of chocolate, port wine, Madeira, sherry.

Super complex and delicious and incredible!

Feb 24, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

2006 vintage.


Feb 04, 2017
4.18 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Feb 03, 2017
4.35 by EdgarGerik from Venezuela on Sep 29, 2016
4.31 by grahuba from Connecticut on Jul 04, 2016
4 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut on May 30, 2016
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4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by SLeffler27 from New York

Pours still, clear, reddish copper (SRM 18-20). A viscous film leaves no real legs, yet has staying power on the wall of a Glen Cairn Snifter.

The aroma opens with rich, soft, old leather, followed by fig, raisin, caramelized sugar, and sherry. Light oak and peat smoke are subdued by maple sugar. This beer has tons of character and complex layers. It is a bit mysterious as it develops with warmth.

The flavor, like the nose, is multi-layered. While quite sweet, it is controlled. Peat and figs are augmented by plum pudding and cream sherry. A subtle, lingering finish carries on for a long while. This one deserves to be allowed development with warmth. In a word, it is luscious.

The body is full and almost dense, with a syrupy texture. Alcohol is warm, yet below the listed abv and there is only a hint of carbonation.

Oro is a quintessential sipping beer. I can imagine sipping it on a cold snowy evening by a crackling fire, while surrounded by books and a harp solo. This beer is to be savored three ounces at a time.

2009 Release

Nov 29, 2015
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4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by bobhits from Kentucky

2011 vintage.

The pour is golden brown with red accents. Deathly still, nearly flawlessly clean, with legs for day and a lot of density.

On the nose a lot of very clean sugar, caramel, and light fruits.

For better or worst I taste sugar cane much like the smell has a very clean aroma, the taste has that same sugar can level of clean sweetness. Caramel and light fruits come in, but I don't get the more nuanced and unique notes that I expect from a better English Barley Wine.

The alcohol is nearly non existent in the flavor and this stuff goes down far too smooth.

Sep 13, 2015
4.34 by Lare453 from Florida on Sep 08, 2015
4.27 by brbrocc from New York on Aug 02, 2015
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4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

2011 vintage.

2 ounce pour from the bottle at Proletariat in NYC.

Looks like sherry in a glass. Deep ruby color that looks thick like syrup. Zero head. 4.25

Sweet pungent figs, dates, plum, caramel and brown sugar. Ridiculously syrupy but enticing. 4.5

This is thick, syrupy almost port or sherry or a sweet cognac. Cherries are heavy too. It's like a bold apertif. 4.5

Smooth but thick and syrupy. A touch of tartness. Drinks like a 35% liqueur but with no heat. 4.5

Simply delicious. Not sure how it could be described otherwise.

Jul 04, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by kscaldef from Oregon

2012 vintage.

Sweet. Fruity. Raisin. Cherry.

Jun 07, 2015
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3.52/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Port wine comes to mind.

Jun 03, 2015
4.15 by safaricook from Netherlands on Apr 04, 2015
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2/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by nathanmiller from New York

7/13/14 poured from a 2009 bottle into a 4 ounce snifter.

Overall I was extremely unimpressed with this, especially side by side with the copper. The smell was off-putting, the flavor was extremely harsh, oddly bitter, and much less developed than the copper.

I mostly got notes of bitter tea leaves and rubbing alcohol. Perhaps age didn't treat it well, but the copper held up much better and was five years older.

Jan 21, 2015
3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Jan 16, 2015
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3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Alieniloquium from Florida

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Clear. No bubbles.

Smell - Apples. Brown sugar. Like caramelized apples. Smells very sweet.

Taste - Very sweet. Apples. Dark fruits. Lots of brown sugar. Very sweet. A little bit of oxidation. Sherry-like.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Heavy. Very sweet.

Overall - Memory is, of course, flawed, but I remember the other variants of this being more complex.

Dec 27, 2014
4.25 by BucketBoy from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2014
4.5 by TurdFurgison from Ohio on Dec 14, 2014
4.5 by mltobin from Connecticut on Dec 11, 2014
4 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 05, 2014
4.78 by Johnct from New York on Nov 01, 2014
4.25 by sweemzander from Illinois on Sep 04, 2014
4.5 by BeerBucks from New York on Aug 18, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

On tap at Open Baladin, 2013 vintage. Deep mahogany color, no head. Aroma has lots of dark fruits: raisins, dates, figs. Also sherry, fruit liquor, wood, booze. Taste is sweet, fruity with raisins, toffee, burnt sugar, creme brulee crust, bitter dark cherries on the finish. Medium body, sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. Complex, elegant and tasty.

Jul 25, 2014
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 92 ratings