Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold) | Birrificio Le Baladin

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin
Italy
birreria.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 06-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
10.83%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
17
For Trade:
3
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

02/03/2017

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of N1Nkasi
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SLeffler27
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of bobhits
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Lare453
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brbrocc
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

2012 vintage.

Sweet. Fruity. Raisin. Cherry.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.52/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Port wine comes to mind.

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Photo of safaricook
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
2/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mltobin
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Johnct
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.34 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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