Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold) | Birrificio Le Baladin

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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:
78
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
18
For Trade:
3
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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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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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 DrBier
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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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with no carbonation. Aroma of brown sugar and maple sugar with light dry fruits and light warming notes. Taste is also a very nice mix between some dry fruit with notes of caramel with some deep notes of brown sugar and maple syrup and some dry raisins. Alcohol is somewhat apparent with a full body and no carbonation. Very interesting thought somewhat expensive for the experience.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Hultkrantz
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

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

Photo of Laxadaisical
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

Picked this one up from a wine shop in Sorrento. 2008 vintage. 14% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark copper to brown with absolutely no trace of a head.

Aroma: Nose is very malty, with some extreme sweetness, and maybe a little nuttiness. Early is some light chocolate and candy, then molasses, caramel and toffee come through, and even a little dark chocolate. Some oak character is present, and a bit of alcohol is noticeable.

Taste: Follows the nose, it is very sweet, with molasses, toffee, vanilla extract and caramel. Maple syrup is actually a strong character, and it carries throughout the taste. The candied flavor and light chocolate come in, and a little bit of dry red wine creeps through into the alcohol warming in the finish. The whole taste is quite syrupy, I really had to sip this one slowly. The alcohol is nothing terrible, but that combined with the syrupy quality made it a sipper. The sweetness plays with the line between nice and cloying, just barely avoiding being cloying. The beer is not what I'd call balanced, but it manages to end the sweetness at just the right time.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick and syrupy, with no carbonation. The alcohol is definitely there, but it doesn't ruin the mouthfeel.

Overall: An extremely sweet, but not cloying beer. The malt profile is extremely complex, with layers of sweet flavors that play around in the mouth. Definitely a unique beer, definitely a real sipper. Not my personal favorite, but I really appreciate this well crafted beer.

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

Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from bottle ($9) at Mondial 2010. Like Argento, only creamier. Strong American/fruit/vegatable ratehr than barleywine tastes. No head on dark brown. Creamy look and taste. The taste is heavenly though chestnut nectar, dark fruits, Belgian chocolate, grapey, some malts, on the sweet side.

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Photo of Rutager
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a $50 bwine kind of night... 2009 bottle. Thanks Rodkin!

Appearance. Pours a deep deep amber with haze. No head, looks complete flat as intended.

Smell. Caramel, booze, brandy, brown sugar and ...fruit blossoms. Yep, that's what I'm picking up. Interesting for sure.

Taste. Big brown sugar, some booze and caramel and some light floral notes that I was picking up in the nose and some sweet red wine ...maybe port but I'm not well versed in that stuff to say for sure. . Quite smooth considering the abv.

Mouthfeel. Full body, completely flat. I think a little carbonation would be nice but it actually drinks well without. Some smooth boozy heat for sure.

Overall. An experience for sure. I wouldn't normally go for such an expensive brew but this was worth the try one time at least.

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Photo of wedgie9
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle, 2006 vintage. Pours a muddy brown with almost no head. Nose of caramel with prune, raisin, molasses, bruleed sugar, and caramel malt. Flavors are very sweet and quite oxidized with fig, raisin, and prune. Body is thick and sticky with light to no carbonation, and a super long caramel finish. This beer is awesome and would be enjoyed by any sherry lover.

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Photo of Liquoric3
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage 500 ml bottle label says 14,5 % vol.

brownish, reddish, caramel colour with no head or carbonation

First thing I get is honey then some crystallized fruit , plum and melon, some sugar and a hint of oak. Can`t smell any hops. Wow I could smell this one the whole evening.

Taste is very sweet, honey flavour, caramel, raisins and some other dried fruits.
No alcohol presence, well hidden. Nothing there to balance the sweetness.

I really enjoyed this one but the taste was a little bit too sweet for me . 250 ml was more than enough and for 30 Euro it was rather expensive not sure if i would buy it again.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BucketBoy
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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