77ships (8038) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle sampled @ Quintessence 2012. With some fine chocolate caviar served alongside. Aged on Italian red wine. Whiskey sized pour of a completely flat, not the slightest inkling of a head of a brandy looking liquid - colour me impressed. Smell is very sweet caramel mixed with dark sugar, liqueur, honey, dark fruits, wood. Taste is slick, bit thick, oily goodness, caramel, toff, liqueur, concentrated caramelized sugar, maple light dark fruits leading in a lightly woody and vinous finish. I liked this one even more than the already exceptional Baladin Xyauyù Barrel - even rounder, slicker - mighty fine stuff.
IPA89 (7) - - JUN 28, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Semplicemente unica, buona, ossidata e un mix tra salsa di soia, amaro, digestivo, con una bella pennellata di sapore di vino rosso!
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 13, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 "Gusto in evoluzione". Grandissima sorpresa ritrovarla così; non so se questa versione sia speciale ma è di gran lunga superiore a quella assaggiata tempo fa dalla botte.
TEKUBEAT (20) - ITALY - MAY 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Open Baladin, sample. Lo spettacolo di un vero passito di birra. Avete mai assaggiato una birra così?
Gorm (1899) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Et fantastisk desert øl med en fantastisk smak. Dyp svart farge men med lite skum. Topp!
teorn88 (6459) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle. Pours a deep dark ruby color, almost brownish, with no head to speak of. Nice alcohol legs on the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet-ish and complex: caramel, wood, red wine, pears and plums, little booze. Aroma is sweet and complex again: wood, bourbon, red wine, red berries, plums, licorice and some booze. Almost full bodied with little carbonation. This is a striking mix between a barley wine and a red wine/porto wine. Definitely liquor chracteristics as well. Very well integrated and complex, yet enjoyable and never overwhelming.
Holmen1 (4810) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fra flaske på Cardinal i møte med Teo Musso: 1års lagring på ulike rødvinsfat og tilegnet hans 30 vinproduserende venner. 20% svart ris (!). Ingen karbonering. Svisker, rosiner, sherry og mye mer i lange baner og med en ettersmak som varte over bybrua. Bærer sine 12% med den største eleganse.Blant det beste jeg noensinne har smakt!
Forcina (52) - Bellinzona, Rome, Brussels, SWITZERLAND - MAY 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is less complex than Lune but it’s a great barley wine too. Perhaps a sweetness reduction could make it better.
fiulijn (19119) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2016
2016-07-20, bottle from Birratrovo, 8-4-9-4-18=43
The aroma shows a bit of oxidisation, similarities with the good British Barley Wines like Thomas Hardy’s and J.W. Lees; sweet, soft, luscious, rich; the flavor seems to gain some more interest, the wine presence is an excellent cherry on top.
2013-09-21, bottle at Bistrot Baladin, Milan, vintage 2010, 8-4-8-3-16=39
The aroma offers notes of cocoa beans and chocolate. Good malt flavor with an interesting chocolate character, moderate sweetness, low bitterness, very light vinous touch, warming alcohol feeling.
Today, buch better than Lune.
2012-05-24, courtesy of Jan (fonefan), parallel with Lune; corked bottle, 7-5-9-4-16=41
Dark amber color, hazy. Malt aroma, with some ripe fruits, and light glue; oxidised; more dynamic than the aroma of Lune, but also suspicious. Strong body, the lack of carbonation creates a round mouthfeel; sweet without exaggeration; complex flavor, with malt, nuts, a touch of smoke, light sourness from the wine; it hides the alcohol better than the Lune; the final is bitter with some alcohol warmth.
Very good, more interesting than Lune, but not as special as some of the Xyauyú.
abemorsten (3565) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating on the way home from the Baladin session at Cardinal. Fantastic aftertaste even 10 minutes after my last drink of this beer. I praise myself Lucky having ordered a case of this beer through a beer pal with a licence. I can’t believe this beer holds 12,5 %, it’s so light to drink. Clear mahogany with a tan colored rim of big bubbles, ir’s not the look of it that’s gonna win you over. It’s the aroma, the taste and the palate. Nose rich with prunes, sweets, malts, port, raisins, boozy and earthy notes. Sweet and fruity flavors - prunes and light notes of sweet liquorice present. Full bodied and juicy this beer is a long ride ripe with dried dark fruits, malts and light heather honey