markwise (3777) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 mL bottle thanks to SHIG. Pours dark amber-red with a slight white head. Nose is booze, sugar, honey, raisin, fig, fruit, and a TON of sweetness. Flavor was darn near the same with lots of sweetness and some vinous character. To liken this to a port or sherry would be accurate. Boozy throughout, and very sweet in the palate, but excellent and very enjoyable overall.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Toffee, raisins and wort-like sugary cereals are carried by forceful booze in this most unique of Barley Wines.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head of foam atop the still copper brown.
-The fruit character expands into peach syrup at times.
-The alcohol heat and excessive sweetness are, in the long run, a tad unpleasant to me.
-The body is full even without carbonation.
-This is my least favorite of the Xyauyùs so far. The Fumé is far ahead of the Rame and Argente in terms of complexity and overall pleasure to be had.
Sammy (7031) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
$9 sample from a fresh bottle at Mondiale 2010. I simply had to try this and see if it was chestnut heaven. And yes, it was. Pure chstnut juice, though of the consistency of wine. Rich, good mouthfeel. Dark brown, no head. Very tasty, but cloying sweet. Chestnut honey aromas.
cgarvieuk (10971) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2012 bottle at bir and fud ... dark copper ... sweet malt and dark fruit nose ... rich dark plums and sour raisins ... little alcohol burn ... little toffee .... wonderfull ...
,br> Bottle at home ... tasting at home 2801011... dark brown ... rich sweet malts ... plums and raisins ..... light ovaltine ... light sweet fruits ...silky rich and oily .. i love this beer
bottle at home ... dark copper ... dark sweet malts .. dark malts .. rich sweet malts ... sweet malts ... rich sweet fruits ... oily sweet sheerry fruits ... nice and juicy 4.1
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2005 vintage.
Dark murky amber brown. No head.
The smell is a bit sharp with prominent alcohol notes and vinous fruits. Caramel and raisins, as well as some prunes. Slightly more refined and defined than the Gold Label version.
The taste is very sweet with notes of brown sugar, caramel and vinous cherries and raisins. some candy and oak. This is actually very much a middle ground between the Gold Label version and the 30 e Lode. The Finish is hot and sweet with some cellar notes, candy and spices.
Full-bodied and sticky like crazy.
A nice one. I think I like this one the best of the three different versions.
Rosebud butternuts (2382) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured deep amber with some great legs. aroma was honey, raisin, brown sugar, and fig. flavor was honey, brown sugar, and dark fruit. body was almost honey like.
mar (4244) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep amber with no head. honey, caramel, vanilla, and light alcohol on the nose. great on the palate, flavors of alcohol, honey and fruits.
thirdeye11 (4978) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(500ml bottle 2006 vintage thanks to bu11zeye) still copper pour. Nose of alcohol, celery, caramel, honey, and sherry. Taste of caramel, sherry, cherries, rum, and wood. Medium body with huge flavor.
SphinxTX (2846) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, vintage 2006 thanks to ericandersnavy for saving me some. Pours a murky brown. Aroma of dark fruit, honey, malt and some alcohol spice. Flavor is sweet, honey, malty, dark fruit and spicy. Mouth feel is heavy body and smooth. Overall, sips like a whiskey, smooth and warming.
ilovedarkbeer (2000) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a hazy orange grey color. Nose is toffee, plastic, caramel, nut shells, sherry, and apples. Taste is pretty much the same.