mjs (3994) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, 0.75l - 2006 vintage, at HBF2010) Poured deep reddish brown and clear. Didn’t form any head. Aroma contained malts, raisin and alcohol. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, raisin, sweetness, cherry and mildly bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet, raisiny and mildly bitter.
Dedollewaitor (13010) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Odense Tasting, April 2010. Pours ruby copper with bubbles on top. Nose is vinous and sweet. Buiscuit, toffee, raisin and alcohol. Low carbonation. Smooth and chewy. Sticky flavor with lots of dark fruit, syrup , alcohol and caramel. Long end. Warmth. A sipper. .
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled, 2006 vintage) Clear dark amber with no head. Very sweet aroma with prunes and other dried fruit, with clear alcohol presence. Flavor is intensely caramely-malty and dried-fruity with amaretto-liquourish notes. Very full body, flat carbonation, some alcohol burning. Very sweet, but tasty dessert drink.
TBone (11145) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled vintage 2006 4cl @HBF
Deep copper color, no head. Nose has madeira, berries, toffee. Very sweet flavor. Flavor has raisins, madeira, toffee. So sweet that sweetness covers alcohol. I would like some kick in it... Balanced dessert.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 2006 vintage. 500ml. 13%. Pours a dead light amber with no apparent carbonation. Aroma is boozy with light fuits, honey, candy sugar, and yeast. Smells like a big bock somewhat. Flavor isn’t hot at all like I though it was going to be based on the alcoholic aroma. Lots of sweet fruit again, cherry in particular. The intentional oxidation is also evident. Medium viscosity, oily/sticky finish. A nice slow-sipping sweet fruit bomb I’ll say, though I was expecting something a little more "da divino" considering the price. Enjoyable. Nothing more, nothing less. Overall, good to very good.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown with no head but some legs. Aroma is caramell, raisins, sweet fruit and a light wet basement note. Flavor is the same but sweeter with a warming sticky finish. Body is flat and sticky. Equally as good as the gold but less powdery and "dark" in it’s overall character with less noticable aged notes, probably the version of the Xyauyù suitable for the most occasions (which I guess is quite few anyway but still..)
FatPhil (8089) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle (Bir & Fud) - shared by Alejandro - more than a million thanks!
Deep red, no head. Rich slightly woody barley wine aroma. Very rich roast, but no burntness, so packed full of rich roasted malt. Very soft palate, no carbonation. Stunning soft malty barley-wine finish. The aging is perfect - it may only have been from 2006, but this was just wonderful.
BuckeyeBoy (2314) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Once again thanks so much Sam. This was the second bottle cracked on the vert. Pours out a dark orange/amber with no head. Aroma is sweet caramel and pit fruit. Taste was rich malts, sweet caramel candy and more of the fruit.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 Bottle - Thanks Sam! - Second bottle opened in our Xyauyu vertical...Pours is still, deep orange with no head...aroma is caramel, sherry, sweet fruit...flavour was the best of all three, rich carmelized sugar, cream sherry, thick palate, once again, the alcohol cuts the malt to an enjoyable level...terrific...
douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another awesome beer thanks to Sam. 2006 silver label. Pours a clear copper color with no head. The aroma is super sweet notes of caramel, port, wood, dar fruit and lots more. The flavor was sweeter and hotter than the copper label. Something akin to brown sugar and honey. Nice and complex. Very drinkable.