_angst_ (4507) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours hazy reddish chestnut brown with no head worth mentioning. Smell is malty and fruity with caramel, toffee, dark dried fruits, pears, caramelised apples, sherry, madeira, leather, moist soil and sherry alcohol. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel is round, viscous, oily, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter with caramel, toffee, sweet dark bread, English Christmas fruit cake, dried cherries, prunes, dates, raisins, moist soil, leather, minerals and sherry alcohol. For being competent flat it’s extremely fat and oily in the mouthfeel. Immense barley wine with amazing flavour. Lovely!!!
ogivlado (7215) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 500ml. -Courtesy of and shared with Domagoj (thanks!).
As Baladin Xyauyu Riserva Teo Musso Birra Da Divano Vintage 2012 14.0%ABV
Clear amber/copper coloured, no head at all, strong malt and notes of alcohol in the nose. Heavy malty, noticable alcohol, dried fruits, notes of oak and a bit too sticky sweetness in the finish. Well balanced and overall quite good...but unfortunately not great.
markoijelena (2396) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at Open Baladin Rome Italy 03.12.2015.Tsste with ippopotamo36 bro, Mortlach and cika Boban.I think this is the one Xiauyu 2012.Pour it hazy brown color with no head.Aroma leather, dust, sweet.Taste sticky sweet, dusty, some tobacco, leather.Interesting.
Cunningham (6983) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear oily and deep nutty color with almost no head. Good intensity in the aroma. Full body and a soft to flat carbonation. Oily texture. Very complex beer. Dried fruits, toffee, oak, vanilla, vinous and very well masked alcohol. Tasty nice evening sipper.
[Bottle from Systembolaget web order in Sweden]
Camons (10201) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Baladin Bistrot, Milan. Pours very dark brown, no head. Aroma of rich malt, wood, rather sweet, dark fruits, dates, plum, sweet dessert wine, madaria, some alcohol, light oxidation. Flavor is sweet, rich malty, alcohol, dessert wine, lots of dark fruit, dates, plum, riasin, some aloohol. Full body, flat carbonation, sweet finish with warming alcohol. The rather high ABV is clearly there, but is well controlled by the sweetness. Nice and complex barley wine. 101215
d_mon (4) - - DEC 13, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Swietny aromat, klarowne, brak lekkiej kontry do slodyczy, alkohol wogole nie wyczuwalny w smaku delikatnie rozgrzewa.
NBird (626) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks.. Mahogany red, Brown amber tinge, no head.
Smells..sweet barley wine caramel and malts and loads of sweet dark plums and prunes..some oak too.
Tastes.. Like a fortified wine x barley wine, sweet boozy red fruits and dry fruit sweetness, a thick cough medicinal mouth feel, some hints of that 14.5% that warm the belly. This could be shared in port glasses of consumed in gluttony. It’s like no other beer style I’ve tried before.. Very fortified wine-esque.
fombe89 (2178) - Asturias, SPAIN - SEP 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2016 Botella, @Bir&Fud, Roma. 22/09/2015 Botella 2012. L:252/130
Color caoba claro, aroma malta, sabor pasas dulce, cuerpo denso.
bytemesis (6731) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour, 2011. Pours murky hazel, no head or lacing. Aroma is full of figs, prunes, rich and malty, bourbon and vanilla notes, dried cherries, raisin, brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, rich, malty, hints of Graham cracker, boatloads of dried fruit, marshmallow. Very reminiscent of hair of the dog. Full creamy mouthfeel. Some heat.
Brandman (2836) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dirty brown, no head. Aroma has raisins, chocolate and alcohol. Flavour has chocolate and lots of dried fruits. Very rich and smooth.