Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml. 2006 vintage. 13%. Pours a darker orange which can look more amber or ruby in different lighting. Flat of course; I wasn’t expecting any carbonation after having the Silver and Copper labels recently. I like the aroma on this one the best; when I pulled the cork out, a pleasant banana aroma filled the immediate vicinity. Now in the snifter I’m getting some nice caramel/toffee, molasses, honey, sweet malt, a little alcohol but not "boozy" per se. Yum, the flavor in this one is easily the best of the series: Quite fruity with again the sweet glaze/syrupy flavors. Kind of like a brandy, kind of like a port. Definitely a fermented winegrape element is present in the flavor. It’s very sweet, but manages to stay just under the cloying threshold. Mouthfeel is oily, medium viscosity, sticky finish; again, just like a port. I definitely like this one the best out of the series. I think this is mostly because this one helped me understand and appreciate what this series is supposed to be (and be about). I mean this is literally a "barley wine". That is, this is wine, not beer. Wine that happens to be fermented from grain instead of grapes. When I look at it in the context of wine, and through a filter of Italiana, I can really start appreciating this and liking it a lot. But yes, in that context; not in the traditional beer context would I easily understand this opus. Overall, very good to excellent.
RickFifty (725) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Open Baladin Rome. Vintage 2012. Golden brown color, no head. Caramel nose, raisins, anise, hint of alcohol and wood. Caramel taste, heavy sweet, wood, rich malty, dried fruit. Full body, flat carbonation, oily texture.
Zoret (151) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 5, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Espectacular cervesa envellida fins la perfecció. Aromes bonissims molt llaminers i còrpora increible, sembla cognac però sense notar tant l’alcohol que està molt ben integrat. Brutal!
Stuu666 (6743) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours deep brown, quite like sherry, fruity nose ,fruity, sweet cake taste.
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - JUN 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
100 ml from bottle at Baladin Bologna. Dark copper, quite clear, no head at all. Lots of alchool legs, though. Boozy and slightly harsh nose, but I’m not a huge fan of certain aromas. Dark fruits, burnt caramel, molasses and some baked apples reminiscence. Completely different, in a great way, taste wise. Thick and sirupy without being cloying at all. Rich and addicting malt sweetness, lovely fruity edge, ridicolous drinkability considering the ABV. Flat carbonation, medium to full body, oily texture. Probably a 4.5+ beer if I were a fan of boozy beers. Still superb!
Saeglopur (1110) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAY 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle at Craft Bier Fest Wien Tasting Sessions.
Dark copper, brownish body, without head.
Liqueur like aroma of dried fruits, cognac, dark berries, caramel.
Taste is also very liqueur like, sweet and sticky, with booze, dried fruits, berries, caramel, chocolate, cognac.
Full, very oily mouthfeel, without any carbonation.
Finishes sweet, boozy, fruity, malty, liqueur like again.
Tasty. Although this is really sweet and sticky, it’s so well balance that it never gets uncomfortable. I propably couldn’t tell this is a beer if I didn’t know it. Completely unique stuff. Still not my favourite from the Xyauyù range.
SkillsFactory (194) - ITALY - APR 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottiglia del 2012, aperta il 18 Aprile 2015.
Mogano scuro con riflessi aranciati, limpida.
Assenza totale di schiuma.
Al naso come al palato molto presente lo cherry e il cacao, molto dolce, note di caramello, sul finale l'alcol scalda la bevuta che risulta estremamente piacevole.
Una "birra non birra" da provare almeno una volta nella vita. (Possibilmente di più).
Complimenti a Teo Musso.
Habanero (3305) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours clear mahagony with a tiny head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, wood, vanilla and tobacco notes. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly bitter with an alcohol bite. Full bodied oily to syrupy texture and flat carbonation. A great Barley. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Drake (10687) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by jackl at the C’Ville Foxy Knoxy tasting. Slightly hazy copper, no head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, mild oxidation. The taste is toffee, caramel, raisin, wood. Medium bodied, low carbonation, boozy, well oxidized.
GenDV138 (3516) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Charlottesville Tasting shared by jackl, thanks! Hazy amber with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, honey, dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, maple, apples. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
obguthr (4659) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apricot, almond, and cashew. Cloudy copper, thin head. Cranberry, apricot, and cashew, muddled and intense. Medium body,easy carbonation.