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.
CamdenD (1027) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Impressive. Served without head and very finely at Open Baladin. Huge fig aroma. Reminds one of a well made Oloroso. Wow.
thomat (1785) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby with no head. Fruity and spicy tones. Malt, fruit, vine and spices. Full body with a sour finish.
Nisse666 (3543) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thx to the homebrewer Karl cons 2013-10-26 Göteborg
AR: brandy, chocolate, dried brittish dried fruitinees
AP: mahogny ruby, no head at all - tried to force it from 1/2 a meter without success;)
F: rich black peppery, flat carbonation, autum honey, brand barrells, grapes, wine, prunes, warming feeling
PriorL (894) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from bottle at Delirium Hoppy Loft, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, no foam.
NOSE: alcohol, some oxidation, malts.
TASTE: alcohol, sweet, nice sweetness, lots of alcohol, red fruits, wood.
77ships (3019) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2013 Thanks a lot for the share. 375ml bottle sampled. 2006 Vintage as "Baladin Xyauyu Birra Da Divano Riserva Teo Musso". Pours dark amber sherry with absolutely zero head. Nose is pure oxidation in best way imaginable. Lots of walnuts, sherry, sweet herbs, caramel, hazlenut, sweet brown sugar warming, but no alcohol noticable. Taste is pure oxidation, sweet caramel malts, heavy on walnuts, sherry, dark oak, slight warming booze as in fine liquor coupled with a sweetness,sirrup. This really reminds me of the early 1980’s Oerbier Magnum I’ve tried. This really shows oxidation at its best in beer. Quite impressive body substantial, but not overly heavy considering ABV. Zero carb, whilst warming the alcohol is completely masked.
beer_est_deus (393) - örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
-2009- Oklar röd-brun och naturligtvis utan skum. Doft: Alkohol, ek lagring, körsbär, wiskey, gröna äpplen, päron, hallon-björnbärs sylt, ananas. Smak: Sött portvin, alkohol, calvados, hallon sylt, körsbärs likör, hjortron, havtorn. På tok för ung, behöver några år till för att bli riktigt kanon tror jag.
VsXsV (1621) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light hazy deep copper liquid with small off-white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, port wine, dried fruit, sweet alcohol, high alcohols, almond and wood. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of toffee, port wine, wood and dried fruit. Full bodied with low carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. Really nice, very complex.
NordicV (910) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rödbrun öl, lätt grumlig med i stort sett inget skum. Doft av russin, desertvin, lätt dammighet. Smaken är även den russin och sherry. Oxiderad som en långlagrad öl. Döljer alkoholhalten väl.
Inbreak (1066) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
23.04.2012, 0,5l bottle (2008 vintage) sampled @ Maltmisjonen tasting:
Sødmerik vinøs lukt med preg av karamellmalt, humle, sukker, sitrus, epler, rosin, daddel, alkohol, gras. Sødmerik fruktig smak med preg av malt, humle, sukker, rosin, daddel, alkohol, gras, karamell, smørkaramell. Middels bitterhet som set litt. God, men kan ikkje måle seg med Utopias.
Linnet (937) - Umeå, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2009 edition 14 % ABV.
Ar: very rich and potent, malts, malts, malts, jam, honey, sherry, port wine, very oxidized and mature, alcohol is very evident, but the aroma is not boozy, hops is very low, some earthiness and grass.
Ap: ruby/deep copper colour, no head.
F: very sweet, honey, jam, oxidized, sherry, alcohol, dark fruits, very low bitterness, but some earthy hops are there in the background, warming finish. Sweetness lingers.
P: very full body, no carbonation. Silky smooth.
T: an experience, but extremely demanding.