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.
ogivlado (6815) - 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 (1559) - 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 (6228) - 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 (8733) - 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 (596) - 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 (1380) - Asturias, SPAIN - SEP 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella, @Bir&Fud, Roma. 22/09/2015 Botella 2012. L:252/130
Color caoba claro, aroma malta, sabor pasas dulce, cuerpo denso.
bytemesis (5543) - 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 (2533) - 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.
rosenbergh (9501) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Courtesy of Brandman. HHOK17.
Ugly brown color with no head.
Boozy, raisiny and malty aroma (when cold). Not that great. But it gets much better when it warms. Red wine and Madeira gets through. The flavor is super enjoyable. Like a good dessert wine. Dried fruits, Madeira and sweetness. Very enjoyable indeed.