JorisPPattyn (7885) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 2004 Vintage Near as no head; dark red chestnut beer. Very stimulating, nosevein-dilatating portwine or other fortified wine aroma, with exotic woods as sandelwood & cedar, chocolate, alcohol, fusels and fuselesters. Vinous, especially as exceptional vintage port. Very sweet, vinous, Marssala, and definitely again mild chocolate notes. Faraway hints of oranges, preserved in brandy, sucaded fruit, slowly oxydized and (if that were possible) esterised malts, with exotic spices seasoned. Viscous to syrupy, explosion of body & flavours at each sip, indestructible. It might miss just a tad of balance, defending itself from the ethanol onslaught, but it is a wonderful beer anyhow, something to be savoured slowly after dinner. Mille grazie, Lorenzo, for bringing me this bottle!
tomthompson89 (1902) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
well another i have to thank my italy jumping friends. murky orange colour, no head slightly sticky syrupy mouth feel fruitiness some nuts caremel and nice slight bitterness, good beer nice to try the rare stuff.
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Translucent orange with no head like a cognac. Very pleasant aroma - rich thickness consisting of caramel, sugar, and sweet chocolate. Nice warming alcohol that is short lived. Plum fruitiness in a complex woody palate. Really nice.
blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, biegaman, mds, Radek Kliber, tupalev & the rest of the gang. Vintage 2004. Pours a clear and flat-looking amber-brown with no head. Lovely aroma of caramel malt, wood, dark fruit, nuts and alcohol. Flavour: Wow! Reminded me a little of maple syrup with caramel malt, dark fruit, wood, some bitterness and alcohol -- complex and very flavourful. Goes down smooth for such a high alcohol beer. Medium bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Just awesome, I loved this!
Radek Kliber (6390) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2004 . 12%
Clear ruby amber, high viscosity.
Rich, alcoholic nose (highly refined), wood (oak touches).
Oily, very low carbonation, good clean alcohol. Sweet yet smooth. Balanced at such extreme. High quality sipper.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy, biegaman, mds, Radek Kliber, tupalev and others. Poured clear, oily mahogany with a small tan head. Strongly alcoholic aroma, wonderfully woody, thick nutty almost burnt caramel malt - very rich, with some tart fig and not quite ripe apricot. The taste - man this is nice! - maple syrup, roast caramel malt, lighter alcohol presence and the tart fruit and a bit of herbal character enter in the finish. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel, long silky finish - I loved this; it’s not too much like beer, but I loved it, more like a soft, sweet sherry; excellent.
mask (1) - giaveno, ITALY - SEP 21, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
i just love this ’beer’ so rich and powerfull. It’s a pity is so hard to find!!
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010
2010-08-21, vintage 2005, 8-4-8-4-17=41
The Xyauyù Ultimate Tasting
Hazy dark amber color, lighter than the Silver and Gold; flat. Caramel aroma, sweet, oxidized, with light vanilla, less fruity than the silver, with more alcohol; it reminds me some accomplished French or Polish Mead. Very sweet malt juice; the alcohol seems more evident than in others, but it complements well the sweetness; there is a good trace of raisins. The final is more nutty. Excellent, solid as the Silver, but more vibrant.
2006-02-04, I had a taste of this at the Birratrovo in Como, 7-3-7-3-15=35
Amber colour, still. Strong aroma and taste, thick and oily; caramel and mature malt (Madeira), wood influence, Porto wine. Interesting.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the GBBF White Horse Babblebelt bash. Odd name, odd beer. Murky brown colour. Woody, maderised aroma. Very vinous flavour. Sweet, but there’s some acidity to prevent it being too cloying. Tasted more like sherry than beer. Distinctly oxidised. All this adds up to an unusual mouthfeel that I personally didn’t find too appealing, although there’s no denying this is an intriguing beer.
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[I also tasted this some time before official release, namely at GBBF August 2005, courtesy of Lorenzo. Thanks a bunch.] A pale brown beer with no head, but it lazes the glass just like a sherry. The aroma is very sweet with notes of prunes and wood. The flavor is sweet, but at the same time slightly sour, somewhat like a Flemmish Sour Ale, combined with notes of lots of wood and lots of prunes and grapes, but also a slight alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is thick like syrup. WOW - I want to get hold of this when it is released.