jedwards (10) - Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a deep caramel garnet, unfortunately marred by a host of tiny black flecks floating in the liquid -- fortunately they are undetectable in the mouth. The smell is rich fruit, caramel, honey and a hint of harsh fusels -- the taste is stewed plums, cherry, leather, wine, raisins, and tobacco. Alcohol is extremely well hidden behind an mouth-coating sweetness. Texture is thick and port-like... in fact, everything is very port-like. Not a bad thing, and really remarkable for a product made without grapes. I love the showcasing of the qualities of slow oxidization.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to bucketboy for opening this bottle at Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate. Served in a Deschutes tulip, courtesy of Lunch, who was sleeping in his car at that point.
Pours a moderate copper-bronze color with a very thin head of bubbles that quickly receded. The nose brings forward a really nice balance between caramel and dark fruits along with some sherry in the background. The flavor melds everything together really well, and the oxidation process has really done wonders to this beer. Beautiful sherry-like flavor along with some caramelization and just a touch of alcohol. Light to medium body and very smooth. Low carbonation. Really a delight all around. Thanks again, Joe.
Serving type: bottle
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beer i have wanted for quite a few years .. . Pours a thick black brown, no carbonation and only fleas of foam .. . sherry, maple syrup, and prunes dominate, with tar and more dark fruit on the finish .. . a fantastic beer! .. . its funny how Italy produced such a wonderful beer like this but produced such a piece of utter shit in the form of mario balotelli...
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (2nd CS/ES Beer Gathering, thanks SV!). Slightly hazy reddish amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, some madeira wine like notes along with wooden and vanillaish notes. Flavour is sweet malts, vanilla, mild spicyness, madeiralike, spicy and also has quite much alcohol filling it up. Yet very balanced.
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Meraviglia assoluta, aspetto splendido, al naso alcolico, frutta matura, Teo è riuscito a tirar fuori da una birra sensazioni altrimenti riservate al vino. Corpo pieno, meravigliosa.
Nickls (1883) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Open Baladin. Still, clear almost cognac looking orange-brown. Aroma is sweet and more sweet grapes with some very big maltiness, but only a slight hint of booze. Sweetness comes through in the taste first, some cordial-like flavors of cherry and prune. Very port-like. Syrupy body, bit of a chore to drink.
madmitch76 (16102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4th January 2009
A 2004 bottle at 13.0% abv. Cloudy brown beer, no head and utterly devoid of carbonation. But it works here. Remarkably sweet barleywine. Sweet caramel and toffee with an undercurrent of Porty red fruits. Soft sweet finish. The abv only manifesting as a warming afterglow. Unique beer!
jtclockwork (8897) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours murky brown. Nose and taste of toffee, sweet caramel, tea, dark fruits and nuts. A bit watery at times.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Held up to the light, a soft haze of suspended dregs gazed back at me in a sea of ruby Porto. Very little apparent carbonation, no head, no ringlet, and no lace, all of which I wasn’t really expecting given the unique nature of this beer. Her nose is one of the richest I have observed in a beer other than Utopias and a few rare others. Caramelized sugars are everywhere the nose can smell; brown sugar, molasses, and maple. Cherries, grapes, and plums soak in old port barrels, the wood stained in ruby and amber. Red licorice, canned black cherries, gomme syrup, brownies, and dates weight heavily upon my senses. I have my suspicions this is a beer to be shared amongst a few and not just one. Sticky and instantly lip-coating, plums take center stage and never wholly leave; red, purple, black, and varieties I am unaware of spill their juices upon my tongue for all my tastebuds to revel in. She bares the weight of her palate in the center and finishes short and fast. I am grateful for the short finish; her richness would quickly overwhelm otherwise. Powdered sugar sprinkles atop black cherries, peaches, and kiwi while chocolate truffles melt in the mouth, not the hand. The combination of sugar sweetness, chocolate, and cherries culminate in cherry cordials ready for eating with her port notes a subtle accent content to rest in the background while warmth slowly fills my chest. As I slowly sip through my bottle, plums and prunes continue their juicy escapades across sticky lips as I find little else of change to note.
An amazing beer in every way; from the way she was brewed, aged, conditioned, bottled, and ultimately tasted, the Xyauyu Copper 2005 from Baladin Birrifico was a tasting revelation. If you ever stumble across any of the Xyauyu bottlings, be sure to take one home and when you are ready to pop that cork, find a few friends, share, and enjoy. On the beer alone, there will be more than enough to talk about.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL courtesy of Travlr. Poured a completely flat clear amber that is syrupy like brandy and leaves very good legs like a good cordial. Aroma is quite good: grappa, sherry, brandy, caramel, red grapes. Taste is very syrupy sweet to almost cloying. No spicy alcohol. Mostly clover/orange blossom honey, maple syrup, red grapes, grape seeds. It’s certainly not bad, but it is just so overtly sweet and produces no head and no carbonation so the palate is a little overwhemed by sweetness. It would do well as sherry or mead or maybe eisbocked into ice cream sundae syrup. In fact, I would probably score this much higher if I were told, "hey try this mead!" instead of "hey, try this very expensive barleywine similar to Utopias."