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Baladin Xyauy Etichetta Rame (Copper Label)

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Formerly brewed at Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A beer brewed and matured to 13.5% ABV going to 14.5% in next productions.
Malts: Pilsner Durst, aromatic Dingemans, caramunich 140 Dingemans. Hops: Hallertau Hernsbrucker, Spalt Select and East Kent Golding.
Brewing process: the wort is hyperconcentrated then boiled for two hous and half. Primary fermentation for 25 in steel vessels. Then after a sterile filtration (to eliminate primary yeast strains) the beer is transfered in a steel vessel with transparent membrane and a "oxygen hat". Afeter several tasting from 6 to 24 months later (it depends on the oxidation velocity, very inconsistant!) the brewer decides when its time to bottle in 50cl. champagne shape bottles with good quality cork. The production is very limited. Three productions brewed during two years will be available from October 2006.

Editors note: the label says also "Riserva Teo Musso" and the vintage (year).


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle @ Open Baladin, Rome. Pours unclear golden with no head. Nose is rich and vinous. Port and dark fruit. Extremely vinous and delicious. Dark fruit, port and oak. Low carbonation. Tannins. Some warmth. Complex and better than the silver for sure.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2010
2005 Bottle. Pours deep red, no head at all. Aroma is amazing, sherry, port, vinous, but malty. The malt is so subtle but very appreciated. Flavor is full, rich, round, earthy, sherry notes. This was an amazing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2010
Bottle. Slightly murky golden red amber. No head. The aroma is cleaner than the Gold Label version. Lots of vinous fruits and caramel, some alcohol and dusty cellar character. Not overly oxidized. The flavor is sweet with a rather prominent aged character. Notes of sweet vinous prunes, currants and cherries. Clearly not as oxidized and Madeira-like as the Gold version. But it has a nice pronounced cellar character. The finish is warming with notes of candy. Medium body, flat and sticky, Nice, but Im having doubts about why the brewery is making three different versions of this beer. They are not that different from each other.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (2797) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
06 Bottle pour @ EBF. Brown pour with white head. Notes of maple, and caramel malts, along with intentional oxidation? Sweet, no real hop presence at this time, slight warming, could use a bit more carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured deep amber with some nice legs. aroma was sherry, brown sugar, raisin, and honey. flavor was much the same with the addition of some pecan. body was sticky icky.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Bottle:   Dark caramel, ruby and amber hues, soapy head that dies quickly leaving sparce lacing.   Certainly appears to be aged!   Smooth dark pitted fruit, honey, nuts, and maple syrup on the nose.   This one smells really tasty.   Slight alcohol is noticeable.   Very warming up front, malty, sweet but not overly sticky.   Dark pitted fruit, raisins, figs, dates, as well as carmelized sugar, burnt marshmallows, and just plain ole malty sweetness.   Really impressed with this one.   Very smooth, yet not too heavy.   Backside is full of raisins, dates and figs with a slightly burnt caramel malt sweetness.   This is a great sipper.   Almost like a cognac of beers.   Big thanks to fogdog for this one!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2010
2009 bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a deep amber with no head. nose is honey, caramel, esters, and honey. sticky palate, honey, and vanilla for flavors, great stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5480) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
(500ml bottle 2009 vintage thanks to bu11zeye) still copper color with good legs. Nose of celery, brown sugar, with no alcohol presence at all. Taste of sherry, brown sugar, raisin, alcohol and toffee. Great flavorful body with a medium oily body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle, thanks to ericandersnavy for saving this for me. Pours a murky brown. Aroma is incredibly sweet, burnt grain, toasty, dark fruit, very malty with strong alcohol spice. Flavor is the same. Mouth feel is heavy bosy and smooth, very warming. Overall, damned good shit!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2227) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Nose is mint, licorice, and peppermint certs, sherry, and brown sugar. Taste is similar with notes of boozy fruit juice and sticky caramel.


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