cgarvieuk (12237) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 7, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 mmm mmm mmm, My most expensive beer at 28E or ~£20 I was worried about this at that price but i loved it. Deep ruby coloured, rich liquer like tracle rum nose, think viscous syrupy sweet with a little smokeyness, little woody treacle, with hints of sherry and a little spirit like evaporation on the pallate. Acording to the bottle its also best before "the end of the world"
nice deep red ... deep rich soft treacle and plums .... rich syrupy body ... light meatyness ... toffee ... just so smoooth ... no alcohol showing ... all the best aspects of barley wines ... im glad this hasnt dissapointed ... so im gonna stick at 4.8 its tricky at this level definitly 4.5+ but yeah i am digging this so gonna stick ... Ok almost all the way through ... stunning but droping just a pip to 4.7
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 bottle. Pours a tea color, with no head or lacing. Perfectly still. Nose has tons of big oaky notes, maple syrup, caramel, a slight burn, dry maple and a very subtle nuttiness. Flavor is badassness. Very sweet bite to start, with a lovely burn in the finish. Maple syrup, brown sugar, very complex and very awesome. Velvety smooth. Very balanced. Just amazing. Tastes and feels like a sessionable Utopias. Hard to say if it’s worth the price, but damn is it good.
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.
Labove (426) - 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.
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!!
KnutAlbert (5546) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 18, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely stuff. Smells of port or sherry, and this feeling of aged fortifies wine is present i the flavour, too. To be slowly sipped - one glass per person is adequate! This is like capturing the spirit of beer. The label says 12%, it has the warming feeling of 30%. Dried fruit - prunes and cherries, a lovely sweet and sour aroma lingering. A perfect end to a beer evening - this is as good as it gets!
thebeertourist (4522) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005 bottle. Copper color, only a few bubbles on top. Wonderful woody sherry aromas, hints of marcipane, plums, chocolate, just a fantastic sensation. Sweet chocolate flavours, wood and vintage port appearing, chocolate again towards the finish. Wonderful balance between fruit and chocolate, sweet, but still restrained. Soft, oily, velvety texture. Tastes more like the best of vintage ports than a barley wine.It was expensive, 20 euro at Salone del Gusto for 500 ml, but worth every euro.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz bottle, thanks to Kevin for bringing this one. Pours a burnt mahogany. Looks like a tawny port. Holy god does it smell like one to. Unfortunately this beer has a bit of a cork taint, only a little. But the dusty wood and rotten apple at the nose of the bottle is a telltale sign. A shame as that mutes the flavor somewhat. Nose in the glass has green apple, huge fig and raisin, tons of caramel and cinnamon, cherry, vanilla. Christ its a complex nose, shame about that cork taint. The flavor is a hands down 10 though even if it is muted by the cork taint it still amazing. This is basically like a tawny port in a beer bottle. Huge deep chocolate, caramel with rather intense brown sugar and green apple notes. Some maple creeps in and a bit of vanilla toffee in the finish. Wow, what a beer. I didn’t expect this to be as good as it is. The Italians are really kicking ass if the recent beers I have had from there are any indication.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
How do you pronounce the name? 2005 bottle, thanks to KnN for sharing. Very sherry-like aroma, with no carbonation. Flavor is sherry, white grapes, orange, caramel, very sweet and sticky. Absolutely delicious sipper.
alalvarez75 (57) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured with no carbonation, which is the way it was intended. Pours out a rich amber. Smell is sweet, I get no alcohol, just a pleasant sweetness of honey. Tastes of honey and fruit, very rich, perfect desert beer. Loved the xFume, but I think this one is more drinkable due to the lack of peat. Amazing.