Baladin Xyauyů Etichetta Rame (Copper Label)

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


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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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 it’s 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.

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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1493) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2012
Brilliant beer 2007 vintage Looked like a port in every way. No head at all. Near perfect color. Rich nose. Slight oxidation in the smell but that dropped off. Caramel, Figs, strawberry, bread, and port. Taste is so very similar but more amped up and a touch sweeter. Quite sticky and full on. Very dry finish and well hidden 14.5%. Quite sticky and more like a maple syrup in a odd way. Splendid beer to have had and have one more to savor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (9990) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 18, 2012
2004 Bottle, 500 ml. Nice color, orange-brown, thin, oily. Big toffee, fruit, stewed peach nose, mostly toffee. Sweet, peaches, big toffee, completely flat, oily and silky smooth. Delicious. I love this stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9926) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! Didn’t bring the box for a boxed beer yet again. I feel cheated. It’s less special that way, Dan, and you know it. 2004 vintage, 13% ABV on the label. After some consternation, we decided the label looked more copper than gold. I think we’re right. Pours a cloudy amber color with no head. Very sweet aroma- toffee, syrup, dates, brown sugar, dust, and vanilla. The flavor is mostly the same- sweet, syrupy, and a little boozy, with plenty of dark and dried fruit notes. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. This one was a hit. Really interesting. Didn’t mind the sweetness. I’d bet a newer vintage would show more complexity but this was a fun one to drink. Thanks a ton, Dan!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2004 vintage. Pours a dark copper/amber color with burnt orange edges.  Completely still with no head or lacing but it does have nice legs after an aggressive swirl. Sweet, boozy aroma that’s almost all alcohol until t warms up considerably.   Once it does, sweet malt and dark fruit are apparent.  Hints of caramel, toffee and maple syrup followed by raisin, fig plum and more alcohol. Viscous with no carbonation to speak of and a real syrupy consistency.  Boozy, syrupy flavor dominates with lots and lots of alcohol sweetness but not overly hot.  After it warms the sweet malt and dark fruit notes come to the forefront.  Hints of toffee, caramel and hazelnut followed by plum, raisin and fig.  These notes are still pretty faint with the overbearing alcohol flavor dominating everything.  One dimensional, lacking in carbonation and pretty tough to drink more than a few ounces of.  I was the only one at a recent tasting that finished their pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kindacold (235) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2012
2004 vintage of this. Pours syrupy amber, no head. Smells candy sweet. Tastes like honey and syrup. Very sweet, like a dessert. Clean finish. Very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (43355) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
50 cL bottle. POurs golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is smooth malty and caramelish. Sweet malty, sugarish, light cheesy. Smooth sweet caramelish into the far finish. Smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (6898) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Sample from Ken during the Bourbon County Tapping event. Poured a cloudy dark orange almost red. Small head and lacing. Aromas and taste are sweet but not cloying. Notes of sugar, plum, mead, cherry, wood and some more honey. Further flavors of raisins and other dried fruit, apples, and more honey mead. Amazing beer from Piozzo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (10072) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
Single 1.5oz sample @ BeerBistro. Dark amber colour, still and viscous, with no head. Beautiful aromas and flavours of dried apricots, candied pecans, rich honey, apricot preserves. The more I sip, the more I’m surprised at the nutty sweetness in this brew. An excellent desert sipper, really lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zebra (2022) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2012
delicious paired with the "strudel aperti" with strawberry and yogurt @ vetri. lively, coffee, slick, leaves, sticky, rocky, spruce, frothy, butterscotch, chocolate

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alalvarez75 (57) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2012
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.

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