Baladin Xyauyù 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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GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2010
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."

Travlr (24902) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle shared with tarheels86 and his better half. Dark copper color, no carbonation, completely flat. Aroma of caramel and strong alcohol. Thick and syrupy, extremely sweet, like flan on steroids.

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2010
(500ml "copper" bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of apple, butterscotch, honey, florals, and brandy. Flavor of apple, caramel, raisins, toffee, alcohol, port, and butterscotch.

l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
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.

Dedollewaitor (16171) - 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.

ApisAles (1575) - 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.

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 I’m having doubts about why the brewery is making three different versions of this beer. They are not that different from each other.

vtafro (7445) - 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.

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.

5000 (6862) - 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!

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