yespr (48876) - 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. Ungstrup (38861) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2006
[I also tasted this some time before official release, namely at GBBF August 2005, courtesy of Lorenzo. Thanks a bunch.] A pale brown beer with no head, but it lazes the glass just like a sherry. The aroma is very sweet with notes of prunes and wood. The flavor is sweet, but at the same time slightly sour, somewhat like a Flemmish Sour Ale, combined with notes of lots of wood and lots of prunes and grapes, but also a slight alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is thick like syrup. WOW - I want to get hold of this when it is released. anders37 (27577) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2009
Bottle. Vintage 2005. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweet malty dark fruit and caramel aroma with some alcoholic hints. Smooth sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty warming dark fruit flavor with some hints of alcohol and caramel in the aftertaste. Very nice. oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2011
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. Travlr (26405) - 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.
madmitch76 (26366) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2011
4th January 2009 cgarvieuk (26360) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 7, 2007
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!
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"
omhper (25941) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2010
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
Bottled. Deep copper colour, viscous with no head. Intense cognac aroma. Sweet and soft with lots of molasses. Thick and mouthcoating oily, hugely malty with raisins and cognac. Velvetty and pleasant with mild warming alcohol. A huge beer. Beerhunter111 (23247) - P?Castle, GERMANY - MAR 24, 2014
Orangegoldenes Bier ohne Schaum und Co2. Geruch sehr malzig süß, holzig, alkoholisch. Geschmack angenehm malzig süß, holzig, alkoholisch. fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010
2010-08-21, vintage 2005, 8-4-8-4-17=41
The Xyauyù Ultimate Tasting
Hazy dark amber color, lighter than the Silver and Gold; flat. Caramel aroma, sweet, oxidized, with light vanilla, less fruity than the silver, with more alcohol; it reminds me some accomplished French or Polish Mead. Very sweet malt juice; the alcohol seems more evident than in others, but it complements well the sweetness; there is a good trace of raisins. The final is more nutty. Excellent, solid as the Silver, but more vibrant.
2006-02-04, I had a taste of this at the Birratrovo in Como, 7-3-7-3-15=35
Amber colour, still. Strong aroma and taste, thick and oily; caramel and mature malt (Madeira), wood influence, Porto wine. Interesting.