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Xyauyù Barrel - Birrificio Le Baladin

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 26
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-13-2013)
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Reviews by Dope:
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is dated 2010.

A: Pours a dark red/brown. No head/lacing of course, this beer is still.

S: Boozy rum. Dates. Quite nutty, reminds me a lot of amaretto. Cocoa in there too. Lots of random dark fruits intermingling. Very unique, very strong.

T: Whoa. Was expecting a harsh, boozy taste and feel but nothing of the sort. It feels like drinking fruit juice at first. Smooth, sweet and fruity. Very so. Lots of dark fruits. Dates are prominent but there are raisins and stone fruit in general. Ultra sweet, cloyingly so especially with the lack of carbonation. Quite a bit of chocolate in here. Some dark sweetbread components meld in in the finish which only enhances the sweetness. It tastes like an ultra sweet rum mixed with amaretto but without any of the alcohol harshness.

M: Flat of course. Heavy. Ultra smooth, velvety even.

O: Wow, what a unique beer. I've had the copper and gold versions of this but this is just beyond smooth. It's liquid velvet. Zero alcohol, zero harshness at all which is stunning for a 14% barrel aged brew. Really must be tried to understand, it's unlike any other beer (except maybe Utopias). This is a sipper for sure, the heavy body and sweetness combined with lack of carbonation makes for a delicate brew to savor.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 05:12:58 | More by Dope
More User Reviews:
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 500 ml bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

Review #925

Deep, caramel-tinged amber appearance. No head whatsoever. Spirit-like legs crept down the glass.

Incredible aroma. Lots of caramel sweetness. Butterscotch with a bit of toasted coconut. Some rum. Caramelized sugars.

The flavor profile was outstanding as well. Rich and robust. Smooth and sweet. Tons of toasted coconut and caramelized sugars. The finish was also quite sweet and contained no indication of this beer's high ABV. Warming and delicious.

The liquid was completely flat, but there was a nice creaminess to it.

Al in all, Xyauyù Barrel is an outstanding beer that is truly unique from anything else on the market. Even at $50, this is definitely worth the steep price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 21:33:31 | More by Damian
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured at Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting. Pours a murky light brown or amber color with no head. Aroma of strong caramel and toffee malts, rum, booze, sweet brown sugar. Flavor is maple sweetness, brown sugar, figs, dates, and light rum fruity spice on the finish. Thick and viscous with essentially no carbonation at all. I came into this expecting to be disappointed but I really enjoyed this one. It can be had in small quantities--drinking much like a port but less harsh--and I assume the beer holds over a few days when recorked. At $47 per bottle, it better hold up as I don't see any good reason to drink this in one sitting. Recommended if you don't have to pay full price.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2014 23:38:44 | More by BMMillsy
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-05-2014 02:59:38 | More by Griffith
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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-29-2014 00:39:43 | More by ystazi
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K-Creedon

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-25-2014 20:38:19 | More by K-Creedon
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samba

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-21-2014 11:12:06 | More by samba
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

05-13-2014 08:04:53 | More by MarkyMOD
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

05-13-2014 04:42:35 | More by LotsofLupulin
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-29-2014 22:00:11 | More by brother_kenneth
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aasher

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-27-2014 23:23:06 | More by aasher
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CDCNAM

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-09-2014 01:51:27 | More by CDCNAM
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-24-2014 03:15:32 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark mahogany/burgundy color with a thick creamy layer of dark foam.

S - Pete, rum, dark fruit, and light oak.

T - Oak, rum, delicate spice, excessively light caramel, and brown sugar.

M - Thick/full bodied and has a fair amount of alcohol heat on the way down. Slippery and sticky.

O - Very boozy but well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 23:00:53 | More by jzeilinger
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a slick, oily brown. Swirling the beer leaves wine-like legs along the glass. Absolutely zero head. Really, really oily; looks like a port.

S-This is cool! It's one of the sweetest, most concentrated, sugary aromas I have sniffed in a beer. Normally I would reject such an aroma but here, it works. Dark liqueur, dried figs, raisins, plums and all the like. Loads of goopy brown sugar and molasses. A casing of oakiness. It looks like a port or even a sherry and it smells like one too.

T-About as deep and rich as my palate can comprehend. More of the same here. Ooey-gooey dried dark fruits. Viscous caramel, brown sugar and molasses. Simmering heat. A not-too-intrusive oaky component. Rum and dark liqueur, port and sherry. So rich.

M-Absolutely no carbonation; and it works here really well. Gooey, viscous, oily and super-full bodied. Has some heat but nowhere near an unattractive alcohol burn. Drinks like melted chocolate.

O/D-Very, very cool. I have had a different varietal of this series of beers and I didn't find it nearly as enjoyable as this one. Has the texture and feel of no other beer I had sucked back. Super pricey but perhaps worth a go once it a lifetime.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:04:28 | More by VelvetExtract
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-26-2014 00:52:45 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Syrupy consistency. Flat, as expected.

Smell - Rum and oak. Brown sugar. A little chocolate. Oxidation is nice. A little red wine. Smells like a port. Awesome.

Taste - Sharp port-like flavors right up front. Brown sugar. Raisins. Intensely sweet. Rum and oak. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Flat and heavy. Syrupy consistency. Drinks like a port.

Overall - This is really great. Fascinating on every level.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 02:13:29 | More by Alieniloquium
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sunnrider

Spain

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-20-2014 21:59:05 | More by sunnrider
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-17-2014 04:54:22 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -10.5%

01-15-2014 15:44:11 | More by CharlatanSin
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aslamm75

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

12-09-2013 23:54:25 | More by aslamm75
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Roman5150

Spain

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Open Baladin, Rome

Appearance: dark mahogany brown, not quite black but close. Zero head.

Smell: bourbon, sweet raisins, plums, sugar, vanilla

Taste: very sweet, notes of honey, vanilla, figs, raisins dominate side by side with the bourbon, which doesn't overpower like a lot of barrel aged beers. Booze is well masked.

Mouthfeel: thick and syrupy, basically zero carbonation

Overall: one of the best barrel aged beers i've had. When in Rome, seek this out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2013 19:32:51 | More by Roman5150
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e30todamax

Virginia

5/5  rDev +11.9%

10-29-2013 01:38:26 | More by e30todamax
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geuze_gone_wild

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-08-2013 06:13:08 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -10.5%

10-05-2013 07:55:37 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Xyauyù Barrel from Birrificio Le Baladin
96 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.