Xyauyù Barrel - Birrificio Le Baladin
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4.33/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-04-2014 02:13:29 | More by Alieniloquium
2.18/5 rDev -50.8%
Reviewing the Xyauyu Barrel from Birrificio Le Baladin out of Italy.
Brewed in 2008, bottled in an unknown year. This beer is "oak aged," probably in ex-bourbon barrels. Served in a 2012 WLV Zwanze Day tulip and enjoyed on 06/12/13.
Appearance: Pours a dark bourbon copper color with a reddish hue. No head off the pour. No lacing, no retention. Looks as flat as a matzoh. 1/5
Smell: Super acetone-y. There's a nice vanilla cake and caramel aroma for a brief second, but then a pungent smell of cheap clear tequila with a dash of blue curacao and nail polish hits you over the head like a two-by-four. Hint of cigarette butts too. This horrible medley of stink lingers in the nose for a few seconds and each whiff seems worse than the last. The pungent stink grows as it warms too. Bleh! This one is almost un-smellable. 1.5/5
Taste: The nice vanilla notes from the nose come through much better in taste with a mix of caramel and sweet bourbon. No cheap tequila in the flavor, but there is still acetone (albeit substantially less than the nose). Raisin and fig towards finish. Not bad, certainly better than expected given the nose, but a total lack of carbonation and acetone flavors ruin its potential. 2.5/5
Mouthfeel: I've had soda that I left on the counter for an hour with more carbonation with this beer. Full bodied, very viscous. Soaks mouth with flavor. 3.5/5
Overall: I'll "show you" the drain. Don't ever buy this. In fact, don't even bother drinking it. Tickers beware.
Cost: $50 for a 500 ml bottle.
06-13-2013 01:57:56 | More by jegross2
4.54/5 rDev +2.5%
500ml bottle into a snifter. Brewed in 2008, aged in a rum barrel.
A. Pours an auburn-tinged brass, flat.
S. Raisins, thick honey, beautiful alcohol heat, light vanilla and oak and spice from the barrels.
T. Raw honey, coconut, grape liqueur, subtle rum and oak, vanilla. Almost mead-like.
M. Flat, but the body is not sticky or cloying, despite its viscosity.
O. This beer reminds of Xyauyu Gold, but with a subtle influence of tannins and rum from the barrel. Smooth and powerful. Up there with Gold as one of my favorites in the series. Just great.
04-11-2013 06:20:58 | More by Etan
4.45/5 rDev +0.5%
Drank from a 500 ml bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter
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.
07-20-2014 21:33:31 | More by Damian
4.46/5 rDev +0.7%
Riding on the laurels of the ultra-famed Xyauyu, its a risky endeavor to embark upon a simplified barrel-aged version that brings about a sweeter, bourbon character- as if those the beer is lacking in complexity without it! Its savory, salty-sweet taste extends beyond beer and ventures into the world that I like to call- "barley liqueur".
Its relatively still tawny gold color is highlighted with a majestic glow of deep gold and bronze. Still, a ruby tone hints toward port wine. Its absolute still character further reinforces the notion of Port while a swirl of the glass sings the praises of glossy brandy-type legging instead of lace.
Its aroma evokes an immediate seduction of the olfactory sense. It arrests the nose with a super savory culmination of dried figs, dates, raisins and red grapes as the succulence of deep molasses, brown sugar, sherry and maple wrap around the fruits and hug them tightly. Its malty sweet scent centers as a waft of fresh strung tobacco, curing leather, coconut and sweet oak dances about its periphery.
An incredible array of flavors evade the palate and does so starting with sweet toffee, peanut brittle, black-strap molasses, maple, dense honey and vanilla that derive from malt and wood. But then comes the more common taste to wine fans in plumb, raisin, date, prune, blackberry and grape. But more obvious overtones come in the shape of sherry, port, soy sauce, peat and teriyaki. Still, with all those base flavors, the bourbon-esque taste of dry oak, vanilla, boozy caramel and char all complement the other complexities with ease.
With absolute decadence, the "barley liqueur" is sipped in order to reveal an oily coat of sugar and booze. Its silky, savory and velvety-smooth texture is laces with alcohol spiciness, light wood powdery feel from age and a certain sherry-like dryness for a slight lift of mouthfeel. It long and cloying feel allows us to dismiss the elixir as beer and to accept it as the replacement for Port as the after-dinner digestive.
And like other variations of Xyauyu, this high end variation simply trandscends the common notion of beer. It extends into the world of cognac and spirit even as the taste of barley, port, maple and bourbon doesn't make delineation easy. isn't that what complex ale should do?
09-06-2013 06:58:26 | More by BEERchitect
Xyauyù Barrel from Birrificio Le Baladin
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