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Xyauyù Barrel - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 31
Gots: 12 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-13-2013)
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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle sealed with black wax and a cork.

5oz poured into snifter for a night cap.

2008 vintage (brewed in 2008).

Appearance: medium brown color with a mahogany hue when held up to light. The beer has many suspended particles noted. A few colorless bubbles sit on top of the beer, but eventually all bubbles disapate. Heavy legs on the side of the glass with no lacing.

Smell: Spicy and sweet. Massive oak presence. This beer smells a little boozey, but in the best possible way. Brown sugar, figs, dates, honey, maple syrup and a mildly spicy rum.

Taste: This is a balanced and layered complex beer; its sweet and rich, but at no time is there a cloying sweetness found within this beer. Brown sugar coated figs and dates start things off. Honey, tobacco, vanilla beans, and leather are next to meet your palate. Light caramel and lots of oak barrel is found mid palate. Toasted coconut, more caramel, honey, brown sugar, fig / dates, and mild rum all come together in the finish with a lightly bitter charred note from the oak barrel. All the different flavors meld together nicely, none of these flavors over power the other flavor and you can taste each profile distinctly. This is a truly complex flavor profile of this beer.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer that is flat with not a trace of carbonation in this beer. Thick and syrupy. Rediculously smooth. Feels silky as well. There is no way I could have guessed this beer to be 14% abv; instead you would think maybe 9-10% abv at the most.

Overall: This is my first experience with any of the Xyauya beer from Birrificio Le Baladin. I would always look at these beers and not purchase them because of the hefty price tag. I purchased this bottle for 42 bucks and while it is definately over priced for my pocket book, I am glad that I made the purchase.

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500ml bottle 14,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a Snifter
2010 Vintage

Appearance: Xyuayu Barrel pours beautiful deep amber with bright golden-orange highlights when backlight. As expected, the beer is completely flat, with even the roughest of pours yielding nothing in the way of a head. Swirling results in sticky alcohol legs clinging to the glass. 4.25

Smell: This smells delicious – there is a big fortified wine character (sherry/muscadel) alongside rich dark fruits (dates, raisons, almost Christmas pudding like), a light soya sauce note, a little alcohol, some rum, oak, vanilla, brown sugar and rich caramel. I can really see why some people compare this to a watered down Utopias. 4.5

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is absolutely delicious. The initial flavour is fantastically sweet, with notes of brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. This fades into rum, fortified wine, oak, rich dark fruits some soy and a touch of alcohol. As good as the flavour is, the finish doesn’t quite seem to fit with the rest of the beer – I was expecting a lingering, sticky, sweet finish, however due to the oxidization the finish is very brief and rather flat. 4.25

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, with some stickiness, but not quite as much as one would expect given the flavour profile. There is no trace of carbonation, but that is perfect for me. 4.5

Overall: Xyauyu Barrel is a fantastic beer and one I would love to have again, but I’m not sure that it is worth the huge price tag. I think a slightly stickier body and longer finish would push this beer into the world-class category. 4.4

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Drank from a 1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. corked and waxed dipped bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Brewed in 2008
Served in a snifter

Review #925

The dark, copper-tinged mahogany liquid poured completely flat. Very cordial-like in appearance. When swirled, the beer left a thin coating on the glass that transformed into small legs.

Lots of interesting things happening in the aroma. Notes of caramel, maple syrup and dark fruits were immediately apparent. Dates, prunes and raisins were also noticeable. Slightly smoky. Strong oxidation notes gave the beer a distinct, port-like character. Pleasantly boozy. Overall, really complex and intense.

The flavor profile was also outstanding. It too was quite sweet, yet not cloying in the least bit. Burnt caramel and brown sugar notes came through strong. Loads of maple syrup. Grape-y and very port-like. A strong, rum barrel presence was noticeable, along with intense dark fruit notes. Figs, plums, raisins and prunes were apparent. Hint of cherry. Strong oaky/barrel notes on the back end. The oxidation process was obvious in the finish and added another layer of complexity. Some spicy notes were detectible as well.

Thick, syrupy and completely flat, the beer drank very much like an aged port. Slightly creamy and buttery. Palate coating. A pleasant alcohol warming brought this beer even further into "spirit territory."

Like Xyauyù Gold, this is an incredibly unique and complex beer that really pushes the limits of what beer can be. Aside from ports, sherries and other barrel-aged beers from this brewery, the only comparison I can make to this is Utopias. At $150 less a bottle, you might actually think of this as being a bargain.

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4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Xyauyù Barrel from Birrificio Le Baladin
97 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.