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Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky) - Birrificio Le Baladin

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Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky)Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky)

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11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 36
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 18.59%
Wants: 15
Gots: 7 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-17-2013

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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 36
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

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

Smell - Tons of peaty scotch. Really dominates the aroma. Brown sugar behind it.

Taste - Sweet brown sugar. Peaty scotch blends equally. The two flavors dominate. A little oak. Kinda briny.

Mouthfeel - Flat and heavy. Syrupy consistency.

Overall - Nowhere near as good as the rum version. The peaty scotch really overwhelms everything else to the beer's detriment.

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Photo of bobhits
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Go buy this beer! If you haven't had it, you must and I can't imagine anyone doesn't want a second.

Sampled with a group of friends last night and the look of awe from people who'd never had anything like this before was rather rewarding. Even some fairly big craft beer drinkers were just floored.

This is a brown, clear bodied beer, with nice red notes when held to light. Zero carbonation and frankly it's amazing looking. The difference in this beer and the rest of the xyauyu series is that while amazing beers and truly transcendent for beer, really nobody has this kind of end product, but for all the praise, it's a really sweet over the top beer. It needs something to balance it a bit, bring down the sugars so they complement and enhance, vs over powering. Add in Islay peat and smoking, and turn turns out we have a solution! I'm a bit fan of smokey peaty whiskey so I might be biased here, but the beat doesn't dominate this beer. It is the primary flavor, but in doing that it allows the port and sherry like elements of the beer to complement both making the sugars and fruits a great complement to balance out the smoke, but more importantly it actually makes them taste better.

The end result is what might very well be the best think I've ever had. I almost regret sharing 90% of the bottle with friends, almost. I can also attest that of the Barrel, the Fume, and the Gold the overwhelming consensus was that this was the best. It wasn't even close and I honestly think people were slightly disappointed at the others because we started with this one.

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Photo of interistacanadese
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

A beautiful effort from the brilliant Teo Musso. By now he has nearly mastered the art of aging barley wine in whiskey barrels. Xyauyù Fumé is a smooth but smokey "couch beer" - it is likely his best barley wine. I consumed Fumé during a visit of Teo's Baladin brewery in Piozzo, Italy.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 0.9 fluid ounces bottle into an oversized cognac glass.

Pours more like a liquor, still and viscous. Amber and dark brown in color, it looks like a rum with some barrel aging. I love it though. 5

There's some heat, smokiness and ash and mesquite BBQ, with lighter caramel and chocolate. Actually, that's a lot of caramel. This massive Avery cognac glass may make a huge difference. 4.25

This has a booze-laden sweet potato and marshmallow taste to it. There's smoke and ashtray joining this flavor with a slight vegetal flavor crossing with scotch. The overall flavor is a smoky, sweet, smooth scotch. 4.25

This is thick, viscous and sweet like a digestif but with a smokey pervasive feel that takes you to a campfire. 4

Well, this ain't quite the Gold Label Xyauyu but it's still pretty bomb.

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Photo of Sammy
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredible bottle sharing at cask republic, stamford. Pure whisky aroma. Dense smoke and body. Great bw.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JSBILK
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of diamondlie
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of DavidHume
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Etan
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml into a snifter. This is Xyauyu variant #6 for me!

A. Pours a dark honey color, flat.

S. Rubbery, peat smoke, dry honey, sherry. The base beer is discernible, but the smoke from the scotch barrel is pretty heavy.

T. Thick earthy peat smoke, molasses, vinous oxidation, honeycomb, raisins, more smoke.

M. Viscous and flat.

O. Although the execution of this beer is quite good, with both the base beer and barrel asserted, the peaty smoke flavors from the scotch clash with the bald sweetness of the base beer for me. I had the same problem with the smoked tea version.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Matagal
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ravot
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

High levels of savory sweetness makes the Xyauyu collection among the most masterfully crafted barleywines that the world has seen. But this Fumme version piles on the earthy smoke notes of Islay scotch whisky for an added set of complexities that's unpredictable and captivating.

Tawny-brown in color, the concoction glistens through oily legging and is easily mistaken for port wine and fine brandy. Like other Xyauyu examples, its appearance is mystic glow of gold and ruby colors. It's a clear beer, void of carbonation, head character or lace. This barleywine has no qualms in proclaiming its uniqueness right out of the chute.

Big succulent aromas of oak-soaked alcohol focus soley around smoky and sweet interplay- dark dried fruit, rich toffee and brown sugars all mesmerize those of us with an unyielding sweet tooths. But the overlay of strong peat gives the beer a pungent, deeply earthen tone that hinges on smoke, cigar tobacco, leather and dry sherry wine

Deep toffee, pistachio brittle, molasses, maple, brown sugar and honey saturates the palate with savory and decadent taste like none other. Prune, figs, dates, raisins and concord grape offers waves of complexities that are endless. But the scotch taste steals the show- it is campfire-like with whisky soaked oak and heavily peated earth- all helping to tamper the brunt of sweetness. Sherry, soy sauce, and light chocolate rise as the beer warms to assist the savory notes while herbal balances of tobacco, leather, and tea leaves offer the most supple of hop notes that remind us that this is indeed beer! This beer alone is a showcase for the beer lexicon as new flavors rise with every sniff and sip.

Silky smooth and lightly cloying, the beer explores the mouth with a mild oily coat. Built for slow sipping, the beer's delicacy is best felt in its mouthfeel. The scotch taste results in a light woody powdery dryness that reigns in the sugars and supports its alcohol heat. Somewhat velvety, the absence of carbonation gives the beer a sense of weight that saturates the taste buds completely- holding on tight for a prolonged finish of decadence and refinement.

I have often referred to Xyauyu as a "poor man's Utopias". But this one is unique. It's high level of peat gives the beer a unique sweet-smoky identity that dries the beer lightly while celebrating the elegance of scotch whisky with no apologies.

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4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of samba
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Nordbier
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jedwards for the final pre-move blowout cellar crash. Pours the color and clarity of cola, perhaps a little lighter, with no head but some residual bubbles. Nose expresses latex, smoke, dark malts and ethanol. Taste is sugary sweet and peaty with a distinct soy sauce quality. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a still carbonation an oily texture and a pleasant amount of heat. Overall, this beer is just a little too intense for my sensibilities, but it is still a pleasant, port-like sipper.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky) from Birrificio Le Baladin
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