Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky) - Birrificio Le Baladin
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3.79/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
02-04-2014 02:29:50 | More by Alieniloquium
3.51/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
05-07-2013 06:05:36 | More by Etan
4.61/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
02-20-2013 18:53:35 | More by BEERchitect
3.89/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
06-11-2013 00:04:37 | More by Jwale73
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
A-Pours a clear brown hue. No head. Slight crimson highlights in the body. The body looks viscous.
S-Very interesting. Sweet, smoky and akin to BBQ sauce. I get a mesquite aroma. Lots of caramel and toffee and smoky depth. Boozy too.
T-Deep, luscious sweetness. I really get a huge dose of sweet BBQ sauce. Sweet Baby Ray's. Dark fruit, molasses, liquefied brown sugar. Booze and okay, smoky wood.
M-Flat, oily, hot and sticky. Like a port or sherry.
O/D-My first Xyauyu. These are very, very interesting brews. I enjoyed it but its nothing I would ever put more money towards.
08-18-2013 22:15:40 | More by VelvetExtract
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
This poured out as a nice clear deep amber color. There was no head or lacing, follows the same basic look as the other Xyauyù brews. The smell of the beer is of leather and smoke. There is some big amounts of booze on the nose as well. The taste is smokey with a massive sweetness as well. Caramel, brown sugar and deep dark fruits. The mouthfeel is slick with an oily feel. Medium bodied and smooth. Overall the this is probably my least favorite version of the series but it's still awesome. Definitely worth having at least once.
04-15-2013 03:19:21 | More by Knapp85
4.29/5 rDev -0.2%
Murky dark brown with an SRM of 26 and no head. The thick, viscous coating clings to a Glancairn snifter, leaving legs.
Smokey peat is strong and mellow with prominent woodsy whisky against a background of rich plums, raisins, honey and some burnt sugar.
The flavor profile contains sweet raisins, molasses, cognac, honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, prunes and figs. While quite complex, this one has no real finish.
The thick, dense body has an exquisitely smooth texture and no carbonation. Alcohol is prominent but not hot, and a syrupy film is left on the palate.
As anticipated, the Xyauyù beers tend to be extremely smooth and welcoming. Warming unveils more layers and nuances of character in this sublime aperitif. This bottle was enjoyed with good friends and joyous music.
03-16-2014 12:23:19 | More by SLeffler27
4.99/5 rDev +16%
500ml bottle into a snifter.
Appearance: Beautiful dark semi-translucent ruby. No head, but of course (uncarbonated).
Smell: Amazing. Unfathomable melding of complex smoky scotch aromas and dark-fruit-and-pastry barleywine. The sweet yellow cake, caramel, and cola-infused grapes/cherries/dates of the base beer seem like they should clash with brash, multifaceted smoke, wood, and hard candy notes of scotch, but the blend is perfection. Sharp alcohol heat turns up the intensity of every distinct aroma. As deep and satisfying as the best barrel aged stout.
Taste: At first, dominating peat-smoky scotch flavor with a strong woody undertone (beyond "oaky vanilla" to woody), which lingers for several seconds before giving way to a luscious pastry/dark fruit barleywine. The same "damn, why is it so drinkable?" sensation as with regular Xyauyu; it seems like at the very least this overblown "beer" should be thick or chewy or overwrought in some way, but it's as smooth as a 3% witbier.
Deeper into the bottle, the flavors meld as uncannily as in the aroma. At the same time, both dominant elements expand: the scotch reaches outrageously deep mesquite notes that turn the flavor on its head, presenting as grape or cherry (I know this sentence sounds ridiculous, but this is really a spectacular, palate-expanding beer). The base beer (sharpened but not overshadowed by hot alcohol) shines through at the start of each sip with a building maple and burnt caramel flavor. The whisky / beer combination adds something very akin to a roasted malt bitterness, causing the beer to taste vaguely stoutlike, while cutting the sweetness perfectly.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, but unbelievably smooth. How is a beer this bold, complex, and thick so easy drinking? Technical mastery bordering on wizardry.
Overall: Combines the best of a good scotch and a well aged top tier barleywine. This beer is expensive and difficult to locate, but it's worth it. Teo Musso is a genius.
01-20-2013 04:18:18 | More by Pahn
Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky) from Birrificio Le Baladin
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