Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky) - Birrificio Le Baladin

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

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 15
Gots: 6 | 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 01-17-2013)
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Reviews by ravot:
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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Photo of interistacanadese
4.75/5  rDev +10%

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Etan
3.51/5  rDev -18.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Jwale73
3.89/5  rDev -10%
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 -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky) from Birrificio Le Baladin
93 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.