Xyauyù Barrel
Birra Baladin

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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #13
ABV:
14%
Score:
95
Ranked #793
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 8.6%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
127
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Rotating/Seasonal
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  21
SCORE
95
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2005 vintage. Missing a cap. 16oz. oz. corked bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours unsurprisingly flat. I get notes of soy sauce, raisin, chocolate, fudge, roast, booze, and prunes. Super deep, rich, and aromatic. Beer opens chocolate, raisin, and fudge. I get sweet soy sauce, brown sugar, and maple, and molasses in the middle. Boozy at the back. Vinous at times with more raisin, fudge, and dried prune. Brown sugar and booze at the finish. Long, lingering, sticky, and sweet and velvety molasses aftertaste. Body is full with no carbonation. I can't express how spot on this feel is despite the lack of bubbles. Really coats the palate and is wam, viscous, and rich going down with a long, lingering, oily aftertaste.

This beer is a perfect expression of the style. Absolutely amazing.

Mar 01, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared 500 ml bottle, vintage 2014, at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 14%. Dark brown colour, no head, low carbonation. Intense oaky aroma, notes of molasses too. Extremely sweet and rich flavour, notes of oak, vanilla, caramel, raisins and dark dried fruits.

Jan 08, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one, also still, has a merlot sort of look to it--dark red, almost black, with a fluid, silky still surface. It's quite pleasant to look at under the light.

Taste is tobacco, dark red grape, raisin, and lots of fig. It's almost wine like, as it's super smooth, but there's no heat or booze, and it's quite unique with a hard to pinpoint earthiness.

This one was even more difficult to rate than Lune, as it was a little more difficult to interpret, but I preferred Lune more, as this challenged my palate a little too much.

Feb 18, 2020
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. Hazy amber color with no foam. Aroma is quite woody and boozy with dried fruit notes, mostly figs and dates. Taste is really sweet, sugary, dried fruit forward, mostly figs, earthy/woody finish. Syrupy, sticky feel. Nice flavors but really boozy.

Dec 07, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pouredfrom vintage 2014 bottle at Baladin bar in Bologna into a teku.

Gorgeous, copper red dark burnt mahogany.. stunning body.. no head never see anything like it.

Smells like a tootsie roll. Soft chocolate taffy.. spiced licorice.. wow impressive.

One word incredible.. large amounts of tootsie roll.. soft milk chocolate, wine oak flitting with tawny port. Silky smooth, pure velvet, washes with light anise, cinnamon, clove even some soft white pepper.

This is easily the most unique tasting barleywines I have ever had.

Sep 04, 2018
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kylesobrien from Canada (QC)

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had the pleasure of trying this one at the Mondiale de la Bière. Looked for Xyauyù while in Europe this past month, but never saw it anywhere.

Pours a syrupy brown, essentially zero carbonation, very very faint wisp of white head. Aroma is boozy, slightly sweet, dark fruit, caramelized raisins, very rich.

Loads of malt flavours -- waffle cone, honey, deep caramel, more dark fruit, pleasant undercurrent of tobacco. Sweet but delicious, definitely a slow sipper to enjoy. Not much noticeable hop character at all, which is just fine. Calling this an English barleywine almost seems a bit of a stretch, this is very wine/liqueur-like. Would love to sample it again, delicious.

Jun 08, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours brown and somewhat cloudy with no head.

Smell: Very strong rich malt aroma with caramel and dark fruit like raisins and plums. The alcohol is quite evident in the nose. There is a port wine like quality and slight molasses as well.

Taste: The flavors are strong with dark caramel, toffee, and deep toast. There are some molasses notes and nuts as well. There is a vinous quality to it with very little hop flavors.

Feel: This is full bodied and chewy with very smooth texture. The alcohol warmth is pleasant with low carbonation.

Overall, this has many malt flavors and the flavor is complex from the beginning to the end.

May 31, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.57/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Riserva Teo Musso "Xyauyù Barrel" Birra da Divano.

BOTTLE: 500ml. Comes packaged in a cardboard tube redolent of whisk(e)y packaging. Brown glass. 2011. A black wax cap covers the cork. Its removal yields the softest carbontion "plop" of all time. "Lotto L190-199/130." Cost was a wallet-shattering 28.50 euro at a bottle shop in Turin, Italy. Still a better price than I've ever seen stateside...

Expectations are high seeing as this is currently both Beeradvocate and Ratebeer's #1 Beer from Italy. Reviewed live as a rum barrel aged barleywine per Baladin's website (though the label makes no mention of a style aside from "top-fermented beer." Served chilled into stemware.

Alcohol content: 14%
Sugar density of the wort: Plato degrees 36
Color: EBC 40
Bitterness units: IBU 13
Serving temperature: 12/14°C

HEAD: None. No lacing. Like Sam Adams Utopias, it does have that clear patina of a boozy brandy-like sheen when you tilt the glass - and to me that replaces the (lack of) head as a style-appropriate characteristic. What legs!

BODY: Murky. It's brown, but orange hues are exposed when it's backlit (i.e., it's textbook tawny). Semitranslucent. Nontransparent. I see no yeast/lees or sediment within. Dark.

Has more of a liqueur like look than a beer look, but it's generally appealing. I imagine this would get poor marks in a blind tasting.

AROMA: Madeira/port wine, sherry, gooey notes of dark fruit (dates, plum, prune), raisin, sweet sugarcane, marshmallow, malty sweetness, neutral rum (with an accompanying warmth that borders on boozy), orange marmalade, wine-soaked damp wood, and a note I'd call faux-oxidation in that it lacks the intangibles that accompany heavily aged oxidized barleywines but also lacks any "cardboardy" off-character.

Its gooey booziness is again suggestive more of a liqueur than a beer; in any case, Italian liqueur and wine-making influence couldn't be more evident - and one should love that Baladin is bringing an Italian flair to the style. In terms of the barleywine style, though, I'm missing the heavy caramel, toffee, and malt-forward presence you'd expect.

No hop character whatsoever here (to style). No overt off-notes.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. I did expect more of a rum-soaked fruit taste than what I'm getting.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Gooey all the way through, with a smooth wet body and low low low carbonation; some might call it flat, but in a beer like this - that goes for a liqueur-like consistency (and nails it) and flavour profile - such low carbonation is apt. Unrefreshing, of course, and definitely syrupy, thick, oily and viscous. Alcohol warmth is obvious, and is amplified by the rum. Some drinkers will find this heat off-putting and distracting from the flavours, but it does play into the rum barrel vibe to an extent.

Malts take a backseat to the dominant fruit notes. Dates, prunes, orange marmalade, a blip of raisin/grape, sugarplum...it's a very liqueur-forward brew, in some ways nodding to rakia and in others nodding to the fruit profile seen in rich Madeira/port dessert wines. A sherry wine sweetness is also obvious. All of which is to say: where the hell is the rum? It doesn't harmonize with the fruit, and aside from adding to the noticeable booziness of the beer, I'm not seeing what it's contributing. The said can be said about the wood barrel, which is so backgrounded and reticent it barely adds any cohesion to the flavour profile.

No hop character here, to style.

Treacle. A subtle hint of leather.

There's a definite marriage of texture to taste; both work together to serve the liqueur schema of the brew. The viscosity of this really emphasizes the gooey fruit notes.

OVERALL: I doubt I'd correctly identify this as a beer if I was served it without knowing beforehand - and is that a bad thing, necessarily? I'm honestly not sure. This would make a great digestif, but that doesn't mean it's a good expression of the barleywine style. Frankly, it *isn't* to style - but that doesn't mean it's a bad beer per se.

Some compare this to Sam Adams Utopias, and drinking it I can see why. But as boozy as it is, it's far far FAR less drinkable than the very best barleywines; indeed, it seems oddly committed to its alcohol warmth.

I have mixed feelings about this "beer," but ultimately I love that Baladin is doing its own thing. I might buy this again and recork repeatedly to use it as an aperitif or digestif, but it's not the hearty sipper of a barleywine that can be finished in one sitting one might hope for (nor is it a beer I'd want to finish while sitting on the couch, contrary to Teo at Baladin's intent).

Worth trying as a great example of a country bringing its own tradition to beer, but if I wanted a (true) barleywine, I'd sooner spring for a Danish, English, or American example at a third or less of the price.

I appreciate its uniqueness, but I won't be able to finish the bottle by myself. Definitely a beer for sharing, if you're not recorking.

B (3.57)

Apr 16, 2016
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Open Baladin, Rome - Rum barrel 2011. Pours dark red with no real head. Smell - alcohol rum feel. Taste - sweet, mead like. Fantastic strong beer which is far too easy drinking for its high abv. Lovely sipper.

Feb 13, 2016
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is clear, very dark amber with ruby red highlights and no head or lacing. The single most defining characteristic of its appearance is the thick, syrupy coating it leaves on the Glencairn snifter.

Strong alcohol fumes carry sweet fig, raisin, vanilla, caramel, and distinct peat. Oxidation is an additive quality of sherry and rum.

The strong taste of Crème Sherry is quite sweet with distinctive raisin, fig, coconut, vanilla, and rum. The character of this beer seems to continuously develop as it warms. The finish is short and mild.

A dense, smooth body with a syrupy texture that coats the palate. Strong alcohol is not hot and there is zero carbonation.

This beer is liquid candy which I aged for seven years. It was well worth the wait, as each sip delivers on the promise. I savored while reading and listening to Baroque music.

2008 Release, aged in Rum Barrels

Jan 31, 2016
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FLima from Brazil

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light brown color with no head.
Aroma with notes of grapes, plums, caramel, wood and rum.
Sweet flavor with notes of grape based liquor, wood, plums, cherries, vanilla, molasses, figs jelly, rum, mild cocoa and coconut.
Thick body with flat carbonation. Alcohol of 14% just comes sneakily delayed with a pleasant warming sensation.
A twisted Barley Wine with great complexity as expected for the style. Hard not to compare this to a Port Wine, I could be fooled. Similar appearance, texture and flavors. It fit perfectly well with a proper Tiramisu.

Oct 02, 2015
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vfgccp from New York

3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2010 bottle, opened 2015

A - Absolutely beautiful color. Crystal clear deep ruby mahogany body. Perfectly still with no head.

S - Rum cake, caramel, brown sugar, dried apricots, prunes, fig, and molasses.

T - Super sweet, but well balanced. Aged Sheri wine, carrot cake, raisins, touch of oak, vanilla, sweet cream icing, prune juice, dark honey, molasses, cognac.

M - Full and silky smooth.

O - Delicius and balanced in a way that it's hard to believe this is 14%, but the sweetness is overwhelming which makes it hard to drink.

Sep 26, 2015
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bobhits from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured last night with a large group of friends.

Much like the other beers in this series that body is brown with red highlights, great legs, dense body yet perfectly clear.

The nose is sweet on this one, with a bit more raisin and oak coming through. I'm getting more of run barrels than a bourbon or an oak.

The flavors play off those same aromas with sugar, rum, and fruits all commingled.

An exceptional beer, but I don't believe the barrels added any real value here.

Sep 13, 2015
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a copper body with no head or lace at all. The aroma is boozy (rummy) and has notes of wood and dark fruits. Beer is sticky and coats tongue for very slow and enjoyable sweetness. While the booze adds a little heat on the finish it never overtakes the beer and the sweetness is comprised of caramel/toffee, raisins, plums and figs and again I get this boozy, rumlike sweetness (vanilla? I normally think of bourbon barrels giving off). Excellent beer and worth trying if you can get some.

Jul 25, 2015
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James_Michaud91 from California

4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Zero carbonation proved to be no problem at all for this elegant beast. Super well balanced, incredibly drinkable and quite an enjoyable experience all the way through.

Jul 15, 2015
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Big_V from Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This seemed more like a smooth cognac than beer. Incredibly smooth, no carbonation at all. The alcohol was hardly noticeable. Glad I had the privilege. World class

Jul 08, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Oct 03, 2014
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Thehuntmaster from South Africa

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Sep 16, 2014
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jul 20, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Jul 15, 2014
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark mahogany/burgundy color with a thick creamy layer of dark foam.

S - Pete, rum, dark fruit, and light oak.

T - Oak, rum, delicate spice, excessively light caramel, and brown sugar.

M - Thick/full bodied and has a fair amount of alcohol heat on the way down. Slippery and sticky.

O - Very boozy but well done.

Mar 18, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a slick, oily brown. Swirling the beer leaves wine-like legs along the glass. Absolutely zero head. Really, really oily; looks like a port.

S-This is cool! It's one of the sweetest, most concentrated, sugary aromas I have sniffed in a beer. Normally I would reject such an aroma but here, it works. Dark liqueur, dried figs, raisins, plums and all the like. Loads of goopy brown sugar and molasses. A casing of oakiness. It looks like a port or even a sherry and it smells like one too.

T-About as deep and rich as my palate can comprehend. More of the same here. Ooey-gooey dried dark fruits. Viscous caramel, brown sugar and molasses. Simmering heat. A not-too-intrusive oaky component. Rum and dark liqueur, port and sherry. So rich.

M-Absolutely no carbonation; and it works here really well. Gooey, viscous, oily and super-full bodied. Has some heat but nowhere near an unattractive alcohol burn. Drinks like melted chocolate.

O/D-Very, very cool. I have had a different varietal of this series of beers and I didn't find it nearly as enjoyable as this one. Has the texture and feel of no other beer I had sucked back. Super pricey but perhaps worth a go once it a lifetime.

Mar 14, 2014
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is dated 2010.

A: Pours a dark red/brown. No head/lacing of course, this beer is still.

S: Boozy rum. Dates. Quite nutty, reminds me a lot of amaretto. Cocoa in there too. Lots of random dark fruits intermingling. Very unique, very strong.

T: Whoa. Was expecting a harsh, boozy taste and feel but nothing of the sort. It feels like drinking fruit juice at first. Smooth, sweet and fruity. Very so. Lots of dark fruits. Dates are prominent but there are raisins and stone fruit in general. Ultra sweet, cloyingly so especially with the lack of carbonation. Quite a bit of chocolate in here. Some dark sweetbread components meld in in the finish which only enhances the sweetness. It tastes like an ultra sweet rum mixed with amaretto but without any of the alcohol harshness.

M: Flat of course. Heavy. Ultra smooth, velvety even.

O: Wow, what a unique beer. I've had the copper and gold versions of this but this is just beyond smooth. It's liquid velvet. Zero alcohol, zero harshness at all which is stunning for a 14% barrel aged brew. Really must be tried to understand, it's unlike any other beer (except maybe Utopias). This is a sipper for sure, the heavy body and sweetness combined with lack of carbonation makes for a delicate brew to savor.

Feb 17, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Feb 04, 2014
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Roman5150 from Spain

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Open Baladin, Rome

Appearance: dark mahogany brown, not quite black but close. Zero head.

Smell: bourbon, sweet raisins, plums, sugar, vanilla

Taste: very sweet, notes of honey, vanilla, figs, raisins dominate side by side with the bourbon, which doesn't overpower like a lot of barrel aged beers. Booze is well masked.

Mouthfeel: thick and syrupy, basically zero carbonation

Overall: one of the best barrel aged beers i've had. When in Rome, seek this out.

Nov 13, 2013
Xyauyù Barrel from Birra Baladin
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 127 ratings