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Xyauyù Barrel | Birrificio Le Baladin

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Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin
Italy | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 01-13-2013

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Ratings:
96
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -17.9%
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)

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of FLima
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Big_V
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

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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Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of jzeilinger
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Riding on the laurels of the ultra-famed Xyauyu, its a risky endeavor to embark upon a simplified barrel-aged version that brings about a sweeter, bourbon character- as if those the beer is lacking in complexity without it! Its savory, salty-sweet taste extends beyond beer and ventures into the world that I like to call- "barley liqueur".

Its relatively still tawny gold color is highlighted with a majestic glow of deep gold and bronze. Still, a ruby tone hints toward port wine. Its absolute still character further reinforces the notion of Port while a swirl of the glass sings the praises of glossy brandy-type legging instead of lace.

Its aroma evokes an immediate seduction of the olfactory sense. It arrests the nose with a super savory culmination of dried figs, dates, raisins and red grapes as the succulence of deep molasses, brown sugar, sherry and maple wrap around the fruits and hug them tightly. Its malty sweet scent centers as a waft of fresh strung tobacco, curing leather, coconut and sweet oak dances about its periphery.

An incredible array of flavors evade the palate and does so starting with sweet toffee, peanut brittle, black-strap molasses, maple, dense honey and vanilla that derive from malt and wood. But then comes the more common taste to wine fans in plumb, raisin, date, prune, blackberry and grape. But more obvious overtones come in the shape of sherry, port, soy sauce, peat and teriyaki. Still, with all those base flavors, the bourbon-esque taste of dry oak, vanilla, boozy caramel and char all complement the other complexities with ease.

With absolute decadence, the "barley liqueur" is sipped in order to reveal an oily coat of sugar and booze. Its silky, savory and velvety-smooth texture is laces with alcohol spiciness, light wood powdery feel from age and a certain sherry-like dryness for a slight lift of mouthfeel. It long and cloying feel allows us to dismiss the elixir as beer and to accept it as the replacement for Port as the after-dinner digestive.

And like other variations of Xyauyu, this high end variation simply trandscends the common notion of beer. It extends into the world of cognac and spirit even as the taste of barley, port, maple and bourbon doesn't make delineation easy. isn't that what complex ale should do?

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Photo of jegross2
2.12/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Reviewing the Xyauyu Barrel from Birrificio Le Baladin out of Italy.

Score: 35

Brewed in 2008, bottled in an unknown year. This beer is "oak aged," probably in ex-bourbon barrels. Served in a 2012 WLV Zwanze Day tulip and enjoyed on 06/12/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark bourbon copper color with a reddish hue. No head off the pour. No lacing, no retention. Looks as flat as a matzoh. 1/5

Smell: Super acetone-y. There's a nice vanilla cake and caramel aroma for a brief second, but then a pungent smell of cheap clear tequila with a dash of blue curacao and nail polish hits you over the head like a two-by-four. Hint of cigarette butts too. This horrible medley of stink lingers in the nose for a few seconds and each whiff seems worse than the last. The pungent stink grows as it warms too. Bleh! This one is almost un-smellable. 1.5/5

Taste: The nice vanilla notes from the nose come through much better in taste with a mix of caramel and sweet bourbon. No cheap tequila in the flavor, but there is still acetone (albeit substantially less than the nose). Raisin and fig towards finish. Not bad, certainly better than expected given the nose, but a total lack of carbonation and acetone flavors ruin its potential. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: I've had soda that I left on the counter for an hour with more carbonation with this beer. Full bodied, very viscous. Soaks mouth with flavor. 3.5/5

Overall: I'll "show you" the drain. Don't ever buy this. In fact, don't even bother drinking it. Tickers beware.

Cost: $50 for a 500 ml bottle.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Many thanks to my ever so illustrious girlfriend for procuring me a bottle of this in Italy!

Bottled in 2008 and consumed in 2013, bottle #110/160. Poured into a Birra Baladin teku glass...seems appropriate!

A: Pours thick and syrupy into the glass. Deep, dark burnt amber with absolutely no head. Almost looks like a port wine. Completely still. Looks delicious!

S: Rum soaked currants, figs, sweet caramel, dark cherries, slightly oaky.

T: Dark fruits soaked in sweet rum, figs, wine soaked cherries...super complex, I can't even describe all of the flavor notes. The rum is definitely upfront on this one, but it's not overpowering. Makes me wish that more breweries could make rum barrel aged beers without it being too cloyingly sweet!

M: Completely still with a slight after burn from the 14% abv. Hides the abv very well. Very nice, but this is where the beer lacks a little bit. The mouthfeel could be a bit fuller than it is.

O: This is a really, really fantastic beer. Being that I just moved to Italy with my girlfriend made it easy and a wee bit cheaper to find this, but it's still super expensive here and I don't think I'll splurge to buy it again. Definitely worth the price tag if you can find it, if not just to have it once. Definitely pushes the boundaries of what a beer can be...wish it was cheaper and more readily available!

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Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the absolute highlight of my Italian beer drinking, and one of the most memorable beer experiences I’ve had recently. Absolutely fantastic beer. This hit all the right notes in a barrel-aged barleywine.

Served in a teku. My first teku pour and I’m hooked.

Poured a caramel-amber color, no foam, yet looks great with legs and lacing for days. The richly hued auburn color is practically glowing even in the dim lighting.

The Xyauyu has an incredible aroma. I found a bit of caramel; some sweetness; a buttery, butterscotch caramel with a little toasted coconut; rum; sugar; caramelized sugar… I keep going back to the same descriptors to convey the nuances and layers of this beauty. I could nose it for hours, easily.

Sip after sip I found a wonderful flavor. Rich and full bodied, smooth and sweet. I gathered toasted coconut, caramelized sugar just to the point of perfection tapering into a buttery (butterscotch) smoothness and finishing sweet without an indication of its high ABV. Well rounded, warming, and utterly, utterly delicious.

Review #850!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Brewed in 2008.

Pours a clear honey brown with no head. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, raisins, rum, and wood. Taste is much the same with caramel, raisin, rum, and brown sugar flavors on the finish. There is a mild alcohol kick on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent beer with really decadent aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Pahn
4.87/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Same attractive semi-translucent ruby as every other xyauyu. Headless due to intentional lack of carbonation, of course.

Smell: Sherry-like oxidized barleywine aroma. Not much barrel. Honey and brown sugar. Some sugary rum notes if you really sniff. Spicy booziness.

Taste: Teo's genius comes through again; a perfected barleywine from the first sip. Perfectly balanced coconut-oak and rum highlights match perfectly with the infinite malty depth of Xyauyu. This beer is what J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale wants to be when it grows up.

As usual, this is a beer that admits of grocery list reviews: brown sugar, various candied fruits, that rasiny sherry-and-sugar flavor of perfectly aged older-than-5-or-10-year-old English barleywines, just fantastic. Sweet but adequately cut by heat and spicy/smoky wood characteristics.

If you're familiar with Xyauyu, and you don't have so much money that $50 bottles of beer are no big deal to you, this is the flavor you're expecting/demanding when you buy this beer. Soaringly excellent; packed with refined flavor. Nothing garish at all, just all the best elements of barleywines done as well as possible. Rum barrel aging is as integrated and complimentary as possible. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Slick, medium bodied, and outrageously drinkable. As ever, it's hard to decide what's more amazing: the amount of delicious flavor in this beer, or how easy this uncarbonated 14% ABV barleywine goes down.

Overall: What can I say? At a time of extreme craftsmanship and innovation in beer, Teo Musso is probably the most brilliant of the bunch. Xyauyu is a masterpiece, and the rum barrel aged version lives up to its pedigree.

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4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a as deep amber color with no head on top there is no lacing either. The smell of the beer is sweet and slightly boozy with a hefty amount of wood and caramel on the nose. The taste is very good, it coats the mouth with sweet sugars and subtle rum-like spice notes. The beer is very complex much like the other versions. The mouthfeel is smooth, thick and slippery. There is a touch of stickiness to it similar to syrup. Overall it's a great beer, they all are and they have yet to disappoint me.

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