Xyauyù Barrel
Birra Baladin

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Birra Baladin
Barleywine - English
Ranked #17
Ranked #695
4.4 | pDev: 8.41%
Dec 23, 2021
Jan 13, 2013
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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2016 vintage; drank 12/21/21 @ the Yarchives.

Rum barrel; lot 206/140-3. 15.5% a.b.v.

Opaque brown/orange appearance.

A slow pour yielded almost no tan head; no lace.

Acorn, rum (and accompanying booze heat), leather, ruby port & raisin notes in the nose.

Flat, thick mouthfeel.

BIG rum flavor up front, followed by raisin, oak, leather and then some more rum.

An after dinner sipper, for sure, but you won't forget it. I really like this!

Dec 23, 2021
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Oct 17, 2021
4.35 by Casey_L from Texas on Aug 03, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by SpeedwayJim from New York

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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3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

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
4.5 by teepeevee from Finland on Jan 03, 2021
4.16 by DvdP from Netherlands on Oct 24, 2020
4.46 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Sep 14, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
4.73 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire on Dec 07, 2019
4.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on Nov 22, 2019
4.39 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Apr 15, 2019
4.25 by kdown from California on Apr 10, 2019
4.5 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Mar 28, 2019
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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Apple juice.

Feb 23, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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
4.56 by Beerbom from California on Sep 19, 2018
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4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Smakawhat from Maryland

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
4.87 by matthewsween from Oregon on Aug 22, 2018
4.58 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jun 25, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by kylesobrien from Canada (QC)

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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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by hman43 from North Carolina

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
4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 02, 2018
4.3 by Heftklammer from Massachusetts on Feb 06, 2018
4.57 by novamat from Illinois on Jan 18, 2018
4.55 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands on Dec 26, 2017
4.55 by mltobin from Connecticut on Oct 31, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mdfb79 from New York

2013 vintage poured from the bottle at Bir & Fir in Rome. Very good barleywine; worth getting for sure.

Oct 09, 2017
3.8 by chippo33 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2017
4.03 by StoutSnob40 from California on Jun 30, 2017
4.46 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Mar 03, 2017
4.55 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Feb 24, 2017
4.97 by andpit from Italy on Feb 06, 2017
4.6 by EdgarGerik from Venezuela on Sep 20, 2016
4.49 by kjkinsey from Texas on May 15, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Xyauyu was not a good value.
While on the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", I will review it on my next tasting... but will I spring again?

May 07, 2016
4.31 by Deltoro from Florida on Apr 27, 2016
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3.57/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

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
4.21 by 22Blue from Kansas on Mar 03, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DJ-Hophead from England

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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