Xyauyù Barrel
Birra Baladin

Xyauyù BarrelXyauyù Barrel
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Birra Baladin
English Barleywine
Ranked #23
Ranked #683
4.4 | pDev: 8.41%
Dec 26, 2023
Jan 13, 2013
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had on cask aged 10 years! Pitch brown body, no head. Smell immediately points to the run barrel with sugar cane within the malt, molasses, big dark fruit, especially date, with the usual xyauyu rustic barley, tobacco and earth. Taste has more grape than date, tobacco and barley still large, rum dominates the oak from the barrel notes, some light vanillins do emerge though. Doesn't feel as rustic or deep as others, but still plenty of barrel character, booziness, and barley with a fine malt backbone.
Dec 26, 2023
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Doesn't necessarily smell any different than a jw lees. While I LOVE jw lees I'm going to be extremely let down if this turns out to be a $55 bottle of something hardly any better.

Pretty awesome beer but not that kucb better than some of the better jw lees I've had (like a 2003). Im also not sure that the no carbonation approach is doing it for me. While I hate high amounts of carbonation in not sure I endear zero carbonation.

Overall this is good but kind of a novelty. I corked it to revisit maybe it'll strike me a little differently on another visit.
Jul 30, 2023
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 500ml waxed and corked bottle, 2014 vintage, bottle #0402. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in colour with no head and no lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruit, raisin, dates, rum, molasses, caramel, toffee, and a touch boozy.

Taste: Like the aroma, sweet, dark fruit, raisin, dates, rum, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, a touch syrupy, no carbonation.

Overall: Definitely a sipper as it was almost too sweet for me. Just not as balanced as the Fumé.
Jan 31, 2023
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 17, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by Casey_L from Texas

Aug 03, 2021
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
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
Rated: 4.5 by teepeevee from Finland

Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by DvdP from Netherlands

Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Sep 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
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
Rated: 4.73 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by NickThePyro from Washington

Nov 22, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Apr 15, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by kdown from California

Apr 10, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Mar 28, 2019
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Rated by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Apple juice.
Feb 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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
Rated: 4.56 by Beerbom from California

Sep 19, 2018
Xyauyù Barrel from Birra Baladin
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 132 ratings