Xyauyù Barrel | Birrificio Le Baladin

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Birrificio Le Baladin

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MasterSki on 01-13-2013

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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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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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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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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4.85/5  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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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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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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4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Xyauyù Barrel from Birrificio Le Baladin
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