Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky) | Birrificio Le Baladin

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Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky)Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin
Italy | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MasterSki on 01-17-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
48
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
16.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 48
Reviews by Pahn:
Photo of Pahn
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Beautiful dark semi-translucent ruby. No head, but of course (uncarbonated).

Smell: Amazing. Unfathomable melding of complex smoky scotch aromas and dark-fruit-and-pastry barleywine. The sweet yellow cake, caramel, and cola-infused grapes/cherries/dates of the base beer seem like they should clash with brash, multifaceted smoke, wood, and hard candy notes of scotch, but the blend is perfection. Sharp alcohol heat turns up the intensity of every distinct aroma. As deep and satisfying as the best barrel aged stout.

Taste: At first, dominating peat-smoky scotch flavor with a strong woody undertone (beyond "oaky vanilla" to woody), which lingers for several seconds before giving way to a luscious pastry/dark fruit barleywine. The same "damn, why is it so drinkable?" sensation as with regular Xyauyu; it seems like at the very least this overblown "beer" should be thick or chewy or overwrought in some way, but it's as smooth as a 3% witbier.

Deeper into the bottle, the flavors meld as uncannily as in the aroma. At the same time, both dominant elements expand: the scotch reaches outrageously deep mesquite notes that turn the flavor on its head, presenting as grape or cherry (I know this sentence sounds ridiculous, but this is really a spectacular, palate-expanding beer). The base beer (sharpened but not overshadowed by hot alcohol) shines through at the start of each sip with a building maple and burnt caramel flavor. The whisky / beer combination adds something very akin to a roasted malt bitterness, causing the beer to taste vaguely stoutlike, while cutting the sweetness perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, but unbelievably smooth. How is a beer this bold, complex, and thick so easy drinking? Technical mastery bordering on wizardry.

Overall: Combines the best of a good scotch and a well aged top tier barleywine. This beer is expensive and difficult to locate, but it's worth it. Teo Musso is a genius.

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Photo of bobhits
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Go buy this beer! If you haven't had it, you must and I can't imagine anyone doesn't want a second.

Sampled with a group of friends last night and the look of awe from people who'd never had anything like this before was rather rewarding. Even some fairly big craft beer drinkers were just floored.

This is a brown, clear bodied beer, with nice red notes when held to light. Zero carbonation and frankly it's amazing looking. The difference in this beer and the rest of the xyauyu series is that while amazing beers and truly transcendent for beer, really nobody has this kind of end product, but for all the praise, it's a really sweet over the top beer. It needs something to balance it a bit, bring down the sugars so they complement and enhance, vs over powering. Add in Islay peat and smoke and turn turns out we have a solution! I'm a big fan of smokey peaty whiskey so I might be biased here, but the peat doesn't dominate this beer. It is the primary flavor, but in doing that it allows the port and sherry like elements of the beer to complement both making the sugars and fruits a great complement to balance out the smoke, but more importantly it actually makes them taste better.

The end result is what might very well be the best think I've ever had. I almost regret sharing 90% of the bottle with friends, almost. I can also attest that of the Barrel, the Fume, and the Gold the overwhelming consensus was that this was the best. It wasn't even close and I honestly think people were slightly disappointed at the others because we started with this one.

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Photo of interistacanadese
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

A beautiful effort from the brilliant Teo Musso. By now he has nearly mastered the art of aging barley wine in whiskey barrels. Xyauyù Fumé is a smooth but smokey "couch beer" - it is likely his best barley wine. I consumed Fumé during a visit of Teo's Baladin brewery in Piozzo, Italy.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

High levels of savory sweetness makes the Xyauyu collection among the most masterfully crafted barleywines that the world has seen. But this Fumme version piles on the earthy smoke notes of Islay scotch whisky for an added set of complexities that's unpredictable and captivating.

Tawny-brown in color, the concoction glistens through oily legging and is easily mistaken for port wine and fine brandy. Like other Xyauyu examples, its appearance is mystic glow of gold and ruby colors. It's a clear beer, void of carbonation, head character or lace. This barleywine has no qualms in proclaiming its uniqueness right out of the chute.

Big succulent aromas of oak-soaked alcohol focus soley around smoky and sweet interplay- dark dried fruit, rich toffee and brown sugars all mesmerize those of us with an unyielding sweet tooths. But the overlay of strong peat gives the beer a pungent, deeply earthen tone that hinges on smoke, cigar tobacco, leather and dry sherry wine

Deep toffee, pistachio brittle, molasses, maple, brown sugar and honey saturates the palate with savory and decadent taste like none other. Prune, figs, dates, raisins and concord grape offers waves of complexities that are endless. But the scotch taste steals the show- it is campfire-like with whisky soaked oak and heavily peated earth- all helping to tamper the brunt of sweetness. Sherry, soy sauce, and light chocolate rise as the beer warms to assist the savory notes while herbal balances of tobacco, leather, and tea leaves offer the most supple of hop notes that remind us that this is indeed beer! This beer alone is a showcase for the beer lexicon as new flavors rise with every sniff and sip.

Silky smooth and lightly cloying, the beer explores the mouth with a mild oily coat. Built for slow sipping, the beer's delicacy is best felt in its mouthfeel. The scotch taste results in a light woody powdery dryness that reigns in the sugars and supports its alcohol heat. Somewhat velvety, the absence of carbonation gives the beer a sense of weight that saturates the taste buds completely- holding on tight for a prolonged finish of decadence and refinement.

I have often referred to Xyauyu as a "poor man's Utopias". But this one is unique. It's high level of peat gives the beer a unique sweet-smoky identity that dries the beer lightly while celebrating the elegance of scotch whisky with no apologies.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at a tasting. Hazy brown pour, no head or carbonation visible. Smells like cocoa, nuts and bourbon. Tastes like cocoa, milk chocolate, chestnuts, whiskey, sugar, figs and coconut. Medium body, no carbonation and alcohol in the aftertaste.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 0.9 fluid ounces bottle into an oversized cognac glass.

Pours more like a liquor, still and viscous. Amber and dark brown in color, it looks like a rum with some barrel aging. I love it though. 5

There's some heat, smokiness and ash and mesquite BBQ, with lighter caramel and chocolate. Actually, that's a lot of caramel. This massive Avery cognac glass may make a huge difference. 4.25

This has a booze-laden sweet potato and marshmallow taste to it. There's smoke and ashtray joining this flavor with a slight vegetal flavor crossing with scotch. The overall flavor is a smoky, sweet, smooth scotch. 4.25

This is thick, viscous and sweet like a digestif but with a smokey pervasive feel that takes you to a campfire. 4

Well, this ain't quite the Gold Label Xyauyu but it's still pretty bomb.

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Photo of Sammy
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredible bottle sharing at cask republic, stamford. Pure whisky aroma. Dense smoke and body. Great bw.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Murky copper color with no head. Aroma has dark sugar, dark fruits like figs and dates. Taste starts sweet and fruity with figs, plums, raisins, dates. Finishes slightly bitter with a light whisky note. Body is flat and syrupy. Really complex taste, sweet, dark fruit forward, with very well hidden ABV.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Syrupy consistency. Flat, as expected.

Smell - Tons of peaty scotch. Really dominates the aroma. Brown sugar behind it.

Taste - Sweet brown sugar. Peaty scotch blends equally. The two flavors dominate. A little oak. Kinda briny.

Mouthfeel - Flat and heavy. Syrupy consistency.

Overall - Nowhere near as good as the rum version. The peaty scotch really overwhelms everything else to the beer's detriment.

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Photo of arniepnminne
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JSBILK
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of diamondlie
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of DavidHume
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of campfirebrew
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Etan
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml into a snifter. This is Xyauyu variant #6 for me!

A. Pours a dark honey color, flat.

S. Rubbery, peat smoke, dry honey, sherry. The base beer is discernible, but the smoke from the scotch barrel is pretty heavy.

T. Thick earthy peat smoke, molasses, vinous oxidation, honeycomb, raisins, more smoke.

M. Viscous and flat.

O. Although the execution of this beer is quite good, with both the base beer and barrel asserted, the peaty smoke flavors from the scotch clash with the bald sweetness of the base beer for me. I had the same problem with the smoked tea version.

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Photo of NateF90
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisPro
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Matagal
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ravot
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BucketBoy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sd123
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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