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Baladin X-Fumé (Lapsang Souchong)

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Formerly brewed at Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
X Fume 2006 Riserva Teo Musso was brewed in 2006 and bottled in 2008. This begins as Xyauyu, with the added 18-day infusion of smoked Lapsang Suochong Tea.

Editor’s note: as of 2012, 2008 vintages of Baladin Xyauyù Fumé are available; note the extended name (Xyauyù) and a the back label talking about whiskey barrel ageing; if you had such beer, put your rating there.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (9832) - DENMARK - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle, 2006 at 14%. Clear dark brown/amber with no head. Aroma is malt, smoke and caramel. Flavour is malt, caramel, smoke, meat, very sweet, toffee, vinous, flat and dark fruits.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2011
bottle from sprdv 7/3/11. brown pour with no head or carbonation. smells great.... vanilla, malt syrup, peaty earthiness, black tea, mild smoke, grass, honey and seaweed. the flavor is a huge let down...it is unholy sweet, lacking any kind of balance and generally unpalatable. thick, cloying and harsh. 8/3/4/1/13

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle. Aroma has notes of dark dried fruit, smoke, leather, honey, tea and caramel. Dark hazy amber/maroon hue with no head. Flavor is very sweet. Palate is very full bodied and oily flat. Overall a very interesting barley wine but I’m not really digging the tea infusion and complete lack of carbonation. No desire to try again.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cipressaia (53) - ITALY - SEP 13, 2011
Se non fosse che all’Open Baladin te la servono su un bicchiere, blendando anche più bottiglie se necessario, sarebbe una delle birre che preferisco. Purtoppo la verità è che l’ho trovata spesso altalenante, soprattutto dovuta a un non corretto servizio e della temperatura di servizio troppo alta. Avere un fondo di bottiglia con qualche lievito sul bicchiere non fa mai piacere

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
16.9 oz bottle. Lightly hazed amber with no head. Nose is honey, black tea, light smoke and maybe some kelp. Sticky, syrupy, no carb but a slight tang. Taste is honey, tea, hints of smoke but kind of simple; meadlike. Probably needs some age to develop some complexity. Either that or the tea notes have faded since bottling. Expensive but i’m tempted to score another.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jde123 (761) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Overall a wonderful barleywine! Loved the complexity of the aroma tempered by the sweetness of the flavor. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KnutAlbert (5757) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2011
Smoky nose portlike aroma Sweet complex flavour. Cognac-like Sweet malt extract Sherry port Amazing with blue cheese

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (10065) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2011
Bottle courtesy JWE. No head. Amber colour. Exstremely powerfull vinius aroma with nice smoked notes. Very powerfull vinius flavor. Long great finish. Creamy palate. Fantastic experience but way too expensive.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2011
Bottlen no head. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are fruits, smoke, nuts, caramel and malt.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JWE (209) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber with no head. Aroma with caramel, fruit and smoked notes. Taste is sweet and with strong smoked notes. Oily palate. Lovely.


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