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Baladin X-Fumé (Lapsang Souchong)

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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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarin (202) - ITALY - FEB 3, 2011
Aroma: smoked tea, cedar, caramel Appearance: Dark amber/red Taste: sweet, with a smoked final. Palate: full. Overall: 20/20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (12753) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear red/brown - white head. High smokey aroma, sweetness, roasted, minerals, honey, oxidation - green walnuts, herbal, light hoppy, high malty. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GonZoBeeR (2821) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
Aroma:wood,scotch,,caramel,smoke.... Appearance:D redish-brown,no head..... Flavor:Smoke,caramel,maple syrup,alcohol......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnstone (2111) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Smells like a wood stove with sweet and alcohol notes. Appears to have no carbonation, no head...amber-orange in color. Very syrupy, no carbonation, very sweet with a strong smokiness. It was served very cold, not sure it was served correctly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (8564) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 20, 2010
750ml bottle - at ChrisO’s - thanks!
7 Super soft sweet smoky aroma.
4 Deep copper, tiny head
7 Lovely sweet sherry with gentle smokiness. Good after-dinner sipper, I’d think
4 Sweet palate, just short of slick. Little carbonaton. 15 Super sweet and soft, and the smokiness is very gentle. Not a conventional beer, but a lovely drink nevertheless.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 13, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2011 A smokey barley wine to drink with a cigar. Pours in a cognac balloon. Aroma is smokey, alcoholic, caramelled. Taste has coffee, smokey and toffe flavour, the body is full and rich at palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Rating #2500. 2006 Vintage. Thanks to Suttree for picking this up for me. Since having the Bronze Label Xyauyu I have been wanting to try one again but couldn’t justify the price. Well, smoked tea justified it for me. This silently uncorks and pours a ruby hued brown body and doesn’t even stir up a bubble during the pour. The still liquid gives off an aroma prominent with smoked tea and pleasant oxidation. Slight alcohol burns the nostrils along with leather, tobacco, and heavy caramel and blackstrap molasses. The body is just slick and velvety smooth. Just like I remember the Bronze. The taste is more prominent with the sweetness, caramel, toffee, figs, prune fruitiness. The smoke adds just a touch in the finish to linger, the alcohol is completely covered. The oxidation adds a nice papery (in a good way) note. Perfect for this cold late fall evening by the fire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (2828) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2010
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 2 2010; eye: reddish with a copper hue, clear, no effervescence, no head; nose: malt, smoke, alcohol, oxidation; mouth: malt, smoke, alcohol, oxidation, alcohol warmth, finale in malt with presence of alcohol, medium-full body, not much carbonation, rather sweet, liqueur-like texture; overall: quite special FRANÇAIS Échantillon, lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 2 juin 2010; œil : rougeâtre avec une teinte cuivrée, claire, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse; nez : malt, fumé, alcool, oxydation; bouche : malt, fumé, alcool, oxydation, chaleur d’alcool, finale en malt avec présence d’alcool, corps moyen-corsé, peu carbonatée, plutôt sucrée, texture liquoreuse; en résumé : très spécial

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2011 2/20/11: 500ml Bottle: Aroma of smoke, malt, honey, wood, slight smoked meat, slight smoked bacon, and a hint of alcohol. Poured deep amber/copper/brown in color with no head. Hazy. Not sparkling. Full of medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, honey, smoke, light smoked meat, slight oak, and some vanilla. Medium to full body. Slick, viscous, lightly sticky, then dry texture. Zero carbonation. Medium sweet, honey, malt, slight oak, slight meat, finish is dry. 13.5%ABV is slightly present in the aroma, but very well hidden throughout. 8/4/9/5/18 = 4.4 11/10/10: Mes Rate at Fork and Barrel: Aroma of barley wine, malt, caramel, honey, and slight alcohol. Poured amber in color with a no head at all. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Full of medium to large-sized particles throughout. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of honey, malt, port wine, slight alcohol, barley wine, and slight oak. Medium to full body. Slightly viscous, otherwise average texture. Flat carbonation. Malt, honey, barley wine, and hint of alcohol finish is port-like and delicious. Overall, and it just delicious. 13.5%ABV is almost completely hidden throughout. 8/4/10/5/18 = 4.5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcot (771) - Campomorone, ITALY - OCT 16, 2010
Bottiglia del 2006 regalata a Gian per il compleanno e subito condivisa. Una bevanda stranissima, paragonabile a un whiskyno da bere a fine pasto. Complessa e spaventosamente equilibrata, dal sapore davvero speciale, è una lurisia 12 plus. Fantastica

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