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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: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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.


4.4
   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

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

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ReAle (120) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2011 Bottle @Piozzo. Great smoked beer. Dark amber penetrating appearance, very exciting. Flavour of smoked malt, some fruits, caramel, toffee and coffee. Some vinous notes. Heady taste, grrrreat! malt, sugar, caramel and dry fruits. Full and rich body, great complexity. Wow.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - OCT 15, 2010
2006, stappata al compleanno di Gian per volere del festeggiato (era il suo regalo); complessa e deliziosa, le note affumicate del Lapsang Souchong si mescolano con grazia sulla base della Xyauyu (o è la Lurisia 12?). Una birra di classe inimitabile.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2010
2005 A: snifter. looks like a flat coke. very little carbonation if any. deep mahogany color, reddish hues. some sediment in there. no lacing. S: huge grape aromas. tons of pinot hints in the nose, as well as a massive green grape and raisin aroma. huge alcohol burn. T: Wow! nothing like it smells. huge sweet flavors from the malts. some sweet red grape flavors. very complex palate form the barrels. molasses, cherries, figs, light hints of coconut. M: very sticky. medium to heavy mouthfeel. very intense, almost nectar-like. D: for 13% this beer is ridiculously smooth. Well worth the try if you want to front some dough.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SHIG (3561) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Bottle: Poured a mixed color of rusted nail and orange copper, head was light bubbles. Aroma was a mix of sweet dark fruit juices and smokey wood. The taste was more of the same with dark fruit up front and a smoke stack ask finish. I rather disliked this blend and found it not to work well together. Too sweet with smoke just didn’t make sense in my mouth.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Forcina (52) - Bellinzona, Rome, Brussels, SWITZERLAND - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 Classy packaging. Exciting appearence, strong penetrating red color. Delicate candy aroma well balanced with malt. 14% alchool.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10291) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 9, 2010
Fløska. Unclear copper brown colour, good curtains. Smoky caramel alco aroma. Sticky mouthfeel. Very sweet flavour with smoke, wood, alcohol and dark fruits.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2010
From the Bottle at Chris O’s, Kensal Rise 06/08/2010 Some whisky aroma. Amber coloured rich on the palate very strong in alcohol and fruity with a hint of dryness in a warming full malt finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Embrouille (2825) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 4, 2010
Bottled. Courtesy of Alex. Whisky reminiscence throughout. Complex. Excellent.


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