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Baladin X-Fumé (Lapsang Souchong)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (12742) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16112) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2011
Bottlen no head. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are fruits, smoke, nuts, caramel and malt.

   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.

   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 (14963) - 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 (3042) - ste-catherine, 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 (2457) - 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 (12797) - 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.

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