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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: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured amber with some great legs. aroma was peat, meaty, and smokey. flavor was peat, meaty, smokey, BBQ, and maple. body was nice and thick like that 400 lb woman.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5258) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2010
2006 bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep amber with no head. nose is honey, flowers, caramel, and vanilla. great on the palate, smokey honey, caramel, vanilla, and light ash. great barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
(500ml bottle 2006 vintage thanks to bu11zeye) still orange pour with nice coating of the glass. Nose of smoke, tobacco, honey. Taste of honey, sherry, toffee, smoke, with a medium-light body and a maple syrup finish. This is the best of the Xyauyu beers which are ALL absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy for saving this for me. Pours a murky brown. Aroma has loads of dark fruit, honey, light smoke and malty. Flavor is smoky, malty, honey and alcohol spice. Mouth feel is heavy with low to no carbonation. Overall, damned good shit!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2716) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2010
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Nose is mescal, vanilla, smoked fat, and apple skin. Taste reminds me of doritos, meat, and syrup. Sticky smooth mouthfeel with a very long finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
bottle, deep orange the color of sweet potato, some bubbles, great peaty , burnt sugar aroma, flavors of burnt sugar, bbq, toffees, coffee creamer, bacon, malty smoke finish, great smoked beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
2006 bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Probably the best smokey beer I have ever had. Pours a lot lighter color than the other three. Aroma is smokey, meat, alcohol, caramel, maple, and bbq. Taste is maple glazed bbq, awesomeness and syrupy. I hate smoke beers normally, but this is excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2010
In short: A liquorish extra-smoked sweet fruity beer of some kind. A unique experience.
How: From the bottle at Extreme Beer Fest 2010. Multiple samples
The look: Part cloudy dark golden body topped by an off-white ring of foam
In long: Where do we start with a beer like this, If a beer it is?!? Very strong smoky nose with notes of caramel and bacon. Taste is very sweet with lots of caramel, a ton of smoke, some fruity notes, more smoke, vinous notes, bacon, tree leafs, smoked wood bark, smoke refried beans, more caramel, more smoke. Very low carbonation, liquorish texture. I went back a few times trying to figure out what the hell this beer was. Every time I’d come up with a few more flavour elements. I still don’t know if I could enjoy a full bottle of this thing but I’d sure like to try. What the hell was this… thing? I really enjoyed the experience but I’m not sure why. Please don’t ask me what the score is, I’m still trying to figure out what the game is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 12, 2010
2006 Bottle - Thanks inflatablehair!!! - Pours still and clear orange with no head, nicely viscous...aroma is smokey, woody, brown sugar and caramel...flavour is like velvet wrapped in silk, honey, orange blossoms, creme, tea and smoke...finish is smooth and rich, the smoke is definite departure from the other Xyauyus, but so unique in taste...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1611) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Big Thanks to GodisThunder for the share A: Pours and orangish amber hue with just a few bubbles. Looks rather still in the glass.... just like it should. S: Bold dark fruit aromas with a blend of sweet candy malts. Subtle smoke can be picked up along with a touch of wood. T: Dark fruit with a nice blast of woody meaty smoke. Nice dose of caramel and toffee to sweet up the smoke. Very well crafted I have a man crush on anything Xyauyu. M: Full in body, rich, sweet, smokey, and still. D: Sippability is rather high on this one.

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