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Baladin Xyauy Etichetta Argento (Silver Label)

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


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
A beer brewed and matured to 13.5% ABV going to 14.5% in next productions.
Malts: Pilsner Durst, aromatic Dingemans, caramunich 140 Dingemans. Hops: Hallertau Hernsbrucker, Spalt Select and East Kent Golding.
Brewing process: the wort is hyperconcentrated then boiled for two hous and half. Primary fermentation for 25 in steel vessels. Then after a sterile filtration (to eliminate primary yeast strains) the beer is transfered in a steel vessel with transparent membrane and a "oxygen hat". Afeter several tasting from 6 to 24 months later (it depends on the oxidation velocity, very inconsistant!) the brewer decides when its time to bottle in 50cl. champagne shape bottles with good quality cork. The production is very limited. Three productions brewed during two years will be available from October 2006. Teo Musso produces three versions Gold, Silver & Copper label which differ from each other in terms of degree of oxidation allowed and fruity perfumery aromas created. Teos objective is to allow Xyauyu to perfectly oxidize during the aging proces of 2.5 years {oxidation plays a critical role in aging port, sherry, as well as our vintage beers - too much oxidation will ruin the liquid - too little will not optimize the change in flavor / aroma during the aging process} .Heres how Teos system works: Xyauyu is transfered to a steel vessel with transparent membrane and a "oxygen hat". After several tastings during the 2.5 year aging process Teo decides when its time to bottle (it all depends upon the oxidation velocity). Etichetta Oro Golden label This golden beer reminds of an enjoyable Madera or an intriguing Chateau Chalon of the French Jura.
It can be accurately compared to a drawing-room sherry.

Editors note: the label says also "Riserva Teo Musso" and the vintage (year).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (12190) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2010
500ml bottle (Bir & Fud) - shared by Alejandro - more than a million thanks!
Deep red, no head. Rich slightly woody barley wine aroma. Very rich roast, but no burntness, so packed full of rich roasted malt. Very soft palate, no carbonation. Stunning soft malty barley-wine finish. The aging is perfect - it may only have been from 2006, but this was just wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (4434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Once again thanks so much Sam. This was the second bottle cracked on the vert. Pours out a dark orange/amber with no head. Aroma is sweet caramel and pit fruit. Taste was rich malts, sweet caramel candy and more of the fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2009
2006 Bottle - Thanks Sam! - Second bottle opened in our Xyauyu vertical...Pours is still, deep orange with no head...aroma is caramel, sherry, sweet fruit...flavour was the best of all three, rich carmelized sugar, cream sherry, thick palate, once again, the alcohol cuts the malt to an enjoyable level...terrific...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (7797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Another awesome beer thanks to Sam. 2006 silver label. Pours a clear copper color with no head. The aroma is super sweet notes of caramel, port, wood, dar fruit and lots more. The flavor was sweeter and hotter than the copper label. Something akin to brown sugar and honey. Nice and complex. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle. (Silver label, bottled 2007.). It pours a clear, golden body completely lacking head and carbonation. Alcohol, raisins, sherry, oxidation and some caramel in the wonderfully complex aroma. Probably much more, but got completely lost and forgot to take more notes. The same goes for the flavor, which is sweet and raisiny, with some oxidation, blue grapes and a hint of honey. And alcohol of course. Its flat, full-bodied and warming in the mouth, finishing sweet and warming. A wonderful, vinous and very complex beer. Give me this over any spirit any time. (090529)

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