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Baladin Xyauyů Etichetta Argento (Silver Label)

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

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 it’s 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. Teo’s 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} .Here’s how Teo’s 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 it’s 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.

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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 14, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2013 Nuova bottiglia stappata, stavolta grande delusione, l’ossidazione era eccessiva ed č risultata un po’ nauseante a tutti.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
drpimento (2221) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2011
This is a still beer. So, of course, no head or lace. Color is a cloudy apricot amber. Aroma is a very heady blend of dark ripe fruits, caramel, malt, solvents. Flavor is super sweet, I was thinking cream sherry, but it’s much sweeter, but otherwise like nose. Body is full and lush. Finish is exactly like flavor and has good length with no off notes. I do prefer barleywines to be carbonated.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Sampled at cgarvieuk’s - thanks! Dark orange copper, no head. Rich sherry nose - booze and raisin. Super sweet, tastes like a sweet sherry! Caramel palate, no real finish to speak of. Very nice, but hardly a beer!?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6114) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2011
500, corked and foiled. Crystal clear dark amber with golden edges. No head or lace but sticky shiny legs. Huge nose of toasted wood, dark brandy, intense dark chocolate, and sweet tree fruit. Sticky thick body. Crazy caramel, peat, toasted oak, brandy, and plums on the mid palate. Long sticky sweet finish. Fantastic.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (2889) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 25, 2011
Tasted at CAGarvie’s House, thank you! Speyside whisky hue with a toasty, sour nose. Initial sour flavour with alcohol, sweet chocolate, hovis biscuits and sweet rasin finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11366) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2011
2004 bottle, batch #1, generously shared by Manuele at Makke - thank you sir! Reddish brown color, nearly flat. Aroma of cinnamon toast, rust, Christmas fruitcake. Taste has sweet burnt caramel candy, vanilla, toast. Interesting stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20302) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2011
Bottled (2nd CS/ES Beer Gathering, thanks SV!). Amber colour with a minor head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, alcohol, some mild toasted notes as well as mild notes of alcohol. Flavour is being quite similar along with some honey and dark fruityness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (10841) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
A: The pour is amber in color with no carbonation or head. Didn’t realize this was a Lost Abbey beer (badum tss). S: The only flaw here is that there is some booze up front on the nose. Otherwise, it’s a wonderfully well integrated beer with tons of maple syrup, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Definitely very sweet and very oxidized, but very appealing. T: The flavor is even more rich. Caramel, maple syrup, and toffee provide an excellent base of sweetness to the beer. There are lots of fruit notes here, especially sweet grapes. Even some vanilla and chocolate. M: The body is medium and the beer is flat, but it works fine here. O: Absolutely fantastic stuff. It’s still a bit out of my price range, but I loved this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6616) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle shared with friends! Poured a clear reddish amber with a no head whatsoever. Aroma was full of earthy grains and caramel with a quite nice backing port note that was relatively strong. Flavor was similar with smooth sweet caramel and a nice backing of sweet grains and a nice port note.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Thanks Manuele! ’04 bottle. Tepid red/nut brown, thinnest large bubbled white gravity ring. Severe oxidation throughout this, but it takes on an interesting character, almost fruit candy-like. Nose is caramel, light wood, and newspaper. Flavor has cherry and apple, a light toast, and heavy hard-candy sugar in the finish. Thinnest body. Some might dislike this strongly and complain of tooth decay, but I found it interesting.


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