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Baladin Xyauy 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 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).


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
UPDATED: APR 22, 2010 2006 Silver label thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours with great legs, hazy amber body. Aroma of maple, oxidation, raisins, caramel and sherry. Taste is sweet, but the alcohol is muted, maple. Lots of sugar. Syrupy. Probably better than the gold and copper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense N, DENMARK - APR 15, 2010
Pours copper with no head. Aroma is intense, heavy malt, plum, raisin, alcohol and fruity. Flavour is heavy malt, intense fruit, plum, raisin, alcohol. Well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (4742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2010
(Bottle, 0.75l - 2006 vintage, at HBF2010) Poured deep reddish brown and clear. Didnt form any head. Aroma contained malts, raisin and alcohol. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, raisin, sweetness, cherry and mildly bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet, raisiny and mildly bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14085) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2010
Bottle @ Odense Tasting, April 2010. Pours ruby copper with bubbles on top. Nose is vinous and sweet. Buiscuit, toffee, raisin and alcohol. Low carbonation. Smooth and chewy. Sticky flavor with lots of dark fruit, syrup , alcohol and caramel. Long end. Warmth. A sipper. .

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 10, 2010
(Bottled, 2006 vintage) Clear dark amber with no head. Very sweet aroma with prunes and other dried fruit, with clear alcohol presence. Flavor is intensely caramely-malty and dried-fruity with amaretto-liquourish notes. Very full body, flat carbonation, some alcohol burning. Very sweet, but tasty dessert drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12955) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 10, 2010
Bottled vintage 2006 4cl @HBF
Deep copper color, no head. Nose has madeira, berries, toffee. Very sweet flavor. Flavor has raisins, madeira, toffee. So sweet that sweetness covers alcohol. I would like some kick in it... Balanced dessert.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 2006 vintage. 500ml. 13%. Pours a dead light amber with no apparent carbonation. Aroma is boozy with light fuits, honey, candy sugar, and yeast. Smells like a big bock somewhat. Flavor isnt hot at all like I though it was going to be based on the alcoholic aroma. Lots of sweet fruit again, cherry in particular. The intentional oxidation is also evident. Medium viscosity, oily/sticky finish. A nice slow-sipping sweet fruit bomb Ill say, though I was expecting something a little more "da divino" considering the price. Enjoyable. Nothing more, nothing less. Overall, good to very good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2010
Brown with no head but some legs. Aroma is caramell, raisins, sweet fruit and a light wet basement note. Flavor is the same but sweeter with a warming sticky finish. Body is flat and sticky. Equally as good as the gold but less powdery and "dark" in its overall character with less noticable aged notes, probably the version of the Xyauy suitable for the most occasions (which I guess is quite few anyway but still..)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9492) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2852) - 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.


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