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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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2011

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium amber color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, oxidide, light alcohol. Initial flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter, finish flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, overripped fruit, dried fruit, old fruit. Body is medium full, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20110223]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2010
From bottle, courtesy of fiulijn. Pours dark amber with no head. Aroma is dark malty, roasted and caramelish. Dense caramelish and slight fruity. Dense fruity Lingering dark malty and sweet. Distinct caramelish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34703) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2011
Bottled. An amber beer with no head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, and oxidation. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, malt, and caramel, leading to a dry and alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2011
Bottle at Paps. Cloudy orange coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits, marzipan and alcohol. Sweet flavour of caramel, dried fruits, cookies and marzipan with notes of alcohol. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25472) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a hazy reddish amber with hardly any head. Lovely caramel aroma combined with overripe fruits. Very solid body, close to flat, oxidized caramel, overripe fruit and a warming alcohol finish. Lovely if not entirely as complex as the Golden. 230211

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23393) - Malm, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with no head. Has a sweetish malty caramel aroma. Sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit flavor with some earthy hints. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish with hints of dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22520) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2010
4th June 2010. Bottle at the Bir & Fud restaurant. Huge thanks to the owners for supplying the bottle on the house. Clear dark amber beer, zero head. Much less sweet than the Gold Label and I really wish we had tried this first. Still very sherry like in character but with less sweetness other characteristics come to the fore. Light milk chocolate and malt. A little warmth at the end. Excellent beer but in the shadow of the Gold Label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (21899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2012 bottle at bir and fud ... dark copper ... sweet malt and dark fruit nose ... rich dark plums and sour raisins ... little alcohol burn ... little toffee .... wonderfull ...
,br> Bottle at home ... tasting at home 2801011... dark brown ... rich sweet malts ... plums and raisins ..... light ovaltine ... light sweet fruits ...silky rich and oily .. i love this beer bottle at home ... dark copper ... dark sweet malts .. dark malts .. rich sweet malts ... sweet malts ... rich sweet fruits ... oily sweet sheerry fruits ... nice and juicy 4.1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21684) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

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