Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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).
This golden beer reminds of an enjoyable Madera or an intriguing Chateau Chalon of the French Jura.

Bronze medal at the World Beer Cup 2014, category "Experimental beer"

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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (32872) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2010
Bottled - vintage 2005. A red amber beer with no head. The aroma has notes of oxidation, over ripe fruits, spices, and Sherry. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of over ripe fruits, Sherry, and caramel sauce as well as medium notes of alcohol and light notes of spices, leading to a sweet finish where the notes of alcohol, caramel, and oxidation lasts for a long time. Thanks Mike for this treat for my birthday.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12295) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2010
Amber with no head. Strong vineous aroma with malt, dried fruit, port wine and a hint of cellar. Big and sweet barleywine flavour with malt and dried fruit. The most amazing finish and aftertaste of figs, brandy, port, creme brulee and caramel. Sweet but not cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (21632) - Malm, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with no head. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel aroma with hints of candy sugar. Sweetish malty caramel, chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish with hints of dark fruit in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (11456) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 25, 2010
courtesy of fiulijn; 2006 vintage - clear amber-brown colour with absolutely no foam; whisky-like nose with notes of grapefruit and Madeira, some red fruits too; oily and with no carbonation, quite sticky and with some sweetness; finish of red fruits, alcohol, wood and Madeira

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012
2012-11-20, vintage 2009, shared at La Fine Mousse, Paris, 14% ABV, 5-4-6-3-11=29
Unrecognizable beer, with sweet flavor, but without the good and rich malt flavor that was expected; insted it has a vegetables note, mostly in the aroma.

2010-08-21, vintage 2006, 7-4-8-3-15=37
The Xyauy Ultimate Tasting

Reddish amber color; flat. Nice malt aroma, fruity, with just a touch of oxidisation and alcohol. The flavor is extremely sweet, malty, very rich; there is just a light oxidisation, a mellow feeling, with a touch of sweet nuts, toffee and raisins; in the final there is some wood, Very pleasant, with medium complexity. The final is sweet, caramelly, quite short, but also corto (Spanish). It doesnt reach the richness and complexity of the Silver and Copper.

2010-06-04, vintage 2007, RBESG 2010, bottle at Bir&Fud, Rome, 8-4-8-4-17=41
Dark copper-amber color, hazy and flat. Mellow malt and caramel aroma, sherry. Sweet malt flavor, rich, with light oxidization, resins. No bitterness. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (16564) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to Nate at the Imperial Geezer tasting, Borough Market. Hot barley wine. Sticky sweet. Bit too sweet for me. Nuttty. Bit too sweet and uncultured. Good though, just not as good as the Fume.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15229) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2010
Entered to celebrate my # 5200th Rating. Thanks Ryan. Pours clear dark amber with small bubbles on top. Complex nose and flavor. Raisin, Prune, plum, caramel and toffee. Oily, vinous, syrupy and sticky. Light warmth. A true sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks hugely to Nate as part of the Imperial Geezer Tasting.
Superb deep amber colour with pretty much no head but who cares? It looks inviting as hell. A truly amazing mix of barley, straw and some of the best oxidised notes I have exerienced.Sticky toffee pudding, lashings of adorable alcohol loads of sherry and finest quality port plus some excellent wooden notes. Drinks like something really old that has been aged perfectly. Superbly rounded and full bodied. Gloriously silky on the palate. Rich and complex and delightfully challenging. An utterly brilliant beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2010
(500ml gold bottle, 2006 vintage) Pours a clear golden amber body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of honey, butterscotch, oxidation notes, vinous, and raisins. Flavor of caramel, raisins, butterscotch, toffee, and honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2010
In short: A simplistic syrupy beer with caramel, maple syrup and booze.
How: From a 375ml bottle at Montreal Mondial de la Bire 2010. Side-by-side with Argento (Silver Label) version
The look: Clear amber body with almost no head
In long: Nose of caramel, maple and booze. Taste follows up with the same elements. Lots of caramel, lots of maple syrup, lots of booze, some glue. No hops noticeable. The carbonation is minimal and the beer feels very sticky syrupy. This is a simplistic beer that offers no complexity and with a very low drinkability level. I thought the Argento (Silver Label) had a lot going for it but this Oro was rather boring. Drinkable in small quantity. Overrated. I was told that Oro is not only the name of this beer but it is also a palindrome. I assume its a stadium where an Italian soccer team plays.

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