Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - APR 12, 2010
Bottle at HBF 2010, vintage 2007. Dark amber colour with no head. Malt, alcohol and caramel. Flavour is very sweet, caramel, malty and fruity with hints of apples, plum and alcohol. Syrupy and full-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13123) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 10, 2010
Bottled HBF vintage 2007 4cl
Copper-amber color, no head. Toffeish, grappa-like alcoholic nose. Liquerish palate. Sweet flavor, toffee, brandy, vanilla. Very rounded mouthfeel. Less alcoholic and madeira-like than silver-version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2721) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2010
The appearance is thick, auburn like brandy. There is no head amd it is very low in carbonation. It is thick and syrupy, with sweet notes like fig. The boozy flavor is smooth, which is a tough thing to do. The smell is like the flavor, thick and sweet. Not like any barleywine I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2010
500ml. 2006 vintage. 13%. Pours a darker orange which can look more amber or ruby in different lighting. Flat of course; I wasnt expecting any carbonation after having the Silver and Copper labels recently. I like the aroma on this one the best; when I pulled the cork out, a pleasant banana aroma filled the immediate vicinity. Now in the snifter Im getting some nice caramel/toffee, molasses, honey, sweet malt, a little alcohol but not "boozy" per se. Yum, the flavor in this one is easily the best of the series: Quite fruity with again the sweet glaze/syrupy flavors. Kind of like a brandy, kind of like a port. Definitely a fermented winegrape element is present in the flavor. Its very sweet, but manages to stay just under the cloying threshold. Mouthfeel is oily, medium viscosity, sticky finish; again, just like a port. I definitely like this one the best out of the series. I think this is mostly because this one helped me understand and appreciate what this series is supposed to be (and be about). I mean this is literally a "barley wine". That is, this is wine, not beer. Wine that happens to be fermented from grain instead of grapes. When I look at it in the context of wine, and through a filter of Italiana, I can really start appreciating this and liking it a lot. But yes, in that context; not in the traditional beer context would I easily understand this opus. Overall, very good to excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2010
Dark brown with no head but a few weak legs. Aroma is extremely caramelized, sherry like with raisins, dried fruit and light acetone alongside some murky and powdery cocoa with light wet basement notes. Flavor delivers what the aroma promises with very sweet, slightly muted caramellized fruit notes. The finish is sweet and warming and thats the only sign of the ABV. Body is flat and slightly sticky. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2010
Gold version. Vintage 2005. Serving date 2009-02-14. 500 ml sturdy bottle. Comes with a small leaflet with some short notes of which I can only understand fragments. Sealed with a regular wine cork. I couldnt find any freshness date on the bottle. The cork comes off with a minimal pop, indicating low levels of carbonation. The cork really smells more of wine than beer. When poured, the beer has a very nice, glowing amber color with red hues, and is a bit hazy as a result of big amounts of very small, almost microscopic, floaties. The first pour results in a minimal amount of bubbles on top of the liquid, around the edges of the glass. However, this is no head, not even foam-like. Rather, its the kind of bubbles you sometimes get from pouring fruit juice or some wines. The second pour creates no bubbles at all. Actually, I didnt get the beer to produce any bubbles, no matter how hard I swirled my glass. However, when its swirled it clings onto the glass like a cognac or a wine - a great visual quality. An intense smell of sweet fruits, raisins, and caramel hits the noose, accompanied by a sharp alcoholic twang. Notes of wood (perhaps oak) are there as well. The smell of this one is really heavy, dense and sweet. Its actually more reminiscent of a strong dessert wine, like sherry or port, than beer. Lots of sweetness in the mouth: Fruits, mostly overripe plums, raisins, molasses and perhaps some brown sugar and honey-like sweetness as well. Theres is also a flavor I have a hard time identifying; the best I can do is describing it as a general candy-like flavor. These massive sweet flavors are balanced by some spices, oak and a more nutty earth flavor. The alcohol is rather prominent and provides a pleasant warmth. In the finish theres more sweet fruits and raisins, but also a gentle but distinct bitterness. Hot alcohol finishes things off. All in all, this one is very reminiscent of a sherry or a port, with big and bold strong vinous flavors, but there is still something about it that is characteristically beer-like. It has basically no carbonation, and thus its really smooth. Medium body, very viscous and slightly chewy. This one really pushes the boundaries for beer, and for what beer can be, almost transcending them occupying parts of the realm previously solely reserved for strong and sweet fortified wines. And I would say it could go head to head with any high quality dessert wine - and come out on top - when it comes to food pairings most often associated with sherry, port wines or Madeira - or as an aperitif for that matter. Although, I constantly compare this with wine and use wine as a measure to describe it, I must say its still a beer with some characteristics you probably wouldnt find in a wine. But considering how far away this is from your average ale, or barleywine for that matter, I dont think I can see my self being in the mood for this one that often. I guess its for that "special occasion" or when youre in the mood for something out of the ordinary, and in small amounts (I tried about 2/3 of a bottle and that was a bit much I think) Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (5893) - ITALY - JAN 10, 2010
ambrata piatta naso alcolico ossidato caramello un tocco fruttatoo intensa bell corpo liquoroso non molto amara

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2897) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Sam threw down all three crazy Thanks a ton. Pours out a copper with no head. Aroma was very nice lots of sweetness. Taste sweet caramel, fruit, and syrup. Very thick and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (33024) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
37.5 cL bottle, gold. Pours hazy orange with a diminished off-white head. Dense, roasted and spiced aroma. Sweet, dense oxidised malty and roasted. Distinct solid hoppy and oxidised flavoured. Sweet and sticky caramelish flavoured. Dense and syrupy. Solid sweet caramelish base flavoured. Lovely but clearly demanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2009
2006 Bottle - Thanks Sam - 3rd bottle in the vertical, pours dk orange, clear and still, with no head...aroma is similarly dry fruit, intense caramel and slight tannin...flavour is rich and sweet, more sweet than the other bottles, sharing the underlying tastes of thick malty fruit and sherry...again, if you didnt know it was beer, youd never guess...

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