Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle. Pours cloudy brown. Nose of fig, toffee, caramel apple and light earth. Taste is complex: Sweet caramel apple and tea initially then blending with chocolate covered cherries, light warming alcohol and a strong toffee and dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
2005 vintage. Aroma:Smells like a brandy, also smells like samichlaus. Lots of malty flavors, dates, raisins, plums. Hot alcohol. Appearance:Dark burgundy in color. Lots of sediment floating around. Taste:This is hugely sweet. Hazelnuts, raisins, dates, and maple syrup. Palate:Hugely viscous and syrupy, very smooth. Overall:This is a very unique beer, reminiscent of samichlaus and utopias, but smoother. Its a quite delicious sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2010
500ml Bottle (2006 Vintage): Complex aroma of malt, dark ripe fruit, plum, fig, slight alcohol, oxidation, slight spice, raisins, and Sherry. Poured very deep amber/orange/brown in color with no head at all. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, raisins, slight tobacco, honey, light wood, slight vanilla, caramel, fig, Full body. Viscous, coating, syrupy texture is smooth and creamy. No carbonation. Medium to heavily sweet, malt, honey, raisin, fig, dark ripe fruit, slight wood, slight vanilla, slight tobacco, and caramel finish is coating and slightly sticky. 13.5%ABV is a bit noticeable in the aroma, but not thereafter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Forcina (52) - Bellinzona, Rome, Brussels, SWITZERLAND - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 A great and classy barley wine! No foam. Persistent aroma of wine. Powerful flavour of chestnut. Sweet end. Enjoy it. (bir&fud beerstore)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Bottle: Pours a deep copper color with no head. Aroma is to die for, has boozy sherry mixed with aged dark fruits. I could have lived with smelling it all night. Taste was similar in the booze and dark fruits. Obviously the gold label is well earned in my mind!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34703) - 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 (12956) - 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 (23393) - 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 (12018) - 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 (19385) - 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.

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