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


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RATINGS: 166   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Another huge thanks to SHIG for these Italian beauties. Thanks Shawn! Pours clear copper with zero head and tree trunk legs slowly sludging down the inside edge of the glass. The aroma is similar to the copper and silver with smooth rich blended sugary dark fruitiness to go along with ribbons of caramel and sherry-ness. The taste is rich and smooth and succulent and seems silkier than the other variants. Yum indeed. I get rich smooth blended prunes, plum juice, figs and sugar coated apricot. In behind the rich sweet smooth fruitiness are notes of creamy caramel candy and a sense of wood, earthiness and smooth warming booze. I love these beers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2010
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 Manuelle at Ma Che Siete shared a bottle with me and I assume Mortlach as well since there was a dude at the other end of the bar with a glass from the same night of his rating. This was by far the best glass of Xyauyu I have had! Perfectly oxidized, medium fruitiness all around, creamy silky big sweet malts- barely cloying, and just easy to sip on. Very nice!

Shared with Dany and Ryan at Mondial 2010. Pours a clear amber mostly still with some sticky legs. Aroma is very sweet with lots of maple syrup, way less oxidized crap that the regular version had, mostly fruity esters, some caramelized malts. Flavor is light earth, mostly maple sweetness, some honey, light soy oxidation but not too bad, fruity ester oxidation still not out of control, a get a slight woody paper note, and some port wine and sherry. A bit of heat at the end. Not bad. My favorite of all the Xyauyu so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7185) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle. Deep amber body with no head. The aroma is light acidic, port, sweet caramel and dark ripe fruit. The flavour is very complex. Prune, port, warming alcohol, dark fruit, candy and loads of caramel. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Tasted from bottle, 2006 vintage. Pours a muddy brown with almost no head. Nose of caramel with prune, raisin, molasses, bruleed sugar, and caramel malt. Flavors are very sweet and quite oxidized with fig, raisin, and prune. Body is thick and sticky with light to no carbonation, and a super long caramel finish. This beer is awesome and would be enjoyed by any sherry lover.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2010

Bottle 375ml.

[ Vintage 2007 ]. Clear medium amber color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, wood, tobbaco, oxidide malt, moderate to heavy alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, wood, alcohol. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100602]
Earlier Rating: 9/22/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle 500ml. [ Vintage 2005 ].
Clear medium orange amber color with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, berry, raisin, plum, wood, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is syrupy - oily, carbonation is flat flat, finish feel is moderate to light heavy alcohlic. [20090321]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2010 Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of Ungstrup. Vintage 2005. Clear amber golden with absolutely no head. Intense aroma of overripe fruit and honey - almost mead-like in character with the alcohol already showing in the nose. Very full-bodied, completely flat, intense accents of nuts, caramel flower pollen and overripe fruit - perhaps a little licorice also. No bitterness but a warming alcohol finish. 8/3/8/5/17=4.1 220309

Bottle 50 cl. RBESG Rome 2010. Clear, amber golden with no head whatsoever. I didnt find the aroma all that enticing at first - almost rotten actually - but with a little time the beer really opened up revealing pleasant and VERY oxidizid Sherry notes, wood and sweet tobacco. Very full-bodied, completely flat with a massive alcohol - like vintage Sake. Lots of oxidized woody flavours and sweet - almost sticky - caramel. Very warming alcohol in the finish. Amazingly sophisticated. 020610

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (19650) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2010
4th June 2010. Bottle in the Bir & Fud Restaurant - huge thanks to the owners for this bottle on the house! Clear dark amber beer, zero head. Sherry like nose. Light soft palate. Delicious sherryish malt, sweet and smooth and a little fruity. A little warmth in the finish. A very very fine sherry!! And a remarkable beer. Light and very fine - very well done Baladin!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2729) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2010
Drank on day 3 of the 2010 Mondial de la Bire. Amber brown, no head. Caramelized aroma of cereal and alcohol. Insane taste of honey and barley malt, aftertaste not too alcoholic and very creamy. Its worth the price!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (5662) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2010
Sample from the bottle at Bir&Fud, RBESG Rome day 2. Clear amber colour, no head. Aroma is very sweet, malty, raisins, some alcohol. Flavour is thick, fruity, syrupy, raisins, again like Madeira wine, alcohol, a bit of chocolate. Fullbodied. Still too sweet for me, but very nice nevertheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sebletitje (8124) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2010
Cheers again to Shig for bringing yet another Italian gem to the tasting. The grail of barley wine. This wonderfully crafted, had it side by side with silver label, and this beer is a tad more pronounced in the aroma and flavors. pours amber, no head, very thin sporadic tan bubbles. aroma, same as silver version, just upped a little more. flavors, lot more caramel version adding to the greatness of the silver label, gives a mouthfeel of caramelized apple, bordering the goodness of a mead, sirupy with nice floral undertones. abv is well hidden, perfect desert beer to be enjoyed for hours. Hard to finish, this is so delicious.

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