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Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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 it’s 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. Teo’s 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} .Here’s how Teo’s 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 it’s 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"

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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 22, 2012
2011-01-22. Small pour from a precorked bottle. Pours a clear syrupy light brown, with no head. Smells very port-like, very sugary, lots of spices. Tastes amazingly smooth. Velvety texture. High sweetness, a mild bitter, and a great blended balance. Texture is syrupy. Finishes sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyotoLefty (6131) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2012
10 cl pour from the bottle at Open Baladin Roma. HUGE toffee nose, with raisins, light acid, buttery-oily, butterscotch really. Dark amber-brown. Flat. Flavor of mellow toffee, plums, butter, oak, light vanilla, and a touch of cooked peaches. Prefect mouth feel. Wonderful, strange, and original. It seems at once to be far to sweet, but then it seems perfect. Love it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maledictum (601) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - FEB 26, 2012
Still copper/rich orange colored pour. Nose of caramel, alcohol, toffee, and maple. Taste of alcohol, maple, bourbon, with a medium body that has a nice caramel finish. These Xyauyu beers are all fantastic!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19185) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2012
Bottled. Deep ruby, no head. Aroma of madeira as well as soy sauce, like SA Triple Bock. Very sweet and hugely full bodied with viscous mouthfeel. Very intense. Meady menthe, intensely warming sherry. Faint notes of coffee. On some sort of edge between overly sweet and fantastic. This beer certainly grabs your attention.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (2989) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark red with no head. The aroma holds honey, nuts, sherry, caramel, grain, light wood, some dried fruits and earthy tobacco. Warming, oxidized and straightforward nose. The flavour is heavily sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic. Notes of honey, nuts, caramel, sherry, spices, earth, dried fruits and old hops. The mouthfeel super sticky with almost no carbonation. Lingering sweet aftertaste. Near full bodied.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 16, 2012
06/04/2011 500ml bottle (2007). Meraviglioso colore ambrato cognac, intensissimo, limpidissimo, con vive note ramate, schiuma assente. Completamente piatta e ossidata. Aroma intenso e caldo di frutta, si percepisce nettamente l’alcol. In bocca fruttata, vinosa, dolcissima, eppure incredibilmente bilanciata. Corpo medio-pieno, consistenza liquorosa. Sembra uno Sciachetrà delle Cinque Terre. Complessa, esaltante, assolutamente unica nel suo genere.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarin (202) - ITALY - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Aroma: Sweet fortified wine, alcool. Appearfance: Copper. Taste: Sweet, like a fortified wine. Palate: Full body, winey. Overall: 20/20

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6483) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours a near clear deep copper with a hint of amber and a grayish head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot of sweet caramel and cookie with some sweet fruits and a hint of toffee. Flavor has a good amount of sweet dark fruits with sugars, cookies and caramel. Really rich and sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2011
Bottled (2nd CS/ES Beer Gathering, thanks S.V.!). Deep copper colour with no head at all. Aroma is malty, fruity and a bunch of raisins/plum along with sweet wooden notes as well as some chocolate and alcohol. Flavour is cherries, chocoalte, mild raisins, some toasted notes as well as toffee and mild plum. Wellbalanced and nice!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (3610) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2011
Sample @ HBF 2010. Originally rated on 10.4.2010. Okay but slightly unbalanced barley wine. Notes of madeira wine, alcohol burns through a bit too much.


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