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


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RATINGS: 139   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mortlach (970) - 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 lalcol. In bocca fruttata, vinosa, dolcissima, eppure incredibilmente bilanciata. Corpo medio-pieno, consistenza liquorosa. Sembra uno Sciachetr delle Cinque Terre. Complessa, esaltante, assolutamente unica nel suo genere.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6737) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20621) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (3855) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 3, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012 Il migliore dei tre! Questa non una birra, un vino passito, un madeira, un esercizio di stile pazzesco! Avercene di birre cos...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Bottle: Pours a dark muddy brown with little head. The nose is big and fruity with a complex blend of alcohol, wood and sherry with a cherry and resin note. The flavor is cloying but it has a big alcohol and maltiness to back it up. Nice and full bodied for sure, maybe a bit too much, but its fun and sappy with a huge umami mouthfeel. Thanks Sam.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Magnini (22) - ITALY - APR 19, 2011
Uno dei migliori Barleywine mai bevuti, delicatissimo. Fin dallaroma, spicca il potente fruttato.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours an amber body with no head. Very sweet up front, honey and pine, sweet over ripe apples and cherry hints. Raw sugar, boozy maple and caramel with a lighter vanilla wood tones. Light oxidation adds a husky bitter apple sweetness. A light waxy body with a sharp sugary sweetness. Pretty big warmth but the oxidation slows this down some. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7545) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle at the Eataly store, Bologna, Italia, 25.02.11 Deep golden colour with little head, very good clarity. The nose is quite aged, its dusty furniture, sherry and a little wood. Taste is sherry, its very heavy and sweet. This is a big beer, very hefty difficult to rate as very busy around me and crammed in at the bar. A7 A5 T7 P4 Ov14 3.7

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