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Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
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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 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).


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - FEB 27, 2011
Ellamadonna grazie figliuoli, me la sono stappata la sera per il mio compleanno con le paste.. peccato se ne sia bevuto 1/4 buono mio padre

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with no carbonation. Aroma of brown sugar and maple sugar with light dry fruits and light warming notes. Taste is also a very nice mix between some dry fruit with notes of caramel with some deep notes of brown sugar and maple syrup and some dry raisins. Alcohol is somewhat apparent with a full body and no carbonation. Very interesting thought somewhat expensive for the experience.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2933) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2011
Aroma:Brown sugar,raisin pie,maple syrup.... Appearrance:Dark redish brown,no head... Flavor:stronf Maple syrup flavor ,dark fruit.........

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6174) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2011
(Bottle, vintage 2005) Deep reddish amber colour. Flat, with no head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dried fruit, molasses, burnt sugar, caramel and vinous hints of Madeira. Malty, fruity taste with dried fruit, caramel, raisins, dark wood aged rhum, chocolate, burnt sugar, molasses, cherries in brandy and a warming vinous finish with a lasting alcohol glow. Full body with an oily, syrupy texture. Very sweet with fairly low bitterness. Excellently balanced barley wine with focus more on sweet malt and alcohol rather than a high hop profile. Lovely beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3019) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
Olive bottle, in a cardboard box, 50 cl, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on January 29 2011; eye: dirty brown with a caramel hue, turbid, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: plum, caramel, liquorice, light alcohol, brown sugar; mouth: plum, caramel, liquorice, light alcohol, brown sugar, alcohol warmth, finale in malt with presence of maple syrup, medium body, almost no carbonation, rather sweet, liqueur-like texture; overall: quite interesting FRANÇAIS Bouteille olive, dans un emballage carton, 50 cl, 2007, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 29 janvier 2011; œil : brune sale avec une teinte caramel, trouble, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : prune, caramel, réglisse, léger alcool, cassonade; bouche : prune, caramel, réglisse, léger alcool, cassonade, chaleur d’alcool, finale en malt avec présence de sirop d’érable, corps moyen, presque pas de carbonatation, plutôt sucrée, texture liquoreuse; en résumé : très intéressante

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4508) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2013 pours dark copper, slight haze, no head. dark fruits, figs, plums, sweet caramel toffee, grassy hoppy finish along with the sweetness. moderate to low carbonation, full body - oily and sticky, grassy finish. a much refined version of samichlaus, lol. very enjoyable, but just few sips!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gemmat5 (20) - Cuneo, ITALY - DEC 22, 2010
I never drunk this kind of beer before. Amazing body, the taste is incredibly deep and strong. Well done Teo!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8593) - , 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.

4.5
   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. It’s a quite delicious sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4960) - 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.


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