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


on tap

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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 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle at "En liten provning hos larsniclas" hosted by Alex ( _angst_). Amber beer with a small beige head. Malty nutty aroma, vanilla, toffee, caramel, sweet fruits, raisins, figs, hop notes. Malty floral flavor, smooth, caramel, toffee, fruity, raisins, figs, prunes. Malty sherry finish with toffee and vinous notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle at CGarvie tasting (thanks Craig!). It pours deep amber-brown with a small bubbly white head. The nose is rich, oily, honey, Xmas cake, apple, dark fruit and dried berry. The taste is caramel honey, molasses, brown sugar, spice, Xmas cake, oily, sticky, light alcohol warmth and good bite to it. Full body, low carbonation and oily/viscous mouth-feel. Smooth and good depth of flavour. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (4228) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2013
01-MAY-2013, tap @Open Baladin, Rome. Glass ordered for Marianne, she did not like it. Too flat. 10 cl. Brown, clear with no head. Typical barley wine. Malty, sweet, wine-like. Berries, a little oxidation. Flat, full body. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (905) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
Smooth suave beautiful & truly integrated. Wow wow wow wow wow wow jizztastoic. my of my of my

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (17228) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
From a corked bottle at Open Baladin, Roma, 10/02/13. Lightly hazed chestnut brown with no head. Nose is rich with dark fruits, raisens, dates, wood, prunes, brown sugars, almond, booze - but kept well in check and not overpowering. Taste comprises dark fruits, dark toffee fudge, woody tones, prunes, brown sugars, dates, booze. Full bodied, no carbonation, dry and boozey in the finish. An excellent well balanced barley wine, the alcohol is expertly integrated for a 13.5% beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (3121) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours heavy dark amber without any head. Heavy sweet, mead like brew. Taste of honney, plums and other dried fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hirigalzkar (2953) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle (2004). Pours a elegant redbrown color with no head (looks potent). Sweet, honey-like, aroma with notes of flowers and chocolate. Taste has got the same kind of sweetness. It also has a delicious earthy, strawberry seeds kind of note. Aftertaste reminds me of a liquor filled chocolate bonbon. Incredible smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied. Very similar to a sweet polish mead actually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2196) - Brescia, ITALY - JAN 27, 2013
Bottled 0,50L. Dark brown color, much carghed with a medium foamy head resistance. Very complex nose, notes of roast cask, resin, caramel, hop and liquor Marsala. Powerfull and overpowering acoholic body, much smooth, mellow, fraught and candy. Realy exaggerated for my mouth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - JAN 25, 2013
Stupenda! Devo ringraziare il mio amico Roberto di Astral beers a Bolgna che me l’ha fatta assaggiare!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4866) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is alcohol, toffee, candy, sweet, and malts. The look is amber in color, no head, legs. The taste is sweet, alcohol, toffee, wood, and oxidation, but good.

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