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Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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).


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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
theoncle (58) - Barcelona, - MAR 29, 2012
Color coure i sense gens despuma. Laroma es de malt fruital, de raim i prunes, dolses notes de fusta, xocolata i alcohol. El sabor es de suaus cireres, panses i xocolata, algunes notes torrades, caramel i pruna. Ben equilibrada i agradable. Si no avises, no sospitaran que estan prenen una cervesa, ideal copa desprs de un bon menjar. Espectacular!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (839) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAY 3, 2015
Sampled from bottle at Craft Bier Fest Wien Tasting Sessions.
Dark copper, brownish body, without head.
Liqueur like aroma of dried fruits, cognac, dark berries, caramel.
Taste is also very liqueur like, sweet and sticky, with booze, dried fruits, berries, caramel, chocolate, cognac.
Full, very oily mouthfeel, without any carbonation.
Finishes sweet, boozy, fruity, malty, liqueur like again.

Tasty. Although this is really sweet and sticky, its so well balance that it never gets uncomfortable. I propably couldnt tell this is a beer if I didnt know it. Completely unique stuff. Still not my favourite from the Xyauy range.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkillsFactory (104) - ITALY - APR 18, 2015
Bottiglia del 2012, aperta il 18 Aprile 2015. Mogano scuro con riflessi aranciati, limpida. Assenza totale di schiuma. Al naso come al palato molto presente lo cherry e il cacao, molto dolce, note di caramello, sul finale l'alcol scalda la bevuta che risulta estremamente piacevole. Una "birra non birra" da provare almeno una volta nella vita. (Possibilmente di più). Complimenti a Teo Musso.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (3090) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
Bottled. Pours clear mahagony with a tiny head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, wood, vanilla and tobacco notes. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly bitter with an alcohol bite. Full bodied oily to syrupy texture and flat carbonation. A great Barley. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle shared by jackl at the CVille Foxy Knoxy tasting. Slightly hazy copper, no head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, mild oxidation. The taste is toffee, caramel, raisin, wood. Medium bodied, low carbonation, boozy, well oxidized.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (2976) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle at the Charlottesville Tasting shared by jackl, thanks! Hazy amber with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, honey, dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, maple, apples. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4451) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Apricot, almond, and cashew. Cloudy copper, thin head. Cranberry, apricot, and cashew, muddled and intense. Medium body,easy carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (5503) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle @ The Baby Leopard Tasting. Slightly hazy deep amber with a small head. Nose of spritzy mandarin orange, plum and peach. Cherry skin and banana bread. Taste of apple crisp. Honey. Trail mix. Hot, sweet, fun.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15190) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle courtesy of jackl, thanks! Hazy deep amber color, almost flat. Aroma of butterscotch. Taste is hot sweet butterscotch. Tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (5668) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget, I think that I bought the bottle in 2013. Vintage 2009. Slightly hazy reddish/brown with no head. Sweet aroma of honey, toffee, dried fruit and some sherry. The taste was really sweet but nice. Dried fruit, toffee, vanilla, malt, oak and plum. The body was full and the aftertaste long and with warming alcohol. An elegant and interesting beer. Well done, mille grazie!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tomekk1978 (811) - Ząbki, POLAND - MAR 15, 2015
Aromat: mega intensywny i złożony. Winny (sherry, porto), wyraźnie alkoholowy, estrowy (wiśnie, śliwki), słodki, miodowy, wręcz gęsty. Karmel, chleb, nieco chmielu ziołowego. Barwa ciemno czerwona, rubinowa, klarowna - śliczna. Piana grubo pęcherzykowa, niewielka i natychmiast opadająca, jednak przy takiej mocy to nie dziwne. Smak: mega słodycz przypominająca mid pitny. Mimo tego dość delikatne. Alkohol wyraźnie obecny, ale dopiero po 2-3 łyku. Angielskie barley wine z nutami karmelowymi, chlebowymi, chmielowymi. Klasyczne, ale s tuningowane do oporu. Niewielka goryczka, delikatna i krtka. Wyraźnie oleista (w smaku wręcz likierowa) konsystencja. Tęga pełnia, praktycznie zerowe wysycenie, lekko szczypiące odczucie w ustach i wyraźnie alkoholowy, rozgrzewający przełyk finisz. Jest to jednak bardzo przyjemne odczucie. Jedno z najbardziej legendarnych piw europejskich, potwierdza swoją klasę. Koszt w złotwkach spory (najdroższe piwo jakie kupiłem), ale to naprawdę coś. Warto...


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