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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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).


Gypsy19's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2010
500ml. 2006 vintage. 13%. Pours a darker orange which can look more amber or ruby in different lighting. Flat of course; I wasn’t expecting any carbonation after having the Silver and Copper labels recently. I like the aroma on this one the best; when I pulled the cork out, a pleasant banana aroma filled the immediate vicinity. Now in the snifter I’m getting some nice caramel/toffee, molasses, honey, sweet malt, a little alcohol but not "boozy" per se. Yum, the flavor in this one is easily the best of the series: Quite fruity with again the sweet glaze/syrupy flavors. Kind of like a brandy, kind of like a port. Definitely a fermented winegrape element is present in the flavor. It’s very sweet, but manages to stay just under the cloying threshold. Mouthfeel is oily, medium viscosity, sticky finish; again, just like a port. I definitely like this one the best out of the series. I think this is mostly because this one helped me understand and appreciate what this series is supposed to be (and be about). I mean this is literally a "barley wine". That is, this is wine, not beer. Wine that happens to be fermented from grain instead of grapes. When I look at it in the context of wine, and through a filter of Italiana, I can really start appreciating this and liking it a lot. But yes, in that context; not in the traditional beer context would I easily understand this opus. Overall, very good to excellent.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2014
[Bottle at Mondial 2014, Montreal] Pours an oily-looking dark brown with no head. Aroma: Wow! Soy sauce, chocolate, wood, red wine, dark fruit, hops, molasses and so much more -- complex and awesome. Flavour is also "wow", with soy sauce, maple syrup and all the aforementioned stuff. Alcohol’s there but pretty well hidden considering the abv. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied. Amazing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4300) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle @ DVMBBT: No head. Cloudy ruby colored beer. Aromas of prunes, some leather, some wood, molasses, Flavours of prunes, sweets, brown sugars, caramel, light sweet barley malts, some bitters, some raisin, light cardboard sweets Aftertaste is a mix of prunes, malts, some oatmeal, barley malts and some silky darker fruits. Low carbo, soft silky mouthfeel, full bodied and a creamy silky texture.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1229) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle @ van moll tasting. Brown color and no head. Smells and tastes sweet, sirup, cherry, no carbo.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (7218) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle @ Van Moll Tasting shared by Joes. Clear dark amber / deep red color, no head. Aroma has malts, sweetness, sweet malts, raisins, prumes, molasses. Taste is very sweet, sweet malts, sweet raisins, alcohol, wood, liquor. Sticky, syrupy texture, medium to full body and carbonation. Wow, heavy beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (3790) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle @ proeftafel Van Moll. Amber colour no head. Smells molasses, sweet, syrup, apple, cider. Tastes sweet, molasses, syrup, very sweet, raisins. Medium body, soft carbo. Very sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Abijen (1326) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Pours an dark orange beer with a small white head. Smells molasses, very sweet. Tastes very sweet. Syrup, molasses. Way too sweet. Low carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2014
2009 vintage released in 2013. Deep ruby color flat carbonation. Aroma is big alcohol with port wine, oak barrel and thick syrupy dark fruit.

Flavor is crazy. The depth of flavor is unreal. Honey, sherry, fruity esters of raisin, dates and figs. Light hints of barley and the oxidized just long enough. I like my barely wine at least 2 years old, maybe I need to hold them longer because this is insanely smooth. Yet not many breweries hold their barley wine in oak for two years. Full body with a sweet character without being cloying. This is way beyond anything I that I’ve had in the style. This is 14 % and I don’t taste any alcohol, unreal!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2343) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2014
2009 Vintage on the bottle. Bought this at Binny’s in Chicago. I think it was $45. Split 3 ways on AirForceHops’ 2700th rate!!!!

A - The most sherry / port looking beer. Lots of mahogany and blood red. Totally still, great clarity but no head / bubbles at all.

S - Nose is really awesome. It has that super insane caramelized sugar due to that very long boil. Tobacco, bay leaves, hearty fruit cake.

T - This is incredibly sweet but not overpowering or like I can’t finish a glass but in this maple syrup drizzled on biscotti with capers and dried figs put into a blender with a dash of vanilla, cocoa and horse antlers. wow.

M - Very thin, very slick, oily and the booze is not overpowering, nor do oak tannins totally overwhelm.

O - It’s great that it’s flat, it’s oily. The touch of child tears and zebra snot really pull it together. Let’s keep this up, babies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLFO4fLIuo8

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (1530) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2014
Med ölföreningen julen 2013. Smak och doft romrussin, kontaktlim, likör, vanilj, madeira, fatkaraktär och marsipan. Oljig, rund, len men alldeles för sötsliskig vilket drar ner den intensiva smakupplevelsen.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (2488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Draft at Eataly. Part of a flight. Red brown color. Carmel color. Carmel taste. Has an offensive smell like rotten plums. Taste was surprisingly good. Carmel candy sweet warm. Enjoyable but not too much of it please.


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