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Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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 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).


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 wasnt 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 Im 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. Its 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andgun87 (18) - - APR 22, 2016
Fin vinröd färg helt utan skum, stor doft med tydliga toner av russin, plommon och bränt socker. Vinös smak helt utan kolsyra som exploderar i eftersmaken med ljuva toner av port, sherry, mogna bär, bränt socker med mera. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Xebbe (159) - - APR 22, 2016
Extremt tung doft av russin och torkad frukt. Smaken är inte helt fullbordad men när man svalt kommer alla paletterna fram. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3213) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
March 23, 2016. Bottle, vintage 2012.
Clear amber with no head. Aroma is figs, raisins, caramel, some sherry, port notes, light earthy notes, warming alcohol. Taste is sweet very sweet with dried fruits, prunes, figs, raisins, very light bitter, slightly earthy and warming sherry alcohol in the finish. Thick oily texture, no carbonation.
Very good, thick and oily yet drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (1248) - CROATIA - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle; pours dark amber with no head; boozy aroma with dark fruits, honey, and hints of caramel and wood; tastes like a port, sweet with dark fruits, caramel, honey, and a hint of wood, finish is sweet with alcohol warming; very good - almost a dessert beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (3335) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2016
sample from bottle, deep darker amber colour, nose of bitter cacao, raisins, whisky, caramel fugde, and dark fruits, plums, lots of sweet dried fruits, wine grapes, creamy mouthfeel. nice stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4351) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours hazy reddish chestnut brown with no head worth mentioning. Smell is malty and fruity with caramel, toffee, dark dried fruits, pears, caramelised apples, sherry, madeira, leather, moist soil and sherry alcohol. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel is round, viscous, oily, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter with caramel, toffee, sweet dark bread, English Christmas fruit cake, dried cherries, prunes, dates, raisins, moist soil, leather, minerals and sherry alcohol. For being competent flat its extremely fat and oily in the mouthfeel. Immense barley wine with amazing flavour. Lovely!!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (7053) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 1, 2016
Bottled 500ml. -Courtesy of and shared with Domagoj (thanks!).
As Baladin Xyauyu Riserva Teo Musso Birra Da Divano Vintage 2012 14.0%ABV
Clear amber/copper coloured, no head at all, strong malt and notes of alcohol in the nose. Heavy malty, noticable alcohol, dried fruits, notes of oak and a bit too sticky sweetness in the finish. Well balanced and overall quite good...but unfortunately not great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (2033) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle sample at Open Baladin Rome Italy 03.12.2015.Tsste with ippopotamo36 bro, Mortlach and cika Boban.I think this is the one Xiauyu 2012.Pour it hazy brown color with no head.Aroma leather, dust, sweet.Taste sticky sweet, dusty, some tobacco, leather.Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (6660) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2015
Clear oily and deep nutty color with almost no head. Good intensity in the aroma. Full body and a soft to flat carbonation. Oily texture. Very complex beer. Dried fruits, toffee, oak, vanilla, vinous and very well masked alcohol. Tasty nice evening sipper.
[Bottle from Systembolaget web order in Sweden]

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (9629) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle @ Baladin Bistrot, Milan. Pours very dark brown, no head. Aroma of rich malt, wood, rather sweet, dark fruits, dates, plum, sweet dessert wine, madaria, some alcohol, light oxidation. Flavor is sweet, rich malty, alcohol, dessert wine, lots of dark fruit, dates, plum, riasin, some aloohol. Full body, flat carbonation, sweet finish with warming alcohol. The rather high ABV is clearly there, but is well controlled by the sweetness. Nice and complex barley wine. 101215


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