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Baladin Xyauy Etichetta Argento (Silver Label)

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Formerly brewed at Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 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). Etichetta Oro Golden label This golden beer reminds of an enjoyable Madera or an intriguing Chateau Chalon of the French Jura.
It can be accurately compared to a drawing-room sherry.

Editors note: the label says also "Riserva Teo Musso" and the vintage (year).


VonClausewitz's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
VonClausewitz (132) - Italy, - NOV 10, 2012
Sparisce il confine fra birra e vino......aspetto e naso da Porto tawny, bocca dolce, calda e oleosa.....grandissima birra da meditazione


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Silver 2006. Pop from the cork, yet pours totally still. Zero head/lace; looks like a mead though.

Astringent aroma, a tad barrely, notes of Utopias heat. Super silky sweetness on the palate, liquid English barleywine caramelyness. Zero burn. Totally flat, and damn tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Pours flat red Smell cherry, oxidized, big fruit Taste amazingly sweet, like a honey stick, caramel, very sweet, oaky vanilla, port like qualities Medium body Amazing

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2013
Fantastic. Big strong alcohol but perfectly balanced with the fruity Christmas cake thing thats going on. Sweet but not overly so, its just a fantastic drink. A big thank you to cgarvieuk

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (2160) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle at Delirium. Totally flat. Aroma is booze, fruity, raisins. Taste is crazy, loads of fruit, sweet, marzipan, very easy to drink. Feels very voluminous in the mouth. Strange but in a difficult way to explain.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6643) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 14, 2013
2006 bottle. Flavr dark brown with orange tints. Nose of chocolate, caramel, sherry. Big flavors of caramel, molasses, treacle, stewed fruit. Ethereal body, light and silky. Wonderful mouth feel. Light tartness. Great.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (1068) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle share. Deep ruby. Aroma of raisins & caramel. Taste is so much of the same. So bloody good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GothGargoyle (1364) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
Ruby colour with no head. Aroma is raisins, caramel, sherry. Sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate. Taste is raisins, brown sugar, caramel, honey. Sweet and delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours transparent copper with no head. Nose is booze, caramel, peaches, cherry and pepper. The taste is sweet with no bitter. The mouthfeel is creamy, but still has some alcohol burn. The body is heavy, the finish is long b ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - JAN 25, 2013
Qui il confine tra birra e vino (passito) veramente labile, zero schiuma, marroncina, aroma fantastico di frutti maturi esotici, cosi come il sapore, datteri uvetta e molto altro ancora, incredibilmente complessa!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dinkle50 (1015) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Sandy red pour with no head. Very sweet. Mouth is light but almost has the feel of syrup. Huge walnut notes. Some aroma of alcohol. Some sugar. Lots of sweentess. Caramel, maple syrup. Way too sweet. No hops are present. This is not a beer, but did taste pretty good.


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