Baladin Xyauyù Etichetta Argento (Silver Label)

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


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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). 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.

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

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MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Toffee, raisins and wort-like sugary cereals are carried by forceful booze in this most unique of Barley Wines.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head of foam atop the still copper brown.
-The fruit character expands into peach syrup at times.
-The alcohol heat and excessive sweetness are, in the long run, a tad unpleasant to me.
-The body is full even without carbonation.
-This is my least favorite of the Xyauyùs so far. The Fumé is far ahead of the Rame and Argente in terms of complexity and overall pleasure to be had.


Sammy (12623) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2010
$9 sample from a fresh bottle at Mondiale 2010. I simply had to try this and see if it was chestnut heaven. And yes, it was. Pure chstnut juice, though of the consistency of wine. Rich, good mouthfeel. Dark brown, no head. Very tasty, but cloying sweet. Chestnut honey aromas.

cgarvieuk (25744) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2012 bottle at bir and fud ... dark copper ... sweet malt and dark fruit nose ... rich dark plums and sour raisins ... little alcohol burn ... little toffee .... wonderfull ...
,br> Bottle at home ... tasting at home 2801011... dark brown ... rich sweet malts ... plums and raisins ..... light ovaltine ... light sweet fruits ...silky rich and oily .. i love this beer bottle at home ... dark copper ... dark sweet malts .. dark malts .. rich sweet malts ... sweet malts ... rich sweet fruits ... oily sweet sheerry fruits ... nice and juicy 4.1

ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2010
Bottle. 2005 vintage. Dark murky amber brown. No head. The smell is a bit sharp with prominent alcohol notes and vinous fruits. Caramel and raisins, as well as some prunes. Slightly more refined and defined than the Gold Label version. The taste is very sweet with notes of brown sugar, caramel and vinous cherries and raisins. some candy and oak. This is actually very much a middle ground between the Gold Label version and the 30 e Lode. The Finish is hot and sweet with some cellar notes, candy and spices. Full-bodied and sticky like crazy. A nice one. I think I like this one the best of the three different versions.

Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured deep amber with some great legs. aroma was honey, raisin, brown sugar, and fig. flavor was honey, brown sugar, and dark fruit. body was almost honey like.

mar (5436) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2010
2006 bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep amber with no head. honey, caramel, vanilla, and light alcohol on the nose. great on the palate, flavors of alcohol, honey and fruits.

thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
(500ml bottle 2006 vintage thanks to bu11zeye) still copper pour. Nose of alcohol, celery, caramel, honey, and sherry. Taste of caramel, sherry, cherries, rum, and wood. Medium body with huge flavor.

SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle, vintage 2006 thanks to ericandersnavy for saving me some. Pours a murky brown. Aroma of dark fruit, honey, malt and some alcohol spice. Flavor is sweet, honey, malty, dark fruit and spicy. Mouth feel is heavy body and smooth. Overall, sips like a whiskey, smooth and warming.

ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a hazy orange grey color. Nose is toffee, plastic, caramel, nut shells, sherry, and apples. Taste is pretty much the same.

blutt59 (6576) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, pours a cloudy amber with no head, aromas of maple syrup, plastic and caramel, raisins, taste is maple syrup, buttery, dark fruits, another excellent beer

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