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Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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 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).

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4.1
zimbo (961) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
Smooth suave beautiful & truly integrated. Wow wow wow wow wow wow jizztastoic. my of my of my

4
fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 16, 2013

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium to dark amber colour with virtually none head. Aroma is heavy malty, caramel, alcohol - rum, sweet alcohol, sweet dried fruit, wood. Flavour is light heavy sweet with a long duration, sugary dried fruit, alcohol, warm alcohol, rum - madera, sweet alcohol - rum, caramel. Very complex and balanced. Body is medium, texture is oily and smooth, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20121217]
Earlier Rating: 6/14/2010 Total Score: 3.8

Bottle 375ml.

[ Vintage 2007 ]. Clear medium amber color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, wood, tobbaco, oxidide malt, moderate to heavy alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, wood, alcohol. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100602]
Earlier Rating: 9/22/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle 500ml. [ Vintage 2005 ].
Clear medium orange amber color with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, berry, raisin, plum, wood, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is syrupy - oily, carbonation is flat flat, finish feel is moderate to light heavy alcohlic. [20090321]

4.1
Macegan75 (845) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Sample from DocLocke at CAH. Thanks, Jeff. Pours light brown almost completely flat. nose is corn sugar, toffee, brown malt and honey, first sip has a very sweet caramel sweetnes, big notes of sherry, brandi and a drambuie quality, nicely drinkable and warming, tons of complex flavor finish is rather clean for so much going on. nice beer

4.3
DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Poured turbid rusty brownish mahogany color with no head or carbonation. The nose is intense; a medley of plummy dark fruits, maple syrup, oaky bourbon, cherry. Tastes syrupy, sweet, complex, with no alcoho notes at all, some mid-palate plum, fig, and melted caramel flavor, and an oaky finish. This one is delicious.

4.1
Theydon_Bois (19481) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
From a corked bottle at Open Baladin, Roma, 10/02/13. Lightly hazed chestnut brown with no head. Nose is rich with dark fruits, raisens, dates, wood, prunes, brown sugars, almond, booze - but kept well in check and not overpowering. Taste comprises dark fruits, dark toffee fudge, woody tones, prunes, brown sugars, dates, booze. Full bodied, no carbonation, dry and boozey in the finish. An excellent well balanced barley wine, the alcohol is expertly integrated for a 13.5% beer!

3.8
finol (3385) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours heavy dark amber without any head. Heavy sweet, mead like brew. Taste of honney, plums and other dried fruits.

4.2
hirigalzkar (3155) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle (2004). Pours a elegant redbrown color with no head (looks potent). Sweet, honey-like, aroma with notes of flowers and chocolate. Taste has got the same kind of sweetness. It also has a delicious earthy, strawberry seeds kind of note. Aftertaste reminds me of a liquor filled chocolate bonbon. Incredible smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied. Very similar to a sweet polish mead actually.

3.9
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle... Poured deep, ruby-red with zero head (naturally). Nose had lots of rum and other spirits. Tasted like how you would imagine a rum aged barleywine to taste. Although it gave off quite the vinous character yielding a fortified wine-like note. Warming booze, dark fruits like figs, dates, grapes alongside rum and wood and malt sweetness.

3.3
Dorqui (2258) - Brescia, ITALY - JAN 27, 2013
Bottled 0,50L. Dark brown color, much carghed with a medium foamy head resistance. Very complex nose, notes of roast cask, resin, caramel, hop and liquor Marsala. Powerfull and overpowering acoholic body, much smooth, mellow, fraught and candy. Realy exaggerated for my mouth.

5
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - JAN 25, 2013
Stupenda! Devo ringraziare il mio amico Roberto di Astral beers a Bolgna che me l’ha fatta assaggiare!


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