Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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).
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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laiti (8513) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
50 cl bottle (14,5%) @ lusikka. Vintage 2011, bottle #316. Import label #769923.
Aroma has liquorice, woody tones, porto and caramel. Totally flat palate. Flavour is woody with sweet caramel tones, alcohol, toffee, porto, raisins, plums and some barley tones. Very rich, very porto and very, very sweet. Nice slow sipper, I’d love to have one for dessert. But only if I had 3 hours to finish the bottle.

conway (2210) - - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle. 2004 vintage according to the label. Hazy ruby with no head and lots of floaties. Drinks more like some type of liqueor. Thin and sticky. Lots of dark fruit, burnt sugar, caramel and butterscotch. Seems to have held up pretty well over time. Alcohol is incredibly well-integrated. Awesome but I'd like to compare it to something with a little less age on it.

mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6486-20140708] Bottle. Buttered toasted bread aroma. Clear, dark brown body with no lasting head. Sweet toasted grains and syrup saucy flavour with a sweet roasted toffee aftertaste. Full body. Really interesting. (7/3/9-/4/15) 3.8
(Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, w/ him, BenH, jercraigs, Stuu666, others; Labelled "Riserva Teo Musso 2007")

AdamChandler (5178) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Picked this up at Binny’s in Chicago. Split 2 ways @ 45F and allowed to warm. Expected this to be flat and it is but that’s no surprise. Dark brown, looks like burnt molasses and brown sugar and maple syrup. Smells like oaky, syrup, wood with a lot of fig and prune and booze. really smells fantastic. Oily mouthfeel. loads of booze rum, port wine and bourbon. lots of vanilla, straight up prune juice. sweet burnt sugar. Lovely!
Earlier Rating: 4/12/2014 Total Score: 4.3
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.


BenH (3434) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber red with no head. Aroma of dried fruit, sherry. Tastw of sherry, raisins, caramel. Sweet and clean. Delish
Earlier Rating: 12/14/2012 Total Score: 4
Bottle at Craig’s. Thanks Craig. Dark amber brown. fruity caramel toffee aroma, slightly spiced. Similar taste, fruity spiced malt. cookie dough. Faltered and sweet. Very nice and balanced. Prefer to the the silver.

cgarvieuk (25987) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
bottle at home ... copper ... thin lacing ... soft sweet fruits .. massive fruits ... massive blackcurrant ... sweet toffee fruits ... light fruit.. big berry fruits ... very sweet fruits .. very sweet fruit very very juicty sweet green raisins ... soft fruits ...
Earlier Rating: 6/4/2010 Total Score: 4.4
bottle at bir and fud ... dark copper ... soft fruits ...sweet malts nose ... soft dark fruits ... toffee ... light treacle .... plums grapes ... rich and smooth ... little less ? oxidisation than copper ...

bottle at home ... cracked dec 2012 ... bottle bought April 2010 ... soft sweet malts ... sweet toffee fruits ... juicy plum malts ... open alcohol ... sweet oily fruits ... ligth juicy fruits ..... mellow fruits ... juyicy prune and grapes 4.2

copper .. old opened bottle ... dark copper .. thin whote head ... sogft dark sweet fruit mnose ... sot mellow malt s ... soft tofeffe .. liggt oily fruits ... 4.1

allmyvinyl (11019) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Cheers hammy! Pours clear copper with no head. Aromas of amontidallo (sp?) sherry. Rich, fruit cake. Taste is more and more. Nice.
Earlier Rating: 12/11/2013 Total Score: 4.1
2007 Bottle at Craig’s. Pours clear dark brown with no head. Aromas are brandy, sherry, whisky, dried fruit. Sweet, boozy fruity taste. Oily texture. Full bodied. Finishes sweet. Very nice.

rouhlas (3783) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - NOV 19, 2014
Sampled v2011 from bottle at Open Baladin, Rome. Dark amber-copper color with no head. Sweet malty, fruity-wineous, raisins and spicy aroma. Taste is like the aroma, sweet malty, sweet fruity wineous, cinammon spicy. Medium oily-sticky body, flat.

Buongiorgio00 (951) - - NOV 13, 2014
Un’ottimo barley wine con un carattere torbato caldo e avvolgente, note carammellate e di miele, molto complesso e strutturato.

brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle @ Hotel. Thanks, Alex. Murky amber/mahogany pour with no head or carbonation, as expected. Sweet caramel, vanilla, and dates on the nose. Sort of a cognac and port character, too. Hints of chocolate and toffee. Flavor is certainly very sweet and sugary. A ton of brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and toffee. Sweet dark fruits and sort of a candied quality to it. A bit of a brandy flavor, too. Kind of syrupy, but that’s sort of the point.

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