Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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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   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 wasn’t 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 I’m 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. It’s 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.

alex_leit (4107) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 24, 2017
Bottle. 2012. Amber color. Very good and rich aroma: just great sweet sherry, raisins, dried fruits, toasted bread. Taste: sweet, raisins, sherry or madera, a little vanilla and bourbon, dessert wine, powerful and very tasty.

bonev (780) - POLAND - JUL 19, 2017
Rocznik 2013: Kolor do dosc ciemny bursztyn z mala iloscia piany. Aromat drewna, figi i miodu. Gesty slodki syrop bardzo intensywny w smaku z odrobina alkoholu. Jest karmel i ciemny cukier w polaczeniu z suszonymi rodzynkami. Wszystkie zmysly szaleja i ciezko uwierzyc jak to wszystko jest pyszne i dobrze ulozone.

HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2017
June 11, 2014 - at Mondiale 2014 - expensive bottle sample. As "Golden label." Thick cloudy amber-brown pour, no head, but huge legs. Aroma is port - oak, sweet roast malt, alcohol, nutmeat, stewed prunes, fig, roast chestnut - lovely stuff. Taste follows, but mesmerizing - one of the best things I have ever tasted - just full-on nutty port (I got a second pour); not weak! Thick, slick, syrupy - sweet nutty/chestnut tart finish - top, top beer.

Oakes (17684) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2017
Flat and amber, touch of haze. Really beautiful aroma, rich rich malt syrup, super sweet on the palate, but there is a touch of alcohol and no shortage of woodiness. The woodiness lends almost an austerity to this that is completely at odds with the sweetness but both characteristics are so nice that it works anyway.

mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2017
Bottle sampled at PIB 2017, pours a murky dark amber chestnut brown with no head. Nose brings out lots of caramel, toffee and toasted bready notes. Flavour is extremely sweet, with tons of cloyingly sweet caramel, followed by toffee, brown sugar and a little wood. Exceedingly sweet, yet very complex. Definitely overhyped and overpriced, but it’s quite nice.

Tide (3900) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle from a friend. Deep copper color, minimal white head. Sweet taste with dried fruits, toffee, resin, alcohol, raisins, grape and a bit of pine. Sweet finish with dried fruits, toffee, resin, pine, raisins, rum, wood and grape. Exquisite barley wine.

CraftBeerNick (2560) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2017
2013 Bottle at lambiczoom, Milano, 2nd May 17. Pours copper in colour, no head. Aroma is dates, fig, dark fruit, barrel and booze. Taste is caramel, dates, soaked fruit, liquor, barrel, soaked wood. Rich, slick palate. Fantastic barley wine, not too sweet, way out there.

MarcoDL (4960) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle sample at Lambiczoon, vintage 2013. Dark brown pour. Aroma of raisin, caramel, booze, fudge, red fruit and vanilla. Rich flavor of raisin, caramel, dates, vanilla, red fruit, vanilla and a boozy fruity finish. Every drop is an explosion of flavors. Tastes like a marriage between moscatel and a barley wine. Really delicious.

5eba88 (311) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAY 8, 2017
2013 Wygląd: ciemny bursztyn, piany brak Aromat: suszone i kandyzowane owoce, figi, daktyle, rodzynki, jest slodko Smak: słodko, pełne, wyklejajace, gęste, likierowate, znów suszone i kandyzowane owoce, rodzynki, karmel, miod pitny

mkujon (103) - POLAND - APR 29, 2017
Bottle vintage 2011. Pours a murky brown. Aroma is sweet with added honey and very malty with a bit of alcohol spice. Flavor is very much the same. Mouth feel is heavy body and smooth. Great beer!? (is this still a beer?:))

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