GRM (2797) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass, 5 ounces, during the 2011 Festibière de Québec, savoured on September 2 2011; eye: mahogany, clear, minimal effervescence, tiny ring of beige head; nose: malt, caramel, alcohol, spices, star anise, liquorice, brown sugar, light pepper, light hops, dark fruits; mouth: malt, caramel, alcohol, spices, alcohol warmth, light pepper, light hops, finale in malt with presence of smoked caramel, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly sticky and alcoholic texture; overall: quite fine
Verre, 5 onces, durant le Bières et saveurs de Chambly, savourée le 2 septembre 2011; œil : acajou, limpide, effervescence minime, petit anneau de mousse beige; nez : malt, caramel, alcool, épices, anis étoilé, réglisse, cassonade, léger poivre, léger houblon, fruits noirs; bouche : malt, caramel, alcool, épices, chaleur d’alcool, léger poivre, houblon discret, finale en malt avec présence de caramel fumé, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement collante et alcoolique; en résumé : bien bon
asheft (2438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[on tap at brewpub]
Pumpernickel grain aroma with a touch of pine and grapefruit hops. Clear garnet under an off-white patch and ring. Cereal grain, pumpernickely flavour that is balanced by medium hops bitterness. Pine hops in the background, along with a little lemon and walnut. Balance is towards malt sweetness, but the significant bitterness does provide some balance. Full body, moderate carbonation, slightly lingering bitter finish.
Fred82 (2092) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Chambly fest.
Appearance : Clear amber with nice foamy brown head.
Aroma : Nice sugary sweetness with great brown sugar. Nice hops too.
Taste : Light alcohol with light spices. Brown sugar with nice caramel. Finish is quite spicy with caramel. Nice resinous notes, quite bitter.
Overall : Quite interesting. Definitely a big beer with lots of stuff going on. Great overcooked caramel notes. Nice hops too. Nice finish. I hope to see this in bottles so I can give it a more extensive review.
czar (3683) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at cactus, quebec. dark brown, red tint, with a decent med-dark beige head, some retention/lacing. nose: woody, caramel and roasted malts, hint of sweetness, never cloying. taste is semi-sweet caramel malts greatly balanced by resin and big grassy hops, even very fruity. average carbonation, medium body, medium long grassy finish, tingling alcohol, pepper.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line :
Caramel, chestnuts, berry pie and subtle smoke elegantly intertwine in this...uh... Smoked Brown Barley Wine. Yeah, that’s it.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A beige cappuccino-like head of foam decorates the mahogany-tinged dark brown.
-The silky roundness is smooth and lascivious. Another glass and scores might have gone sky high... and I might have been floored too.
-The nose was as developed as the flavor profile yet; a year from now, this might be simply heavenly.
-Hop resins balance out the residual sugars in the finish.
-This is not one of those gimmicky kitchen sink strong brews to wow neophytes looking for intensity. It is obviously a well thought recipe which was expertly carried out. One of their most memorable creations.
-If they don’t make this again, I’m going to throw a hissy fit.
On tap at the brewpub.
Lubiere (9330) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A copper ale with a thin moka head. In aroma, a nice nutty malt with light molasses, lightly vinous, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth licorice malt with vanilla, chocolate, nutella, very nice and beautiful. On tap at Bieres et Saveurs 2011, Sept 2 2011.
Quevillon (2397) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank at Bières & Saveurs de Chambly 2011, on September 4. Burnt burgundy, thin head. Intense malt aroma, very raw, with hints of hazelnuts slightly sweet. Taste of chocolate and caramel sweetness and alcohol, with notes of sweet but hop scotch, good bitterness with little sensation of alcohol. In my opinion, the best of the Complice!