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Bush Pilot Stormy Monday

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Our Stormy Monday is a spiced barley wine aged in Calvados barrels. Legendary Danish craft brewer Anders Kissmeyer (of Nørrebro Bryghus fame) created the recipe and supervised the brewing/aging process. We prepared a huge cargo of spices consisting of star anise, bitter orange peel, cocoa, cinnamon, dried fruit (quince, apple, dates, raisins, figs), real vanilla beans, cardamom, juniper berries and the list goes on and on... We also used pure maple syrup from our long time supplier and friend Frank Higgins of Combermere, Ontario. It is fair to say we logged quite a few hours sourcing some of these ingredients all over the world. The resulting beer was aged for over seven months in Calvados barrels sourced from Domaine Dupont, Normandy, France. A second, non-barrel aged batch was brewed in order to create a rather harmonious presence of oak and Calvados notes. At the end, we settled for the 60:40 blend (barrel vs. non-barrel batches). Special thanks go to our collaborators Jon Downing, Sam Corbeil, John Romano, Ryan Morrow, Matthew Howell and everyone at Niagara College Teaching Brewery and Nickel Brook Brewery.

TylerJonScott's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TylerJonScott (69) - Ontario, - MAY 19, 2013
Pours a murky muddy brown with little off white head. Aromas of banana bread, dried fruit and caramel. Tastes similar. Lots of flavours going on. Dried fruit, vanilla and deep spices. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (1012) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
(750ml bottle at nearly 3 years age) Pours slightly murky dark reddish brown with a small whitish ring. Aroma is dark toffee and caramel malts, rich and sugary, lots of candied apple, brandy, a whole melange of spicebox notes, oak, dried dark fruit. Taste is unsurprisingly sweet, again a few layers of toffee, caramel, apple and darker fruits, fairly high but blended load of spices all the way through, orange peel. A Calvados warmth to the middle and finish, apple and spirit and somewhat tannic oak. Finish is semi-sweet, light oak tannins, basically no hop bitterness. Very slight remaining alcohol, touches of oxidation creeping in. Medium bodied, quite light carbonation. Never had it fresh, but it seems to have become fairly well-integrated in its older age. Probably more ingredients than are really necessary since everything spice-wise becomes a bit of a jumble but the outcome was surprisingly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1312) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
Aroma is citrus, caramel, fig, and cask wood. Taste is rich malts, caramel, fig, and dark fruits. Light tart and spice. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5190) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
750ml capped bottle pours amber in color with a finger of off-white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is herbal with some dark fruits and caramel with some orange zest. Taste is a dark fruity and caramel malty sweetness with a herbal hop and orange zesty bitterness. Full bodied brew with decent carbonation for the style. Overall, a very interesting brew can now taste some cinnamon, very nice and enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
yourilevesque (903) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
Dégustée chez Félix. La bière est d’apparence boueuse et ne présente aucun (ou presque) collet mousseux qui puisse alléger un tant soit peu ce look lourd et épuisant tant pour l’oeil que pour le moral. De puissantes arômes de cannelle, de pain d’épices et de clou de girofle me giflent dès l’ouverture de la bouteille. Ça sent réellement Noël. Un BarleyWine? En bouche, ni les malts ni les houblons ne m’impressionnent guère. Le liquide est plutôt mince, aqueux et tellement épicé qu’il ne reste de cette bière qu’une étrange sensation de boire un Grog du Temps Des Fêtes dans un marché de Noël. Un alcool qui aurait pu être beaucoup moins généreux de sa personne, une bière qu’on a de la difficulté à terminer à 8.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de canelle avec une pointe de fruité. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices avec une pointe d’agrumes et de chêne. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Forte présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #6437)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angiebaby (1) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2015 does not count
Bottle aged 2 years. Raisin, figs, very sweet. Delicious as a shared bottle with a dessert cheese platter and nuts alongside for Canada Day!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Franckg (773) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2015
Too much flavors at the same time: nutmeg, cloves, maple syrup and dark fruits. Very bitter with aromas of dry wood and orange peels. Calvados barrel aging don’t taste a lot, lost into this flavors mess. Actually a good beer, but there is work to do to equilibrate all the flavors. But thumbs up for the effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Johnsense (1120) - - APR 26, 2015
Murky pour, smaller white head. Malty and spicy aroma, raisin, prune. Surprisingly sweet, raisin, spicy, peppery. Sweetness throws off the barrel aging. Liquid raisin, if that’s your thing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Listigovers (615) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
Really great aroma on this one, malty and herbal with lots of spices. The taste has many flavors of candied fruit like sweetness. It is not over powering but very full bodied and warming spices. Not boozy, been aging for around a year, smooth. Pretty nice barley wine, definitely worth sharing on a cold evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (2863) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2015
Pours dirty brown with a small amount of carbonation and a small white ring. Aroma is big spicy sweet brandy. Taste is a little bit boozy, a little thin but the barrel treatment is quite nice. The cinnamon is a little overpowering and hides a lot of the subtle sweet fruity notes.

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