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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Our Stormy Monday is a spiced barley wine aged in Calvados barrels. Legendary Danish craft brewer Anders Kissmeyer (of NÝrrebro 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.


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3.4
   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperTiti33 (468) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2014
Brune. Très voilé. Très complexe. Riche. Très épicé. Fruit séché. Cardamome. Figue. Prune dattes. Muscade. Fine amertume. Sirop d'érable. Très sucré. Réglisse salé. Un peu boisé. Pomme. Excellente.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Helsdon (130) - Toronto, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
Sumbitch! One behind Freaky_tiki again! But then how can I compete with that boozehound? Le Sigh. (That dude owes me a Barley Wine) Rating this Stormy Monday, on a sunny Friday, the last day of school for the kiddies. Bottle from the LCBO, listed at 10.3% on the bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a thin head. There is a crap load going on with this beer (yes, yes, I know, barely wine.) Smell figs, vanilla beans, brown sugar, malts and cloves. Taste, similarly the kitchen sink. Booze, vanilla, molasses, bready malt, dried figs, cloves. Hell I think itís a storm all right. A shit storm of ingredients. There is a lot going on here, but it works for me. I can see why some might hate this, but not me. I think Iíll grab another bottle for the "cellar".

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Freaky_tiki (481) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
Pours dark & stormy with a thin cap. Flavour profile is a mess. I see what they are trying to do with the multiple additives but its ends up being a witches brew. Too much, too soon. Miles Davis once said that Jazz lives in the space between the notes. This brew has no spaces. Itís all notes. And thatís not cool. Just ask Miles.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (54) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
This one is both a nose full and a mouth full. There is a powerful aroma of dates, spices and dark berries. Those flavours play significantly in the taste along with a whole range of integrated accents -- figs, winter spices such as cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, some chocolate, molasses and caramel, and the boozy warmth of the calvados casks. There must be a strong malt base underneath all that, but it doesnít really make it to the surface. A very unusual, but well crafted and enjoyable, variation of Barley Wine.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2210) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2014
Starts off badly with the cap being to soft, so not popping up nicely. Thankfully smells great. The apples from the Calvados are quite present here with some nice spices. Hazy amber-brown colour with a foamy beige head, good retention and some nice creamy lacing, all-around and topping the brew. Dark fruits (raisin, fig) taste with some light chocolate malts, spices, alcohol and with some nice bitterness in the finish. No burning though, with a smooth mouthfeel, slightly oily and medium-bodied. Lots going on here making this one quite interesting... and good. The aging in Calvados berrels is a very nice addition.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
terrybail (570) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
750ml bottle great label concept and not a bad barley one but a little unrefined

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (4152) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
pours hazy light brown-reddish with a small off-white cap, some retention and lacing. sweet toasted caramel with brown sugar, some red fruitiness, tons of spices - mostly cinnamon, then undiscernable spices, orange zest, apple, gently oaked - cakey it is, grass and spruce needles, few phenols too. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily and sticky, very spicy, grassy and lightly piney finish. sort of a mess. blah.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
VertBaconStrips (2063) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Ferris..... This is kinda bizarre - mellow Kool aid version of jšgermiester. Anise, pumpkin, a mess of spices, all spice, slight sourness, marshmallows, kitchen sink. Meh. Similar, too many spices but somehow this is fairly smooth. Fruits, anise, weak pepper, nutmeg - how about every spice ever made?, what is this?

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (888) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle to tulip Smells like a orange, pepper, caramel, cinnamon, and raisins. Brownish amber with a thin tan head. Orange rind, red pepper, malt, raisin, and cinnamon.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (3039) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle - Spicy, oak, caramel and apple sweet notes. Cloudy brown with a thin head. Sour caramel, a bit of red grape and a bit medicinal. Aroma is great but the flavor is completely out of what with a thin body.


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