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Bush Pilot Stormy Monday

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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.

JoeMcPhee's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, - MAY 11, 2013
Pours a sort of muted muddy amber-brown colour. The nose is pretty intense. Lots of fig and barrel character. A touch of appley vineous character (the calvados is really bright in here). A little bit of raisin and clove along with some fairly spicy character. There’s a little bit of pepper and a fairly assertive ethanolic flavour and character. There’s a lot going on in here - I like the spice/fruit balance but there is still some roughness to the spiciness around the edges. The barrel is pretty well executed as well - but I’d love to try the base beer with only one or two of the plethora of treatments they’ve brought to bear on this beast. It’s not a bad beer - but it’s got way too much going on. Not unpleasant but could be so much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6571) - 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 (645) - 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 (1077) - - 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 (572) - 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 (2786) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Boutip (5346) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle: Poured a dark murky brown color ale with a small bubbly head with almost no retention. Aroma of oak and residual brown sugar notes is OK at best. Taste is dominated by Calvados and woody notes with some residual brown sugar notes. Finish is thin and watery. Body is full enough with medium to low carbonation. I thought this one fell very short in terms of complexity and I didn’t appreciate the thin watery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RhetoricalAns (666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
750 mL bottle. Hazy dark brown pour, very dark. Tan slightly foamy head. Malty aroma, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste has a similar base with some more spice on top. Alcohol is fairly noticeable in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3475) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle - 750ml. Pours a cloudy, dark brown body with moderate carbonation and a thin, fading off-white foamy head. Rich, strong malty/hoppy aroma with cinnamon, barley, spicy, and dried berries hints. Alcohol is easily noticeable without being too agressive. Its robust, complex taste carries calvados, oaky, spicy, fruity and licorice notes. Ends with a long, warming bittersweet finish. Very good winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1521) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
Un liquide rouge-brun plutôt opaque et terne, avec une mince couronne de mousse en surface ; le nez est riche, vin et alcool fort et baies et épices (cannelle, clou de girofle). Bouche également riche, mais où les malts prennent le dessus sur les épices et l’alcool annoncés. Les saveurs sont dans les mêmes tons mais avec un sucre d’orge qui domine avant de s’évanouir ; des houblons ferment la marche. Excellent breuvage, qui rappelle parfois une bière de Noël. Surprenante.

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