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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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 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 (8569) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3117) - 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 (1355) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4174) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2014
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee and lightly toasted malts, some apples, oak and vanilla and spices and light coffee and juniper and dark fruits, some light hoppy bitterness, and some hints of alcohol. Flavor the same with a nice blend considering how much stuff went into this beer. Smoother texture. A really interesting and unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
[5555-20130628] 650mL bottle. Mild nutmeg spices and fruitcake aroma. Hazy, brown amber body with a quick bubbly off-white head. Nutmeg spiced candied fruit bits throughout the flavour. Medium body. Interesting. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5~
(c/o Greg Clow, w/ him, blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "And then you named a song from before the world was round."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiscerninDrunk (48) - - SEP 9, 2014
Deep red brown, almost entirely opaque, slightly off white head, good lacing. Caramel, raisins, white chocolate, red berries on the nose. Red wine grapes, demerarra sugar early on, caramel, coffee, lot of roasted flavor to finish. Fairly sweet (normal for style)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperTiti33 (612) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Helsdon (207) - Toronto, Ontario, 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 it’s 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 I’ll grab another bottle for the "cellar".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Freaky_tiki (642) - 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. It’s all notes. And that’s not cool. Just ask Miles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (69) - 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 doesn’t really make it to the surface. A very unusual, but well crafted and enjoyable, variation of Barley Wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2405) - 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.

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