Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark borwn ale with an inexistent head. In aroma, a muskey and woody aroma, soy sauce, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth and woody chocolate malt with woody oaken barrel, quite good and enticing. On tap at DDC 12th Anniversary, Sept. 11 2010.
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer of the day, thanks Liam. Thick pour, like an Imperial pouter. Aroma of pepper. chocolate, coffee, roast. hoppy, drinkable. Lace sheet.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012-12-31. Black body with a nice foamy brown head. Fruity with a mild wine influence, modest dark malt character. 7+ Flavour is lovely, rich dark malt, modest fruity character throughout, light wine, very light roast note. Smooth rich palate with light carbonation. More nuanced than I have described here, lovely stuff. Very very good. Bottle at Volo, Toronto
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Pinot Noir fruitiness, molasses-like dextrins, resinous hop bitterness and alcohol heat converge in this Barrel-Aged Strong Ale cask experiment.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the dark brown.
-The very low carbonation of the gravity cask may not have served this beer perfectly, but it sure gave us wonderful insights on its ingredients.
-The resinous hop bitterness was very long, but always accompanied by caramel-like residual sugars.
-Looking forward to trying this in its regularly carbonated keg format.
-I liked that the Pinot Noir personality was stronger than that of the actual wooden barrel.
On gravity cask at the brewpub.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at The Festival in Worcester. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Sweet and fruity, warm wood and grapes. Chocolate, roast, light wood and musk. Roast and cocoa. Medium bodied, sweet wood and grapes. Long musk, chocolate and bitterness on the finish.
Plovmand (6480) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at CBC. Pours brown with a medium beige head. The aroma is yeast, darl fruit and light spice. The flavour is darl fruits, light chocolate, spices and some yeast. Light vinous.
Radek Kliber (6457) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at DDC 13th aniv party.
Aroma sweet brown sugars, cola with noticeable alcohol elements. Quiet dry.
Appearance amber brown , clean. Creamy beige off white top.3+
Flavor and Palate : Medium bodied. Frontal was rather sweet with hint of brown sugar balanced by dryness of alcohol. Cask treatment is noticeable. All nicely wrapped as balanced whole package. Good.
mcberko (6435) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Dieu du Ciel 14th anniversary party, pours black with a big foamy tan head. Aroma of burnt dark fruits, some red wine notes and slight char. Flavour is very complex, with complex red wine notes and some burnt dark fruits. The barrels make this exquisitely complex – waaay better than the regular Isseki Nicho. Excellent stuff.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Yes, I had this, that’s all I’m gonna say. Was told this involves brett, but details were not forthcoming beyond that. Hazy orange, fairly bright, with a decent-sized lasting creamy off-white head. Lovely funky aroma, smells like aromatherapy orange oil, citrus zest and 2-yr-old Orval with a hint of oak, plus some sweet nutty malt character. The taste is more dominated by the oak, some vanilla along with the resin, but it’s a lot like a wine-barrel aged citrus cantillon - not boozy, but definitely strong - fantastic, really, what more to say? Average body, slick, slightly astringent mouthfeel, mild carbonation, with a bit of an acidic linger - smooth and balanced, takes its time, leaves a dry aftertaste - lovely, loved it, well done DdC, let’s see more experiments like this one!
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A fruity/vinous juicy big dark ale that is surprisingly easy to drink
How: Cask at brewpub
The look: Black body topped by a small beige head with good retention
In long: Nose is very fruity (grapes and more) but without feeling too vinous. Taste is more vinous than the nose, the wine grapes are really showing. The roastiness of the base beer is almost nowhere to be found, this is a fruity juicy beer with plenty of vinous dark fruits wrapped in caramel with resinous hops to conclude. The typical cask smooth carbonation gave the beer a very juicy mouthfeel. Quite easy to drink for such a big BA beer. I liked it. My last rate of the night. Many more beers followed. Some other stuff happened. Probably a few more beers after that. Then some hours later I was handed a piece of paper that said Public Intoxication Fine. Wow, first time I am officially complimented on my drunkenness.