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Nickel Brook / Sawdust City 11/05 Barleywine

Nickel Brook / Sawdust City 11/05 Barleywine
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Formerly brewed at Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Burlington, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 332   ABV: 11.05%
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Spiced bourbon barrel-aged barley wine, named after the brewers birthdays.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sudomorph (774) - Barrie, Ontario, - OCT 19, 2013
Cask Days 2013. Pours a murky brown with a tan, bubbly head. Aroma has notes of bourbon, and not a lot else. Not bad, but i can’t get much else. Taste is sweet with a malty, sweet aftertaste. Medium body with a low-medium carbonation. Very syrupy mouth feel. Overall not my thing. Sweet and syrupy with a tinge of tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
codfishh (120) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
Pours a muddy brown, thin creamy white head. Aroma is like raisin toast, with a little vanilla. Flavor is a mix of bourbon and sour malt I dont think the sour is intentional, but it kinda works. Medium body medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2595) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
Thanks to probstblueribbon for this. Pours a dirty brown with a small white ring. Aroma is big bourbon whiskey with raisin. Taste is raisins, plums, bit boozy, loads of sweet bourbon and dry oak. Nice beer,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prufrockstar (1272) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle shared by ferris. Here are my notes: Clear, ruby. Medicinal. Prob shouldn’t rate this ... until tomorrow. And now it’s tomorrow. Medicinal and floral; fruity, and a sort of nondescript "caramelized sugar sweetness." texture is oily and full bodied. Overall: Not that great, but fun to try. I’d never heard of these folks. Happy birthday anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (2034) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle at a recent Seattle tasting. Sweet bourbon aroma is inviting, but dang, there’s quite a bit of sourness on the flavor that seems way out of place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shaynsawchuk (600) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
750 mL bottle. Drank at a little over 1 year old. Hazy walnut brown with a thin head of beige foam. Big bourbon on the nose, but much less evident in the taste. Bready malt, caramel, roasted nuts, vanilla and what seems like some mild lacto tones. Gently sweet with a lightness to the finish that makes me think theres some tartness trying to break through all that sugar. Probably not intentionally sour. Moderate plus body with average carbonation. Wish I had drank one when I bought it so I have a point of comparison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
[5937-20131019] Cask. Barrel oaked sweetened malt aroma. Hazy, dark brown amber body with no lasting head. Super sweet oaked boozy malt flavour has a long sweet boozy maple syrup aftertaste. Full body. Good, quite powerful but also balanced. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(Cask Days 2013 @ Brickworks, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2775) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle at a Seattle tasting. Rich orange. Alc, apricot brandy. Tart, some sourness, old hops, mild balanced age. Strong alc body, flanders red character on this. Good richness and carbonation, interesting beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (7831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a cloudy dark orange with a small beige head. Aroma brings out notes of cloyingly sweet malt, medicinal notes, and cough syrup. Flavour brings out lots of alcohol notes, residual sour notes, and barrels. Something seems off here - I doubt the sour notes are intended. Not very drinkable or enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (6340) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
Draft - Oak notes and light caramel with a light touch spice. Clearing copper with a decent beige head. Soured and spice caramel. This is odd and not sure what it’s supposed to taste like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7233) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle, shared with TylerDurden, purchased at the brewery. Kudos for a plain but cool label with a little "V For Vendetta" tribute! This pours as an amber-brown, very hazy, with a lively light golden head. Aromas and flavours of fruity caramel, light vanilla, and a touch of leathery funk. Not sure if the funk is intended or if this is a bit "off", but it is not unpleasant. The mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side for such a high ABV, but this beer isn’t boozy or alcoholic. Kind of an odd duck, but I didn’t mind it.

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