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Nickel Brook Bourbon Barrel Aged Cuvée

Brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Burlington, Canada


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Cuvee Spiced Strong Ale, boasting 8.5% ABV and 19 IBUs, is brewed with spices and fruits then aged in bourbon barrels resulting in a complex strong ale that can be cellared for maturity. Available in 750mL bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (99) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Rich reddy-brown colour with an unfiltered look.Fluffy light tan head with good lacing. The nose is significant with elements of leather, prunes and lots of different spices. This is a well crafted seasonal ale. Complexity and balance are what it is all about. Nutmeg, cinnamon, ripe berries, vanilla and sweet caramel malts work well with the alcohol warmth. Nice semi-thick consistency and medium carbonation add to the xmas ale feel of this very well made ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deepeary (245) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
2014 bottle with annoying wax seal. Nose is barrel, booze and fruit. Caramel, cinnamon, just lovely. Taste is really well balanced and satisfying. Spicy, fruity, barrel, whiskey, yum. Not super heavy. It’s a good sipper, but the bottle finishes too soon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsandBolts (145) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
2014 version in a 750 ml bottle from the LBCO.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown colour with just over a finger of tan head with fairly short retention. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Sweet tobacco, spice box, bourbon, nutmeg, cloves.

Flavours: Leather, nutmeg, tobacco, bourbon, cloves, caramel and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Very very smooth with light carbonation.

Overall: The bourbon barrel aging really gave the 2014 version a lot of interesting oak characteristics I usually only find in older Spanish Rioja Gran Reservas. There is the tobacco and leather notes right off the bat and then there is a wack of spice notes I can only describe to as "spice box". I found similar characteristics with the 2014 Kentucky Bastard but this one is even better. I love the complexity and the fact it is not some overbearingly high abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OOKPIKABLE (153) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
To start, it took me about 15 minutes to dig the bottle out from thebfake waxy covering on the mouth of the bottle that seems to have been put there to denote that it’s a classy beer: why do this? Pours deep amber with a couple of cm of off-white head. Aroma of cherries, leather, honey and brandy. Tastes of the same, along with a taste of vanilla. Oily mouthfeel with lingering oaky (slightly unpleasant) aftertaste. 7.5% abv could be better hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bunget (596) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
2014. 750ml bottle. Clear dark copper-reddish body, medium mocha dens head with good retention. Aroma of spices and herbs, oak barrel, gingerbread, sorrel, wine. Taste of bitter herbs, coriander, bourbon hints, malts, dried berries. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3217) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle - 750ml (Vintage 2014 - 7.5% abv). Pours a cloudy, dark brown body with a thin off-ehite frothy head. Strong, rich malty/hoppy aroma with lovely Bourbon, dry fruits, and oaky hints. Alcohol is not too agressive. Its sharp malty/hoppy taste carries plummy, oaky, bourbon, and herbal notes. Ends with a long, robust, warming bittersweet finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Randy4Beer (305) - - DEC 19, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2014 This is the 2013 vintage, and beyond whatever bourbon barrel aging they did, I aged this one a year in my cellar before opening it tonight near the end of 2014. What an assault on the senses this one is. I’m getting gingerbread, cinnamon, grapes, white wine and other things I won’t attempt to identify, on both the nose and palate. Everything tumbles into each other, vying to be the dominant one, with none succeeding, given there is so much going on. I don’t like it quite as much as its sister brew, Nickel Brook’s bourbon Barrel Aged Kentucky Bastard, but it is still a very complex, superior brew to most things out there in the beer market.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperTiti33 (716) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Rousse/rouge. Bourbon. Caramel. Cardamome. Vanille cannelle. Nez très intense. Poivre. Muscade/girofle. Bouche: mince. Très épicé. Fruit séché. Cannelle. Poudreuse. Whisky. Manque de corps mais bien.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaynsawchuk (607) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
2013 vintage. 750 mL bottle. Hazy reddish brown with a thick off white head. Very nice nose, a bouquet of spices, toasty malts, orange and subtle barrel. Moderate sweetness balanced with generous hopping and some boozy barrel notes. Creamy palate with moderate plus body and average carbonation. Tasty, well integrated and (luckily, based off other reviews) improved by age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Peaches083 (5) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
Had it both in bottle and on tap. Great subtle notes of bret but the spice makes this a great beer to pair with food. Very versatile.

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