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Nickel Brook Cuvée (2008-)

Brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: American Strong Ale
Burlington, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 232   ABV: 7.75%
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Dark amber coloured strong ale with a spicy aroma and flavour. Made with a special blend of herbs and spices, and cellared in oak for six months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3200) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2015
750ml bottle, hazy dark amber color, with a big fluffy pillowy beige head, with a nice sweet caramelized demerara sugar, red wine tannin, light musty wildberry nose, with some faint coriander, good dill spicy, mild bourbonish vanilla oak barrel, zesty lemon, lime, orange rind accents, and a subtle spicy lemon pepper, dried dark fruit, toasted, caramel, pale malt note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a mild sweet toffeeish, fruity wildberry, vanilla, bourbonish oak barrel, earthy blueberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, faint spicy coriander, dill, anise, juniper berry leaf character, with some light spritzy lemon, lime, grapefruit rind, burnt woody oak barrel, toasted, bready, caramel, malty, brown sugar flavours, leading towards a soft earthy musty wildberry, dill spiciness, zesty lemon, grapefruit peel, vanilla bourbon oakiness, lingering leafy, citrus hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6212) - Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2014
750 ml bottle to snifter (2013 vintage; shared by Ferris). This one is listed as 8.5%. Looks good; a hazy amberish caramel with off-white head. Smells malty, spicy, and oaky with a stronger bittersweet backbone. Tastes like it smells with a smoother, dryer mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6742) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle - Tart malts, spices and ketchup. Clearish copper with a decent white head. Light spice, slightly tart malts, herbal and a nice long malt finish. Spicy, light tartness and actually quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7461) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
750 ml Bottle, purchased at the brewery, 2013 vintage, bronze wax seal. Listed ingredients include dried figs, orange peel, raisins, cinnamon, all spice, black pepper, cardamom, vanilla beans. ABV 8.5%, 19 IBUs. Bourbon barrel aged. Pours a hazy copper amber with golden highlights and a lasting off white head. Spicy nose, all spice especially, caramel and dark fruits. Sweet raisins, fall spices, brown sugar, candied orange, full bodied. Complex, balanced, full-bodied. Really lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3454) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Bouteille de 750ml, reserve 2013. Capsule métallique recouverte de cire impossible à ouvrir. Un liquide ambré avec une fine couche de mousse. Un nez de fruit et d’épices. Une sorte de compote. La bouche est fruitée avec un léger boisé. Passablement sucrée en finale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPA24 (7) - CANADA - MAY 22, 2014 does not count
Opened my 2013 Reserve Ale. Couldn’t wait. Real nice and am going to wait till December to open my other two bottles with my buddies. Smooth, malty, beautiful colour and aroma. The bourbon flavours are nicely present. I found this in Canadian LCBO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SteveLikesBeer (62) - - APR 4, 2014
Nickel Brook Cuvee 2013 Reserve Ale is aged in bourbon barrels, which helps give it its rich auburn colour. Its ingredients include European and North American malts, Demerara sugar, dried figs, orange peel, raisins, cinnamon, cardamon, all spice, black pepper and vanilla beans. All of these elements seem to balance out in a non-distinct aroma but very complex flavour. The raisins, all spice and Demerara sugar seemed to be the most dominant elements of this 8.5-per cent alcohol beer, which didn’t leave me with a good taste in my mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3621) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
Une robe ambrée et une mousse qui fond à vue d’œil. Une dentelle qui tente de s’installer. Un nez qui suscite la curiosité. De la purée de banane et des épices. De la cannelle. Un filet de bourbon et ses effets boisés. Des poires caramélisées? Le goût est une suite logique des choses. Les épices glissent sur des saveurs sucrées. Quelques fruits se bataillent pour se dévoiler. Le bourbon n’est pas représenté de manière excessive. J’apprécie ce détail. Au palais, j’ai la nette impression d’un corps de moyenne densité. Les bulles relâchées sont bienvenues. La texture du liquide est légèrement crémeuse. La finale est réveillée par le fût et son aspect boisé : des aromates et des épices font l’essentiel pour ne pas se faire oublier. Une bière intéressante. Petit commentaire sur la pertinence de recouvrir la capsule d’une épaisse couche de cire : s.v.p, arrêtez ce manège inutile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Helsdon (241) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
750 ml of the 2013 reserve ale aged in bourbon barrels, bought from my local LCBO. Not sure if they make a couple of different runs of this beer, as this one is bourbon barrel aged, which for the 2012 year, received it’s own category here at ratebeer. Part of the bourbon barrel run they’ve put out which includes Kentucky Bastard. Well they say go big or go home, and they certainly did with this beer. Nose of oak and maple. Pours a hazy dark brown. Thin tan head. Take a sip and - pow right in the kisser - with oak, apples, hint of cloves, and a background of that bourbon booze. Aftertaste has the bitterness of oak, which lingers. Thanks for really trying something different with this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2047) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
750 mL bottle with freakin’ wax over the cap. Strike one. Hazy brown with not much head. Oak (vanilla) up front in the nose, along with caramel, brown spice (kinda like toast with cinnamon and sugar), and a hint of fruit (pear maybe?). Somehow not the sum of its parts, though. The flavour is more muddled, with only the oak distinguishing itself. I was hoping for more from this one.

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