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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TylerJonScott (70) - Ontario, - MAY 19, 2013
Pours a murky muddy brown with little off white head. Aromas of banana bread, dried fruit and caramel. Tastes similar. Lots of flavours going on. Dried fruit, vanilla and deep spices. Decent.


4.1
AleRider78 (1449) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2017
Pours a small coating of frothy head and has a murky dark brown appearance, with some ruby highlights. Aromas of caramel, nutty malts, cocoa, coffee and spices. Flavours are most dry fruit types, like raisins, figs and plums. Some notes of caramel, resin and spice hops. Some very light hints of maple. Alcohol is fairly noticeable. So many flavours going on here, some ingredients hard to distinguish. Molasses in the finish. Puckering and warming sensation. Really good barleywine that doesn’t try to hide its high abv. Extremely flavourful! Its only downfall may be the price tag.

3.9
HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - MAY 7, 2017
June 28, 2013 - with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs & mabel - 750ml waxed bottle shared by gregclow. Hazy reddish amber with a smallish lasting creamy/bubbly beige/tan head (4-). Aroma is alcohol, light cinnamon and while there’s not much oak this has that calvados sweet booziness to it for sure - very nice (8+). Taste follows - alcohol, yeast, tons of spice, less barrel (8-). Average body, a little astringent, weak carbonation, boozy/spicy finish - loved it, great stuff.

3.3
Lubiere (14150) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2017
A reddish copper barleywine with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with light butterscotch, light cinnamon, OK. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity caramel malt with light vinous notes, light cinnamon notes, alcohol warmth, bourbon barrel, pleasant. Bottle at Chuck and April’s Cellar Tasting.

3.5
deyholla (12189) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle, thanks for sharing! Pours a hazy deep amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges quickly. Aroma has sweet grains, light fruits and a decent amount of toffee. Flavor has toffee, light fruits, earthy sweet grains and a bit of cinnamon.

3.4
Bacterial (3043) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Toffee and raisin nose. Dark amber pour with a slight head. Toffee and just fine, some odd dark fruit in the finish.

3.7
jackl (8417) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle. Thanks to whoever brought this! Deep amber with a small head. Nose of plum, plenty of spice. Mild vanilla. Flavor is spicy and rich. Earthy sassafras. Vanilla. Pepper. Plum tart. Sweet cereal. Full body, oily.

3.4
pintbypint (3819) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2016
750ml brown bottle. 10.3% abv on the label. Best before Nov 2021. Amber colour, cloudy. Not bad looking in the glass - a small beige head that recedes into a clingy ring, some good lacing. Nose has fruitcake, orange, spice, very fruity and very christmasy. Taste has caramel, brown sugar, pureed apples, dark fruit, chocolate, spice. Late alcohol, fruity touches and some bitterness. Texture is a bit too thin for my liking. A lot going on here, and I think I’m missing a lot in my notes. Overall I would say this is an interesting brew but this large bottle would have been best shared, as this is a bit too much for me. Rating #3300.

3.2
DeanF (2522) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
O.k. so definite-ley-nate-dogg-ly not retired, and the bottle reads 10.3 percent alc. Pours with pure brown mud and little head, harsh and nasty in the appearance departyamento. The aroma is like unfinished shoe polish, lots of sugar and leather and coriander of all things. The flavour is a sourt motor oil affair with hints of caramel, cherry, coriander orange zest. Not quite nasty but rather challenging. Still, quite a memorable brew and big points for no nasty alcohol hints in spite of the huge abv.

3.4
koleminer20 (3942) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travis’s house on February 20. 750 mL bottle. The pour is a deeper amber color with a small, dense off white colored heat that falls down very slowly, leaving a couple random spots of lace. The aroma is very interesting. Not necessarily in the best way. There is a light caramel maltiness happening, backed up by a bit of sugariness. The really off thing is the huge spiciness. I mean, damn. It dominates the nose. The Calvados offers a little bit of an interesting finish to go with some light apple hints, but it’s just really strange. The flavor is the same way. The level of spice is incredibly intense. There is a little fruitiness but it just goes back to a light malt and the strong spice. There is a little booze on the finish. The mouth feel is decently thick, with a softer, more bubbly carbonation and a lingeringly spicy aftertaste. It’s really unique, but this one just isn’t for me I don’t think.

3
radiomgb (2838) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2016
750ml bottle. Muddy brown in colour with no head, very light patchy lacing but nothing much. The aroma is very alcoholic, quite sweet, lots of dark fruits, brown sugar and some spice. The flavour is very sweet, lots of cinnamon, LOTS of alcohol, anise and other spices. Hot mouthfeel, thin body, mild carbonation. Finishes long, very warm and sweet. Not sure I see the point of this really. Your first beer is a barrel aged barley wine?? That’s some crazy shit. This is all over the place.


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