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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Our Stormy Monday is a spiced barley wine aged in Calvados barrels. Legendary Danish craft brewer Anders Kissmeyer (of Nrrebro 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, - MAY 11, 2013
Pours a sort of muted muddy amber-brown colour. The nose is pretty intense. Lots of fig and barrel character. A touch of appley vineous character (the calvados is really bright in here). A little bit of raisin and clove along with some fairly spicy character. Theres a little bit of pepper and a fairly assertive ethanolic flavour and character. Theres a lot going on in here - I like the spice/fruit balance but there is still some roughness to the spiciness around the edges. The barrel is pretty well executed as well - but Id love to try the base beer with only one or two of the plethora of treatments theyve brought to bear on this beast. Its not a bad beer - but its got way too much going on. Not unpleasant but could be so much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3352) - 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 Im 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeanF (2348) - Alberta, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2699) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Traviss 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 its 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. Its really unique, but this one just isnt for me I dont think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2686) - 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?? Thats some crazy shit. This is all over the place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (1289) - Linkping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
(750ml bottle at nearly 3 years age) Pours slightly murky dark reddish brown with a small whitish ring. Aroma is dark toffee and caramel malts, rich and sugary, lots of candied apple, brandy, a whole melange of spicebox notes, oak, dried dark fruit. Taste is unsurprisingly sweet, again a few layers of toffee, caramel, apple and darker fruits, fairly high but blended load of spices all the way through, orange peel. A Calvados warmth to the middle and finish, apple and spirit and somewhat tannic oak. Finish is semi-sweet, light oak tannins, basically no hop bitterness. Very slight remaining alcohol, touches of oxidation creeping in. Medium bodied, quite light carbonation. Never had it fresh, but it seems to have become fairly well-integrated in its older age. Probably more ingredients than are really necessary since everything spice-wise becomes a bit of a jumble but the outcome was surprisingly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1570) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
Aroma is citrus, caramel, fig, and cask wood. Taste is rich malts, caramel, fig, and dark fruits. Light tart and spice. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5848) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
750ml capped bottle pours amber in color with a finger of off-white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is herbal with some dark fruits and caramel with some orange zest. Taste is a dark fruity and caramel malty sweetness with a herbal hop and orange zesty bitterness. Full bodied brew with decent carbonation for the style. Overall, a very interesting brew can now taste some cinnamon, very nice and enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
yourilevesque (1504) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
Dguste chez Flix. La bire est dapparence boueuse et ne prsente aucun (ou presque) collet mousseux qui puisse allger un tant soit peu ce look lourd et puisant tant pour loeil que pour le moral. De puissantes armes de cannelle, de pain dpices et de clou de girofle me giflent ds louverture de la bouteille. a sent rellement Nol. Un BarleyWine? En bouche, ni les malts ni les houblons ne mimpressionnent gure. Le liquide est plutt mince, aqueux et tellement pic quil ne reste de cette bire quune trange sensation de boire un Grog du Temps Des Ftes dans un march de Nol. Un alcool qui aurait pu tre beaucoup moins gnreux de sa personne, une bire quon a de la difficult terminer 8.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7136) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
Bouteille de 750 ml partage lors dune dgustation entre amis. Arme: Odeur de canelle avec une pointe de fruit. Apparence: La couleur est ambre opaque. Prsence dun mince col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got dpices avec une pointe dagrumes et de chne. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Forte prsence dpices en arrire got. (Rating #6437)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angiebaby (1) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2015 does not count
Bottle aged 2 years. Raisin, figs, very sweet. Delicious as a shared bottle with a dessert cheese platter and nuts alongside for Canada Day!

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