Sunday, 11 August 2013

July 21, 2013

155/803) Home:  Stormy Monday by Bush Pilot Brewing Company of Ontario:  **1/2;  an 11% barley wine  brewed at Niagara College's teaching brewery and Nickel Brook's brewery;  it is aged in Calvados barrels - Calvados is a particularly strong liquor brewed from apples that I first encountered in Normandy;  pours the colour of dark red wine; brewed with seven malts, five hops, dried quince, dried apple, maple syrup, dried bitter orange peel, cardamom, cloves, vanilla, cocoa, raisins, dried figs, juniper berries and coffee;  very complex nose;  definite notes of Calvados, dried fruit, apple, spice;   sweetness hits right away;  Calvados finish;  in between it is incredibly complex;  it's one to sip and to savour;

156/804) Home:  Canny Man by Radical Road Brewing Company of Ontario:  *;  9.1%;  matured 71 days in Speyside Scotch whisky casks;  brewed with molasses, oats; peaty nose with a smoky finish;  I wanted to like this one but it just didn't work for me;  this is brewed at Black Oak in Etobicoke;  like the one above it is designed for sharing though I couldn't find anyone to share it with - the Bush Pilot was a lot more popular;

As evidenced below, neither spares expense when it comes to packaging and design.  Someone is getting a present wrapped in that Radical Road/Canny Man paper this Christmas.

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