290/1271) Caffe Volo: Mezze Note Espresso Milk Stout by House Ales of Ontario: **; very strong (we're talking Starbucks strong) dark coffee flavours and aromas; any contribution from the lactose is over-powered but it didn't concern me particularly - this was quite an experience and it was a great way to start the evening; Mezze Note translates as middle or mid night.
291/1272) Caffe Volo: Lambic Gueze 2014 by Cantillion Brewery of Belgium: **; 5%; tart, funky cidery nose; tart, cidery. delicious; I gather they had been hanging on to this one for the occasion. They were quite proud to be able to offer it and rightfully so.
292/1273) Caffe Volo: Yakima IPA by Le Castor Brewing Co. of Quebec: **; five ounces from a bottle; an American style IPA; sweet tropical fruit nose; fruity, surprisingly sweet with a dry, hoppy finish;
293/1274) Caffe Volo: 25th Anniversary Barley Wine by House Ales of Ontario: **; 9% abv; bourbon barrel aged; dark sugar nose; flavours of dark sugar, dried fruit with a bite from the alcohol lurking;
New Years Eve at the Volo is always special. As in previous years a bell would ring on the hour as bottles emerged from the cellar. I wish I could have stayed later but New Years Eve is a bit of an irritant to me. One tends to encounter a lot of people who have not tied one on since St. Patrick's Day (forever ruined for me after 2011) and I cannot overlook the fact that it is an entirely manufactured celebration. Returning to the positive, I ended the evening with five ounces of Omnipollo Hypnopompa. Ludicrously expensive but worth it.