Wednesday, 12 July 2017

March 11, 2017

Today was my first ever Péché Day and my first ever visit to Birreria Volo.  While it currently serves as a second Volo to many it was never intended as such.  The idea was for Ralph's sons to have their own place to run and the focus is on soured beers and barrel aged beers, though they always have a few IPAs on hand for us old-timers.  Birreria Volo is basically an indoor alley with exposed brick and a concrete floor.  I was lucky to get in with the first wave when things opened at 2PM.  There was still a line at 3:40.  Oh, yes, everything I drank today I drank in five ounce pours.

76/1894) Birreria Volo:  Prodromus by Omnipollo of Sweden:  ***;  12%;  variously described as a "deep fried graham cracker chocolate chunk caramel bar stout" or a "chewy imperial stout";  brewed with vanilla, cocoa nibs and cookie dough deep fried over a charcoal fire;  brewed at Brunswick Bierworks in East Toronto;  sweet cookie dough, coconut nose;  sweet rich coconut, mild coffee, vanilla flavours;  absolutely incredible;  I had been seeking this one out for some time and I was far from disappointed;

77/1895)  Birerria Volo:  El Jaguar by Amsterdam Brewery of Ontario:  **;  11.9%;  brewed with chocolate and chillies;  the nose reminds me of Mayan chocolate;  the chili is very understated;  mildly warm lingering aftertaste;

78/1896) Birreria Volo:  Mocha Marshmallow Milk Stout, a collaboration between Left Field Brewing and Sweet Jesus:  **1/2;  Sweet Jesus is a dessert/espresso café;  6.2%;  brewed with coffee, cocoa and marshmallow;  unusual bitter, dark coffee and marshmallow nose;    coffee is the most prominent of the components but it does not entirely overshadow the cocoa and marshmallow which play off the bitterness nicely;  dry bitter coffee ground finish;

79/1897)  Birreria Volo:  Fortissimo by Tooth and Nail of Ontario:  **;  a 10.5% bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with chocolate and coffee;  red wine prominent in nose;  soft coffee flavours with a bitter cocoa edge;

80/1898) Birreria Volo:  Coco-Naut by Stone City Ales of Ontario:  **;  9.5% barrel aged imperial stout with toasted coconut;  oaky red wine nose;  coconut is scarcely present, mainly notes of oaky red wine;

81/1899)  Birreria Volo:  Péché Mortel Bourbon 2016 by Dieu du Ciel! of Quebec:  **;  9.5% bourbon barrel aged imperial coffee stout;  earthy dark coffee nose with just a hint of oaky red wine;  strong dark coffee grounds flavours manage to overshadow the oak and wine notes;

82/1900) Birreria Volo:  Péché Mortel Termopilas by Dieu du Ciel! of Quebec:  **1/2; 9.5% imperial stout with Las Termopilas coffee;  strong coffee ground nose;  very strong coffee ground notes, oaky red wine emerges towards finish;

Not an event for those who do not like dark beers.

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