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Stormy Monday - Bush Pilot Brewing Company

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81
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18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bush Pilot Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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).

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-28-2013)
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2/5  rDev -43%

Cramshawbar, Jul 01, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

beerhunter13, Nov 01, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

LCBO bottle. A very ambitious project for a first release. A lot going on, perhaps too much. Getting raisins and wine and booze and chocolate and barley, fruit and spice(the whole kitchen cabinet). Seems more like a young 14% barleywine. Average mouthfeel, a sipper and something I cannot drink too much with so shared the bottle without anyone wanting more than a 150 ml.

Sammy, Apr 28, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

25 ingredients? That's just crazy. Thanks Jeffo!

Appearance. Pours a murky brown with a thin off white head.

Smell. Spicy! Cloves, cardamom and juniper berries jump out. Some sweet caramel and vanilla in there too. Not quite as complex as I imagined, but the spices overpower things here.

Taste. Brown sugar, cloves, cardamom and juniper berries, raisins and coffee. I guess I can taste most of the ingredients listed as I go through the ingredients, but those mentioned are the only ones I could definitely pick out.

Mouthfeel. Full body, low carbonation. Not bad in this department.

Overall. Worth trying and kudos to whoever made it for throwing together such a crazy experiment. Once was enough, but happy to have tried it after reading about it a while back. Thanks again Jeff!

Rutager, Aug 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle to snifter.

A - Poured murky dark brown; swamp-water like. A thin layer of taupe coloured head formed and slowly receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Very heavy spice profile up front. Clove, cardamom, maybe some ginger and many other spices that I can't distinguish. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, raisin, fig and date notes also present. Very busy nose and all of the various flavours don't necessarily come together well.

T - Very sweet up front, followed by a warming alcohol presence. Dark caramel, raisins, figs, maple syrup and brown sugar flavours come through in the sweetness. There is a huge spice profile here with cardamom, cloves and juniper flavours standing out. There is a lot going on here, too much for my palate. I don't get the barrel at all, nor do I get any apple notes.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

O - The label boasts 25 ingredients and I think this beer would have been a lot better had they used less than half of that. I am not sure what they were trying to achieve with the long list of ingredients, but it didn't work in my opinion.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

irishkyle21, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14%

RedAleMan, Jul 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

liamt07, Sep 07, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a very murky brown color to it. It has a thin off-white head that dissapears almost instantaneously and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, dark fruit (raisins and figs) some sweet caramel and some orange.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a spicy character upfront (cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and some ginger), raisins and figs, a caramel/maple sweetness and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

SebD, Oct 21, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is murky brown in colour, with a very small off-white head that is gone quickly, leaving just a ring.

A lot happening the nose- a real bombardment of scents. Spices are very prominent, both clove and cardamom. Lots of vanilla as well. The (lengthy) ingredient list on the bottle is indespensible for helping to pick out other scents, including orange, maple syrup and fig. An absurd amount going on, but that doesn't make it a great scent. Interesting but a bit messy.

Taste is also a mess. Very complex, but not well blended. Vanilla, spices, oak, calvados. Very boozy and very malt focused, although with a pronounced hop bitterness. Dark fruit: fig and raisin.

Medium bodied, a lot lighter than expected. Moderate to high carbonation level. Really dries the mouth, with lots of alcohol heat.

Overall, quite intersting, and a very ambitious first beer, but there is just way too much happening. The flavours are not well integrated with one another and the result is not very enjoyable. Simpler would have been better.

jrenihan, May 10, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a murky chestnut with red highlights and a finger width of tan head.

Smell - Chai-like spices (cardamom), caramel malts, oak barrels, residual alcohol, slight earthy hops, raisin and fig.

Taste - Dominated by spices, followed by caramel malts, oak, and dark fruit. Hint of earthy hops and maple syrup.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweetness on the palate.

Overall - For a barleywine with 25 different ingredients, Bush Pilot delivers a valiant effort. Although all these ingredients were hard to detect and the spices dominated the beer, I give kudos to these guys for trying something "outside the box".

leaddog, Jul 15, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle – Pours a dark opaque brown colored ale in the snifter, when held to light this is a beautiful hazed ruby color. 2 finger tight-pored tan cap which lasts and laces (a rarity in barley wines) – big proteins in this brown big brown ale. The operative word for delineating this beer’s character is – “complex and layered”.—the aroma is rich – spice, dark fruit, succulent fruit, herbaceous tones, layered malt aromas – amazing – overkill? The flavour tells the tale – from the front side to the middle to the finish this ale is complex. The palate is assaulted with a host of flavours from piquant to subtle – spices, fruits, malts, herbs, wood, hops and various impressions caused by these amalgams – some new aroma or taste emerges as the brew warms – this holds great promise for what cellaring will do to this brew. This is barley wine meets spiced ale meets barrel aging. Wonderful first offering for this brewing company – they will be the one to watch. I think those who panned this ale either don’t understand the barley wine genre or are not tasting what’s there.

pootz, Jul 11, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. Dated Mid Jan bottling date.

This is a huge ingredient list... and aged in barrels I've never heard of from a company I've never heard of. (It's Apple Brandy for anyone who doesn't know and doesn't feel like using Google)

Murky, opaque, raisin colored pour. Zero head or lacing as the label had promised.

There is a ton going on in here. Raisins, Apple Brandy, figs, dates, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, strawberries, those candied pineapples you find in good trail mix (random smell of the night) apricots, orange rind, some alcohol with a touch of ginger? It smells borderline on a winter warmer instead of a barleywine.

Coffee surprisingly in the start and finish of the mouthfull. Cloves, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, apricots, a bit of orange potpourri (slightly perfumey) It has one of those tastes that makes you scratch your head but it actually works. Brandy and some oak. Brown sugar, vanilla and a touch of alcohol.

Light to medium body, decent carbonation, slightly dry finish.

This was unexpected. I saw it listed on drinkvine.com grabbed a bottle, (slightly hefty price) and was shocked reading the back label at home. 25 ingredients and barrel aged. Pretty adventurous and enjoyable. Knowing what is in it and it's process the price doesn't bother me as much.

korguy123, May 05, 2013
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3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Stormy Monday looks like it just barely survived a storm... and is only about as cheery as Mondays. Aptly named, I guess. It is excessively murky and muddied, completely flat and haggard looking. It's a sort of barrel brown tone beer with cinnamon stick coloured edges but absolutely no clarity, highlights, or carbonation whatsoever.

I'm glad I opened this around Christmas time - it exudes very holiday-themed scents of orange peel and fruit cake. Its bouquet is defined by its spices which include (rather evidently) cinnamon, clove, anise, and cardamom; it's a lot like a chai tea.

Spending more than 7 months in Domaine Dupont Calvados barrels - 60% of the beer, anyhow - has unsurprisingly contributed both a stewed apple flavour and a little bit of brandy-like warmth. The maltiness of the Barleywine feeds into this profile with sticky-sweet toffee notes.

When brewing with 25 - yes, count 'em, 25 - different ingredients it's unlikely that each and every one will be tasted. Among this 'dog's breakfast' some things are more obvious (the spices, the dried apple, raisin, and figs) whereas others go virtually undetected (the coffee, juniper berries, vanilla). Maple syrup contributes not so much in taste but in texture.

Taking the advice of other reviewers, I've let the beer "settle" for several months and am still taking my time with my half of the bottle. I was also smart enough not to open this until I had a friend with whom to share it (the brewery recommends as much). The 11% might not be so obvious but it's compounded by the chai-like spice and residuals of the Calvados barrels.

The guys at Niagara College and Nickelbrook must have scoured the globe for some of these ingredients so it's only fair that the beer turn out nothing quite like any other I've tried; Stormy Monday is as unique - but not quite as fantastic - as it is billed. It's a ballsy first foray into the commercial beer scene; the confidence and ambition is worth admiring... and supporting!

biegaman, Jan 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

bigox420, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14%

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Stormy Monday from Bush Pilot Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.