Cuvée (2016) - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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From:
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
 
Ontario, Canada
Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
ABV:
10%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 7.18%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
7
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 09, 2019
Added:
Nov 30, 2016
Wants:
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Gots:
  4
SCORE
91
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Rated: 4.15 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Mar 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.52 by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Jan 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.42 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Dec 26, 2018
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml wax capped bottle, 2016 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky brown color with some reddish tinges. There's also about an inch light tan head that stuck around for a while with a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, orange peel, dark fruit and sweet spiciness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some peppery spice, tart dark fruit and some earthy/oaky flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit coating with a good amount of carbonation. Sweet, spicy and tart, I liked this. Definitely worth picking up a bottle if you've never tried it before.
Oct 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.66 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.6 by Mokinue from Canada (ON)

Jan 28, 2017
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750ml wax sealed bottle served cold-ish into a pint glass. Thanks to Chris and Alex for this lovely Christmas gift.

Appearance - Muddy brown beer is poured out leaving just under a finger of frothy beige head and some lacing. Very hazy,

Smell - Some sour beer characteristics with white wine, sour grapes, hints of oak and bourbon and maybe vanilla. There's some spices there and possibly some white pepper. A soft medley of dark fruits in the background. Complex and interesting as the whole aroma is like a spiced Flemish brown ale aged in bourbon barrels. The brett is apparent here.

Taste - Again initially the grapes come through with a wine or flemish sour ale taste initially. Some pepper afterwards followed by more grapes and raisins, a touch of brown sugar and vanilla to close.Bourbon interspersed in the last third of the sip and in the aftertaste but subdued. Brett shows up again.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied with some prickly carbonation and an assertive drying finish. Some heat in the back of the throat but it's 20 proof so that's to be expected. Pretty easy drinking all things considered.

Overall - Stacks up quite nicely with some of the prior renditions. While not cheap, it gets a little easier to justify a $10+ bottle when the booze content starts hitting 10%. Unique in that this truly tastes like a spiced sour Flemish ale aged in bourbon barrels and with that descriptor tastes like you think it should. Not adverse to purchasing a second bottle and again for a bit to see how it is in 6-9 months.
Jan 10, 2017
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml, bronze wax-sealed bottle - I could go into everything that's in this offering, but let's just say that they only missed adding the proverbial kitchen sink. Oh, and Brett. Always with the Brett.

This beer pours a murky, dark dishwater brown colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some hanging coral reef lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of soured white wine, a musty barrel woodiness, muddled earthy spices (not quite Yuletide in orientation, but close - maybe some metallic cinnamon standing out), gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, fermented brown sugar, and a booziness that is definitely Bourbon County in origin. The taste is musty and gently funky wine and vanilla-forward rye whiskey barrel esters, some overripe apple and pear fruitiness, grainy pale malt, a waning caramel sweetness, still very hard to parse earthy spice notes, a further plain-ass yeastiness, dark sugar syrup, and some herbal and perfumed floral hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite active in its coddling and assuring frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, nothing particularly interfering here, which is always nice. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt, wood, spices, and sundry sugary elements landing as such.

Overall, this is one bitch of a brew to parse, and I've tried my best, but like the Grand Cuvée wines of the Old World, it's probably just best to sit back, take a minor sniff, and then enjoy the rest of the serving with yer worldly musings. Yeah, this is pretty good, with a very ably integrated 20-proof wowee sauce quotient, and so Imma go and see what's happening on Facebook. Or not.
Jan 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.17 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Jan 04, 2017
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Reviewed by RobbieG from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Appearance: cloudy, okay head retention. Deep amber/amber-brown
Aroma: tartness, dark fruit, bourbon notes
Flavour: slight tartness, balanced by sweet malt flavour. Dark fruit/Apple
Mouthfeel: low-medium carbonation. Surprisingly smooth finish for 10% ABV
Overall: interesting take on a sour aged in bourbon barrels. Pick up more bourbon in the nose, but more of the tartness in the taste. Might consider aging next time.
Dec 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by hunterjames from Canada (ON)

Dec 13, 2016
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Reviewed by bobhits from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I hate being near the first to review a beer of this nature. I like to look at reviews and see if I pick up similar notes. That said I wanted to give this beer a rating as I think this brewery is doing some really nice things and I'm really digging this.

Not much to look at, it's merky brown with what I call sour legs. I don't see much floating in here but I'm not really calling that a good thing as i like some yeast.

I get sour fruits (think darker apples and some berries), spices both herbal and yes a bit of cinnamon. I think there are some what I'd call christmas spices (not nutmeg) here as well. And a dry white wine finish.

I get more spice on the tasting. I'm not great with spices but I feel like cardamon perhaps with cinnamon and some earthy tones are the end are really going on here. The beer is acidic and dry (as a flavor) and really balances with the spices. The malt notes are pretty lacking. There is a malt back here as it doesn't turn to astringent but it works just as a sweet back drop for the sours and spices without me being able to place what the malt is doing.

Surprisingly drinkable on the mouth, filling in the gut, and honestly a darn good 10% drinker or sipper depending on your goal.

This is an example of the sum of the parts being greater than the parts. It's not great at anything. It has some flavors I find a bit off, but overall I'm really digging this one.
Dec 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Craft-e from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - Dark brown/red.

Aroma - Very wine-like with the oak, yeast, a bit of funk, and alcohol, these are complemented by vanilla, cinnamon, but the biggest note is sugary molasses from the demerara sugar.

Taste - Similar to smell with sweet caramel malt, some cinnamon, vanilla, yeast and the adjunct dark fruits (figs and raisin). This is a spicier version of Innis and Gun Original with dark fruit notes and a bigger body. The all spice and pepper is barely noticeable on the back of the tongue when it is cold but becomes much more pronounced as it warms. No bitterness on the long finish and a warming sensation.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full, rich and creamy

Overall - a very bold and complex beer, I wonder if aging will subdue the sweetness a bit as it is a bit too sweet.
Nov 30, 2016
Cuvée (2016) - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 13 ratings