Nickel Brook Cuvée (2013) – Bourbon Barrel Aged
Well, how do I begin…
I was taken in by the fancy label and wax top. I should have known better. This is Nickel Brook’s Cuvée, and it’s pretty damn bad.
Here are the details:
Spiced Strong Ale
2013 Reserve, brewed in Burlington, Ontario
I’m always up for beers aged in alcohol barrels. Yes, it may be a bit of a gimmick at the moment, but there are some which really do it well. Innis and Gunn, for example. This, sadly, does not.
There are a flurry of flavours here: fig, raisin, hop, vanilla, orange, cinnamon. ‘Fruits, Herbs, Spices’, the bottle reads. Well, the herbs come through the strongest. Like jägermeister. A lot like jägermeister. Too much for my tastes.
It has a nice pour, and a strong smell, but for me the herbs come through with too much potency. A rich auburn colour, a was really hopeful for this one. Nickel Brook has never sat well with me, but I keep hoping. This was the last time I bother. It’s not often I pour out a pint, but I could not stomach it.
Final verdict for me? 0 out 10. This is one of the all time worst. I’d rather drink old english. Through a straw.