Beer 13 of 28: Nørrebro Bryghus Little Korkny Ale

A 12.25% Barley Wine from København, DenmarkThe Beer: A 12.25% Barley Wine from København, Denmark
The Location: Jay’s place

It was a glass of lasts as we prepared to pour this one. I’d only been able to find three of the Nørrebro Bryghus beers and this would be our final sample of them tonight. Additionally, as we were now hitting 2:30 in the morning, this would prove to be our final beer of the night. By now we had landed on a final version of “Waiting for the Sun” and had run through “Tall Trees” by Matt Mays & El Torpedo and “Down By the River” by Neil Young. Fingers were sore, eyes were tired and sleep was soon. Not too soon, we grabbed our Korknys and headed for the couch to catch an episode of ‘Man vs. Food’, always a great way to end over eight hours of food, beer and guitar. At $22 for a 650ml bottle it was probably a good way to end things.

The pour was a bit silly, looking remarkably like a natural apple cider, completely opaque and lacking in anything resembling head. The aroma is sweet, caramel, brown sugar and booze, very inviting. The taste was quite sweet, lots of caramel and brown sugar, lots of booze and stone fruits. Extremely well done for a barley wine, sweeter than might be common but balanced and tasty. A good conclusion to a good night that saw me almost race through the halfway mark only four days into the month!

Beer 12 of 28: Southern Tier Crème Brûlée Stout

A 9.2% Imperial Stout from Lakewood, NYThe Beer: A 9.2% Imperial Stout from Lakewood, NY
The Location: Jay’s place

Not a new one for me, but not one to turn down if you’ve tried it. Every June our friends across the border at Southern Tier produce this bomber of dessert, a lactose-infused “Imperial Milk Stout” that functions less as a beer and more as a communal post-dinner digestif. The first time I’d had it I served it at a family dinner as the accompaniment to the final course – a bread pudding made of brioche and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, amongst many more traditional ingredients, and it was a hit. Who was I to turn down another sample?

There’s probably not enough space or attention span to really get into what this beer is. It owns perhaps the greatest aroma of any beer you’ve witnessed, a jaw-dropping dead ringer for crème brûlée with rich caramel, cream and burnt sugar. It’s an experience unto itself. It’s possibly the richest, creamiest beer you’ve tried, halfway to a syrup as it pours into a snifter (recommended!) and awe-inspiring in its sweet, amazing flavour. For almost $10 a bottle I’m sure many have passed it by – take it from me, work this good is worth every penny.

Beer 11 of 28: Founders Breakfast Stout

An 8.3% Imperial Stout from Grand Rapids, MIThe Beer: An 8.3% IPA from Grand Rapids, MI
The Location: Jay’s place

Kurt was pretty excited to share this one with me, knowing I’m essentially one of the world’s biggest stout whores. Since taking the plunge and trying a Guinness I’ve gone about not only trying to track down every beer I can, but specifically as many different stouts as possible. Discussions of the greatest stouts will invariably, at some point, involve the words Founders Breakfast Stout.

Why breakfast stout? Simple: The use of breakfast ingredients in the making of it. In this particular case it’s flaked oats and both Sumatra and Kona coffee, alongside a dollop of chocolate. The pour was near jet black, thick and viscous, with a tan head on top. The most noticeable thing in both the aroma and taste is that Sumatra and Kona coffee, a boatload of it. Balancing that is a sweetness from the chocolate and malts, all of it in a great, thick mouthfeel. A solid stout, just as I’d hoped.

Beer 10 of 28: Nørrebro Bryghus La Granja Stout

A 7.5% Sweet Stout from København, DenmarkThe Beer: A 6.5% IPA from København, Denmark
The Location: Jay’s place

This sweet stout from Denmark is well regarded enough on its own before word got around, just prior to the announcement of its pending arrival, that a shipment of maple syrup from Frank Higgins in Combermere, Ontario had made its way to the Nørrebro Bryghus brewery. Turns out that the brewmaster was going to offer a special treat to Ontarian craft beer fans – a version of their La Granja Stout made with real Ontario maple syrup! Now THAT’S some beer love right there.

She poured near pitch black, a little brown around the edges, and with a very nice, foamy tan head on top. The aroma was sweet with a boatload of coffee, inviting and exciting. The taste was mostly coffee, subtle sweetness that isn’t necessarily discernible as maple syrup, but is balancing and pleasant regardless.

It was right around this time I toqued up, threw the acoustic seen in the pic on my shoulder, and saddled up to a microphone for the first time in my long career of amateur guitar noodling to blast through a few rounds of covers on “Waiting for the Sun” by The Jayhawks. My tasting notes added but one final farewell to this review: “I ROCK!”

Clearly these beers were taking hold.

Beer 9 of 28: Nørrebro Bryghus Bombay Pale Ale

<img src="×225.jpg" alt="A 6 original site.5% IPA from København, Denmark” title=”Nørrebro Bryghus Bombay Pale Ale” width=”300″ height=”225″ class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-2983″ srcset=”×225.jpg 300w,×768.jpg 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />The Beer: A 6.5% IPA from København, Denmark
The Location: Jay’s place

In 2010 the LCBO began running brewery features, special limited releases of a series of beers from a single brewery. The first was with Dieu du Ciel out of Montreal, and the second with Harviestoun’s Ola Dubh series. Not only was this notable for the rarity of the beers involved, but often for the price. The Ola Dubh 40 — Harviestoun’s Old Engine Oil beer aged in 40-year-old whisky casks — was individually numbered, served with a small crest and in a handsome box, and priced at $19 a bottle. This release would see a $23 bottle of barley wine, and in this case, a $7.50 bottle of IPA.

As noted in the pic we completed the eating portion of our drinking night, and would now commence with the guitar portion of our drinking night. My classy Fender Reverb Deluxe served as a ghetto coaster for this amber IPA with a whispy white head. Our second straight IPA that came strong on the malty sweetness in the aroma, with a matching light malty flavour spiked with black pepper-like hop sharpness. A fine IPA, albeit possibly slightly overpriced for what it was. Good way to kick off a little jamming, though.