Norseman (Barrel Aged Eisbock) – Bush Pilot Brewing (Nickel Brook Brewing) (Nøgne Ø)


From Bush Pilot Brewing an Ontario Gypsy brewers in collaboration with Nickel Brook Brewing in Ontario and Nøgne Ø in Norway comes their “Norseman” a Eisbock aged in Armagnac Barrels and inspired by a Canadian Legend.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, dried fruits, sweetness, sugar and alcohol.  The flavour is of tons of fruit including dried fruits, citrus, citrus rind, tropical fruits with brown sugar, caramel, toffee, resin, bitterness, wood and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 14.5%.  I am happy I found a bottle of this while in Alberta as it was phenomenal.

Commercial Description: Our second international collaboration is a truly unique journey that takes us back to 1934. A Dutch born airplane designer Robert B.C. Noorduyn, created one of the most successful bush planes of all times, the Noorduyn Norseman in Montreal in 1934. Norseman was produced from 1935 to 1959. Over 900 Norseman were built during this period and known to have been registered and/or operated in 68 countries.  Norseman has starred in several movies, including “Captains of the Clouds” with James Cagney.  With Norseman as an inspiration, we embarked to complete the crew for this mission. In addition to our old collaborator, the highly talented Ryan Morrow of Nickel Brook Brewing, we approached a well known brewer who also happens to be an experienced pilot, Kjetil Jikiun the founder of legendary Norwegian craft brewery Nøgne Ø.   Thus, an international, Canadian-Norwegian crew of Norseman got together and started brainstorming on the type of beer. Being people of the north, the Norseman crew decided that the our beer should be strong and that there should be an element of nature that surrounds us for a good part of the year… ice. Therefore, we decided to brew an eisbock.   The photo you see on the Norseman label was taken by Captain Lang, who as a young pilot on his first commercial assignment, was flying this very same plane from a base at Red Lake, Ontario. Captain Lang was kind enough to share with us his stories, as well as to grant us the privilege of using his photos. Thanks!  Given that the release date of our beer coincides with the 80th anniversary of Norseman’s design, we thought that a special “birthday” treat was in order. After some six months of research, calling and dealing with logistics, customs, and wayward wires of funds we finally acquired eight absolutely amazing Armagnac barrels aged between 19 and 23 years from the south of France.   Our Norseman is fully barrel aged and will be available in limited quantities in late  2014. In the meantime, try to learn more about the Noorduyn Norseman – it is a captivating and compelling story of talent, skill, perseverance and resourcefulness. A gem in the fabric of Canadian history.

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Horizon Tokyo* Black – Nøgne Ø (Mikkeller, Brewdog) (Aged 3 Years 7 Months)


Brewed at Nøgne Ø in Norway in collaboration with Brewdog and Mikkeller comes their “Horizon Tokyo* Black” a collaborative version of all three breweries huge beers Dark Horizon, Tokyo and Black.  The beer pours a oily black colour that is opaque with a small brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, smoke, dark fruits, cranberry, treacle, syrup and some alcohol.  The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, treacle, cranberry, ash, smoke, burnt malts, leather, earth and only really a hint of alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at an insane 16% with an IBU of 100.  This beer is insanely smooth for a beer of 16% let alone 8% and has all the making of an amazing stout.

Commercial Description:  Horizon Tokyo Black:  On a cold, windy and rainy day in November 2010 we visited  BrewDog together with world famous beer merchant Mikkeller.  Our plan was to make a beer, which would be close to an interpolation between our individual brews Tokyo, Black and Dark Horizon.  This beer should in turn be brewed by us and also for Mikkeller.  It was called Black Tokyo Horizon.   Unfortunately we have been very busy, but it is now time to make the second celebration of this great collaboration:  Please welcome Horizon Tokyo Black!

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Red Horizon 3 Edition (Aged 4.5 Years) – Nøgne Ø


From Grimstad Norway’s Nøgne Ø comes their “Red Horizon 3 Edition” the third beer brewed in a series using Sake yeast.  The beer pours a cloudy brown colour with a very minimal head.  The aroma consists of huge fruit notes up front including dark fruits and berries, toffee, brown sugar and alcohol.  The flavour is of dark fruits, berries, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, licorice, vanilla, alcohol with lots of sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 12.5% with an IBU of 100.   This edition of Red Horizon is a Barley Wine and has amazing flavour and body.  If you find a bottle make sure to pick it up.  This beer was brewed on December 20, 2011 and consumed on June 20, 2016 or 4.5 years after brewing.  The bottles best before date was December 20, 2016.

Commercial Description:  What we have tried to do here is to get the optimum fruitiness out of a sake yeast. This beer was fermented for 10 weeks at low temperature with sake yeast No. 9 to achieve that.

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#500 (Imperial IPA) – Nøgne Ø


From Grimstad Norway’s Nøgne Ø comes their “#500 (Imperial IPA)” a beer originally brewed to mark their 500th batch of beer. So to go with the number 5 there are 5 different malts and 5 different hops used in this brew.  This Double IPA pours a deep cloudy colour (Rusty) with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, some fruits, malts, earthy with floral hops.  The flavour is of smoke, caramel, malts, fruits, earthy and big hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with a very big 100 IBU. Nøgne Ø should be very proud of this beer as it is an amazing double IPA and worthy of being a landmark beer.

Commercial Description:    When Nøgne Ø decided to make its 500th batch of beer, it was quickly established that the key numbers would be 5 malts,5 hops, 10% alcohol and 100 IBUs. The result is an incredibly rich and hoppy Imperial IPA. Malty enough to be almost a barley wine, but intensely fruity, mainly because it is dry hopped with generous amounts of Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand.

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