Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Vin d’Orge Noir from Brasserie Dunham.
Originally brewed for Montreal's Winter Warmer, Dunham's Vin d'Orge Noir has been generously hopped with Chinook and Calypso and partially aged in bourbon barrels.
It pours a pitch black with a small amount of tan foam that quickly disappears. There are wonderful citrus and pine resin aromas mixed with dark fruit (plum, dates, grape), roasted malt and caramel. Although it's packed full of hops the taste is a little sweet with the fruit flavour being backed up with caramel and vanilla from the bourbon barrel and finishing with a lasting bitter pine finish.
This is a great interpretation of a barley wine that caters to the hop heads. Think of it as a sweet black IPA almost.