Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Imperial Stout
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
Four months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels has transformed this formidable Russian Imperial Stout to somewhere beyond the event horizon; the result is a beer of ’infinite density’ and compelling complexities. ABV initially 11.8%, was 14.6% too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (6673) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2015
Bottle, thanks for all the bottles Todd. I thoroughly enjouyed this one in you backyard and we really enjoyed it at the first Garching Ratebeer meeting! Toffee, light iodine, vanilla, coffee. Almost black, low head. Dry body, dark chocolate, wood, whisky, berries, vanilla and spirit aftertaste. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (2443) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2015
2012 bottle with jfb and jonas, thanks capflu. Black color with reddish highlight and tan head. Aroma is cocoa, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Taste is dark chocolate, plums, rich feeling. Not infinite density, but a good benchmark ImpStout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfb (5401) - Freising, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2015
(bottle, many thanks to capflu & jonas for this one!) pitch black in colour with a small beige head. aroma of bran flakes, liquorice and autumn foliage, with big notes of dark toffee, burnt malts and brown sugar. flavour is mostly the same, brown sugar, roasted malts and vanilla, with a touch of milk chocolate, coconut, cherry syrup and a touch of nettles in the light-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Whatup14 (1534) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2015
Bouteille 660ml, gracieuseté de lupulist, Thanks Mark! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka fuyante laissant une dentelle éparse. Arôme d’alcool, café, malt torréfié, boisé, cacao, crayon de bois. Goût de malt torréfié, café surtout en fin de bouche, boisé, chocolat noir, alcool (quoi que bien camouflé), noix. Carbonatation faible, corps dense, collante.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9509) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2015
On June 22, 2015. Thanks to fiulijn!
Bottle with black wax, 12.2% ABV, 2014 vintage.
Black color, dark brown head. Sweet, alcohol, metallic, roasted taste. Roasted, metallic aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Sweet, malty, roasted, alcohol scent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3232) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle 650ml. 2012 vintage. Pours black with medium beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, butterscotch, caramel, bourbon. Taste is of lots of bourbon, roasted malt, some bitterness, ashy but not in an unpleasant way. Palate: Full bodied. Soft-medium carbonation. Overall: Nice bourbon. Nice malt features.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7484) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2015
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro! pours unclear dark brown with a reviving beige cap, leaving nice lacing. burnt and smoked maltiness, spicy chilies, cjarred cherries, bourbony-nutty caramel, tobacco, clean. light carbonation, medium body - oily; hot tingling piney-smoky finish. shy barreling. nice scandinavian-like ris nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3177) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2015
2012 vintage bottle received from someone I forget as a part of a CanBIF box. Thanks dude. Pours a good black with a beige rim that leaves good lacing. Nose is chocolate, coconut, light vanilla and light alcohol. Taste is of grapes, coffee, lots of alcohol (but not really bothering) and chocolate. Body is medium-full and carbonation soft. Overall a fine barrel aged imperial stout, less intense than I was expecting (good).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yuanyuan (2) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2015 does not count
A Beer snob made me drink this. it’s a good-looking beer. It smells like Bailey. The taste is mixed.it has a strong alcohol-taste and bitter as well. This beer has more musculine features. It made me drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (911) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
Poured from the tap. Black with tan head. Getting a bit of the bourbon, some mild chocolate and coffee, subtle leather and tobacco. Good, but not the best imperial stout.

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