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


on tap

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RATINGS: 91   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (933) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1836) - California, USA - APR 24, 2015
2014 Vintage in 22oz bottle. Pours a black color with some brown head. Loads of golden syrup and hokey pokey flavor. A little noticeable alcohol. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (1125) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
Bottle. A little hot and boozy but pretty nicely balanced - very chocolatey, a little roasty, rich and tasty. Solid RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14942) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. 800th imperial stout. Pours oily black tan head. Nose/taste of chocolate roast, bourbon, oak, toffee and vanilla. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (7022) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at the RBWG after grand tasting - tasting
Thick black oil with a small tan head, some lacing. Mild aroma of chocolate and woody. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and woody

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle during the RBWG Lobby Share. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is roast, wood, and chocolate. Medium mouth with rich chocolate, wood, roast. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hungover (97) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2016 I really enjoyed the hell out of this beer. Rich rich rich and smooth. Its all chocolate when it hits the tongue then the bourbon finish really completes the journey. Im not a stout guy at all, but I bought several. Its roasty, its toasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4209) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
2014. Bouteille partagée. Une robe bien foncée. Un nez de chocolat, mélasse noire et café. L’alcool est bien présent. La bouche est chaude avec des saveurs de chocolat et de mélasse. C’est puissant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle, via trade with dresden (thanks Steve!)-- my first beer of 2015, shared with Grippitis and others. This is the 2012 vintage. Hearty near black pour with a low dense reddish-brown head. Rich aroma of bitter chocolate, sweet bourbon, dark roast. Heavy body with good flavour density and a velvety mouthfeel; flavours of bitter chocolate, black malts, vanilla, caramel. Great balance here, very enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5086) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
Vintage 2014. Très noire cette robe. Comme une vieille huile. Mousse plutôt petite qui se transforme en anneau. Nez de mélasse, de rôti, de vanille et d’alcool. J’ai l’impression de quelque chose qui reste insaissisable. Une première gorgée qui révèle une douceur de bourbon vanillé. Une autre et les suivantes remplies de mélasse, de chaleur et de chocolat noir. Ce n’est pas mauvais mais cela manque, à mon avis, de finesse ou de savoir faire. En bouche, un corps robuste avec un apport modérément bas de bulles et une texture presque liquoreuse. Une finale amère et alcoolisée, incontrôlée ou incontrôlable. Définitivement, une bière impériale qui n’est pas très facile à boire.

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