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


on tap


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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
XaenDovet (1281) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
2013 bomber. Pours a low, bubbly khaki head atop a very deep brown. Cap fades pretty quickly. Aroma is pretty much all malt with a hint of bourbon. Licorice dominates the aroma, raisin, wood, alcohol, some coffee. When 2013 was released, it was super boozy. I've had a few since then just to see how it's resting. Could use another year at least. Really needs to calm down. Taste is very sweet, with the sightings of great bitterness that follow. The malts coat the mouth heavily, and the only reprieve is a good dryness. It's been better previous releases, but this one may turn out to be great with a few more years under the stairs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (32942) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2014
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and liquorice. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, caramel, and dark chocolate, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (25142) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle at Alex. Pitch black coloured with a fast disappearing beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, dark chocolate and licorice. Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel and dark chocolate. Sweet and roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
Winter 2012/2013, vintage 2013, one year old
Pitch black color, small head. Strong aroma of roasted malt, whiskey barrel, raisins, light vanilla, some alcohol, tobacco, leather; complex. Thick and heavy body; round mouthfeel; it has a strong flavor of roasted malt and chocolate; the vanilla and Bourbon is very strong too; it has some liquorice and leather; medium to strong bitterness, with sharp alcohol presence, yet not boozy.
Very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (38536) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2013
22 fl oz bottle, Imp Stout #1000. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty. Caramelish. Breadish. Bitter, sweet and dark malty. Bitter and toasted malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (4798) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle (650 ml). 2012 vintage. From gothgargoyle, thanks! Black with a small beige head and little to no lacing. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol and very light bourbon presence. Taste is moderately sweet with roasted malt, vanilla, oak, chocolate and alcohol. Again, the bourbon presence is really mild. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Not very complex for a bourbon barrel aged RIS, but not offensive either. The bourbon is really hard to find. A tad too boozy. Ok RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (4350) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2013
Vintage 2012
Black colour, red hue, beige head. Aroma of cacao, caramel, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, lots of cacao. Sweet flavour, light sour touch, cacao, chocolate milk. Full body, quite warm, alcoholic finish, lingering chocolate. Not really getting the Bourbon notes (personally I just get a hint of vanilla), but a more than nice beer nonetheless!
(From 66cL bottle @ ZZT-ish VIII / BBT I. Thanks for sharing, Countbeer!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1560) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle to pint glass Oak, bourbon, vanilla, earthworms, and caramel...what an aroma. Dark brown, tan head. Taste is not as expected with all that was going on In the aromatics...Oak, sugar, some bitterness. Medium light body...a bit thin for a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (10586) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle - Roast dark malts, cherry and anise. Jet black with a persistent brown head. Bitter dark chocolate, rich dark malts and a bit of oak. Surprisingly little bourbon or vanilla sweetness. Nice rich balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (5884) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2013 Bottle@ZZT8: BBT1: Vintage 2012: Brown foamy head on top of a black colored beer. Aromas like honey, roasted malts, liquorice and chocolate. Flavours of roast, chocolate, mocha, bitter, light liquorice and yeast. Aftertaste is bitter, coffee, chocolate. Low carbo, soft creamy mouthfeel, fulll body! Sorry, gonna enjoy!

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