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

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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1600) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Pours jet black with a loose heavy swirl of burnt tan head. Huge forward bourbon nose, sweet and caramelly. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Velvety velvety smooth. Sweet mid palate showing plenty of residual sugars, along with caramel and vanilla from the barrel and a nicely balanced roastiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vadie (1229) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
Noir. Très noir, avec un col moyen beige. L’arôme très fort du réglisse, et quelque chose que je ne peut pas vraiment décrire, mais il resemble de la nourriture du chien. En bouche c’est plein de réglisse, du bourbon, un peu du chocolat, du café, et un peu de malt torréfié avec une bonne finition amer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (9928) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Strange aroma, especially out of he bottle, for a bourbon imperial stout. Loads of graham cracker, which lessens a little when poured and is not present in the flavor. Super super smooth for 11%+, if not as big as the imperials I’ve gotten used to. Smooth cocoa and roast with a pretty mellow bourbon influence. Good but not great."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4456) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle of the 2013 thanks to gnashville. A dark cola pour with ruby highlights. Sweet, oaky vanilla aroma a bit boozier. Sweet meaty dark candied fruits a bit of heat and a solid bourbon character. This has more of a barrel character than the 2014.  Ap 4 P 4 Ar 8 t 9 o 16 2014 is a bit paler but has a thicker head of foam. The aroma is sweet malty, nutty, it had heat that burns my nostrils somewhat. It tastes much simpler than the 2013, lots of heat and some slick sweet oakiness. It seems more sugary than the 2013. Ap 4 p 4 Ar 7 t 7 o 15 For me the 2013 is the clear winner.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
My Bottom Line:
This devious Imperial Stout shares plenty of molasses and dark chocolate before light fruitiness and alcohol heat sneak up on you.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the blackness.
-Aftertaste is a decadent blend of chocolate-y malt sugars and alcohol warmth.
-The subtle fruitiness is reminiscent of blueberries.
-The mouthfeel is rich and supple.

Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
2014 bomber from CANBIF 2014. Black with a light brown head that fades to a faint ring. Charred malt, chocolate, some anise, slightly boozy but considering its 14.6 not too overwhelming, semi-sweet on the aroma (becomes overwhelming on the palate though), light oak, mild carbonation and moderate+ body, bit of a burn on the finish. Would like to try this with a bit of time on it. Tasty though.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (892) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2014
A 650 ml bomber at Bitter in Vancouver, split with a friend. This is the 2014 version, if anyone’s counting. Pitch black, minimal tan head. Unable to get much nose here, but sweet and fruity. Chocolate and licorice notes abound. Very sweet and fruity for a stout. It’s an imperial, but not your everyday imperial. Very rich and smooth overall. A bit like a good port, essentially. Very nice!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
XaenDovet (1282) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34215) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (25813) - 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.


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