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

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 438   ABV: 14.6%
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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%.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown/orange tint., with a small off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, some caramel, bourbon and oak. Flavour as above, roasted, nuts and booze. Full bodied. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11516) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours very dark brown with a creamy/bubbly tan head. Aroma is pretty much bourbon. Near full bodied. Flavor starts with chocolate and quickly transitions to bourbon. The funny thing is that the bourbon is not overpowering - it’s just the principal flavor in a very smooth and tasty IS. There’s burnt malt, but the bourbon smooths it out. The heat is hard to find. Finishes mildly sweet chocolate with bourbon. Oak? I think so. There’s an astringent aspect. Really good stuff here.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Pours black with finger of tan head. Smell is strong bourbon, vanilla, nice roast. Taste is sweet vanilla and bitter coffee, chocolate, bit of alcohol. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Coffee bourbon roast alcohol chocolate. Black thick boom. Roast dark bitter chocolate coffee bourbon roast alcohol. Thick boozy balance. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RumRunner101 (808) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
Vintage 2010. Lots of bourbon in the aroma with vanilla, molasses. Flavours of vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, espresso. Very bold and the alcohol emerges on the finish. Surprisingly smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LarryBeast (536) - - APR 7, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 Deep, dark and aggressive. Thick and roasty, pours like intergalactic molasses. More coffee than chocolate, but with notes of sweetness and a hint of bourbon that helps carry the high alcohol content beautifully. I wish this wasn’t limited to just being a seasonal offering and am already marking off the days until next year’s version comes out. UPDATE: 2013 was worth the wait. Dark fruits stand out a little more, as does the bourbon and the oak.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bottle at a BA/RB tasting... Poured black as night with little-to-no head. This was dark, thick, dense, quite viscous. Some toasted, charred, malt. Big roast, full flavored. Coated the palate like motor oil. Bitter-sweet molasses, anise spice, dark chocolate.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
microakes (159) - CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
Well it certainly is black. very light malt nose. Sweet toasted malt, with licorice hints and an odd spiciness in the back of the month.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Deep black pour, tan head. Sweet, boozy bourbon aroma with vanilla and toffee. Thick, silky mouth coating body. Sweet and caramelly flavor with moderate char and roasty espresso, vanilla, moderate bitter, warm alcohol and spice on the finish. This is the first imp stout I’ve had from BC, and I’m quite pleased with it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caskalefan (151) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2013 Inky black pour, although just a hint of light penetrates, so there is the slightest ruby-red shading. Nose is roasted graham cracker, a bit of chocolate, a bit more bourbon, vanilla, cedar, and allspice.Very different, but also appealing. Body is fairly full, but could perhaps be a tad richer. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, char/roast, cedar, a surprising grapefruit/mandarin orange/tangerine/kiwi/plum middle with more chocolate, bourbon, allspice, char, and floral hops in the finish. The alcohol is definitely very noticeable, and yet it is restrained for 14%, and certainly not overbearing.


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