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


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
Pours a dark black colour with a medium size brown head that dissipates quickly but leaves a thick heavy ring. Aroma is roasted malts a hint of bourbon and chocolate. Flavour is very thick on the palate a light sweetness and a alc bourbon spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
2011 bottle, aged 1 year. Dark brown with no head. Light aroma for the style with some alcohol and a hint of toastiness. Sweet with milk chocolate and some alcohol finish. Kind of boozy, really. This is an impy junior in its intensity level, and there is no particular coming together of the barrel and stout flavours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2012
bottle... I totally understand the rating disparity here, let this beer age at a minimum a year before opening, its hot!!!... great aroma that has lots of brownies with bourbon, the smell is better than the taste as it tastes hot with some char... worth having

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
In short: An uber-boozy, extremely roasted and woody stout. Very simple slap in the mouth. Meh
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed 9 months after the beer release. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks Matt
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose has moderate bourbon presence, some alcohol fumes, some fusel. Taste improves a bit on the rather dull aroma. Plenty of burnt malts, coal, too much booze, vanilla. There is some bourbon here and there but mostly the barrel aging translates into plain wood. Very straightforward, nothing fruity here or other flavors that could add complexity. Not even chocolaty. The wood and highly roasted (read “burnt”) malts dry out the finish and surprisingly the beer doesn’t feel sweet. But the alcohol is more than apparent and every little bit of its 11.8% is showing. Halfway through my bottle my mouth was burning from the alcohol. A singularity is the point where the gravitational force becomes infinite and distorts curvature of spacetime, and it has been proven that in all of mankind history understanding this concept has never helped anyone getting laid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle at home, out of my trusty Maudite glass. Shared with Cole. Pours obsidian black, thin tan head, lacing is spotty to good. Nose is vanilla, coconut, very typical Bourbon barrelled stout aroma. Lots of cocoa and roasted marshmallow. Flavours of cocoa powder and coconut, tart fruit, much less sweet than the nose suggested; also a shade lighter than I expected; medium to lighter bodied for an Imperial Stout, which is surprising. A stout that is world-class on the nose, and just barely fails to deliver on the palate. Overall a frontrunner for best BA stout in Canada.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
Pours black as night. Almost no head. Very rich malty aroma. Chocolate coffee and roasted malt. The flavour is fantastic as well. Very rich and bold. Complex with a very long finish. Coffee chocolate, fruit and licorice. I sure am glad I didn’t have to use the deflector dish to open this singularity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Very black with a thin tan head. Aroma is alcohol, vanilla, molasses, dark chocolate. Taste is initially, a vodka likeness, followed by milk chocolate, vanilla, lightly roasty. Body seems a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
[3664-20110401] Bottle. Fragrant floral fig or date fruit aroma with a tootsie roll tinge. Black body with a quick foamy brown head. Rich boozy licorice fig malt flavour has a long sweet malt aftertaste. Full body. Interesting balance, nice characteristics. (7/3/7+/4/15) 3.6
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 7, 2011
Bottle at Volo
Aroma high pitch of vodka with barrel treatment , hint if dark sugar. 6+
Appearance pours black with lighter top. Some lace on glass. 4-
Flavor and Palate : medium plus bodied. When served cold alcohol was almost overpowering. Sipping accented mostly by dry vodka. As it warmed up true character showed up beneath this alcoholic dryness. Accents of barrel and malt show up. Overall I think makers went a bit too far with alcohol here. I hides true potential that this brew has and that is a shame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
2010-04-01. Black body with a small tan head. 3+ Aroma of vanilla barrel up front is pretty dominant, modest alcohol, muted malt and hints at wood. 7+ Flavour is similar with the dominant character being alcoholic vanilla-barrel character that dominates. Sweet malt undercurrent. Smooth average palate is nice but fairly light for an imperial stout. A nice stout, but the dominant influence of the barrel makes it a bit one dimensional for my own tastes. Sampled at Volo, Toronto

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