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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (5275) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ ZZT8:BBT1. Pitch black, small brown head. Smells chocolate, sweet, muffin.. Amazing. Tastes liquorice, sweet, chocolate, roasty, coffee, ash. Full body, silky, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (6480) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Pretty well done. My major mistake was drinking this after an expedition stout, but it still holds up pretty well. Initial malt smell a tiny bit off like a few Ontario I-stouts I’ve had recently. The bourbon is pretty evident here, with some booze, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Finishes all bourbon with some boozy sweetness. Pours black with good mocha head and lacing. Texture creamy and slick. Has a little spice in the end as well. 2013 bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (10314) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
Smooth, but big and bold. Bourbon comes through but it is the huge choclate stout base that wins.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manisthebeer (246) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
BLACK//HEAVY//BOURBON nearly broke my glass this beer is damn dense poured it black as black then let it sit for about twenty min came back crawling with crazy smells of wood and bourbon, vanilla, roasty low carb slight bitter at first then i got into it and every sip gives you a different taste then you get the vanilla coffee maybe or dark choc. GOOOOOOOOOD BEEEEEEER

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lazerlobe (37) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Big chocolate and barrel, heat noticeable at the time. Hangs easily with other big imperial stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
trevor211 (1510) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood 2012. Pours black. Roasted malts, with a bit of rubber, and some molasses. Boozy, boozy, boozy. Slight honey / candi sugar counter, but this one is super hot -- nowhere near ready, and nowhere near worth the price. Needs some work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5468) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium bourbon notes with some woody notes and light vanilla with some medium dry roasted malt with light dry notes. Taste is a mix between some bourbon notes with some light vanilla and dry roasted malt with dry black chocolate notes. Body is quite full with a nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Not the most complex beer out there and not enough vanilla and woody notes to satisfy me but still very enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - NOV 18, 2012
2012 bottle. Vanilla, wood, roast on the nose. Licorice and malt on the palate, wood on the finish (!). My friend (a newcomer to the style) said it’s what beer is like when stripped to its barest elements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (7520) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
22oz bottle, just got the last bit .. . pours deep black brown .. foam is alright .. . deep tar and charcoal .. . pretty tasty stuff, just wish i had a whole glass
.. . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kae294_Uus8&feature = player_detailpage#t=376s

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (2685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2015 650 ml bottle. Original rating for 2012 vintage sampled Sept/12: Pours black with very little head. Aromas of smoke and dark chocolate powder. Smoky light bourbon flavor with underlying dark chocolate and black coffee notes. Alcohol present but in keeping with the bourbon taste. Nice. Much better now that it’s aged for a bit. Again for 2012 vintage sampled May/13 - Much richer though still hot. Additional toffee notes. 2015 vintage sampled Feb/15 (12.2%) - Pours black with slight tan head. Aromas of licorice, ash, roasted barley and alcohol. Flavors carry same with dark chocolate and light bourbon. Very hot. Probably the hottest to date - possibly overkill - but will need to cellar and see. 8/4/9/3/15

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