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


on tap

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RATINGS: 83   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2223) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 6, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2012 Big thanks to the esteemed Mr. Dove for this rare treat. black. It pretty much slid out of the bottle in eerie silence setting the trap to ambush my senses. There is a thin dark brown head that lasts surprisingly long and produced random speckles. The succulent dark milky chocolate, dark roast and sweet bourbon notes just got hammered down by the alcohol. Now, that hasn’t happened on every snort of my air intake valves but it happened enough. Often is just pure goodness. A bunch of testing has lead me to know that the bourbon shows up when ever it wants in varying degrees. Raisin, plum and nuts. Decent aroma that is not heavily complex but very nice. The taste is warm, thick and velvety smooth. Starts quiet but about mid way the goodness smashes through and goes out forever. Wait.... wait.... ah there it is. A bit odd to have to wait but I think there’s a saying about that. Not a lot of food or water and lots of biking and mud has me all of a sudden feeling this beer more than I’ve felt beers effects in quiteP a while. Thick medium dark chocolate with minor bitterness, smooth roast that blends in at the back ground. Bourbon and im blown away but the olympics are blowing my mind farther. Ah fuck. I’ll be drunk off this when I finish it. 1/4 bottle to go. Cream, choco, malt, light alc bite, burb, thickness. This is what it needs to be. It really earns its stripes on the last half of the flavour. The bourbon really makes its mark when warm. Man - Elizabeth Tweedle is so not bangable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14038) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 15, 2012
The pour is nearly black in color with a small khaki colored head. Plenty of roasted malt with a bit of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. Tons and tons of barrel, which was a bit unexpected. The flavor offers a little less bourbon and vanilla notes with a bit more roasted malt flavor, along with some bitter chocolate. Light coffee and malt sweetness. The bourbon comes out a bit more as the beer warms up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (830) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12947) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5827) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RumRunner101 (898) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LarryBeast (611) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4192) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
microakes (160) - 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.

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