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

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 438   ABV: 14.6%
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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%.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carnell (1) - USA - JAN 31, 2011 does not count
Pour vaery dark with a brown milky head. Bourbon taste is noticible as its almost alchaholic in taste, Interesting big beer.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
Black, with a tan head that dissipates immediately. Woody nose, vanilla , brown sugar and alcohol. Vinous astringent start, woody mid. Harsh alcohol heat and bitterness. Anisette overtones The unpleasant bitterness in the finish is from alcohol, not roast or hops Not exactly complex or well blended Actually a big waste of time and money

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (5378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 650mL bottle, pours black with a tan head. Dense aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses and a hint of licorice, and tons of booze. Flavour is incredibly boozy, with bourbon and oak throughout and lingering notes of bitter chocolate / molasses and vanilla. The booze is terribly worked in and the bourbon dominates. Thin palate for it is and not rich in complexity. Not so good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4370) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Rialto Liquor Store for an insane $11.80. Pours jet black, opaque with a near non-existent head. Very syrupy. Nose is pure soya sauce, vanilla and oak chips. The flavour is intriguing - reminds me of Sam Adams Triple Bock - very cloying, though some hints at raw vanilla and toasted bourbon woodiness. Very ash-like. I like this beer a lot but at this pricing point I’m feeling a little let down - its somewhat one-dimensional without a coffee or chocolate base. They did a wonderful job covering the 11.8% ABV, one wouldn’t think its more than 8%.


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