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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Imperial Stout
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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%.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7782) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8551) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
Volo: $46 with tax and tip, sharing with Jason. Its black and almost no head. Way too cold, half an hour into it as it warms I get a cask head, some trace of lace condensation on the side of the glass. A little boozy and chocolate aroma, and some strange spice in the finish that seems sour.Its closer to room temperature, and its very bourbon, some oak, carbonation is there.Smooth, buttery, as warmer and there is more coffee and coconut. 14% alcohol as rated by LCBO. Bourbon takes over as the smell. Chocolate in the sediment.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
650ml bottle from 16th St. Liquor in West Vancouver. Pours a solid black with thin tan head. Aroma is woody, boozy, cocoa and whisky, slight coffee note. Taste is viscous and hot with alcohol. Certainly get the barrel aging notes along with caramel malt, coffee and some spiciness. The finish is still hot but layered. This is one of those beers that, like wine, will age well and I bet in about 3-5 years it will be stunning. Rating is based on its potential more than how it tastes now.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carnell44 (4) - - JAN 31, 2011 does not count
Pours very dark with a brown milky head. Bourbon taste is noticible as its almost alchaholic in taste, Interesting big beer. post below is mine wrong old account.

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 (3334) - 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 (6297) - 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 (4493) - 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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