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


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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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%, was 14.6% too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caskalefan (155) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2013 Inky black pour, although just a hint of light penetrates, so there is the slightest ruby-red shading. Nose is roasted graham cracker, a bit of chocolate, a bit more bourbon, vanilla, cedar, and allspice.Very different, but also appealing. Body is fairly full, but could perhaps be a tad richer. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, char/roast, cedar, a surprising grapefruit/mandarin orange/tangerine/kiwi/plum middle with more chocolate, bourbon, allspice, char, and floral hops in the finish. The alcohol is definitely very noticeable, and yet it is restrained for 14%, and certainly not overbearing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ardiesr (62) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2012
Pours opaque black with an espresso foam head. Head retaining well, heavy lacing. Cold: Aroma is mostly sweet bourbon, some light chocolate and roast. Flavour is alcohol and sweetnesss, dark chocolate, toffee, light licorice notes. Warming. Warmed: Head still persists as a ring with decent lacing. Aroma is sweet, some bourbon, lots of licorice with caramel and roast, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, chocolate, caramel, sweet alcoholic, warming Overall a great beer, could use some aging to tone down sharp alcohol flavours. Huge mouthfeel, thick, flavour lingers with lots of roasty bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wintyguy (69) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
Wow, This beer pours darker than any other that I can remember. Black. The head is great with a burnt cappuccino color that is thick, thick that lingers down to a nice coating across the surface. The aroma is boozey bourbon hot, here we go -The taste follows up the aromas with the alcohol right away, Fruit is plum, fig, dates. sweetness is all around. maybe a hint of chocolate/cacao. It does have a ton of booze in here, maybe too much for drinking right away, and any aging could benefit and round out the mouthfeel. Nice job Driftwood for having the cahones to brew a beer with such intensity. I’ll purchase another bottle and put it away for a year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6513) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2012
22. Thanks dan! Pours jet black with a loose heavy swirl of burnt tan head. Huge forward bourbon nose, sweet and caramelly. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Velvety velvety smooth. Sweet mid palate showing plenty of residual sugars, along with caramel and vanilla from the barrel and a nicely balanced roastiness. Creamy smooth and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1574) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 Re-rated a bottle of the 2012 in December - now it has some age on it. Solid black with a small pale head. Aroma is liquorice, soy sauce, dates, raisins, figs, brown sugar. Slightly slick mouthfeel, full bodied, oaky finish. Taste is dates, liquorice, coffee, molasses, touch of oak. Much better with some age.

Original rating
Aroma 7 Appearance 4 Taste 7 Palate 3 Overall 15
Appearance is a deep black with a medium brown head that leaves behind a little lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, bourbon and a hint of plum. Taste is espresso, dark chocolate, plum, dates and oak. Slightly slick on the palate, good complexity, slightly bitter and boozy finish. Should cellar well, in fact they should really keep it another year before releasing.

   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 (13185) - 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 (3488) - 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 (6104) - 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.

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