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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%.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2013
22 fl oz bottle, Imp Stout #1000. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty. Caramelish. Breadish. Bitter, sweet and dark malty. Bitter and toasted malty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2014
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and liquorice. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, caramel, and dark chocolate, leading to a dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle at Alex. Pitch black coloured with a fast disappearing beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, dark chocolate and licorice. Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel and dark chocolate. Sweet and roasted finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
Winter 2012/2013, vintage 2013, one year old
Pitch black color, small head. Strong aroma of roasted malt, whiskey barrel, raisins, light vanilla, some alcohol, tobacco, leather; complex. Thick and heavy body; round mouthfeel; it has a strong flavor of roasted malt and chocolate; the vanilla and Bourbon is very strong too; it has some liquorice and leather; medium to strong bitterness, with sharp alcohol presence, yet not boozy.
Very interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12552) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11066) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10917) - Orange County, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8631) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8434) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
651mL black wax thanks to Emily. Deep blood red pour with small mocha bubbles. Ruby highlights. Nose is sweet tomato, salt, savory pickle, rendered fat, smoked brisket, roasted meat. Very interesting. Taste is bitter, fatty, semisweet chocolate, hazelnut. Palate is clean, nutty, bitter. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7812) - 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


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