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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Imperial Stout
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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%.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LarryBeast (491) - - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
Pours black as night. Almost no head. Very rich malty aroma. Chocolate coffee and roasted malt. The flavour is fantastic as well. Very rich and bold. Complex with a very long finish. Coffee chocolate, fruit and licorice. I sure am glad I didn’t have to use the deflector dish to open this singularity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lazerlobe (15) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Big chocolate and barrel, heat noticeable at the time. Hangs easily with other big imperial stouts.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
BLACK//HEAVY//BOURBON nearly broke my glass this beer is damn dense poured it black as black then let it sit for about twenty min came back crawling with crazy smells of wood and bourbon, vanilla, roasty low carb slight bitter at first then i got into it and every sip gives you a different taste then you get the vanilla coffee maybe or dark choc. GOOOOOOOOOD BEEEEEEER

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (7020) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
Smooth, but big and bold. Bourbon comes through but it is the huge choclate stout base that wins.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (3890) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ ZZT8:BBT1. Pitch black, small brown head. Smells chocolate, sweet, muffin.. Amazing. Tastes liquorice, sweet, chocolate, roasty, coffee, ash. Full body, silky, soft carbo.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4325) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2013 Bottle@ZZT8: BBT1: Vintage 2012: Brown foamy head on top of a black colored beer. Aromas like honey, roasted malts, liquorice and chocolate. Flavours of roast, chocolate, mocha, bitter, light liquorice and yeast. Aftertaste is bitter, coffee, chocolate. Low carbo, soft creamy mouthfeel, fulll body! Sorry, gonna enjoy!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (2744) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2013
Vintage 2012
Black colour, red hue, beige head. Aroma of cacao, caramel, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, lots of cacao. Sweet flavour, light sour touch, cacao, chocolate milk. Full body, quite warm, alcoholic finish, lingering chocolate. Not really getting the Bourbon notes (personally I just get a hint of vanilla), but a more than nice beer nonetheless!
(From 66cL bottle @ ZZT-ish VIII / BBT I. Thanks for sharing, Countbeer!)

4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Deep black pour, tan head. Sweet, boozy bourbon aroma with vanilla and toffee. Thick, silky mouth coating body. Sweet and caramelly flavor with moderate char and roasty espresso, vanilla, moderate bitter, warm alcohol and spice on the finish. This is the first imp stout I’ve had from BC, and I’m quite pleased with it.


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