AleRider78 (330) - - OCT 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Metalchopz for the share! Pours a good size frothy brownish head and has a dark murky brown appearance. Weak lacing. Aromas are mostly chocolate, coffee, hints of vanilla and a little bit of the bourbon. Flavours are mostly of the malt variety, very much chocolatey, caramel, coffee, vanilla. The alcohol is actually pretty noticeable in this one, has a nice warming sensation going down. Bourbon is a bit more apparent in taste than scent. Very strong brew at 11% and it shows. Quite enjoyable.
Metalchopz (2730) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellared this one for a while. Pours a real dark colour, almost black with a mocha head, good retention and some decent creamy lacing. Lots of dark fruits in the aromas with some nutty notes. Even some molasses. The taste is more on the roasted malts with a sharp edge of alcohol, which is well-balanced in the brew. Hints of coffee and molasses. A little bourbon in the aftertaste, and a little more in the nose, but overall not as apparent as some would like. I’m cool with it. Pretty nice overall.
Minderbinder (2808) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is of bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, fruits. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Quite nice. Heavy weight. Good roasted malt features.
tom10101 (4245) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (750 ml). From enoland, thanks! Split 3-ways.
Appearance: Black with a medium tan head and some lacing.
Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla coconut, roasted malt, chocolate and light fruitiness. Everything you expect from a bourbon barrel-aged RIS, but nothing is really shining.
Taste: Moderately sweet and a bit acidic. Bourbon, roasted malt, oak and light fruitiness. A tad boozy too. Again, nothing bad (the acidity is a bit too much for the style though), but nothing is really impressive. Not super rich or anything like that.
Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Oaky mouthfeel. Light fruity and chocolate-y finish.
Overall: The vanilla version we had earlier the same day was much better. This one is was ok. Decent balance.
JulienHuxley (4649) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with thin ring of off white head. Aroma is rich vanilla, bourbon, chocolate caramel. Taste is a bit bland, caramel, light chocolate, boozy. Palate is med-full bodied with med carbonation. Good.
Frothmeister (661) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. In the cellar for over two years, time to dust it off as winter seems to want to move on to another hemisphere. Glugs a pitch black with a dark cocoa coloured head, and some serious lacing. Aromas of molasses, leather, butterscotch, oaky notes, sponge toffee, with some very apparent booziness. Full bodied, and sweet with molasses, espresso, dark rum notes, some alcohol burn on the tongue, and light buttery oak notes that turn into some seriously heavy dark coffee, lots of roasty malt, a whole bunch of bourbon and big bitter coffee notes in the finish with just a bit of a smoke, and light citrus. Wow. I’m not sure I’ve had an Ontario imperial quite like this. Well done Great Lakes, you nailed it.
neongolden (888) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(On tap at A Night with GLB and Amsterdam Brewery @ Bar Hop, Sept 19 2014, cellared since late 2012) Pours black with a moderate dark tan head and lace. Aroma sweet milk chocolate, toffee, light char, some bourbon and just a bit of dark roast coffee. Palate is sweet dark malts, toffee, bittersweet chocolate, toasted oak, drying towards the finish with some alcohol heat, bourbon, cacao beans and lingering light roast. Medium full, silky, soft carb, really smooth. Not the most heavily concentrated and sweet of the style, beautifully balanced, deft use of barrel, incredibly drinkable - lovely stuff. Alongside Full City Double Tempest from similar barrels, much sweeter on the nose but much drier on the palate. Cracked a bottle a week later and found it drank similarly well with a bit more carbonation, but needed air for flavours to pop. Wish I had another bottle!
jkwood04 (4963) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle (red wax) thanks to Glouglouburp in a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some bourbon and oak and vanilla, some coffee and chocolate notes, some sweetness but not overpowering, a little bitterness, and some dough. Flavor the same with a great blend of everything, especially as it warms up. Smooth, thick texture. A solid imperial stout.
Sammy (10019) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another solid offering from the series. A little ageing helped, the hop flavour was substantive still but not overwhelming. Thick black. Less coconut after room temperature, and more complex flavour.
markas101 (2089) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big bottle, wax top. Deep black-brwon, dark brown head. Rum-oak-prune aroma. Very smooth, sweet with dark chocolate bitterness. Long rum finish with cocoa and cloves. Very good.