Home >

Great Lakes Brewing 25th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Imperial Stout
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
In the 1950’s, the Bulut family of Great Lakes Brewery came to Canada from Europe across the Atlantic. For our 25th Anniversay, we’ve decided to cross back over in search of traditional beer styles and, of course, we are adding our own professive touch that we’ve become known for. We look forward to bringing you worldly beer styles throughout this hear and hope you’ll join us on the journey as we celebrate our 25th anniversay

Russian Imperial stouts were originall brewed in England for the Russian Imperial Court for Czarina Catherine the Great in the 18th century. For the final release in our 25th Anniversay series we’ve been inspired by the south to add a contemporary touch to our stout. We’ve amassed a number of freshly emptied Kentucky Bourban barrels in which we’ve aged the beer for 3 months. This has enhanced the flavour profile of roasted malts, rich dark chocolate and coffee with a finish of sweet Bourban. This release is best suited to aging and can be cellared for up to 3 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PatIrish (170) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
Pours like molasses, big bourbon nose, aged a year, booze isn’t quite as hot as first tasting last year. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (1080) - - FEB 3, 2014
A huge stout. Pitch black with a good sized mocha cap. Bourbon, Dark chocolate, caramel in the aroma. Taste is big - bourbon, roasty, some vanilla, wood, liquorice. Full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (938) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
750ml bottle. Jet black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, licorice and vanilla. Taste is like the aroma with some woody and salty notes. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, creamy texture. A bit too much barrel character for my liking. Good RIS nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
750 ml bottle courtesy of Sammy. Thanks. Pours a dense black color with a small brown head that has fair retention. The aroma features dark fruits, chocolates and chocolate liqueur. The taste is a big blast of licorice, raisins, dates, chocolates, vanilla and a touch of whiskey. The palate is thick and chewy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering liqueur. Overall: Decent and tasty brewski.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (540) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
draught at the wooly. Jet black with brown coffee coloured head. Bourbon comes through in aroma and taste. Roasted coffee, chocolate, some liquorice as well. Thick and sweet, but not cloying. Very nice sipping or dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5080) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle thanks to pushkinwow. Dark black pour, with a thick tan head. Big rich milk chocolate flavors, roasted malt, vanilla, notes of licorice, bourbon, and sweet chocolate. A nice sipping stout. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle shared by JohhnyJ. Thanks! Black pour with a tan head. Some bourbon notes, but lots of roasted malt, smoke, and licorice. Cocoa powder, a bit of meat, and some graham cracker. The flavor is big on the booze. Lots of bourbon. Meaty, smokey, and roasty. Cocoa powder, graham cracker, and licorice. Pretty intense beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5365) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with medium bourbon notes and light vanilla notes. Taste is also dominated by dry roasted malt notes which are somewhat offset by large black chocolate notes with some medium bourbon notes with light vanilla notes also perceptible. Body is full with oily texture and good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol notes. Interesting beer with good balanced thought is missing a little something to keep up with some of its cousins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
750mL red wax thanks to t0rin0 or brocansail. Thank you! Pours a deep black with reddish espresso foam. Nose is butter, soy, smoke, savory steak. Taste is silky, malted milk balls, cookie, mild alcohol warmth, and rich melted chocolate. Dusty, woody, bitter finish with a silky chocolate mousse mouthfeel that is superb. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (10585) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2013
750mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours jet black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out licorice, bourbon and coffee – very heavy. Flavour is heavily roasted, with notes of coffee, bourbon, and almost a hint of licorice. Dominated by the roast, coffee and bourbon. Very full-bodied and heavy on the palate. Well-balanced, with a good flavour profile, without any harsh elements. Great stuff.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1  2  3 4 5

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50