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

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Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Imperial Stout
Etobicoke, Canada
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 4.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4920) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8819) - San Diego County, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7443) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
[5150-20130309] Bottle. Mild dirt and cat aroma with a bit of wood chocolate. Black body with a quick foamy brown head. Chocolate dust and woody roast malt flavour has a long-lasting aftertaste. Full body. Great, mild and drinkable. (7/4/8/4/15) 3.8

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4768) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
bottle share at hill farmstead pre-3rd anniversary. pours almost black with a small beige rind, some retention. coconut, burnt caramel, roastiness - almost ashy, belgian burnt candi sugar, demerara, vanilla. some sweetness, although not cloying. soft carbonation, medium to full body. complex but coconut is way too present to fully appreciate.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matt7215 (2244) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by jprime. Black with a tan head. A masterfully crafted imperial stout aged perfectly in a bourbon barrel. The barrel compliments the base beer so well it’s hard to imagine the two apart. Really good BA impy!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle from Marcus, Thanks! Pours a pitch black with a thick brown head. Aroma of a mix of bitter and milk chocolate, a bit of vanilla, oak, llittle booze, faint coffee notes. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate, oak, light bitterness. Full bodied mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. Fairly drinkanle for the style. Really surprised by this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2013
On draft at WVRST. Pours an opaque black with nearly no head. Smell is roasted malt, vanilla, and bourbon. Palate is heavy bodied with not a whole lot of carbonation. Taste is sweet at first the bitter for a short while before relaxing into a long sweet and bitter aftertaste. Pretty decent RIS.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
Sweet baby Jesus this is good. The best imperial stout from Canada I think I may have ever had. Pours your typical motor oil with a short lived mocha coloured head. The aroma is dark roast coffee, chocolate, dark cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon, awesome. The flavour delivers everything the nose promises, a good underlying molasses sweetness underlies all the dark coffee and chocolate goodness with cherries, vanilla and oak showing up near the end. Bourbon becomes very evident in the finish. A little lighter in the mouth feel department than I was anticipating, but it works somehow. A fantastically executed beer. Wish I grabbed a few more to age.


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