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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


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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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In the 1950s, the Bulut family of Great Lakes Brewery came to Canada from Europe across the Atlantic. For our 25th Anniversay, weve decided to cross back over in search of traditional beer styles and, of course, we are adding our own professive touch that weve become known for. We look forward to bringing you worldly beer styles throughout this hear and hope youll 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 weve been inspired by the south to add a contemporary touch to our stout. Weve amassed a number of freshly emptied Kentucky Bourban barrels in which weve 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neuromatt (1218) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2013
750 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours deep black with a moderate tan head that mostly remains and leaves a few bubbles of lace. On the nose, there are big notes of cocoa, oak and bourbon, along with roasted malts, molasses, vanilla and subtle smoke. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with big notes of molasses, cocoa and vanilla. Towards the end, roasted malts become more prominent, along with bourbon barrel and subtle smokiness. The finish is long and roasty with bourbon barrel notes. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is a great bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout; the bourbon barrel adds a nice degree of complexity, without being overly dominant. Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and oak develop nicely as it sits on the palate. 2013-03-28

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dandeman (565) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2013
Aroma is full of bourbon with crystallized fruits, brown sugar, cherry, field berries and raisins. Magnificent nose, complex, with bourbon all over and several notes of fruit and sugar. Color is black, opaque, with a thick dense and creamy brown head. Medium lasting and great lacing. Attack is very warming with alcohol sticking out strongly but not aggressively. Molasses, cherry and field berry notes are mixing well with alcohol making the mouth feel very round and thick. Roast bitterness is adding to strength as finish and lasts very long. Body is full, texture creamy and round. We can also feel coffee, milk chocolate and caramel making their way trough the flavor palette. A very warming and complex RIS. Its just missing a little something with its balance sugar / bitterness to raise it up at the level of outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (1062) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
750ml bottle
11.0% ABV
Queens Quay LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
March 3, 2013
The beer pours a solid black colour with a thin tan ring for a head. The aroma was a disappointment, weak hints of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. The mouthfeel was full bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Quite good, but not great. The barrels could have lended more to the flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6307) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2013
Draught at Bar Hop for Dark Water Series 2013. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small lasting creamy light-brown head. Aroma: The barrel-aged qualities hit you first with wood, vanilla, bourbon and the like, followed by roasted malt and some chocolate. The flavour, which follows the aroma, is big and has a big finish. Said finish is bitter and a tad boozy -- get a bit boozier the more you drink it. Medium bodied. The barrel-ageing is not overdone and is quite nice, its not an easy-drinking beer but its very flavourful and pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gethinbeer (2221) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
Shared with JoeMcPhee, thanks bruv. Black colour with a thin chocolate coloured lace which clings to the glass. Roasted malt, peat and chocolate aroma. Vanilla and chocolate flavour. Smooth on the palette. Only a hint of the alcohol for the strength. Very tasty and easy drinking imperial. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO - shared with gethinbeer. Deep black pour with a thick tan head. Fades relatively quickly. The aroma is a little bit muted for the style. Soft milk chocolate and leather along with a soft vanilla and caramel middle malt character. An intense sticky mouthfeel and a little bit of sweet coffee character. Unctuous palate and a lot of sticky sweet malt character. There is a bit of tootsie roll chocolate character. Loads of vanilla and a touch of bourbon as well. Some nice spiciness but its incredibly smooth. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
2013-03-09. Black body with a modest tan head. 3++ Aroma is surprisingly mild, alcohol grows as you go. Dark malt, bourbon. 7+ Flavour is moderately bourbony, dark malt, lingering bourbon has a moderate vanilla character and muted wood notes that grow. Smooth average to medium bodied palate. surprisingly mild, lighter than expected. A bit less assertive than I would have thought but that leads to increased drinkability. Pretty nice stuff. I was planning to age the bottles I have at home but this is drinking pretty smoothly right now. Bottle shared by Wilco

My 1500th Ontario rating! Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
OntBeerDrinker (456) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
Brown bubble head that stays a few mins or less and then is completely gone like it was not there. Completly black so a really good looking beer. Little carbination at bottom I can see. Smell isthe barrel,the burbon and chocolate. Taste is chocolate,the barrel,the burbon and a bit spicy/smokey. 1st sip tatsed like it was cut with cola. So medium bodied but feels like it should be heaviy and more stronger in flavours. Its allright but a little let down by it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pushkinwow (2149) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
750ml bottle from the LCBO. Bought this because of the RB newsletter saying this was an up and coming beer...wasnt expecting much however once it warmed up to room temperature it opened up and what a surprise. Dark dark brown with a nice mocha head that fades to a small ring around the glass. Espresso, bittersweet chocolate mixed with some chocolate pudding, rye bread dipped in aged balsamic vinegar, some booze but not as bourbon forward as some beers I quite enjoy but have to say very well balanced. Full body (if you drink this too cold it will seem thin - let it warm up in a glass to room temperature or at least close to it) with mild carbonation, coats the palate, somewhat bitter, bit of celery, some oak, vanilla and booze; becomes a little dry with a viscous covering in your mouth. This beer makes me want to go back and try the rest of the 25th anniversary beers - and also makes me glad I bought 6 of these and to be honest may go back and get more even at $15 a pop. Highly recommend that people in Ontario go and buy this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4529) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Lots of dark chocolate and some coffee. Pours black with some mocha head, no lacing. Smoked malt aroma. Also some booze in there. Bitter finish. Low carbonation (cask). Thick consistency. On tap at volos - not sure I would pay the $14 for a bottle of this, but its decent.

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