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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 (11283) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8848) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8683) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8534) - 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 it’s incredibly smooth. Tasty beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8006) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6876) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6197) - 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, it’s not an easy-drinking beer but it’s very flavourful and pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5805) - 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
Boutip (4828) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4609) - 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.


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