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

Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewery (Ontario)
Style: Imperial Stout
Etobicoke, Canada
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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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.

hangunder's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hangunder (305) - Ontario, - FEB 23, 2013
Beautiful smelling, the bourbon barrel comes through very strong on the nose. A bit of chocolatey malt to back up the bourbon. Completely black, with a quickly dissipating thin dark head. On sipping this beer, get bourbon upfront, chocolatey malts in the middle and more of the bourbon/vanilla with some alcohol heat in the finish. Finish is quite long. Carbonation not too extreme and mouthfeel a bit thin-- my biggest complaint about this one. Otherwise very good and assertive BA imp stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille courtoisie de Johnsense, dégustée le 6/27/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : noire. Apparence : opaque.
Arôme : Boisé (fût de bourbon), chocolat noir, malt rôti, léger de vanille, notes de caramel.
Goût : Entrée de bouche : Goût boisé (fût de bourbon) légèrement vanillé avec quelques traces fruitées. Une dominante de de malt rôti et de chocolat noir est également présent avec des notes de café et de faibles traces de caramel brûlé.
En bouche : Corps : moyenne-ronde. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : moyennement crémeuse. Finale : moyenne, composée d’un goût légèrement amer de rôti avec un goût boisé ainsi que des notes de chocolat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5091) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2016
Mousse brune sur liquide noir. La classique. Parfums de bourbon et de caramel avec vanille et noix de coco, café et chocolat. Tout pour plaire mais rien pour surprendre. Au goût, c’est un stout impérial dominé par son bourbon. Pas mauvais mais trop barrique pour moi. En bouche, un corps de moyenne densité avec des bulles éclatantes et une texture crémeuse. La finale montre un bourbon rendu noir.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6206) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle: Many thanks Pushkinwow: Served in a Chouffe glass: Black beer. Brown lacing. Aromas of liquorice, roast, light liquor, light whiskey and marshmellows, dark fruits, some flowers, coal and mint... Weird ey... Flavour is roasty, bitter, liquorice, wood and whiskey tints, some rye, dark fruits, flowers, bay leaf... Nice but nothing crazy! Aftertaste is roast, bitter, liquorice, wood and some sweet coal... Low carbo, light crramy lighter oily close to silky mouthfeel, more than medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (14123) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle shared by Countbeer. Opaque pitch black color, superb dark brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, vanilla, oak, soft roast. Taste malts, soft roast again, loads of bourbon, vanilla lightly, oak, moderately bitter and a firm sweetness from the dominant bourbon and vanilla flavors as well. Aftertaste is a bit faint, but the main flavor is lovely. Full body, oily texture, soft to average carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2015
Thanks to cfrancis for this one! Cellared this bad boy for the recommended 3 years and wow what a beauty! Great marriages of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and smooth alcohol warmth! Great complexity and finish... Could easily drink a full pint of this to celebrate whatever needs celebrating!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleRider78 (672) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (3078) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3279) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle 750ml. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (5293) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
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.

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