Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Imperial Stout
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 (233) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8627) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markas101 (1843) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
Big bottle, wax top. Deep black-brwon, dark brown head. Rum-oak-prune aroma. Very smooth, sweet with dark chocolate bitterness. Long rum finish with cocoa and cloves. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PatIrish (168) - 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 (799) - - 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 (401) - 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 (2131) - 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 (456) - 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 (4356) - 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 (10916) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4726) - 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.

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