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Great Lakes Brewing Stalin’s Choice Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Great Lakes Brewing Stalin’s Choice Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Imperial Stout
Etobicoke, Canada
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 4.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   ABV: -
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (2990) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2013
Sample, cask, Volo’s Cask Days, savoured on October 27 2012; eye: black, opaque, tiny sheet of dark beige head, no lacing; nose: resinous hops, roasted barley, woody, bourbon, alcohol; mouth: resinous hops, roasted barley, woody, bourbon, alcohol, finale in alcohol with bourbon and woody presence, full body, not much carbonation, mildly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Échantillon, cask, Cask Days de Volo, savourée le 27 octobre 2012; œil : noire, opaque, petite couverture de mousse beige foncé, pas de dentelle; nez : houblon résineux, orge torréfiée, boisé, bourbon, alcool; bouche : houblon résineux, orge torréfiée, boisé, bourbon, alcool, finale en alcool avec présence de bourbon et boisé, corsée, peu carbonatée, moyennement sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : très bon

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a superb soy sauce and chocolate with bourbon notes, musty and complex. In mouth, a sweet bitter chocolate with tobacco, soy, musty bourbon barrel, very nice. Cask at Cask Days 2012.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
[4574-20120623] Tap. Sweet coffee roasted malt booze aroma. Black body with a quick foamy dark brown head. Boozy sweet roasted malt and lots of dry coffee grinds in the flavour. Full body. Tasty! (8/3+/7/3/15) 3.6
(Festival @ Session 99, Toronto, ON)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2012
October 27, 2012 - 8th Annual Volo Cask Days. 100 IBUs. It’s black, with a smallish frothy light brown head. Smells kind of bourbony - vanilla, oak, some alcohol, deep roast but I sure don’t get 100 IBU level bitterness at all - nice though, decently balanced and the bourbon doesn’t seem to be threatening to take over the planet like some (8-). Taste follows, again balanced, a little more alcohol presence, still not hugely bitter, but there is a earthiness that I quite like, big chocolate, light coffee deep roastiness. Oily, slick, reasonably thick, mildly carbonated with a longish malty increasingly bitter finish. A fine BA impy stout that doesn’t beat you over the head with anything, just takes you for a smooth drinkable ride.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
2012-06-23. Blac body with a nice tan head. Aroma has a fair bit of bourbon, mild dark malt foundation. 7+ Super rich dark malt core, quite sweet but the modest roast and bourbon barrel character add complexity and a modest bitterness to keep it from becoming cloying. Bourbon is the dominant character but the rich sweet base can handle it well. 8+ Subtle chocolate cocoa accents. Smooth full bodied palate. Very nice stuff. At Session Festival 2012, Toronto


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