Great Lakes Brewery Stalin’s Choice
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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewery (Ontario)
Style: Imperial Stout
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 4.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   ABV: -
Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3768) - Aylmer, Quebec, - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (5197) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2015
Bouteille sans étiquette avec cire sur la capsule. Espresso, effet pimenté, café brûlé, réglisse, mélasse, fruits, cerise, vanille, choco et bourbon: voilà le riche éventail de ses flaveurs. Très belle et longue présence en bouche. Son corps est soyeux et ses bulles sont parfaitement ajustées. Sa longue finale amère et chaude est très appréciable. Très solide. Une bouteille que j’ai entièrement bue pour célébrer ma nouvelle opportunité.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (7278) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2015
[Bottle (660ml) shared with friends] Pours a purple-black with a spare diminishing foamy tan head. Awesome aroma is fruity, boozy and hoppy along with dark malt and light coffee. Flavour: This is a big beer! Lots of flavour, with dark roasted malt, coffee & chocolate, vanilla, alcohol and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied. This is great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere (12970) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9877) - 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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