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Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewery (Ontario)
Style: Imperial Stout
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
This big, boozy black number is made up of multiple homebrew batches carefully blended together and aged in a whiskey barrel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (733) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2015
650ml bottle. Bottled on date : 26/07/2013. Pours black with a thin mocha coloured head. Jesus. Tonnes of bourbon coming through on the nose with molasses, caramel, vanilla, very boozy notes, but REALLY heavy with the bourbon barrel notes. A friend walked into the room and informed us "I can smell your beer down the hallway." That’s what we’re dealing with here. As for taste, wow. This beer is enormous. Sweet, full bodied, and tongue coating with dark rum notes, molasses, bourbon, BIG booziness, so much so it comes across as spiciness on the tongue, and butterscotch that turns into boozy marzipan notes, almost liqueur like chocolate/cherry notes and a finish that lasts forever. This beer is just flat out impressive. I’ve never had a stout as GIANT as this, and with so many bourbon barrel notes. This is a dream for stout/bourbon lovers. Holy jeebus this is mildly crazy, but I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
[5828-20130917] Tap. Spiced roasted soya sauce aroma. Black brown body with no lasting head. Roasted soya saucy grains flavour has a long roasted aftertaste. Full body. Delicious but huuuuge. (8/3/9/4/16) 4.0
(Homebrewers Tap Takeover @ Indie Alehouse, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
Draught at ’Indie Alehouse Homebrewers Tap Takeover’. Pours inky black with red hues and no head. Aroma is malty along with lots of chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol and light hops. Flavour is sweet, roasty and boozy with a huge finish. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel. This is a BIG beer, it’s really good, but it’s BIG!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11247) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
A big beer, by far the biggest of the homebrew clubs’ tap takeover at Indie tonight, all brewed here. Big barrel, chocolate but overwhelming coconut. Not boozy however the whisky is there. Too much coconut, bourbon,barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (1260) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
(Draught at Indie Alehouse, Sept 17 2013) Pours completely black with no head at all. Aroma is very much bourbon and its component aromas (vanilla, wood, alcohol) with a lot of dark malt in behind, smells boozy and rich. On the palate, more big, rich dark malt, alcohol, slightly chocolatey, and then a fair amount of bourbon and a bit of wood take over. Sweetness persists throughout, but is dried down somewhat on the finish by the alcohol. Fairly full-bodied but smooth, light carbonation, lingered a little on the tongue. I felt one’s opinion of this would be influenced a lot by one’s thoughts on bourbon - they didn’t let the Woodford Reserve barrel go to waste! I like how rich it is, and I liked the whiskey character, but it is quite a booze bomb. Wonder how it would cellar?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
2013-09-17. Pitch black body, headless. 3+ Aroma of alcohol, ad rich dark malt character. Flavour is super alcoholic up front, and very warming on the tongue and in the throat. Rich dark malt, alcohol, lightly fruity, whisper of cocoa, rum like undertones, then very mild bourbon character. Very smooth medium to full bodied palate, light carbonation. 3++ Really nice core flavours but boozy as heck. I love the richness of the malt and I enjoyed sipping on this but the alcohol character is too forward for me to want more than a small glass of it I think. On tap at Indie Alehouse Homebrewers Tap Takeover event, Toronto Beer Week

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