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Yaletown Rocket to Russia Bourbon Oak-Aged Imperial Stout

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Yaletown Rocket to Russia Bourbon Oak-Aged Imperial Stout
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Formerly brewed at Yaletown Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Vancouver, Canada
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Yaletown Brewing’s Iain Hill teamed up with Vancouver Home Brewing Award’s 2010 medallists Matt Anderson and Danny Seeton to create a 14000 litre batch of their ’Rocket to Russia’ bourbon oak-aged Imperial Stout.

’Rocket to Russia’ is a 10.5% abv Imperial Stout and was descibed by its creators as "being very smooth with a distinctive American oak flavour reminiscent of new world red wines."


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2011
2011-04-08, growler from the brewpub, filled 3 weeks ago and kept in the fridge, 8-5-8-4-15=40
Pitch black color; small head. Nice aroma, well blended: vanilla, roasted malt, tobacco, light vanilla, roasted nuts, burnt wood. Good body strength; the blend of flavors (chocolate, caramel, roasted malts) is very good, with some liquorice and tar traces; there is a moderate residual sweetness; the bitterness is strong. The final is just a bit weaker than expected, and overall it starts getting a bit astringent. Very good.

2001-03-10, draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, 8-4-7-4-15=38
Black color; small creamy head. Very nice aroma of whisky, roasted malt and vanilla oak, balanced. Dark chocolate flavor; the strong oak is pleasant, the burnt malt is less; the alcohol can be perceived through a warming feeling, but it’s acceptable. Strong bitterness. A bit chaotic, but good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (10201) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruit. Flavour is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt, licorice, dried fruits, alcohol. full body. Very nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1235) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2011
Sampled at Hopapalooza II. Pours solid black with a decent tan head. Aroma features roasted malt, bourbon, cocoa, some vanilla. Taste is fairly sweet and bitter, similar notes to the aroma. Finish is slightly boozy but overall it’s a solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 25, 2011

Handbottle.

[ Courtesy of fiulijn ]. Clear dark black brown color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, cofffee, tobacco, wood - oak - bourbon, tobac - soy sauce notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, vanilla, bourbon. Body is medium full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20110416]

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (7199) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2011
Handbottle @ fonefan
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon and coconut. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a smooth bourbon coconut finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
Bottle @ Ulfborg Easter Tasting, 2011. Pours black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Oak, bourbon, chocolate a bit of tar and vanilla. Smooth and slick. Sticky. Delicious!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13106) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2011
Bottle. It’s a very dark brown beer, topped by a small, dark beige head. The aroma is burnt with lots of dried fruits. Coffee, cloves and roasted malts too. The flavor is really nice, with licorice, cloves, lots of roasted malts and some alcohol. Quite a lot alcohol actually. Full body, nice carbonation, quite warming. Lasting roasted and warming finish with licorice and cloves. A really nice imperial stout, tasteful and pleasant, although too warming. 110416

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
saxo (13796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
Handbottle @ fonefan tasting. Small head with short duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are smoke, wood, vanilla and roast malt. As always bourbon barrels only makes things worse.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (10755) - DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
Bottle from fiulijn @ FOneFan. Black with small beige head. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, sweet, little liquorice, vanilla, oak, notes of alcohol and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6013) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 14, 2011
Growler kindly shared by fiulijn. Dark brown, a hint of smoke, roasted grain, not as oaky as I thought, but there is some pleasant vanilla. Rather sweet, good balance, pleasant stuff.


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