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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Imperial Stout
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Four months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels has transformed this formidable Russian Imperial Stout to somewhere beyond the event horizon; the result is a beer of infinite density and compelling complexities. ABV initially 11.8%, was 14.6% too.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13417) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2016 2013 edition. A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with loads of boozy alcohol, light licorice, molasses, dark fruits, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet chocolate malt with light coffee, maple, vanilla, alcohol warmth, toffee, very nice and balanced. Bottle at Spinrsx tasting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3924) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2016
Brown bottle, 650 ml, 2011 vintage, savoured on May 12 2016; eye: black, opaque, brown head that turns into a ring, light lacing; nose: molasses, roasted barley, slight burnt barley, chocolate; mouth: molasses, roasted barley, light burnt barley, acridness from roasting, chocolate, bitterness, slight iodine, fig, acidity, finale in roasted barley with presence of alcohol, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, surprisingly bitter, oily texture; overall: fine FRANAIS Bouteille brune, 650 ml, millsime 2011, savoure le 12 mai 2016; il : noire, opaque, bonne mousse brune qui se transforme en un anneau, lgre dentelle; nez : mlasse, orge torrfie, trs lger orge brle, chocolat; bouche : mlasse, orge torrfie, lger orge brle, cret de torrfaction, chocolat, amertume, trs lger iode, figue, acidit, finale en orge torrfie avec prsence dalcool, corse, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucre, curieusement amre, texture huileuse; en rsum : bien

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (3476) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2016
2016 bottle poured. Huge thanks to mcberko for the bottle! Listed at 11.2% Jet black pour with an active tan fizz head and sticking lace. Aroma is chocolate, doughy, and a bit nutty. Big chocolate flavor upnfront, and a little dough, a lot like the aroma. Thick body, lingering cocoa finish. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
2012 vintage. Pours pitch black with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing are left behind. Smokey roasted malt aroma with a nice barrel character that makes itself know without overpowering everything else. Grassy and piney hops along with dry, toasted oak, coconut, vanilla and spicy bourbon but the roasted malts and dark chocolate really stand out. Thinner bodied than expected with soft carbonation and a decent amount of boozy bourbon but the barrel character is nicely integrated throughout. Some toasted oak and vanilla bean followed by a prominent bourbon presence that lingers over the sweet and roasted malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Underneath the barrel notes, there is more sweetness than roast with hints of silky chocolate, toffee and caramel along followed by some oatmeal, burnt malt and roasted coffee bean. Well balanced and complex with subtle heat in the finish but the high abv is well masked making this strong beer easier to drink than expected.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (18427) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle split at RBWG 15 hotel lobby share on the final night, thanks to whomever shared this one, 21/02/15. Black with a moderate tan covering. Nose is rich malt, light peppery spice, chocolate malt, charr, light roasted tones, subtle barrel. Taste comprises rich chocolate, dark fruit rinds, spice, trace of bourbon. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a little added boost. Ok impy but doesnt really get out of 2nd gear for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (8152) - Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2015
2/21/15. Sampled during RBWG 2015. Black pour with a nice tan head. Light bourbon aroma, some vanilla and oak, melds well with chocolate and coffee, fudgey. Nice flavor, light bourbon, vanilla oak, fudgey. Tasty stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (7238) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2015
Bottle, thanks for all the bottles Todd. I thoroughly enjouyed this one in you backyard and we really enjoyed it at the first Garching Ratebeer meeting! Toffee, light iodine, vanilla, coffee. Almost black, low head. Dry body, dark chocolate, wood, whisky, berries, vanilla and spirit aftertaste. Great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (4125) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2015
2012 bottle with jfb and jonas, thanks capflu. Black color with reddish highlight and tan head. Aroma is cocoa, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Taste is dark chocolate, plums, rich feeling. Not infinite density, but a good benchmark ImpStout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfb (6025) - GERMANY - OCT 13, 2015
(bottle, many thanks to capflu & jonas for this one!) pitch black in colour with a small beige head. aroma of bran flakes, liquorice and autumn foliage, with big notes of dark toffee, burnt malts and brown sugar. flavour is mostly the same, brown sugar, roasted malts and vanilla, with a touch of milk chocolate, coconut, cherry syrup and a touch of nettles in the light-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with lively carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Whatup14 (1833) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2015
Bouteille 660ml, gracieuset de lupulist, Thanks Mark! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka fuyante laissant une dentelle parse. Arme dalcool, caf, malt torrfi, bois, cacao, crayon de bois. Got de malt torrfi, caf surtout en fin de bouche, bois, chocolat noir, alcool (quoi que bien camoufl), noix. Carbonatation faible, corps dense, collante.


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