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


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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete (3060) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle vintage 2014 from a trade. Many thanks! Dark black colour, brown foam. Soft carbonation. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Heavy, full body. Nice warming sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2016
Very nice impy stout! Pours dark black with crema coloured head that disappeared quickly. Nose is boozy with dark chocolate and cola. Mouthfeel is smooth. Flavour is bourbon, sweet dark malts, chocolate and a touch of bitter espresso. Well done driftwood 2012 version. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (7166) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2016
Sample @ RBWG Tampa Epic Hotel Share. Thanks to whoever brought this! Deep brown with a dark tan head. Sort of oily and viscous. Nose has a bit of soy. General char. Dark chocolate. Similar flavor. Skews earthy / roasty / dry over sweet. Cocoa. Mellow spiciness on the ashy finish. Full body. Oily. OK stuff, but not a standout for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adamnowek (2108) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2016
Dark cola colour. Aroma is hugely boozy, with bits of bourbon and cocoa. Taste is more balanced, featuring malt, smoke, and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (1144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 3, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2016 On tap at Alibi, 2016 release. Pours very dark brown, almost black with a brown head. Aroma and taste are slightly sweet, dark fruits, burnt malt, saddle, with some chocolate, cocoa and roasted sunflower seeds notes and some alcohol. Burnt malt with dark fruits and some bourbon, saddle, chocolate and smoky notes aftertaste. Very good balanced beer. Should become even better with aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1604) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2016
Thanks to Matt for this brew! Un liquide qui nest pas noir mais rouge pourpre et surmont dun mousse claire peu persistante. Peu ou pas de lacings sur mon verre. Le liquide nest aucunement visqueux ni sirupeux contrairement la matire noire de forte densit annonce. Armes explosives de cacao, dalcool, de gteau au chocolat sur lequel on a pos une cerise au marasquin. Peu original mais fort agrable. Lalcool occupe une place importante en bouche. Cette alcool est encore plus vrai que le liquide, plutt mince, en accentue la prsence. Amertume plaisante, cacao poudreux, flaveurs de canne sucre et de raisin noir, une bire toute indique aprs un repas pic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (2394) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2016
Bottle share, merci Sylvain! Pours dark cola lots of head and lots of lacing. Nose is vanilla and chocolate, roasted. Flavours of vanilla, bourbon, espresso, plums. Taste is big sweet and big bitter. Big creamy mouth with lively carbonation. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13183) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3853) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (3276) - 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.

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