Great Lakes Brewery 25th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
In the 1950s, the Bulut family of Great Lakes Brewery came to Canada from Europe across the Atlantic. For our 25th Anniversay, weve decided to cross back over in search of traditional beer styles and, of course, we are adding our own professive touch that weve become known for. We look forward to bringing you worldly beer styles throughout this hear and hope youll join us on the journey as we celebrate our 25th anniversay

Russian Imperial stouts were originall brewed in England for the Russian Imperial Court for Czarina Catherine the Great in the 18th century. For the final release in our 25th Anniversay series weve been inspired by the south to add a contemporary touch to our stout. Weve amassed a number of freshly emptied Kentucky Bourban barrels in which weve aged the beer for 3 months. This has enhanced the flavour profile of roasted malts, rich dark chocolate and coffee with a finish of sweet Bourban. This release is best suited to aging and can be cellared for up to 3 years.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Canmoore (454) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
I was told about this beer a few weeks ago, and I had to try it. I have never tried a Russian Imperial Stout before, so this was going to be a adventure for me. The beer pours an opaque black, with a thin dark brown head. The aroma is rich dark and complex, with notes of coffee, caramel, toffee, rich roasted malts, and some bourbon. The taste blew me away, this is not beer! This is magic! A rich velvety blanket of bitter-sweet dark chocolate, coffee, chewy toffee, plum, and figs. The sweet bourbon was a little subdued, but as the beer warmed up it began to shine through. This beer is something else, I picked up a few more and I am going to let them age. I have little experience with Imperial Stouts, but I am quite sure that this will be hard to beat for quite some time!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2015
Thanks to cfrancis for this one! Cellared this bad boy for the recommended 3 years and wow what a beauty! Great marriages of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and smooth alcohol warmth! Great complexity and finish... Could easily drink a full pint of this to celebrate whatever needs celebrating!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinsenn (2161) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2013
750mL bottle from LCBO, purchased despite the $15 price tag. Pours opaque black with brown head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and even a little cherry. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, with a roasty bitter finish with some alcohol in it - imperial stout perfection. Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Another winner from GLB - I really wish these 25th Anniversary series beers were always available!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barncatmatt (2283) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by jprime. Black with a tan head. A masterfully crafted imperial stout aged perfectly in a bourbon barrel. The barrel compliments the base beer so well its hard to imagine the two apart. Really good BA impy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO - shared with gethinbeer. Deep black pour with a thick tan head. Fades relatively quickly. The aroma is a little bit muted for the style. Soft milk chocolate and leather along with a soft vanilla and caramel middle malt character. An intense sticky mouthfeel and a little bit of sweet coffee character. Unctuous palate and a lot of sticky sweet malt character. There is a bit of tootsie roll chocolate character. Loads of vanilla and a touch of bourbon as well. Some nice spiciness but its incredibly smooth. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
Shared with JoeMcPhee, thanks bruv. Black colour with a thin chocolate coloured lace which clings to the glass. Roasted malt, peat and chocolate aroma. Vanilla and chocolate flavour. Smooth on the palette. Only a hint of the alcohol for the strength. Very tasty and easy drinking imperial. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rejtable (2535) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours black with an initial dark tan head. Little lacing. Nose is vanilla with maybe some espresso and bitter chocolate. Aromas are bitter chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, vanilla . Tastes are heavy sweet with medium bitterness to the finish. Oily in the mouth with light-medium carbonation. Alcohol is present, but well integrated. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dandeman (927) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2013
Aroma is full of bourbon with crystallized fruits, brown sugar, cherry, field berries and raisins. Magnificent nose, complex, with bourbon all over and several notes of fruit and sugar. Color is black, opaque, with a thick dense and creamy brown head. Medium lasting and great lacing. Attack is very warming with alcohol sticking out strongly but not aggressively. Molasses, cherry and field berry notes are mixing well with alcohol making the mouth feel very round and thick. Roast bitterness is adding to strength as finish and lasts very long. Body is full, texture creamy and round. We can also feel coffee, milk chocolate and caramel making their way trough the flavor palette. A very warming and complex RIS. Its just missing a little something with its balance sugar / bitterness to raise it up at the level of outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markas101 (2403) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Big bottle, wax top. Deep black-brwon, dark brown head. Rum-oak-prune aroma. Very smooth, sweet with dark chocolate bitterness. Long rum finish with cocoa and cloves. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (15092) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle shared by Countbeer. Opaque pitch black color, superb dark brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, vanilla, oak, soft roast. Taste malts, soft roast again, loads of bourbon, vanilla lightly, oak, moderately bitter and a firm sweetness from the dominant bourbon and vanilla flavors as well. Aftertaste is a bit faint, but the main flavor is lovely. Full body, oily texture, soft to average carbonation.

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