Great Lakes Brewery X Swansea Homebrew Winter is Coming

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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.

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fiulijn (20992) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2017
Sergey’s hunt; bottled 26/07/2013, 4 years old
Dark chocolate, thick, then some roasted malt and some booze. Moderately sweet. Just the Imperial Stout I like.

fiery1 (1500) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2017
650ml bottle @ the office. Pours an opaque black shade with a tiny brown head. Nose is sweet bourbon, molasses, and chocolate fudge. Flavour is moderately hot but still as the nose presents and not bad at all as it warms sip after sip.

Ferris (16106) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2017
Bottle - Boozy and bourbon and some barrel notes. Jet brown with decent brown head. Dark roasty bourbon notes and lots of boozy notes. Big and bold, but nice.

mcberko (18434) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2017
750mL bottle, pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma brings out chocolate fudge, with whiskey barrels and moderate roast. Flavour is boozy as hell, with sludge, chocolate, and booze. Heavy, abrasive and alcoholic. Not coherent at all. Messy stuff.

beerplace (1805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2017
650ml bottle (thx, Chris S.!) shared at Brians office. DOB: 2013-07-26. Pours a very dark brown with the same head. Aroma is fruity, boozy with bourbon and bourbon barrel notes. Taste is pretty similar with lots of chocolate notes. Bourbon, chocolaty, and boozy bomb. Interesting.

AcctError97534 (820) - 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.

mabel (9246) - 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)

blankboy (7735) - 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!

Sammy (12496) - 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.

neongolden (1721) - 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?

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