Great Lakes Brewery Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout Ontario

The Globe and Mail
Wednesday 6th March, 2013

Price $14.95/750 ml Great Lakes, based in Toronto, rolled out four specialty beers to commemorate its 25th anniversary this year, and this is the last. The brewery brought in freshly emptied bourbon barrels from Kentucky and let the dark brew mingle with the whisky-soaked wood for three months. It may have soaked up a splash of alcohol as well as charred-whisky flavour; the count on this monster is 11 per cent. Rich, smooth and noticeably strong, it has a creamy texture, with moderate-to-low carbonation, typical of the Russian imperial stout style. There is a lot to admire here: prune, cherry,…

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