The Grizzly Paw Bourbon Barrel Aged RIS

Reviewed by on December 13, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

  • Origin: Canmore, AB, CA

  • Rated On: December 13, 2017

  • Best Before: bottled November 16, 2017

  • ABV: 10.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Russian Imperial Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Canmore’s Grizzly Paw Brewing has released this Bourbon barrel aged (for a year) Russian Imperial Stout, as the 2016 Single Edition.

This 650ml, black wax sealed bottle pours a solid black, with the scantest of amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy brown head, which leaves a bit of roiling sea swell lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some sharp dark stone fruitiness, vanilla-forward Bourbon wood, bittersweet cocoa powder, mild anise spice, and plain earthy, herbal, and soused-up floral noble hops.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, sort of sour black fruity notes, a subtle Bourbon oakiness, medium chocolate, black licorice, weak cafe-au-lait, and more understated leafy, herbal, and besotted floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly laid-back in its basic form frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really playing spoilsport here. It finishes off-dry, but not by all that much, as the barrel essences swoop down, like death from above.

Overall – as noted on the label description, the wood does indeed go the long mile in reducing ‘any cloying sweetness’ (which is the brewery admitting that there was any in the first place), which renders this a fairly quaffable experience.  Add in the essentially masked north of 10 points of booze, and we have a veritable winner on our hands.

Brady White

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