Pothole Filler Imperial Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Massive 1L swingtop from the Conestoga LCBO, enjoyed over a couple of evenings (a litre of imperial stout is a bit too much for this guy in one night).
Poured into my Duvel tulip. Black as pitch (go figure), with about a half inch of dark tan head that recedes into a thick ring. Some lacing. Your classic RIS.
Nose is rich and bitter, with a bit of sweetness lingering in the back. But yes, all the usual suspects are here: bitter coffee, roasted malt, caramel, licorice and hops. Very nice.
If you like your RIS's dry and generously hopped, this one is definitely for you. Quite bitter, puckery hop finish, with roasted coffee, caramel and licorice as well. Well crafted. Medium-thick, mild carbonation, silky.
Solid RIS, and I enjoyed the near growler-sized bottle on both evenings. Worth seeking out while its here.
02-05-2013 04:14:30 | More by JohnnyBarman
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours jet black with a thick brown head that leaves some lacing. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, and a little smoke and licorice. Flavor of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses, and ash. Medium bodied and smooth, and has a lingering slightly burnt aftertaste. Just a little alcohol is noticable. Overall, it's not in the top tier of Imperial Stouts, but it's still a very solid beer. I had no trouble finishing the 1L bottle!
03-20-2011 19:58:03 | More by chickenm
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
1 liter swing-top bottle, par for the course for this brewery (and a good thing, usually).
This beer pours a solid black, with broad southern cola highlights, and three fingers of foamy, creamy weak chocolate milk head, which leaves an attractive random webbed pattern of lace around the glass in its leisurely wake.
It smells of bitter chocolate milk powder, mildly roasted caramel malt, and zingy earthy, leafy hops. The taste is big bittersweet chocolate, mildly roasted coffee, creamed caramel, earthy semi-sweet molasses, and prominent earthy, weedy hops, their substantial potential bitterness somehow plowed under. In the morass that is the malt/hop showoff here, the big 9 points of booze get a pass as far as their oral effect is concerned.
The bubbles are nicely restrained, the body a solid medium weight, and just a bit prickly from hop and/or booze (who knows at this point) but overall things wind up pretty damned smooth. It finishes a mite bit drier than expected, the hops and bitter side of the chocolate aiding and abetting, but not without a still hefty nod to their existential better half.
One of the hoppier examples of an RIS I have thus far encountered, which is no bad thing, as the chocolatey malt counterpoint is more than equal to the task. Big, brash, and bold, yet somehow easy to drink. Approach with due care and attention, as you would the titular road conditions.
03-04-2012 05:45:56 | More by biboergosum
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
Bottle two half pints at Bar Volo Howe Sound takeover. Enjoyed it knowing is somewhere between a Russian IS and an oatmeal stout. Not up to the RIS standard. Significant acid but under control. Dark as night, with only a whisp of head. Above average mouthtfeel. Appropriate understated carbonation. Decent drinkability, it is a sipper.
09-21-2011 14:05:51 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
A - tar black, very tall thick brown head, left random blobs of lacing as it slowly receded
S - big roasty and burnt flavours, mild cocoa and licororice
T - intensely roasty and burnt malt, licorice root and mild dark fruits with a mild grassy hope note in the background
M - chewy low carbonated body, smoky and dry finish, 9% ABV undetectable
O - it a big thick in your face stout just as you'd expect, not an everyday drinker but maybe every other day
04-05-2012 03:26:06 | More by joemcgrath27
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
A- three finger dark mocha head with massive retention, near black body, thick lacing and big bubbles, so far so good.
S-herbal and floral hops, nutty malt, some tobacco
T - nice balanced hops up front with chocolate and some coffee coming through in the finish. Booze is well hidden (could be that I seem to be drinking only imperial stouts and IPAS lately and I have become immune to it).
M-medium bodied very smooth with plenty of carbonation for the style, refreshing bitterness that lingers, sweet flavours are balanced and not overdone.
An excellent imperial stout that is worth the $11 I paid for it (not bad given it has as much booze as a 12 pack of coors) - and for you homebrewers out there it comes in a handy reuseable 1L flip top bottle. Not one thing sticks out to me yet there is nothing I would add to it either - simply a great brew,
12-21-2012 00:21:16 | More by Stocean1
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Happy birthday Alex! 32 oz. Flip top poured into a plastic cup. Black body, dark brown as its poured, creamy mocha foam sticks around for the duration of the glass, lacing some around the edges.
Aromas of plum, dates, raisin, smoke, dry bakers chocolate.
Fudgy blend of cocoa and unsweetened chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, prune, toasted almond, mild char, mellow sweetness from the molasses.
Creamy and viscous body, mellow bitterness in the aftertaste. Not especially sweet, balanced elements of roast, dark fruit, cocoa. Reminds me a little of Expedition stout. Pretty drinkable, best shared considering the serving size. The 9% abv is completely hidden, masked by the creamy chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Not bad and certainly worth trying, but for my money Expedition is still my go-to for a big stout.
07-04-2011 05:00:01 | More by emerge077
British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
Appearance. Pours black with a 1/4 finger of creamy tan head.
Smell. Lots of roasty, chocolaty malts with a little bit of fruit in the form of cherries and a hint of citrus rind.
Taste. Big roasty malts, some dark coffee, a little bitter chocolate and just enough slightly tangy, citrusy hops.
Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied with below medium carbonation.
Overall. Nice big stout. Tons of great roasty flavour and still drinks pretty easy. Better grab another bottle of this one before it's gone!
02-16-2012 16:44:25 | More by Rutager
4.04/5 rDev -1%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with coffee notes and some black chocolate is quite enjoyable. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt notes with light bitter aftertaste and some light dry coffee notes with some nice black chocolate with light lingering bitterness. Body is actually above average but not as full or creamy as I was expecting with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is a good rendition of the style but lacks a bit of body and creaminess that would showcase more of the black chocolate notes.
08-19-2013 14:22:43 | More by Phyl21ca
4.08/5 rDev 0%
1L bottle to Bruery tulip.
A - Dark black with two fingers of bubbly medium brown head that reduced to one finger with good retention and really good lacing.
S - Chocolate up front with plenty of roasted malts, some char, smoke and bitterness evident.
T - Bog roasted malt profile up front with char and licorice flavours present. Some dark chocolate and coffee flavours also come through with the roasted malts.
M - Medium body with a slight chew. Light carbonation.
06-03-2012 13:07:47 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.04/5 rDev -1%
A: inky black, brown head, spongy lace.
S: molasses, heavy roast, plums, dates, chocolate, tinge of coffee.
T: syrup, chocolate, roast, molasses, dark fruits, subtle booze.
M: thick, rich, full.
O: definitely a this, surprisingly drinkable RIS. Somewhat classic, and very solid.
05-05-2013 03:25:24 | More by EgadBananas
4.01/5 rDev -1.7%
From a 1 L brown bottle, capped with a flip-top lid. Pours out a dense opaque jet black hue, impermeable to light. Creamy tan head that settles to a thick frothy cap.
Roasty malts, some sweet dark malt, coffee notes on the nose, some faint dry toasty cocoa.
Flavour starts out on a sweet almost milky note, then turns roasty, while the two in turn evolve into a sort of cafe au lait charatcter, finishing with a dry roasty, somewhat burnt finish. Burnt malt aftertaste. It's only after a long while and the bottle nearly finished that herbal, spicy hops appear on the finish and aftertaste.
Full mouthfeel, full velvety texture, medium carbonation.
While not very intense for the style, it's a very enjoyable and approachable interpretation of an RIS, and masking the alcohol content incredibly well. In my honest opinion it seems more like a buffed up Stout, or a Robust Porter, however it's still mighty fine of its own accord.
03-16-2013 23:18:52 | More by IronDjinn
Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.