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Pothole Filler Imperial Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Pothole Filler Imperial StoutPothole Filler Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 27
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is a strong, inky dark ale, brewed with 6 malts and blackstrap molasses. It is a thick beer, with an intense roasted barley flavour, with notes of chocolate and licorice.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 09-07-2008)
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British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-21-2011 03:17:53 | More by EskimoDave
Photo of lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +22.5%

1 litre bottle.

Appearance: Thick, oily, very dark brown on the pour, filling the glass with an opaque solid blackness topped with a hilly brown head with good retention and blankets of lace.

Aroma: Molasses, liquorice, bitter cocoa, some coffee.

Taste: Liquorice and molasses with a building but gentle coffee and cocoa bitterness. Some vinous dark fruit such as blackberry and perhaps sour cherry. Then a smooth sweetness takes over, muting the coffee and enhancing the liquorice; the addition of molasses to this beer definitely gives it a great character and balance. Never too sweet, never too bitter, this is a delight to drink. There is a definite alcohol hit here, but it doesn't burn.

The coffee flavours come through a little more when it has warmed somewhat: I recommend drinking it chilled to enjoy it at its most refined. The swing top bottle allows you to savour it and not let it warm too much by having small glasses at a time.

Mouthfeel: Very, very full bodied and silky, with a modest carbonation that quickly becomes restrainedly dry for the style.

Drinkability: This is yet another wonderous beer from a fantastic brewery. Beautifully balanced and dangerously easy to drink at its 2010 9% abv.

Very high quality.

05-12-2010 06:51:48 | More by lumikuuro
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

01-12-2013 05:00:24 | More by StroppyMare
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

01-09-2014 20:53:58 | More by DaveRinn
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

12-04-2012 07:24:49 | More by HKUSPC40
Photo of twj2000

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

03-22-2014 02:46:35 | More by twj2000
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-02-2013 00:55:04 | More by irishkyle21
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-06-2014 03:30:58 | More by CurtisD
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-02-2013 01:19:29 | More by Mersh
Photo of Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-13-2014 03:31:29 | More by Idrankthat
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-15-2013 07:02:48 | More by bernat1971
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-03-2013 16:43:39 | More by krankyjoe
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

03-04-2013 23:17:12 | More by wramshaw
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-24-2013 23:39:31 | More by Erik-P
Photo of thefullpython

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-06-2012 08:09:42 | More by thefullpython
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-23-2012 21:49:36 | More by hickmancase
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-19-2012 23:44:56 | More by Molson2000
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

Black with a tan head, great retention & lace.

Aroma is subtle, considering the strength: brown sugar, chocolate, coffee and roasted nut with hints of tar & fruity esters.

Flavours of coffee, demerara sugar, bakers chocolate, roasted nut, caramel, biscuit, rye bread, light cider-like fruitiness, good bitterness; only a slight hint of alcohol warmth.

This is like a protein shake! Full bodied and very smooth, without much residual sweetness. Awesome.

Incredibly drinkable for its strength. Overall, another extremely well-crafted brew from Howe Sound.

02-05-2012 22:47:37 | More by Derek
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

1 liter swingtop, generously given to me by my friend George when I was back west.

Pours a deep and opaque black, huge and thick tan head forms and slowly settles down to a very thick layer and ring around the glass, drops a ton of sticky lacing everywhere, looks pretty damn good.

Smell is great, rich and malty, big roastiness, toffee, chocolate, lightly fruity, some raisin, a bit of smoke and some licorice, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, very rich and balanced.

Taste is similar, really nice, toffee up front and a touch of biscuit, chocolate wafers, big roast, brown sugar, raisins, lightly smokey, wicked licorice character, oak and some vanilla, pretty solid bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, just silky smooth going down. A really great RIS, Thanks George!

08-12-2010 16:13:33 | More by Viggo
Photo of jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

A real nice stout.

Poured in a clear pint glass.

Nice dark brown / black appearance.

The head was almost a smooth as a guinness yet more of a chocolate milk color.

Thin lace on the glass as it's enjoyed.

The nose is slightly sour with nice hints of toffee.

Taste is warm with hints of dark chocolate and toffee and a subtle clean bitters finish.

Mouthfeel is well rounded.

03-24-2013 22:13:57 | More by jaz58
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Very nice 9% Porter.
The head is a dark mocha and the beer itself is black.
The nose is very inviting, malty, espresso notes.
The taste is great. Coffee, chocolate, yum.
Very well balanced, dry great mouth feel. Goes down like a cold Starbuck coffee, but its a 9% dream.

01-17-2011 02:06:54 | More by LazyL
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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
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Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance - Pour a dark cola brown/near black with a one finger width of creamy beige head. Leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

Smell- Dark chocolate, molasses, bready aromas and caramel malts.

Taste- Dark chocolate and roasted flavours are most present with the sweet sticky molasses and caramel playing a supporting role.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. There is a pleasant sticky characteristic to this one.

Overall- A very enjoyable RIS from Howe Sound. The dark chocolate and the roast flavours were pleasant. The molasses provides a nice variation on the style. The ABV is well concealed which makes this 1 L bottle even more dangerous. Definitely worth a try!

02-20-2012 01:51:49 | More by leaddog
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Thanks to chickenm for this one.

Poured from a 1L swingtop and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a really thick and really dark body. Cascading head that doesn't overdo it but is plentiful. Great lasting power and thin veils of lacing all around.

Smell: Milky chocolate, sweet mixed with a bit over roasted notes, nuts, a bit figgy, raw cocoa powder.

Taste: Dates, nuts, bit of raisins, semi-sweet chocolate mixed with pure milk chocolate. Very easy to visualize what i'm drinking.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot-on, not too much and not too little. Creamy and next to no bitterness.

Overall: A pleasure to drink. Highly recommended.

10-08-2012 12:29:59 | More by papat444
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Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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