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Pothole Filler Imperial Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 26
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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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 03:26:06 | More by joemcgrath27
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Howe Sound Brewing tap house:

A: Black liquid with a 1/8" light brown head that left a fair amount of lacing.

S: Espresso, black licorice, and alcohol.

T: The taste profile is a combination of bitter black coffee, toasted malt, and dark chocolate. The beer begins bitter, but has a smooth finish.

M: Medium viscosity with a low level of carbonation.

O: This Imperial Stout is the type of beer that you have to settle into, especially if it is served cold. As it warmed it became less aggressive and much more drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 15:26:17 | More by DaftCaskBC
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beerman207

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the 1 L swing top. Just an awesome bottle and lots of stout to share with friends

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a nice tan head that starts at about 1 finger and lingers throughout the entire session - nice

S: Nose is smoke, malt, mollases (bootstrap variety), chocolate

T: Taste is like whopper candy and smoke, malt strong, some light hop

m: Medium body - a bit thick and oily/wet, nice

O: Fantastic offering from Howe Sound. Never had a brew from them but look forward to finding more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:40:37 | More by beerman207
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 23:18:52 | More by IronDjinn
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

04-10-2013 12:53:29 | More by beerhunter13
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

01-11-2013 19:08:53 | More by JonnyBeers
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oso

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

03-18-2014 04:10:05 | More by oso
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

01-28-2013 13:00:31 | More by ThinkAgain
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

01-11-2014 19:39:50 | More by bumchilly25
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

02-24-2013 14:46:57 | More by polloenfuego
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

12-25-2013 01:33:55 | More by smekermann
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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

10-26-2012 16:13:54 | More by 604growler
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

12-14-2012 04:11:59 | More by WeissBoy
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Cycle69

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

06-29-2014 03:57:34 | More by Cycle69
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4/5  rDev -2%

02-12-2013 04:12:12 | More by KiMiRaiK
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towlea25

Washington

4/5  rDev -2%

01-07-2012 23:29:35 | More by towlea25
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JandJMD

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2%

07-01-2013 01:50:46 | More by JandJMD
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iKrystin

Washington

4/5  rDev -2%

01-13-2013 20:49:35 | More by iKrystin
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

11-09-2013 03:31:55 | More by bobsy
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4/5  rDev -2%

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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

04-07-2012 20:33:45 | More by schopenhauerale
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

11-18-2011 02:20:37 | More by imperialking
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Drinkerofales

California

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, with no light shining through. A large mocha head doesn't leave much lacing, but has good retention.

Smell is mostly roasted malt. There are whiffs of coffee, anise, and hoppy fruit.

Taste is sweet and bitter(straight from the wife). Mellow roasted malt, molasses, some coffee and hop bitterness on the finish and aftertaste.

Feel isn't thin, but isn't chewy, with a hop bite to it. Good thing it's smooth and drinkable.

Some of hop in almost all aspects, none of it taking over fortunately. Feels a tad on the thin side, but other than that, I liked the beer. I would have to say, the giant size is kind of strange, and while the swingtop can help save the beer for later, 32oz of a 9% is a bit much.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 18:19:38 | More by Drinkerofales
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Rutager a while back. Cheers man!

From a 1L capped swing-top bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
IBU: 65

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a two finger, thicker looking, fluffy, tan head with great retention. Clear black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full foam cap and some chunky, sticky lacing is left on the glass. A swirly wisp and ring remain until the end leaving lots of good lacing. Nice head and all, but not dark enough for top marks.

SMELL: Big nose on this one. Lots of roasted barley, dark chocolate and caramel on the nose, Cocoa powder and still some light citrus hops too.

TASTE: Pretty good. Roasted barley, sweet caramel and dark chocolate up front. A roasted and caramel-sweet middle into more roasted and burnt grain with plenty of bitter coffee, dark chocolate lingering on the palate. Quite good.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth coating. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is really quite good. Good flavors and aromas with a solid feel to support the show. A little light in color but the head and lacing worked really nicely. Something worth checking out if you get the chance; was easily able to finish the whole 1L myself over the course of an evening. Thanks again Rutager. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 13:23:12 | More by Jeffo
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tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 1L swing-top into a sleeman lager glass (it was all that was available...)

Visual (5): Dark beer, completely opaque to any light. Sandy tan coloured head, rolling and dense, that lasts and doesn't go away. Great lacing. Thick body.

Aroma (2.5): A bit of coffee grind, hints of chocolate, but no big malty hit. No alcohol scents. A little too light for this big beer.

Taste (4.5): Piney hop flavours mingle with tastes of sweet malts and leave a welcomed boozy coat on the pallet. Flavours of both alcohol and hops linger long after a sip is taken. Malts are heavily toasted, with burnt flavours mixing with the fairly prevalent hop bitterness. Beautiful balance.

Mouthfeel (4): Oily and slick with a very thick body. Leaves an extremely dry pallet behind. The dryness really aids in letting the flavours linger long after a sip.

Overall (4): A beer that hits the Imperial Stout style perfectly, strong malt sweetness mixes with hits of hops & good alcoholic lingerings... all sitting on the pallet at the finish. Flavours sit so long, that it is difficult to have more than 1 in a single sitting. Great for a cool night.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 15:59:31 | More by tonyf55
Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.