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Pothole Filler Imperial Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 25
Gots: 15 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

bgibbard, Jan 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Hopstout, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of beertunes
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a translucent light black color with about an inch of medium brown head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was a below average showing of the typical grain and malt scents. The roasted malt was a bit bolder on the tongue, but still not above average.

The body was much thinner than average, lighter than most Porters. Drinkability was OK, but why bother. If you want to try this to tick it, go right ahead. Otherwise bypass this beer.

beertunes, Feb 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of TheStove
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smuggled on a cruise ship from BC to USA! Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a deep inky black with a nice mocha colored head.

Smells vary somewhat, from boozy to chocolatey malts to molasses. First sip reveals rich chocolate malt flavors giving way to a thinner lighter malty consistency ultimately ending with a light hop bite and some earth flavors at the end. A consistently malty, creamy and delicious beverage.

A solid offering yet in the world of imperial stouts this one doesn't particularly stand out.

TheStove, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Scrylol
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black body, one finger beige head, bit of lacing.

Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee.

Roasty caramel malt backbone. Lots of dark chocolate and black coffee notes. Decent amount of bitterness balanced by strong malty flavor. Can detect quite a bit of alcohol flavor and burn unfortunately.

Okay carbonation, but it feels watery.

Didn`t really enjoy this one.

Scrylol, Apr 21, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to Sharpski for the hook-up on this one! poured into a De Molen snifter from the quart bottle.

A - black and oily with minimal cinnamon colored head that is mainly just a bubbly ring; lots of arching lacing left on glass

S - seasonal allergies are kicking my butt, but i am getting a light aroma of dark and roasted malt and not much else

T - lots of dark and roasted malts, espresso, black coffee, dry overall, molasses is very faint, dry-bitter finish

M - med-thick bodied with fine, light-moderate carbonation; long bitter finish is fairly strong

O - always love a 9% stout in a quart bottle! a solid dry & roasty stout overall, but the bitterness is a bit distracting for me. it starts to wear out my palate pretty quickly. this might be paired with cheese/food well.

cwguy5, Mar 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

HoppySeb, Nov 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

icehawk, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

BraatenBrew, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

SeaAle, Feb 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

w00ddy, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

mpenning13, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep, dark brown with slim chestnut higlights and a voluminous tuft of stiff cooca brown head.

Smell -- Bakers chocolate, molasses, patent malt, black leather, and a little bit of woodsmoke. Rich and roasty, but not as saccharine as a black strap molasses stout would have you believe.

Taste -- Molasses and dark cocoa sweetness, as well as leather, smoke, and anise. Earthy hops in the finish keep things from getting too saccharine. The alcohol is not well-hidden, but it's not a terrible distraction, either.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. Feels thin, especially compared to the robust and boozy flavor.

Overall -- Overall, pretty good. It didn't wow me with it's complexity, and the mouthfeel needs a boost, but it works. Worth trying.

yeahnatenelson, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of cfalovo97
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got a bottle of this from the LCBO. Pours dark, brownish black color with a nice head. solid retention. It doesnt have a very strong smell, which threw me off a little bit, so I was pleasently surpised when I tasted it. You can taste the molasses and some vanilla and coffee. The taste lingers nicely.
Overall it was quite enjoyable. My first beer from this brewery and I look forward to trying others

cfalovo97, Dec 13, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to beerman207 for bringing this back from his latest trip out west. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass, review is from notes taken on 4/22/2011.

Appearance: Pour is a dark espresso brown/near black color; starts with a big 3 finger creamy tan head with solid retention that leaves a thick curtain of lacing trailing down the sides as it slowly fades; body is dark and nearly opaque, but does show some dark ruby/mahogany highlights near the bottom.

Smell: Not very robust or potent, bit of a let down (fortunately, the taste makes up for where it lacks here); smell is of molasses/bittersweet chocolate; warm earthy roastiness; slight presence of alcohol.

Taste: Solid! Molasses is definitely the prevalent flavor; bit of a woody and oaky presence that has a touch of vanilla to it; smokiness lingers; slight burnt coffee roastiness to it as well as some warming alcohol; very nice overall.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little heavier than what I would consider medium and the carbonation is essentially non-existent, but that's OK in a thicker beer like this that has some ABV to give the body a little bit of life and warmth; body is definitely a little slick and oily; a moderately thick and dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth; gums are left tingly and the belly is left warm from the ABV.

Overall: Nice -- a solid offering from a brewery that I've never heard of until now. I really enjoyed the molasses flavor and the sweetness balanced by the grittier and earthy roastiness; ABV and weight would limit it a little bit, but it's something that is great to share with friends.

bamadog, Apr 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jsnoek, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

fizzyted, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

strang, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

JohnnieNepal, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

bigox420, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Mister_Joshy, May 30, 2012
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Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.