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Pothole Filler Imperial Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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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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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

01-23-2013 20:54:46 | More by bgibbard
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

09-04-2012 02:55:32 | More by Hopstout
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2.78/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

02-15-2011 23:00:04 | More by beertunes
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-22-2013 17:39:28 | More by SGToliver
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

07-08-2013 05:00:47 | More by Zbeetleman
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

03-24-2012 21:20:56 | More by TheStove
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Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

04-21-2014 06:37:28 | More by Scrylol
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

03-27-2012 03:15:26 | More by cwguy5
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-09-2013 18:40:59 | More by icehawk
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

12-30-2011 18:04:36 | More by BraatenBrew
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

02-08-2014 04:41:37 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

02-11-2012 18:16:35 | More by w00ddy
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

07-09-2013 00:15:18 | More by mpenning13
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3.58/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

07-06-2011 02:12:18 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11%

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

12-13-2012 15:47:17 | More by cfalovo97
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3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

04-23-2011 03:23:42 | More by bamadog
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-15-2014 03:11:46 | More by jsnoek
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-15-2013 03:06:01 | More by Smurf2055
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-10-2013 19:38:18 | More by byronic
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-17-2013 13:22:48 | More by fizzyted
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

09-13-2013 15:28:44 | More by strang
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

01-20-2014 16:50:06 | More by JohnnieNepal
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-17-2013 23:14:05 | More by bigox420
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-30-2012 05:47:22 | More by Mister_Joshy
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

08-16-2013 10:27:32 | More by mjforres
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Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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