Pothole Filler Imperial Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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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
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Howe Sound Pothole Filler pours an inky black with a nice brown head. The aroma is sweet, caramel malt with tons of rich chocolate and dark, roasted malt. A caramel sweetness pops up in the flavor first, but the chocolate character quickly takes over. The dark malts build on the palette and lead to a moderately astringent, burnt character. The astringency is amplified by a solid bitterness, with some earthy, herbal hops. The bitterness lingers with the astringent, burnt malt. Overall this is a really intense imperial stout, especially for it's abv.
On a side note, the copy on this beer label is a bit confused, at the begining they claim, "unfiltered 100% barley mash," but they describe the beer as containing wheat and molasses.
12-09-2012 04:33:36 | More by ericj551
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
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
Bottle from wordemupg, 1L swingtop into a tulip.
Blac with a light brown head. Thick head and dense retention/lace. Nose of baker's chocolate, brown sugar, molasses and light roast character. Definitely on the sweeter side of this. Taste has light smoke, roast, brown sugar, molasses, bakers chocolate and hops in the finish. Full feel, lower medium carbonation. A really solid imperial stout, well worth tracking down.
08-23-2012 01:12:42 | More by liamt07
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
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Beer is black with a moderately-sized tan head. Decent retention.
Smell is very big and full of roasted malt. Also lots of milk chocolate, some black liquorice, coffee. Nice smell.
Taste is in line with the nose. Roasted malt, very chocolatey, a bit of black liquorice, Not as robust as the nose suggested. Moderately bitter, but some sweetness and molasses flavour as well. Some grassy hop flavours in the back. Good.
Full bodied, not as heavy as expected. Low carbonation. A bit oily.
Overall, good stuff indeed. I would prefer if it came in a slightly smaller bottle!
05-13-2012 01:27:25 | More by jrenihan
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
A brew I was able to procure via private order through the LCBO, coordinated by Keep6Imports. Pretty stoked to get my hands on some of this.
A - Pours pitch black, two solid fingers of dark mocha head with solid retention and some nice chunky lacing.
S - Milk chocolate, hints of tobacco smoke, molasses, black licorice and leather on the finish.
T - Chocolate dominates with a rich mocha flavour, with the espresso and coffee serving to complement the chocolate. ABV is very well hidden and some leafy green hop notes come through on the finish.
M - Lighter bodied ale, but can still come across chewy on the finish. Goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.
O - This stuff is super tasty, boasting loads of flavour and the chocolate notes certainly shine. I bought a case to split, but now I'm wishing I would've kept it all to myself!
05-04-2012 01:14:14 | More by andrenaline
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
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
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
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
03-15-2012 18:19:38 | More by Drinkerofales
British Columbia (Canada)
4.23/5 rDev +3.7%
Howe Sounds "Pothole Filler" Imperial Stout @ 9%
A-served cold into a chalice , poured a thick black almost oily , big tan head with good retention and lacing
S-rich and malty , molasses , bakers chocolate , espresso
T-heavy malt taste , coffee and chocolate , light hoppyness
MF-medium body especially compared to the robust and boozy flavor
Ov-very drinkable , good balance throught , hides the 9% well , highly recommended
03-10-2012 19:26:43 | More by LampertLand
Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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