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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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127 Ratings
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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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4/5  rDev -2%

01-13-2013 20:49:35 | More by iKrystin
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

02-24-2013 14:46:57 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of SGToliver


3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-22-2013 17:39:28 | More by SGToliver
Photo of EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-21-2011 03:17:53 | More by EskimoDave
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

First review with the 0.25 increment system- Things are about to get crazy! ...

(4.5) A: Black with a beautiful thick and creamy mocha coloured head. Long lasting retention and very good lacing. Gorgeous stuff.

(4.25) S: Roasted malts with the focus on creamy dark chocolate, gingerbread, molasses, dark fruits (figs and dates), and a noticeable hop-like aroma leaning to the herbal side.

(4.0) T: Similar to the aroma with roasted malts and dark fruits upfront, with a transition to a fruitier and semi-herbal bitter hop taste. Hints of smoke detected. A fair amount of spice in this with some ginger and nutmeg, but the focus is towards the bitterness.

(4.0) M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy with a chewy character.

(4.25) D: This is a well put together imperial stout that exhibits all those traditional imperial stout traits with probably a bit more hop bitterness than others. Bonus points for the enourmous swingtop bottle. I'm totally taking water to work in this.

01-12-2013 02:22:29 | More by Digimaika2
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-09-2013 18:40:59 | More by icehawk
Photo of beerman207


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

04-23-2011 00:40:37 | More by beerman207
Photo of jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-15-2014 03:11:46 | More by jsnoek
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

01-09-2014 20:53:58 | More by DaveRinn
Photo of Drinkerofales


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
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-30-2012 05:47:22 | More by Mister_Joshy
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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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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

12-25-2013 01:33:55 | More by smekermann
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2014 23:40:25 | More by jbdpsu82
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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)

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
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4/5  rDev -2%

01-07-2012 23:29:35 | More by towlea25
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

1L bottle, yes that's right, 1 whole litre of 9% beer. And with a swingtop too so my pint glass can get a refill later.

A - Pours nearly black, hints of brown on the edges, thick bubbly creamy light brown head, foam reduced slowly, and plenty of lacing.

S - Coffee, toasted bread, dark chocolate, brown sugar, a bit of fennel, grass.

T - Roasted & toasted flavours upfront, some brown sugar, herbal hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol in the finish. A bit lighter than the aroma let on and the finish has a slight harshness to it at times. Still good overall.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, creamy, oily, sticky, dry finish with some heat. Not as thick as a name like pothole filler would suggest.

O - Very good RIS. One of the best I've had so far.

02-16-2013 03:09:58 | More by decimator
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

12-14-2012 04:11:59 | More by WeissBoy
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

10-26-2012 16:13:54 | More by 604growler
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

4/5  rDev -2%

01-11-2013 19:08:53 | More by JonnyBeers
Photo of Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

1L swing top bottle. Purchased at the Central City liquor store.

Appearance: Jet-black. Creamy tan head that lingers.

Smell: Dry chocolate and coffee aromas.

Taste: A slight smoky coffee flavour backed up by a big chocolate backbone. very rich flavours. Not as much dark fruit action as other RIS like Brooklyn.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sweet. Not overly sweet, just nicely complementary of the dry coffee flavour.

Drinkability: For a RIS, it's easily drinkable. Little to no alcohol burn.

Overall: Nicely blended malt, coffee and chocolate flavours make this a smooth drinker that is dangerous in it's large 1L serving size. Try to share it with a friend or two.

Note: Alcohol is actually 9% ABV

09-19-2010 03:52:43 | More by Hornet2003
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-09-2014 01:42:56 | More by KeeganRohovich
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-13-2014 03:31:29 | More by Idrankthat
Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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