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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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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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strang

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

09-13-2013 15:28:44 | More by strang
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JMBSH

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-07-2013 17:26:55 | More by JMBSH
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SGToliver

Washington

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-22-2013 17:39:28 | More by SGToliver
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My brother picked this up for me when it was part of the LCBO Winter release. Split with a friend. From notes.

A - Black pour with a two finger beige head. Good lace rings and a finger of retention.

S - Chocolate, espresso, mild alcohol, leather. Nice.

T - Alcohol, roast, grain husks, chocolate.

M - Dry finish, full and creamy body with mild carbonation.

O/D - A big stout. And one of the better Ontario-made ones. Roasty and tasty while being ballsy and aggressive. Very 'to style' IMO. Enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 21:47:39 | More by tbeckett
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with coffee notes and some black chocolate is quite enjoyable. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt notes with light bitter aftertaste and some light dry coffee notes with some nice black chocolate with light lingering bitterness. Body is actually above average but not as full or creamy as I was expecting with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is a good rendition of the style but lacks a bit of body and creaminess that would showcase more of the black chocolate notes.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 14:22:43 | More by Phyl21ca
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mjforres

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

08-16-2013 10:27:32 | More by mjforres
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icehawk

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-09-2013 18:40:59 | More by icehawk
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-17-2013 13:22:48 | More by fizzyted
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-15-2013 03:06:01 | More by Smurf2055
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mpenning13

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

07-09-2013 00:15:18 | More by mpenning13
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

07-08-2013 05:00:47 | More by Zbeetleman
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JandJMD

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-28-2013 23:23:06 | More by Groulxsome
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-25-2013 01:41:03 | More by IanSpindler
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark black opaque to any light, two fingers of light brown head, head reduces slowly

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, not a lot of malty hints

T- Piney hops mixed with sweet malt, malts are toasted, very creamy, lots of malts and little hops

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very creamy, dry finish, not much heat from the alcohol,

O- Very good RIS, the alcohol wasn't overpowering and the little hops and lots of malt was a good balance

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 04:41:50 | More by Kmat10
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: inky black, brown head, spongy lace.

S: molasses, heavy roast, plums, dates, chocolate, tinge of coffee.

T: syrup, chocolate, roast, molasses, dark fruits, subtle booze.

M: thick, rich, full.

O: definitely a this, surprisingly drinkable RIS. Somewhat classic, and very solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:25:24 | More by EgadBananas
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Mersh

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-02-2013 01:19:29 | More by Mersh
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-04-2013 13:19:33 | More by phirleh
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pothole Filler looks dark and thick enough to serve as exactly that; it's like someone poured tar into the glass. Normally, I wouldn't expect any head from a 9% beer in a flip-top bottle* but this is topped with a fluffy, deep-coloured foam that dresses the glass in designs reminiscent of a Banksy piece. This lacing could go on auction at Sotheby's.

The aroma is heavy on the nose with notes of burnt malt, cocoa and molasses - somewhere an Italian man drinking an espresso is experiencing the same thing. Typically the more impressive and overwhelming a beer, the more adjectives and tasting notes are used to try to describe it. In this case, it's straightforward enough that just the three listed should suffice.

The palate is a mouth-coating monument to roasted malt: coffee, dark chocolate, black cherry, smoke, pipe tobacco and a hint of clove are appreciated (in order of most to least). While the espresso and cocoa make up the vast majority of the flavour, they fall on brooding dark fruit and caramel notes. The tastebuds are kept occupied through the entire 1 liter.

Beneath the heavy cocoa and burnt malt notes is a beer that is less aggressive than assumed. This imperial stout holds a firmly bitter structure but, perhaps owing to the molasses, drinks with an ultra-velvety mouthfeel and passes over the palate with ultimate smoothness. It has a dry, poised finish (with a hint of chopped mint, i.e., hops) that helps conceal its true strength.

It be may a touch short of the best imperial stouts but Pothole Filler is every bit in the same vein and should be counted among Canada's best. While I didn't find myself doing back-flips over it, this is nonetheless absolutely what fans of the style should be on the lookout for. It won't have the biggest 'wow' factor but does provide everything else one could want.

*while it has a flip-top, the bottle is actually capped.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 04:11:13 | More by biegaman
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-25-2013 02:23:11 | More by ChugginOil
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jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real nice stout.

Poured in a clear pint glass.

Nice dark brown / black appearance.

The head was almost a smooth as a guinness yet more of a chocolate milk color.

Thin lace on the glass as it's enjoyed.

The nose is slightly sour with nice hints of toffee.

Taste is warm with hints of dark chocolate and toffee and a subtle clean bitters finish.

Mouthfeel is well rounded.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 22:13:57 | More by jaz58
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-17-2013 23:14:05 | More by bigox420
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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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timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-14-2013 04:02:23 | More by timiskin
Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.