Pothole Filler Imperial Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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4.14/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
08-21-2013 21:47:39 | More by tbeckett
4.04/5 rDev -1%
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.
08-19-2013 14:22:43 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
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
05-20-2013 04:41:50 | More by Kmat10
4.04/5 rDev -1%
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.
05-05-2013 03:25:24 | More by EgadBananas
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-28-2013 04:11:13 | More by biegaman
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
03-24-2013 22:13:57 | More by jaz58
4.01/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
03-16-2013 23:18:52 | More by IronDjinn
Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.