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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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BA SCORE
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 25
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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:12:42 | More by liamt07
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sukwonee

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This bottle has been sitting on the shelf of this shop for at least a year. They were finally down to their last bottle, so I picked it up. $11.99 for one-litter swingtop half growler. Not too bad, since I can re-use the growler.

A: Black with two finger mocha head. Good lacing.

S: I can't really smell much after I pour it into my snifter but when I first opened the bottle I got lots of chocolate, coffee, molasses.

T: It's tasting great! Dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, roasty malt. Small hop bite but not much.

M: It's not bad but it's a tad bit thin. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Very very good classic Imperial stout. Smooth, relatively easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 01:32:47 | More by sukwonee
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Mages64

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a swing top bottle into 12oz snifter. Filled glass twice, once cold and once when it had warmed to room temp. Reviews are from combined notes from both temps. It must be stated that room temp is WAY better than cold.

A: deep dark brown but edges are translucent. Fantastic head retention and visible carbonation.
S: Smokey, peated malt, licorice/anise, burnt molasses, roasty
T: Fresh Coffee, peated malt, dark chocolate, caramel, smoke and hints of molasses and spices (tarragon?). Finish is sweet and hint of hops, nice vanilla and LOOOONG chocolate finish.
M: chewy when warm but thin when cold.
D: hides 9% abv well! balanced and fun. Almost drank the entire Liter in one shot. I could have though and wanted more. it's both sweet and a little savory and could match some select dishes well!

I'd put this RIS up there with the best of them. Certainly not stellar but really damn good!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 23:27:12 | More by Mages64
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Somehow this ended up on the shelves of a western Wisconsin bottle shop. The name alone deserves my money - possibly the best beer name, ever, period. Add in my fondness for molasses & syrup, & my fond memories of swigging Howe Sound in Vancouver...come home with me, little 1L buddy!

Thirty-three plus ounces of liquid pig iron poured into two oversized snifters to contain the brew plus a soft, slightly dirty white head. Love the big, stylin' flip-top bottle. Smells are distant: roasted malt, bit o' sweetness, dark licorice.

Pothole Filler bring a whole horn full of flavors to the feast. My first impression is just to be overwhelmed; then, I ought to let this warm some. Lots going on here. Licorice might be topmost, & the molasses is prominent, but soft. Sweet malts put a solid stamp on the beer, along with a jolt of roast. Moving towards the finish line, there's a nice, refreshing flash of bittering hops. They form a nice backboard & mix in with the molasses on the fade. Which lasts a good long time. I find my hand straying back to the big snifter often, & it's emptying rather quickly. At 9%, perhaps I should slow down. An absolute joy to sip.

Excellent beer. The molasses is masterfully blended into this stout, & the hops give it a crowning touch. Beautifully crafted beer. If this is still around next time I cross the river, another bottle will be headed home with me.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 02:13:05 | More by maximum12
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some roasted malts, sweet molasses, chocolate, coffee, some licorice and a grassy/earthy bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 20:11:01 | More by SebD
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1L capped bottle with swinging pop top stopper (like anyone would need to cap a liter of RIS) poured into tulip 8/7/11

A jet black with just a little cola at the lip, solid three finger mocha looks pretty sexy, especially when it just sits there staring back at you for some time, the foam falls uneven leaving a tilted rolling hill of foam that falls further too a thin film, beautiful looking beer, would be perfect if more then two big patches were lift behind

S lots of milk chocolate with some smoke, coffee, and coco powder, as it warms charred wood and booze come out pretty strong

T the chocolates darker in the mouth and I pick up on a little licorice and molasses I couldn't smell, the coffees leaning towards espresso, a darker roast version of the smell and the booze isn't as noticeable, tasty stuff for sure with only booze holding it back

M the darkness doesn't translate to the body, not thin but I expected pothole filler and it wasn't there, not watery but thin for the color, well carbonated and just a little sticky on lips with a flavor that lingers long but barley detectable

O some time might turn this into a foolish mans session brew, if the booze mellows out this one could have some real potential, not that there's anything even close to wrong with it today..but I could see this aging elegantly

Should I be surprised that I liked this beer as much as I did? I've liked Howe Sound in the past but this beer earns the brewery a new form respect from me. Pretty stoked I have a few of these to trade and/or sit on for ages, I won't complain about the bottle of Mega Destroyer in my closet either. Mr Hoff is a legend

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 05:41:58 | More by wordemupg
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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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jmccraney

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-01-2014 05:52:17 | More by jmccraney
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-24-2012 14:12:07 | More by RedAleMan
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Aggro

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-18-2014 08:20:25 | More by Aggro
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another treat shared by Viggo, brought back from his recent trip out west. thanks eric!

1 liter capped swingtop bottle. sampled july 1/2010.

pours deep dark brown, nearly black, with a big brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace. inky and opaque.

aroma is great. espresso and coffee. caramel and toffee. dark and milk chocolate. bit of orange and tangerine. earthy and woody. light alcohol. multi-grain bread.

taste is good. dark and milk chocolate. bit of bittersweet chocolate. espresso and coffee. lightly sweet caramel and toffee. multi-grain bread and biscuit. light orange and tangerine. bit earthy and woody. hint of dark fruit.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance, hiding most of its 9%. nice depth and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 22:55:28 | More by grub
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KeeganRohovich

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-09-2014 01:42:56 | More by KeeganRohovich
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-17-2012 00:41:20 | More by HoistinBrews
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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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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged for about one year this beer really comes into its own with a thick luscious mouthfeel and very long roasty chocolate finish. One of the best Impy stouts in BC and thankfully not too hard to find. Since it comes in a big 1 litre swing top it is best to leave half for the next day when it will be even more interesting as the carbonation drops a little. Full of complex flavours redolent of cocoa nibs and coffee this beer is a winner from Howe Sound.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 20:33:06 | More by canucklehead
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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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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-30-2012 06:46:57 | More by strongaf
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twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-28-2012 05:42:00 | More by twelveinches
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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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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-14-2013 04:02:23 | More by timiskin
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-29-2012 02:26:38 | More by KalanM
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jbdpsu82

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2014 23:40:25 | More by jbdpsu82
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Niceroad77

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2014 19:23:08 | More by Niceroad77
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-14-2013 12:37:51 | More by DaPan
Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.