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Pothole Filler Imperial Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 56
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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Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 56 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Erik-P, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of bernat1971
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of strang
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

strang, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of JMBSH
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JMBSH, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of SGToliver
3/5  rDev -26.5%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
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.

tbeckett, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

mjforres, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

icehawk, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of fizzyted
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

fizzyted, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

mpenning13, Jul 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

JandJMD, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Groulxsome
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Groulxsome, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

IanSpindler, May 25, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
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

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
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.

EgadBananas, May 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Mersh, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

beerhunter13, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of phirleh
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

phirleh, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of ChugginOil
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ChugginOil, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of jaz58
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.

jaz58, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

bigox420, Mar 17, 2013
Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.