Pothole Filler Imperial Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Appearance -- Pours a deep, dark brown with slim chestnut higlights and a voluminous tuft of stiff cooca brown head.
Smell -- Bakers chocolate, molasses, patent malt, black leather, and a little bit of woodsmoke. Rich and roasty, but not as saccharine as a black strap molasses stout would have you believe.
Taste -- Molasses and dark cocoa sweetness, as well as leather, smoke, and anise. Earthy hops in the finish keep things from getting too saccharine. The alcohol is not well-hidden, but it's not a terrible distraction, either.
Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. Feels thin, especially compared to the robust and boozy flavor.
Overall -- Overall, pretty good. It didn't wow me with it's complexity, and the mouthfeel needs a boost, but it works. Worth trying.
07-06-2011 02:12:18 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Howe Sound Pothole Filler pours an inky black with a nice brown head. The aroma is sweet, caramel malt with tons of rich chocolate and dark, roasted malt. A caramel sweetness pops up in the flavor first, but the chocolate character quickly takes over. The dark malts build on the palette and lead to a moderately astringent, burnt character. The astringency is amplified by a solid bitterness, with some earthy, herbal hops. The bitterness lingers with the astringent, burnt malt. Overall this is a really intense imperial stout, especially for it's abv.
On a side note, the copy on this beer label is a bit confused, at the begining they claim, "unfiltered 100% barley mash," but they describe the beer as containing wheat and molasses.
12-09-2012 04:33:36 | More by ericj551
British Columbia (Canada)
4.23/5 rDev +3.7%
Howe Sounds "Pothole Filler" Imperial Stout @ 9%
A-served cold into a chalice , poured a thick black almost oily , big tan head with good retention and lacing
S-rich and malty , molasses , bakers chocolate , espresso
T-heavy malt taste , coffee and chocolate , light hoppyness
MF-medium body especially compared to the robust and boozy flavor
Ov-very drinkable , good balance throught , hides the 9% well , highly recommended
03-10-2012 19:26:43 | More by LampertLand
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance - Pour a dark cola brown/near black with a one finger width of creamy beige head. Leaves a nice lacing around the glass.
Smell- Dark chocolate, molasses, bready aromas and caramel malts.
Taste- Dark chocolate and roasted flavours are most present with the sweet sticky molasses and caramel playing a supporting role.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. There is a pleasant sticky characteristic to this one.
Overall- A very enjoyable RIS from Howe Sound. The dark chocolate and the roast flavours were pleasant. The molasses provides a nice variation on the style. The ABV is well concealed which makes this 1 L bottle even more dangerous. Definitely worth a try!
02-20-2012 01:51:49 | More by leaddog
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
01-21-2013 01:32:47 | More by sukwonee
Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.