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The Bottle Imp - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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The Bottle ImpThe Bottle Imp

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87
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: spinrsx on 01-05-2014

The Bottle Imp is a strong, dark, roasty and rich creation. This rendition of a Russian Imperial Stout is also infused with a blend of Mexican and Ethiopian fair-trade organic coffee. Complex and contemplative, and with well-integrated alcohol warmth, The Bottle Imp is best served in a snifter, sipped slowly and savoured.
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Photo of mick303
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into a tulip glass. Thick black colour and body with a good retention of chocolatey tan lacing.

S - roasty, coffee beans, nuttiness, chocolate, some dark fruits, with cherries and dark plums, also a biscuity caramel cookie character, a balanced dark malt character, carrying a lot of roasty chocolate and coffee notes.

T - rich coffee and roasty malt, a firm fruitiness to it over dried cherries/cranberries. Warms well to show some nice nuanced flavours, some tropical notes included with papaya maybe? its a big improvement as the hops settle into the background with some solid earthy notes. Again a bit sweet overall, caramelly and warm, with a christmas cookie note that lingers to a drying roasty finish.

M - big, quite sweet, coating creaminess, moderate/slight carbonation. Satisfying balance but some heat to the finish. All in all it was good but not great.

Although this definitely improved as it warmed up, it din't blow me away, it has some nice combinations of coffee and roast malt in particular with some robust dried dark fruits, as well as cocoa,typical dryness and earthy backdrop, some sticky molasses sweetness and a bit of a cloying character, enjoyable but wouldn't go out of my way to get more.

Photo of Wajohnst
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SuperMartino
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bf_89
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cycle69
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craftaholic
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $8.00 for a 600ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a decent 0.5" thickish looking head that dissipates to a film within a minute or two. Very dark.

S- Very much a chocolate stout. The coffee enriched malt base is very nice to the nose

T- Nice stout. Has the body and depth you are looking for in a good blend. Has an earthy hint to it. Touch warm as you can tell the alcohol is definitely there.

M- Bit of a chalky nature to the aftertaste which is a touch un-palatable at times.

O- Nice stout overall. Looking forward to seeing this age although I suspect it will not appreciate much so I will put it in the rotation for once in a while.

.Food Pairing

This nice little stout went well with...... BBQ'd hamburgers. Wow it cut through the flame taste and I loved it.

Enjoy

Photo of soupyman10
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

600 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Sipped over an hour and half so this did get a chance to warm up. Purchased from LCBO for $7.85 CDN.

Appearance - Dark brown with a couple of honey hued aspects as it was poured. So I guess it's lighter than other other big stouts. 3 fingers of ahead poured after an aggressive pour, dark and ominous. Spidery lacing left behind.

Smell - Dark chocolate and some coffee. A touch of leather and even tobacco too. Simple yet surprisingly complex.

Taste - Big bitterness bill at the start, fairly hop forward. Burnt coffee to complete. Did I mention bitter. A bit of a bourbon soaked vanilla flavor but that taste is fleeting. Booze is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with high carbonation and a simultaneous silky and oily feeling. Quite nice.

Overall - Cretainly a well crafted RIS, nothing to complain about other than the fact that everyone seems to be able to a good RIS and this doesn't separate form the pack.

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers, SebD!

Appearance. Pours dark brown, black in the glass and topped with over a finger of khaki-brown head.

Smell. Huge cocoa, light licorice and a touch of coffee. Simple but nice.

Taste. Black coffee leads and falls off into powdery cocoa and a bit of grassy bitterness that coats the tongue. There's a touch of charred wood and anise there as well.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Very well made ris. There's a fair bit of hops going on still and I've had this thing at least 8 months now. Would love to try it again in another year ...guessing it would be sublime.

Photo of Jaisell
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentblack1
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of eddsan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of valianes
3.95/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of peensteen
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black, one finger of tan head, lots of lace here as well, nice looking stout. Smell is of cold coffee and roast, liquorice, fairly heavy hop profile with a lot of dark chocolate. Taste is of coffee and chocolate, fairly bitter, roasty, quite hoppy, bruised dark fruits, a bit of liquorice, slightly astringent. Lightly carbonated, fairly full chewey body. Not bad but largely forgetable, everywhere else in the world this hoppy coffee stout would be classified as an "American Imperial Stout" but in Vankleek Hill, ON this is what a RIS is I guess but perhaps I'm splitting hairs here.

Photo of Yodo
2/5  rDev -49.4%

Photo of deonreds
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear dark black color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some minor lacing. Aroma of dry strong coffee notes with light floral touch. Taste is also dominated by strong coffee notes with an almost astringent finish with dry roasted malt also clearly identifiable. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Bitter roasted malt are just too astringent for me to really enjoyed this beer.

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The Bottle Imp from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.