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Wild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Wild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial StoutWild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

63 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sleepy Time is an imperial stout that has been fermented with Belgian yeast and aged on oak staves. Tastes of chocolate, coffee & vanilla are complemented with American hops and a true Belgian character in the finish.

41 IBU

(Beer added by: Viggo on 04-01-2010)
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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

dwxr, Today at 03:14 PM
Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

600 ml bottle served chilled into beaus glass. Colour is black with impressive lacing and film, dark tam head they is quite plentiful and then dirs durn.

S- spicy with anise and light alcohol, raisin and bitter cocoa, dark malts with nuttiness and a hint of roastiness. Lots if vanilla and some herbal character.

T- smooth dark malts, dark chocolate, then oak starts to drive the flavour. Spicy and plenty of oakiness to it, dark roast malts add a rich dark chocolate and caramel character and rich fruit character. Alcohol blends with the yeast to create a filling upfront bit and spice to it. Barrel character doesn't come through much until it starts warning up. Dry and oaky on the finish, some tannins stick around.

M- good upfront bitterness.a bit of a herbal licoury feel to it though. Also the carbonation is quite smooth and light, you do pick up more of the thicker barrel character as it warms.

This is definitely a bedtime stout, overall I would say it pulled it together quite well. At times it seems like the yeast and barrel aging might overpower the beer it manages somehow. Roastiness on this was intense and tied well with the oakiness. It just sees a bit brash and rough, I might see about getting a bottle to age to see if I like that better. Maybe it's the alcohol creeping through the palate on this but it just feels like it could be better.

mick303, Today at 05:58 AM
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

600 mL bottle packaged 4/23/14 at 40 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma a very weak figgy
Head large (4.5 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to a broken 3 mm layer
Lacing poor – a few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body very dark reddish-brown
Flavor begins with a bitter chocolate and coffee followed by an indiscriminate dark dried fruit flavor; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75. Final weighted score: 3.75
While this meets the basic criteria for an imperial stout, drinking it is somewhat like chewing a chunk of wood while trying to eat dried figs. The tannins come through and bury the pleasing flavors in too much bitterness. The aroma is almost non-existent – some would call it subtle, but smelling something borders on wishful thinking. The palate is within the expected range for imperial stouts as is the appearance. Overall, one bottle of this brew is adequate for my needs.

Ozzylizard, Sep 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

primevil2, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

EpicHobo1, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

CRObighit2, Aug 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

lgmol, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

fostachild, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Hoppy_McGee, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Mr_Hoptimistic, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Jotora, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

KrisDLSmith, Aug 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +33%

bigox420, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

MatChar, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Ericbeech_87, Jul 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

mjrtchie, Jun 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

GoHabsGo, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Purchased at the LCBO for $7.85 600ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip glass

A- Very good. Nice dark and rich head that lasts and lasts. Dark body

S- Peppery. Roasted malt but subdued.

T- Pretty good! Has some chocolate and roasted malt complexity. Coffee hints come right though.

M- Pretty good but a bit dry

O- Pretty good but a touch more flavor would be nice. More chocolate and coffee. Learn from Founders. Good shot though. Don't let this one sit too long as everything will taper off quickly

Food Pairing

This pretty good stout goes well with... morel mushrooms and eggs in the morning

Enjoy

DaveBar, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

BakaGaijin, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

WeissBoy, Jun 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

valianes, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; bottled on April 30 2014 and served slightly chilled.

Pours an opaque mahogany-brown colour with some copper highlights, topped with just under two fingers of creamy light-beige head. Good retention, eventually settling into a thin, dense cap. The aroma is enjoyable, combining notes of roasted malt, milk chocolate and coffee with some spicy hints of clove and herbs from the Belgian yeast.

A highly enjoyable stout - delicious, actually. Quite rich-tasting, with bready roasted malts, espresso, milk chocolate and vanilla at the forefront. Some dark fruity fig notes are also detectable, with the Belgian features beginning to show themselves toward the end of the sip. Rather spicy, with clove and anise figuring in before a peppery heat finishes the profile off. Slightly yeasty in the aftertaste, with roasty notes and milk chocolate outlasting the spice. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with modest carbonation that provides a slight bite. This would make for a beautiful dessert beer or night-capper.

Final Grade: 4.01, a solid A-. These Wild Oats series beers aren't cheap, and I'd be lying if I said that I believed they were all worth the price - but Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian-Style Imperial Stout is easily one of Beau's best offerings so the tag is justified here. The Belgian accents offer a unique twist to the solid base stout, and the end result is a dangerously drinkable brew that is very likely to please a wide range of palates. Definitely a beer I'd recommend, or purchase again.

thehyperduck, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

paulish, May 30, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Opaque deep dark brown, fine-bubbled, creamy deep khaki collar of foam. Visually appealing.
S: Fruity yeastiness and chocolaty maltiness..some light coffee and very light flowery hoppiness.
T: Coffee/espresso and malty sweetness, powdery semi-sweet cocoa and again I get some of that Belgian yeast fruitiness then some hops and alcohol esters come thru...awesome blend of flavors and taste sensation.
M: For the style it could stand to be a bit more viscous but I'm not knocking it at all...smooth and inviting.
O: A great choice...I'd surely purchase this again, it's a nice twist on the Imp Stout catagory. I imagine it would be fantastic on draught. Very drinkable and no hesitation in recommending this gem.

beerluvr, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Cramshawbar, May 26, 2014
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Wild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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