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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Smell: Chocolate, raisins, hops, toffee
Taste is dominated by black chocolate. Traces of roasted coffee beans, wood and sugar. Medium carbonation and roundness.
Bitterness. Quite long. Hops and coffee beans bring and small bitter side.
Great beer overall. My best from Beau's so far. I expected oak aging to be more present but that's a tasteful beer though.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.12/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Jeffo
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from Hopsolutely this past summer. Thanks for all the treats guys!

From a 600ml bottle into a snifter. Love the bottles these guys use.
Batch no. 3574
Bottled 15 May 2014
IBU: 38

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear dark brown and yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with excellent retention. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass a bit. Transparent dark brown body with lower levels of carbonation evident. A half wisp remains leaving dots of lacing down the sides. Head is fine, but the body is just too clear and light colored for the style.

SMELL: Roasted and spicy notes with a touch of chocolate on the nose. Quite mild; had hoped for more character here.

TASTE: Lightly roasted flavors and some spicy yeast up front; definitely Belgian in style. Some caramel and roasted notes with touches of milk chocolate at the swallow. A medium but lingering finish of caramel, roasted barley, with spicy clove and yeast notes a well. Touches of bitter chocolate is there in the finish as well. Flavorful and interesting enough.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher carbonation. A bit light on the palate, creamy enough, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: A solid beer, but Belgian stouts never seem to know what they’re doing. They’re neither roasted and chocolate heavy in flavor, nor spicy and fruity enough like Belgian strong dark ales. They’re kind of caught in the middle somewhere. This one is interesting enough, but doesn’t really come out boldly and make a statement. Check it out if you’re a fan of the style, but not if you’re craving a strong stout or a Belgian dark ale. Thanks again Hopsolutely! The Beau’s pair was a lot of fun.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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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