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

78 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
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:
Beer added by: Viggo on 04-01-2010

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
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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle at the brewery when it was released but haven't had the time to review until now.

Poured a deep black with a big light brown head that settled to a small ring of foam. It left some lacing behind.

The smell is light with scents of an earthy coffee. Not much else really. The taste has a bit more.. coffee predominantly but there are some bittering hops towards the end. I get virtually no fruit flavours except for a touch towards the end. It's not terribly complex and the flavours that are there don't really jell together all that well.

Mouthfeel is hindered somewhat by overly aggressive carbonation, but otherwise ok. Drinkability is average.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Look at Canadian craft brewers making some noise! Throwing down the gauntlet with a Belgian Imperial Stout that is aged on oak staves. The darkness draws us in and a cropped lacing does its job. Hints of mocha, blackberry jam, musk and burnt bread come to mind within the first few sniffs. Creamy body with a snappy crispness. Complexities try to cram on to the palate all at once; choco-roasted malt, herbal phenols, warming fruity alcohol and a kiss of hop bitterness. Suggestions of anise, charcoal and black peppercorn in the middle. Dry maltiness is strong but lets every- thing slowly unfold. Dark unsweetened chocolate and alcohol in the finish.

Photo of BGDrock
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: it never fails - these guys know how to make a beer look good! very dark brown with ruby when held to the light; full, dense, cappuccino head had amazing retention

Aroma: on the tart/acidic side; orange peel, anise, just a hint of chocolate in the background; mild

Taste & Mouthfeel: more of a mild taste than expected, but finishes with a delicious chocolate/coffee flavours that is full and not bitter at all; some resinous, and slightly citrus hops slide in after a few seconds - this is a beer with a real flavour build, doesn't start with much has a great profile in the end; great mouthfeel - perfect carbonation, full body, silky smooth, with some chewiness

Overall: stunning roast, with no sense of espresso bitterness often found in this style, just rich, luxurious chocolate/coffee flavour and some mild hops; only caveat is wish it had a bit more punch

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Bar Volo, with the owner of Beaus. A complex aroma of coffee and yeast. Black with a notion of head. Medium mouthfeel, or even a tad below for its style. A story in chocolate, and yeast. Very drinkable, more of a single stout really. A touch of sourness mid-sip.

Photo of beerluvr
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light coffee notes with some medium black chocolate bitter notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some medium dry black chocolate notes with some light roasted malt notes which is well round off by some oat notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall but a bit too thin for style while lacking some character. I also don’t get the Belgian yeast part of this beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 11/27/12. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with two fingers of fluffy light brown head.

S - Big roast and Belgian yeast aromas up front with some chocolate in the background. Not getting any of the oak.

T - Belgian yeast dominates the palate up front and throughout. Some roast, chocolate, and a very faint touch of oak come through as well but the Belgian yeast flavours completely overpower and make this difficult to drink.

M - Medium body and creamy. Light carbonation. A nice body.

O - Very one dimensional.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery brought around by bobsy, thanks man!

Pours a dark brown, certainly no black, with a finger of head that has some decent retention.

Nose is light, giving off some nice fruitiness from the yeast, just a hint of coffee and roasting malts.

This is a real odd duck. It's certainly no imperial stout, no way in hell. It could be a Belgian stout but it's not overly roasty to point you clearly in the stout direction. The yeast and esters are fairly restrained, not playing up the Belgian. Seems to back away from all categories and yet somehow seems to work. Balanced is the key word here, some light fruitiness is layered under a pleasant roast, a hint of coffee, a little cream and vanilla, some cocoa powder, a hint of baker's chocolate.

Light body, hides the ABV - would certainly guess it's lighter than 8% and, in all honesty, it might be. Drinkable, though certainly not made to any style guidelines, certainly not an Impy!

Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

600ml bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of a mixed 4 pack for $22

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate syrup, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate syrup, and coffee. There is also a bit of a yeasty spiciness and a graininess.

Overall - Some nice chocolate flavour going on and some interesting grainy/yeasty taste. Not your typical Imperial Stout. My bottle is going on a year old, and it has held up very well.

Photo of liamt07
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at Volo, served in a tulip.

Pours almost black, some mahogany highlights. Few fingers of fluffy and soapy offwhite head, no lacing but fantastic retention. Nose mild chocolate notes, some tripel-esque esters, some pear and a raw banana peel scent becomes really apparent with warmth. Taste has this banana peel again, milk chocolate, mild green apple and vanilla. Some harsh alcoholic qualities becomes evident halfway through the sip, and burns. Odd for a relatively low ABV (in terms of being imperial). Lacks a degree of body here, and I find this to be a very confusing offering overall. Some qualities of a tripel and imperial stout are blended in a less than impressive way, lacking coherence. I was befuddled by this, and was left indifferent and unimpressed. I recall having this when it initially debuted at Volo last summer and being significantly more impressed , but either by a function of palate development or otherwise, I can't say I feel the same way about this now as I did then.

Photo of SebD
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown, almost black color to it. It has a nice thick beige head that dies down slowly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, sweet roasted malts, chocolate and light dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some Belgian yeast, roasted malts, chocolate/coffee, some oak and a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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: 3.99, a solid B+. 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.

Photo of John656
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark with brownish cream head and average retention. There is a red hue that you can only see if held up to a light source.

S - Detect floral, roasted and nutty notes.

T - Chocolate, malts, and grain emanate through the taste buds. The flavour profile includes a little more bitterness than one would expect in a stout. But the hops blends nicely into this brew which includes a little spice and cocoa. A semi-dry finish polishes off an otherwise enjoyable stout with above average complexity.

M - Smooth and medium bodied, and I wouldn't mind if it was even fuller. The alcohol content is well masked and carbonation is at a nice low-to-moderate level.

O - I like this. It's a typical stout but it's not. The oak barrel ageing and Belgian yeast results in a unique character of flavours.

Photo of jaz58
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting concept that works. I have not explored a lot of Belgium beers yet ther is enough notes to make this stout very pleasurable.

Appearance: Espresso brown with hints of mahogany. The head was thick and the colour of turbano sugar.

Smell:Caramel with slight hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Well rounded and silky.

Taste: Chocolate, malt, caramel, slightly sour with a nice dry finish.

Overall: A nice stout with sour notes and a dry malt finish. Very refreshing.

Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 542, March 19, 2010.

A: Brownish-black with ruby highlights, light-tan head, thin ring of retention, good lace.

S: Java, bakers chocolate, light spicing (cloves?), molasses

T: Molasses, java, bakers chocolate, cloves, brown sugar, balanced bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Moderately full body has a light acidity.

D: A good drinker... actually quite dangerous at this strength!

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $7.85 CDN. Served we'll chilled into a pint glass. Not sure how a Belgian style stout is going to work, but it sounds interesting.

Appearance - starts out with a transparent mahogany pour, but as the glass fills the beer is an opaque near black color. Nice 2 fingers of tan head poured with yellow hues even. Head has acceptable although not brilliant retention time and a few bubbles can be seen rising alongside the edge of the glass.

Smell - caramel, dark chocolate and especially coffee dominate the noses there's maybe a faint hint of liquorice but that very subdued especially when colder. Some leather gives this a well rounded and enticing aroma and clearly puts this as above average at least in terms of smell.

Taste - starts with a coffee burst, transitioning into a brief period where the Belgian yeast flavour and bread tastes come together before leaving the mouth completely and moving back to the coffee and dark chocolate blend. Faint tobacco and black licorice lie in the background and come out bait more as it warms.

Mouthfeel - crazy high carbonation feel in the mouth, yet very smooth. Coats the mouth nicely, but may be a bit syrupy. Alcohol burn too.

Overall - nice full feeling beer but the taste while delicious and unique, runs a bit thin after a few sips since the only thing lingering is the steady coffee bitterness. Nonetheless recommended and a bit different with the Belgian yeasts if only for a couple seconds at a time on each sip. In all actuality this beer continues to improve as it warms as there is a wide array of flavours that open up. Highly recommended.

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled November 27, 2012.

Beer is very dark brown, almost black. A large tan head on top. Moderate retention, nice amount of lace.

Nose prominently displays Belgian yeast, oak, roast malt, anise and dark fruit flavours (plum, fig).

Taste contains oak, chocolate, dark fruit (fig, raisin), coffee, vanilla and Belgian yeast. Some anise. A bit smoky. Moderately bitter. Dry. Lots of flavours going on, but all integrated well with each other. Definitely get both sides of the story: Belgian ale and stout (though certainly leaning towards the latter).

Full bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall, a good beer, The best I have had from Beau's. Have been interested in trying this one for awhile and am glad they brewed it again. Does not fit well into the imperial stout category, but it is a tasty brew.

Photo of bartle
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Volo.

Poured a dark black and surprisingly clear, there was a little mahogany hue around the edges of the glass, and an ever so slightly tanned head that sunk to a slight film. Not much retention for the head or lacing.
The nose is pretty interesting. The belgian yeast character gives it a nice kick . Front off there is a hefty amount of smoke, charcoal, a little chocolate and vanilla along with a herbal character that is similar of cola nut. The yeast brings out some ripe raspberry and strawberry qualities as if they are stewing in their own juices and just mingle with the roast and chocolate tones.
The taste leans away from the smoke and puts front a very rich roasted cocoa beans, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. There is a little herbal quality that floats over the tongue and is blended with bready notes from the yeast. The finish is very nice and dry and snaps quickly with cloves and pepper and leaves the berry-like sugars resting on the palate. It is fairly complex.
The mouthfeel does end up seeming a little thin with it's high carbonation and why I would lean away from wanting to place it with other imperial stouts, but what's in a name? It doesn't take away from the drinkability of this one.

Belgian Strong Dark Ale seems more appropriate for its characteristics. As a stout it seems to fall short of what I want, mostly in the mouthfeel.

Photo of Viggo
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Volo, served in a snifter.

Pours a clear dark ruby red, black away from the light, thin light tan head forms and quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing and the dies quickly.

Smell is neat, quite oaky, alcohol, dark fruit, a bit of brown sugar sweetness, light chocolate wafer and a touch of roastiness, vanilla, not bad.

Taste is similar, sweet up front, chocolate, some roast, caramel, a bit of dark fruit, oak, vanilla, alcohol, I like the fruit character but the oak was a touch astringent.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, almost thin, with rough carbonation, maybe not so much highly carbonated but not so well integrated. Some significant warmth going down. Won't roll with the big boys, but a good experiment.

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

Photo of pootz
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap: Puts a dark brown-black ale in the glass, puffy tan cap, good kacing, soft carbonation. Aroma is musty-Cocoa-toasty, belgian yeast evident here. Flavor is lightly sweet but toasty-nutty with smoke undertones, not mucj hop balance, what there is is woody oak tones, long roasty chocolate finish. Interesting and tastey, no hint of the strength of this beer.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delighted to finally track down a bottle of this limited release. However am reviewing it specifically as a Belgian Imperial rather than an American Double, as I found the Belgian yeast overwhelming pretty much all other flavours in both aroma and taste.

Beautiful dark colour with coffee coloured head and silky mouthfeel. Not oily, but a creamy, thick texture. On the nose the Belgian yeast was predominant, with faint hints of roasted malts in the background. This may have been a result of the age of the bottle, as likewise in the taste the yeast was definitely in the forefront. Hints of oak, but less complexity than I'd expected.

Perfect for anyone who enjoys Belgian beers!

Photo of Jeffo
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout shows shimmers of clarity along the base but, by and large, looks like a deep body of water overhung by storm clouds. It is not black but might as well be given its murky darkness. Despite there not being any choppy waves of head, I still wouldn't be traversing those waters. Looks dangerous.

I swear whatever strain of yeast this is I can find it in my spice rack. That, or it's been hanging out with my spice rack. Strong notes of anise, pepper, ginger, and clove dominate to such an extent that it's hard to say what it'd smell like had the Belgian yeast not provided its perfume free of service. It’s especially burly at first but calms down a tad with air.

The beer hits virtually all the typical stout notes - cocoa, coffee, toasted nuts, roasted barley - but also features (due to the spice) the taste of chilies and (owing to the oak) the faintest hint of bourbon in the finish. At times, it can be very Vegemite-like and is oddly savory (more so even than spicy or sweet). There's also just a bit of brambly fruit (blackberry in particular).

The spice doesn't have nearly as strong a grip on the palate as I had anticipated. In fact, the aftertaste doesn't stick around long at all (fortunately neither does the alcohol, which is nearly undetectable anyhow). Still, brief hints of candied ginger show with warmth and that alluring play between spice and stout keeps me coming back for more.

Dive into Matt's Sleepy Time for a spicy, dark chocolaty, before-bed treat. The use of (a particularly expressive) Belgian yeast and oak chips have given this beer a more complex, assertive and intense nature than your usual stout. It may be a slightly acquired taste but it's undoubtedly one of the more successful "Belgian stouts" I've come across.

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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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