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

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
83
good

31 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.44%


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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:15:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:33:28 | More by jrenihan
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bartle

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 18:28:03 | More by bartle
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 00:45:19 | More by Derek
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:48:34 | More by hopsolutely
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:58:49 | More by BGDrock
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 00:06:39 | More by biegaman
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2010 00:39:38 | More by pootz
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 15:32:46 | More by ritzkiss
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first in a new series of small batch beers from Beau's - a brewery who have impressed me by putting together a very nice regular lineup.

Pours a rich dark brown with a creamy tan head that dropped to a film and left some nice streaks behind. Misses the boat on the blackness a bit, but carrying on... Smooth, roasty aroma puts me in mind of a café mocha, though as it warms up the fruit gradually take over and I start to get more and more plum. Its much the same with the flavour, which initially seems characterised by a smooth roast (coffee, cream chocolate), but then has increasingly noticeable fruit tones. That's not to say that the fruit ever dominates the flavour, and I would have preferred perhaps a bit of cherry in this to amp up the Belgian aspect. It certainly doesn't drink like an imperial stout, and I have a hard time believing the listed ABV of 8%, either something's askew or these guys have a darn good talent for hiding the alcohol! Slightly thin body would match the flavour better if it was bulked up and smoothed out.

Overall, a very quaffable offering that didn't take too long to polish off. It seems that one of the hallmarks of this brewery is that they can put together some insanely drinkable offerings. Stylistically this doesn't really tick the boxes for an imperial stout as it doesn't really seem big enough, and as a Belgian offering it doesn't seem Belgian enough. A beer like this could fall between a number of stools, but somehow I still liked it. It will certainly be interesting to see what the upcoming offerings will be.

Big thanks to TJ for picking me a bottle of this up from the brewery!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 15:58:51 | More by bobsy
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 01:32:50 | More by spinrsx
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 20:26:40 | More by SebD
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 12:08:21 | More by Sammy
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basically completley black, 1.5 fingers of tan head, good lace and retention. Smell is chocolatey with spice, belgian yeast is pretty in your face, orange peel like citrus is also here with a bit of sweet sugars as well. Taste is spicy, roast and anise, lightly sweet as well, a bit herbal with some coffee bitterness, spicy in the finish. Medium carbonation, medium bodied. Just OK, some interesting things going on here, and I could have another glass of this again but not something I would go out of my way for.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 12:48:53 | More by peensteen
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 14:08:20 | More by Viggo
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 16:17:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Best of Beau's Mix Pack 2012.
600ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 8%.

A - Poured a dark brown with a beige coloured head. Head reduce to long lasting bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Smells like a sweet stout mixed with a strong Belgian Ale. As it warmed the oak became much more noticeable.

T - Holy this is sweet. Espresso coffee, brown sugar, some burnt toast, wood, vanilla, bitter finish.

M - Body is heavy, good carbonation, sticky, oily, harsh finish.

O - Interesting concoction. I found it too sweet and I'm not liking the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:45:01 | More by decimator
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 21:09:01 | More by Ralphus
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 1 2010 and purchased from the brewery.

Pours a dark black with an off-white head. Surprisingly clear for a stout when held up to the light. Not a bad looking beer, but you'd never guess it was a stout. That's all I'm saying.

The aroma is too subtle for words.

Tastes like liquid marigold's. Somewhat cheesy. Inelegantly bitter. Roasty. Cold coffee. Black Dutch licorice. Oh man, this needs work. I'm not sure it's a stout, it's certainly not what I have come to expect from an Imperial stout, and the Belgian aspect clashes big time. I'm assuming they're using the same yeast they dropped in the bogwater. It tastes similar but it worked way better in the latter. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. I agree with Rob's assessment than plum flavors come out as it warms and, indeed, there is a subtle shift from herbal roastiness to fruitiness as you go along.

It's not a drain pour but totally not something I would recommend trying or which should take up valuable brewing resources that could be better used brewing the Beaver River IPEh.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 02:04:18 | More by MeisterBurger
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-26-2011 19:21:06 | More by liamt07
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 14:43:36 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Wild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.