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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
86
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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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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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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

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4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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: 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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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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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