Wild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
06-29-2011 01:15:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.08/5 rDev +9.1%
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
This pretty good stout goes well with... morel mushrooms and eggs in the morning
06-07-2014 23:16:55 | More by DaveBar
4.01/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
05-31-2014 05:39:23 | More by thehyperduck
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
12-08-2012 01:33:28 | More by jrenihan
3.96/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
05-21-2014 22:46:45 | More by DenisKolkin
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
05-25-2014 21:08:19 | More by jaz58
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
05-27-2014 00:44:22 | More by beerluvr
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
04-15-2010 18:28:03 | More by bartle
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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
03-04-2013 03:58:49 | More by BGDrock
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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!
04-30-2010 00:45:19 | More by Derek
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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!
08-14-2011 20:48:34 | More by hopsolutely
3.86/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
02-06-2013 00:06:39 | More by biegaman
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
06-21-2010 00:39:38 | More by pootz
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
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!
04-25-2010 15:32:46 | More by ritzkiss
Wild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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