Wild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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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
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
3.95/5 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
3.96/5 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
Wild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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