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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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BA SCORE
84
good

31 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 78
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 6.22%
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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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.05/5  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. (565 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Ralphus
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (1,787 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.59/5  rDev -3%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

600 mL bottle packaged 4/23/14 at 40 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma a very weak figgy
Head large (4.5 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to a broken 3 mm layer
Lacing poor – a few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body very dark reddish-brown
Flavor begins with a bitter chocolate and coffee followed by an indiscriminate dark dried fruit flavor; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75. Final weighted score: 3.75
While this meets the basic criteria for an imperial stout, drinking it is somewhat like chewing a chunk of wood while trying to eat dried figs. The tannins come through and bury the pleasing flavors in too much bitterness. The aroma is almost non-existent – some would call it subtle, but smelling something borders on wishful thinking. The palate is within the expected range for imperial stouts as is the appearance. Overall, one bottle of this brew is adequate for my needs. (1,018 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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! (953 characters)

Photo of John656
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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! (1,643 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev +3%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,802 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

600 ml bottle served chilled into beaus glass. Colour is black with impressive lacing and film, dark tam head they is quite plentiful and then dirs durn.

S- spicy with anise and light alcohol, raisin and bitter cocoa, dark malts with nuttiness and a hint of roastiness. Lots if vanilla and some herbal character.

T- smooth dark malts, dark chocolate, then oak starts to drive the flavour. Spicy and plenty of oakiness to it, dark roast malts add a rich dark chocolate and caramel character and rich fruit character. Alcohol blends with the yeast to create a filling upfront bit and spice to it. Barrel character doesn't come through much until it starts warning up. Dry and oaky on the finish, some tannins stick around.

M- good upfront bitterness.a bit of a herbal licoury feel to it though. Also the carbonation is quite smooth and light, you do pick up more of the thicker barrel character as it warms.

This is definitely a bedtime stout, overall I would say it pulled it together quite well. At times it seems like the yeast and barrel aging might overpower the beer it manages somehow. Roastiness on this was intense and tied well with the oakiness. It just sees a bit brash and rough, I might see about getting a bottle to age to see if I like that better. Maybe it's the alcohol creeping through the palate on this but it just feels like it could be better. (1,368 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (878 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (389 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (685 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (714 characters)

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3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,375 characters)

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3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (493 characters)

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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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