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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
83
good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

TerryW, Saturday at 02:01 AM
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

tbeckett, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Jeffo, Oct 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Mr_Rocca, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

groleau, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

russwilliam, Sep 22, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

dwxr, Sep 14, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

mick303, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Ozzylizard, Sep 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

primevil2, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

EpicHobo1, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

CRObighit2, Aug 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

lgmol, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

fostachild, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Hoppy_McGee, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Mr_Hoptimistic, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Jotora, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

KrisDLSmith, Aug 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

bigox420, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

MatChar, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Ericbeech_87, Jul 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

mjrtchie, Jun 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

GoHabsGo, Jun 14, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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

DaveBar, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

BakaGaijin, Jun 07, 2014
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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 69 ratings.