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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
85
very good

63 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
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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Photo of jaz58
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

jaz58, May 25, 2014
Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Bf_89, May 24, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

RedAleMan, May 24, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

DenisKolkin, May 21, 2014
Photo of nullbort
4.25/5  rDev +13%

nullbort, May 21, 2014
Photo of Cycle69
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Cycle69, May 16, 2014
Photo of John656
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

John656, May 13, 2014
Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

wizo, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

spinrsx, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of KeKeKumba
4/5  rDev +6.4%

KeKeKumba, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

kelvarnsen, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

beerhunter13, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

yancot, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

DaPan, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of BGDrock
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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

BGDrock, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of peensteen
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

peensteen, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

biegaman, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of SebD
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

SebD, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of ElGallo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ElGallo, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of kjyost
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kjyost, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of decimator
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

decimator, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

jrenihan, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Molson2000, Sep 18, 2012
Wild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.