Pothole Filler Imperial Stout
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

Pothole Filler Imperial StoutPothole Filler Imperial Stout
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Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #400
Ranked #9,729
4.03 | pDev: 9.43%
Oct 23, 2021
Sep 07, 2008
Pothole Filler Imperial StoutPothole Filler Imperial Stout
Notes: This beer is a strong, inky dark ale, brewed with 6 malts and blackstrap molasses. It is a thick beer, with an intense roasted barley flavour, with notes of chocolate and licorice.

65 IBU
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4.23 by mistahmojoryan from Canada (SK) on Oct 23, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

Pothole Filler Imperial Stout fills my glass with a viscous beer that is as black as anything I’ve ever seen. The head is coffee and cream colored, and is decently lasting.
Taking a sniff, this imperial stout is enticingly fragrant. The aromas are rich, roasted, malty, and sweet with much underlying complexity. Up front aromas of milk chocolate combine with rich caramel malt and the requisite aroma of roasted grain. Aromas of damp earth, leather, dates, and tobacco add complexity. The complexity in Pothole Filler’s nose is surprisingly delicate, given the deep and intense nature of the style of beer. Slightly leafy hops make their presence known before fading into the background.
On the tongue, Pothole Filler is full bodied, smooth, and lush in its fullness. Roasted grain makes its presence known before moving into a full flavored malt sweetness. Malt sweetness seems like a combination of general dark malt sweetness combined with roasted grain and a general booziness, which shouldn’t be surprising given the beer’s brute alcoholic strength. All of this moves into a grassy, leafy hop finish before fading slowly into the night.
This is a wonderfully rich, powerful, and complex example of a Russian imperial stout. What impresses me most is how the beer gives you complexity without being so full of complexity as to be all but undrinkable. Rather, this is a fine, strong ale to drink by the fire on a cold, winter night.

Feb 04, 2021
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine. Dark,inky black, small beige head. Dark roast aroma,ashy. taste is big roastiness, gets, dry and chalky, also sticky.. Chocolate, burnt toast.

Jan 03, 2020
4.11 by Eric_Standard from Canada (BC) on Oct 08, 2019
4.6 by Chrism11565 from Canada (BC) on May 06, 2019
4.06 by IPAnicked from Canada (BC) on Apr 05, 2019
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4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Rikkicarey from Canada (BC)

My go to stout. I buy it every time I see it for sale just to make sure they never stop producing this fabulous stout.

Mar 11, 2019
3.76 by Latarnik from New Jersey on Feb 17, 2019
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on May 26, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: Rich roasted black malt, molasses smoked, some alcohol bite. Bold oak malt sweet nose. Very dark brown, mostly opaque tan refined head some lace. Full body. Sticky mouthfeel. 65 IBUs

Mar 26, 2018
4 by paulish from New York on Mar 10, 2018
4.26 by jgarvis from Illinois on Feb 04, 2018
4 by Walleybeer from New Jersey on Jan 15, 2018
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 01, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

A- This one pours a very dark brown....almost black color and seems to have good clarity all things considered. The head is lovely with a solid two finger thick foam layer covering the liquid and it is nice and dense....plenty of wee tight bubbles that maintain their composure and slowly settle down into a caramel colored thick layer. Lacing also appears to look good, as there is a good number of small sticky protein pockets clinging to the side of my glass!

S- This has an interesting smell.....definitely sweeter than a normal Imperial Stout. Dark chocolate, coffee and burnt woody aromas give way to the molasses used in this, which brings a clever baked molasses cookie richness, as well as cashew/almond hints....like a burnt almond chocolate bar. The finish seems to linger, again being a mix of sweet and dry....caramel and/or dried fruits, yet Earth tones.

T- This is good! It reminds me somewhat of a Milk Stout in terms of sweetness, but it has a yeasty/creamy character throughout the taste. Dark chocolate, creamy almond bark, mocha and slightly astringent blackstrap molasses sweetness are the main flavors, along with background notes of char, Earth, bittering cocoa, nuttiness, heavily toasted malts, vanilla bean, cooked brown sugar, and a sweet, turning into a quick bitter hop finish....this lingers on for a minute before another sip is in order!

M/O- Medium-full bodied, I feel like there is something to chew on here! The carbonation is creamy smooth and as the appearance suggested, bubbles are in fact wee tight and really allow the flavors to come through on the palate! The alcohol is well hidden and the velvety feel makes this a highly drinkable Stout! I would be happy to enjoy this on any given night, and it really calms down the stomach after a big meal! Full marks and I recommend it! I will seek out again!

Nov 29, 2017
4.02 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Nov 07, 2017
4.1 by DrBass from Maryland on Sep 03, 2017
3.69 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Aug 03, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

Served in a pokal glass, not my first choice.

Appearance: Thin brown to black body with medium bubbles creating a thin tan head rising just about a quiarter of an inch at best off the body.

Smell: You smell brown sugar and malts.

Taste: Sweet brown sugar and heavy malts. The bitterness might be a tad overhwhelming at first but you need a bit of time to let it warm up and the flavors become an espresso infusion you will like a lot.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, very sticky with a slight sour after taste.

Overall: Nice pick-up which didn't even cost much, shared it with my parents and both of them approved. Always in a glass my friends. Salud.

May 07, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

A gift from Marty – Thanks man!
One liter cap sealed (with flip-top resealer) bottle stored at 42 degrees and served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester king snifter.
Aroma – molasses, caramel, a little fruity.
Head – large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive pour), tan, medium frothy with all the bubbles being 5 mm in diameter, good retention, slooowly diminishing to an irregular five to twelve mm ring and partial layer.
Lacing – fair. Multiple islands of tiny to small bubbles.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – starts very sweet with a definite molasses taste. Allowing it warm in the mouth allows some toasted malt flavor through as well as some alcohol. It ends slightly bitter but not hoppy.
Palate – full bodied, bordering on syrupy, soft to almost lively carbonation.

Good. Next time I’m in Vancouver, I’ll make the short trip to the brewery.

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.

May 01, 2017
3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Apr 03, 2017
3.88 by LDuke from Canada (AB) on Mar 02, 2017
3.96 by kkmiller76 from New Jersey on Jan 27, 2017
4.02 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Jan 07, 2017
4.09 by Gkruszewski from New York on Dec 20, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a one and a half inch, foamy, tan-colored head. Good lacing/

S: A nice aroma of malt, molasses, chocolate, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of some mild dark fruits (figs, in particular), a good amount of the advertised blackstrap molasses, roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, vanilla, and some hops in the finish. In general, this is a well rounded flavor. It's not as big and bracing as with other Russian Imperial Stouts, but still complex and tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a silky smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is a very well made and easy to drink RIS. An interesting beer.

Oct 04, 2016
4 by SmithyAlan from Canada (QC) on Sep 26, 2016
3.55 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Sep 01, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey

Liter bottle to goblet.
LOOK: datk, black...big creamy head. Lasting.
AROMA: char; cocoa,
TASTE: cocoa, vanilla
FEEL:thick and creamy

Wasn't expecting much after Brown Ale tasting.....but this is pretty nice.

Aug 26, 2016
4.35 by EdgarGerik from Venezuela on Aug 19, 2016
4.04 by Lebowskied from Texas on Aug 01, 2016
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Howe Sound Brewing 'Pothole Filler' Imperial Stout @ 9.0% , served from a 1L pot-stopper bottle & a 473 ml can
A-pour is almost black from the bottle/can to glass with a medium tan head leaving a fine spotty lace along the pint/tulip
S-rich and malty , molasses , bakers chocolate , espresso , boozy
T-heavy malt taste , coffee and chocolate with thick blackstrap molasses on the swallow
MF-ok carbonation , big full body
Ov-very drinkable , good balance thru-out , hides the 9% well , highly recommended
prost LampertLand

Mar 26, 2016
3.75 by DamienI from Washington on Mar 06, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Svingjo from Canada (BC)

Pours a pitch black colour with a finger thick tan head that dissipates fairly quickly lacing the glass. The nose leads with roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla and licorice. The vanilla and licorice come to the forefront of the taste followed by the chocolate and malts and joined by a coffee bitterness. The carbonation is fairly mild and not enough to really cut the malty sweetness that tries to hide the higher ABV. A pretty good Imperial Stout.

Feb 14, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

This is an outstanding stout. What a value in the 1 litre swing top bottle! Smooth, full, rich, balanced flavours of chocolate, mocha, coffee. This is one of the better imperial stouts I've had made in our great country of Canada.

Dec 16, 2015
4.1 by Jeremy7 from Canada (BC) on Dec 04, 2015
3.75 by sherpahigh from Canada (AB) on Dec 02, 2015
3.9 by likeablepaper from Canada (AB) on Nov 30, 2015
4.05 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC) on Nov 23, 2015
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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by hotmailmsn from Canada (BC)

9% ABV, 65ibu, 1L bottle.
A - dark dark brown (I wouldn't say it's black) with half finger brown head.
S - molasses, brown sugar, dried fruit, tend to the sweeter side, but of chocolate, not really coffee. toasted bread, roasted malt.
T - decent carbonation. mid heavy mouthful, thick, silky smooth, rich like chocolate milk. vanilla, liquorice, smoky burnt bitterness, but not lasting.
O - since its fall, stout season is here. not much expectation on this, but this really surprised me! palate is def better than nose, 9%abv is well hidden. great BC brewed daily imperial stout. Will get it next time, if there's not much other choice out there yet.

Nov 07, 2015
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