Pothole Filler Imperial Stout | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Pothole Filler Imperial StoutPothole Filler Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
howesound.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BDTyre on 09-07-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
189
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.63%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
37
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of oldn00b
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a decently drinkable Imperial stout. Comes in a cool reuseable swing top bottle and brings a large quantity of high abv beer at a very reasonable price. I was a bit worried it might be gimmicky but it's damn solid. Looks great out of the bottle into a stout glass. Light tan head forms great and retains wonderfully. Nose is a good bit weak though maybe it's me. Not much comes through at all for me. Flavor is solid but nothind spectacular. It really has a toastier flavor that much of the malt etc. but it's nice. Feel is on point, delicate and light but with enough body.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lefty418
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Rutager a while back. Cheers man!

From a 1L capped swing-top bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
IBU: 65

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a two finger, thicker looking, fluffy, tan head with great retention. Clear black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full foam cap and some chunky, sticky lacing is left on the glass. A swirly wisp and ring remain until the end leaving lots of good lacing. Nice head and all, but not dark enough for top marks.

SMELL: Big nose on this one. Lots of roasted barley, dark chocolate and caramel on the nose, Cocoa powder and still some light citrus hops too.

TASTE: Pretty good. Roasted barley, sweet caramel and dark chocolate up front. A roasted and caramel-sweet middle into more roasted and burnt grain with plenty of bitter coffee, dark chocolate lingering on the palate. Quite good.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth coating. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is really quite good. Good flavors and aromas with a solid feel to support the show. A little light in color but the head and lacing worked really nicely. Something worth checking out if you get the chance; was easily able to finish the whole 1L myself over the course of an evening. Thanks again Rutager. Recommended.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, with no light shining through. A large mocha head doesn't leave much lacing, but has good retention.

Smell is mostly roasted malt. There are whiffs of coffee, anise, and hoppy fruit.

Taste is sweet and bitter(straight from the wife). Mellow roasted malt, molasses, some coffee and hop bitterness on the finish and aftertaste.

Feel isn't thin, but isn't chewy, with a hop bite to it. Good thing it's smooth and drinkable.

Some of hop in almost all aspects, none of it taking over fortunately. Feels a tad on the thin side, but other than that, I liked the beer. I would have to say, the giant size is kind of strange, and while the swingtop can help save the beer for later, 32oz of a 9% is a bit much.

DOA

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of souvenirs
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, malty and thick. Black, with brown head the colour of chocolate milk. Very nice. (I actually finished the litre bottle by myself in a single sitting.)

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Photo of jennybeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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