Pothole Filler Imperial Stout | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#4,413
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
193
pDev:
9.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of ChrisCage
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of csmrx7
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBass
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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 Ozzylizard
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LDuke
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kkmiller76
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SmithyAlan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**
08/25/2016
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.
**

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lebowskied
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Howe Sounds 'Pothole Filler' Russian Imperial Stout @ 9.0% served from a 1L pot-stopper bottle purchased for $8.20
A-pour is almost black from the bottle to glass with a medium tan head leaving a fine spotty lace along the snifter
S-rich and malty , molasses , bakers chocolate , espresso , boozey
T-heavy malt taste , coffee and chocolate with thick blackstrap molasses
MF-ok carbonation , big full body
Ov-very drinkable , good balance throught , hides the 9% well , highly recommended
prost LampertLand

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Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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 Mlkluther
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Jeremy7
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sherpahigh
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of likeablepaper
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whatup14
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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