Pothole Filler Imperial Stout | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

Pothole Filler Imperial StoutPothole Filler Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
85.3%
Liked This Beer
4.02 w/ 191 ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,230
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
191
Liked:
163
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
9.7%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
36
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 73
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

Photo of hotmailmsn
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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 bostonryan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Aroma is dark malts, chocolate, mild sweetness and a hint of acidity. The flavor is dark malts, chocolate, dark fruit, mild funk and and a long and dry/acidic finish.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger khaki head and left a one finger lace ring around glass. Dark fruits, possible raisins, first me in aroma and I get notes of wheat, molasses, anise (must be licorice), bitter chocolate and very little roasted malts. Fuller bodied with a smoothness that is almost oak/wood like and even comes across as creamy. There is a balance between roasted malts and bitter chocolate and some chocolate sweetness, a spicy sweetness which can be both the licorice and molasses and notes of dark fruits like figs, toffee and black cherry. Not a typical RIS or even regular imperial stout as the roasted/coffee malts and barley flavors are in background compared to sweeter aspects but overall it has some of that hefty dryness mixed with some different sweet flavors.

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

Photo of Tmappin
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle in Atlanta.

A: dark reddish brown body is nearly black and opaque in the glass.
Flavor: Rich and dark roasty without char.
Enticing aroma.
Smooth, full body with medium-light carbonation.

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

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

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head is an inch and a half of toasted bread light brown tone. Body is like used motor oil black. Nose is a nice mix of roasty chocolate and hints of attractive coffee notes. Taste boarders on an oatmeal stout and an imperial stout. It is creamy and chocolatey with hints of strong alcohol and coffee. This is a solid beer at an attractive price point.

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Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85.3% out of 100 with 191 ratings
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