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:
190
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.63%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - tar black, very tall thick brown head, left random blobs of lacing as it slowly receded
S - big roasty and burnt flavours, mild cocoa and licororice
T - intensely roasty and burnt malt, licorice root and mild dark fruits with a mild grassy hope note in the background
M - chewy low carbonated body, smoky and dry finish, 9% ABV undetectable
O - it a big thick in your face stout just as you'd expect, not an everyday drinker but maybe every other day

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

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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 Beervana
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of byronic
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of IronDjinn
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 1 L brown bottle, capped with a flip-top lid. Pours out a dense opaque jet black hue, impermeable to light. Creamy tan head that settles to a thick frothy cap.

Roasty malts, some sweet dark malt, coffee notes on the nose, some faint dry toasty cocoa.

Flavour starts out on a sweet almost milky note, then turns roasty, while the two in turn evolve into a sort of cafe au lait charatcter, finishing with a dry roasty, somewhat burnt finish. Burnt malt aftertaste. It's only after a long while and the bottle nearly finished that herbal, spicy hops appear on the finish and aftertaste.

Full mouthfeel, full velvety texture, medium carbonation.

While not very intense for the style, it's a very enjoyable and approachable interpretation of an RIS, and masking the alcohol content incredibly well. In my honest opinion it seems more like a buffed up Stout, or a Robust Porter, however it's still mighty fine of its own accord.

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Photo of grub
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another treat shared by Viggo, brought back from his recent trip out west. thanks eric!

1 liter capped swingtop bottle. sampled july 1/2010.

pours deep dark brown, nearly black, with a big brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace. inky and opaque.

aroma is great. espresso and coffee. caramel and toffee. dark and milk chocolate. bit of orange and tangerine. earthy and woody. light alcohol. multi-grain bread.

taste is good. dark and milk chocolate. bit of bittersweet chocolate. espresso and coffee. lightly sweet caramel and toffee. multi-grain bread and biscuit. light orange and tangerine. bit earthy and woody. hint of dark fruit.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance, hiding most of its 9%. nice depth and complexity.

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Photo of chickenm
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thick brown head that leaves some lacing. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, and a little smoke and licorice. Flavor of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses, and ash. Medium bodied and smooth, and has a lingering slightly burnt aftertaste. Just a little alcohol is noticable. Overall, it's not in the top tier of Imperial Stouts, but it's still a very solid beer. I had no trouble finishing the 1L bottle!

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Photo of Mersh
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMBSH
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of Electros
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - BLACK with a creamy head.

S - Chocolate, burnt, caramel, and black malt.

T - Creamy, lovely malt notes, lots of malt, low hope, aftertaste disappates quickly.

M - Lovely, surprisingly light.

O - I was really impressed by this beer, the alcohol was not over powering and the malt notes on this was very balancing!

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Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cfalovo97
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got a bottle of this from the LCBO. Pours dark, brownish black color with a nice head. solid retention. It doesnt have a very strong smell, which threw me off a little bit, so I was pleasently surpised when I tasted it. You can taste the molasses and some vanilla and coffee. The taste lingers nicely.
Overall it was quite enjoyable. My first beer from this brewery and I look forward to trying others

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Photo of SebD
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some roasted malts, sweet molasses, chocolate, coffee, some licorice and a grassy/earthy bitterness from the hops.

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.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Pothole Filler is a black beauty, the color of dirty motor oil capped with a mocha colored head. Nice foamy lacing leaves a world map foamy picture on the glass initially.

The aroma is rich with roasted malts, black licorice, and sweet black strap molasses.

The brew tastes much like the aroma. The molasses really sweetens this beer and works well with all of the roasted malts, making it one of the easier drinking imperial stouts I've had.

Mouthfeel is pretty silky, with a lactose sugar coating the mouth, seemingly.

Overall: A high price tag at $13 for 1 liter, but it's rich and definitely well crafted.

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Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Pothole Filler Imperial Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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