The Bottle Imp | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
beaus.ca

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Bottle Imp is a strong, dark, roasty and rich creation. This rendition of a Russian Imperial Stout is also infused with a blend of Mexican and Ethiopian fair-trade organic coffee. Complex and contemplative, and with well-integrated alcohol warmth, The Bottle Imp is best served in a snifter, sipped slowly and savoured.

Added by spinrsx on 01-05-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of StormAles
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ikidunot
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fortyfield
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffo
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from hopsolutely this past summer. Thanks guys!

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 12 December 2014
Batch 3878
IBU: 81
OG: 21.1*P
FG: 5.5*P
Pro-Am Series

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly creamy, light tan head with good retention. Clear bistre brown body with slightly higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Coffee, sweet cream and toffee with notes of butterscotch on the nose. Roasted espresso beans play a role as well.

TASTE: Lots of roasted malts, roasted and burnt espresso beans and sweet cream up front. Burnt notes, leather and licorice at the swallow. A bold and lingering finish of black coffee beans, black malts, roast, some caramel sweetness and sweet vanilla cream. Lots of bitter coffee and chocolate with burnt malts lingering on the palate. More bitter than the IBU would suggest.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little lighter on the palate than hoped for the style, creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes a bit dry for the style. A bit of a burn and some heat and bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Pretty decent. Quite coffee heavy and pretty burnt, but plenty of other flavor and character to keep if from getting too monolithic. This is probably the best of Beau’s strong stouts to date. Give it a try if you see it. Cheers!

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Photo of groleau
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle packaged 12/17/14 at 42 degrees into a snifter, allowed to warm to 52 degrees
Received in a trade with @SebD
Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of caramel
Head large (Five cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to a three mm creamy ring and layer
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins with coffee flavor and slight bitterness, ends lightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, silky, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of Jaydee01
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jan for the Birthday beer! Poured into a 0.5L Duvel snifter.

A: Dark black body, dark sand color head, small bubbles, wonderful looking beer (as most stouts are).

S: dark roast, slight coffee, as expected.

T: A clean roast and bitter stout flavors. Was expecting a little.more complexity from the coffee.

M: Actually a really refreshing mouthfeel. Less sweet and sticky than I was expecting.

O: Overall

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Photo of talbotjf99
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coronaeus
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tilly
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark brown. Huge khaki head. Leaves quite the film on the glass.
Nutty, smokey, coffee and chocolate aroma
Taste is very much like the aroma with a heavy dark chocolate finish.
Strangely, this has a milk stout mouth. Very pleasant!
Another 4 star for Beau's!

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Dec-18-2014


A:
Pours a pitch black ink with three fingers of perfect tan head that lowers over 4 minutes or so to a healthy film with islands of froth. Good retention; checkered lacing. (4)

S:
Nutty and roasty. Charred wood, smoked meat, leather, vanilla, cinnamon, molasses. (3.75)

T:
Sweetish, toasty and roundly bitter. Dried dark fruits, big, rich, full coffee flavor, some sweeter bitter chocolate, really prominently rising roasty/coffee bitterness at the finish. (4)

M:
Smooth, thick, soft, big carbonation but velvety, no alcohol to speak of, medium to full body. (4)

O:
Really tasty Imperial Stout.
This is a big but drinkable stout that is enjoyable in many ways. Pours gorgeous and features a roasty nose with some leathery characteristics. The flavor brings in more coffee and is an even, solid bitter ode to roasted and chocolate flavors. Drinkable and feels like velvet.
Excellent beer; would definitely have it again and it is worth trying. (4)

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

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Long813
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Electros
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

600ml bottle into snifter. brewed with organic oats and organic fairtrade coffee. packaged date "12 12 14". opened on april 14, 2015

a: pitch black with a finger and a half of creamed-coffee-coloured head. love it

s: big roasted coffee and dark chocolate up front, wow. some roasted malt too

t: follows the nose. lots of bitter black coffee followed by cocoa. there are also notes of caramel, wood, and a touch of plum/date/fig sweetness. the black coffee flavours linger all the way to the end, carrying a good bitterness with it

m: medium-plus mouthfeel, very viscous. mild carbonation

o: a killer coffee-infused imperial stout

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Photo of mikemands
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was OK. Had at EBF.

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Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I thought it was a very well rounded beer but it wasn't great.

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Photo of MattXT
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The Bottle Imp from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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