The Bottle Imp | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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The Bottle ImpThe Bottle Imp

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

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

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600ml bottle - an imp is typically something small, not a big brew like this, but whatever.

This beer pours a fairly solid black, with subtle amber basal edges, and four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent tightly webbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of rich artisanal coffee, lightly roasted caramel malt, biscuity toffee squares, vanilla cream, and some plain earthy, musty, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and grainy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, acrid coffee beans, spoiled milk, a hint of dusty tanned leather, cheap cocoa powder, sort of boozy real vanilla, and a further understated earthy, leafy, and weedy green hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite muted in its seemingly ennui-stricken frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of java astringency maybe making a few unwelcome waves here. It finishes trending dry, the caramel, coffee, and chocolate all kind of milling about, content in their place.

Overall - this is a rather pleasant and engaging version of the style, with the complex coffee additions doing well to integrate with the whole. Add in the sneaky, near ten points of the ol' wowee sauce, and folks, we have a winner!

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Photo of papposilenus
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 600ml bottle, dated 10/20/17. Served in a tulip at concrete-basement-floor-in-New-Hampshire-in-January temperature.

Pours a dark oak brown with two fingers of puffy, tight, cafe au lait coloured suds. Retention is only so-so but leaves in its wake a soft, wispy, dreamy cloud of suds which caps the beer and continues uninterrupted right up the sides of the glass.

Smells of coffee, vanilla, caramel cremes and something green and leafy.

Taste follows the nose so precisely that it hardly bears repeating myself but, anyway, it tastes like coffee, vanilla, caramel cremes and something green and leafy. Only with the coffee cranked up two or three notches, like a quadruple-shot latte. Some super-satisfying roasted nibs, espresso bean and chicory and dry, leafy bitterness at the finish.

Feel is smooth and creamy, medium bodied and well carbonated with just a trace of boozy warmth in the gullet.

Nice. Very good coffee blend and lots of it. I'm glad I don't have anyone to share it with because I'm going to finish the bottle now.

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Photo of Mysticmage
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass 6668 batch. Excellent collar that lasted well - built like a Guinness does. Decent nose of coffee and earth tones. Excellent taste that lasts well throughout. An excellent stout!

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

Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When you decide to make a coffee stout, you have to know that you will be measured against Peche Mortel. It's just the way it is, even if your style differs on some of the particulars. As such, Founders KBS or New Holland's Dragon's Milk measure up to a degree (even though they have some other distinctive qualities as well).
This "impish" attempt doesn't.
Too much roast in the coffee equals burnt coffee and that is not a good thing in any type of serving for that bean. But it also made me think as to the quality of coffee the various brewers use, because it just has to make a difference and one doesn't really read much about that aspect.
Whatever it is that make this one consumable but not too often, the fact still remains that it doesn't reach the heights it expires to reach and it ends up a bit of a mess.

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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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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The Bottle Imp from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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