The Bottle Imp | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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The Bottle ImpThe Bottle Imp

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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.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 66
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 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 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 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 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 thehyperduck
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; bottled Dec 11 2014 and served slightly chilled.

Pours an inky black hue, topped off with nearly two fingers of bubbly beige-coloured froth. Retention is pretty good; it seeps away steadily over the next five minutes or so, coating the glass with a sticky pattern of lace as it recedes into a more manageable cap and collar. This is a beautiful stout, and the nose ain't half bad, either - plenty of dark, roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee beans, with hints of plum, black cherry and licorice. A bit muted in intensity, but enticing enough.

Fortunately, the first sip reveals the flavour to be anything but subtle - black coffee and baker's chocolate leap right out, coating the palate. There are lesser notes of plum, vanilla and molasses sweetness, but for the most part coffee - and to a smaller extent, cocoa - are the dominant flavours throughout. The finish becomes increasingly bitter and roasty, bordering on charry, with a touch of anise preceding a long, astringent aftertaste. Medium in body, but approaching full; the carbonation levels are moderate, gently agitating the palate and resulting in a smooth, slick mouthfeel. The alcohol is relatively well-masked, which makes this 9% imperial stout surprisingly easy to knock back.

Final Grade: 4.17, an A-. I've tried more than 20 different beers from these guys, and I have to say that Beau's Bottle Imp is undoubtedly one of their better offerings. This is an impressive, rich-tasting imperial stout that is guaranteed to satisfy your coffee beer cravings. Recommended, and worth the price, though there are still other Ontario-brewed impy stouts I'd pick first over this one.

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Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Whatever a "Bottle Imp" is it's apparently black and not conducive to transparency nor highlights. Nor, as it turns out, carbonation; whatever frothiness formed from the pour quickly dissipates and the glass shows no evidence of it ever existing. The beer's actual aesthetics don't live up to its bottle art.

An Imperial Stout should grab your attention right off the bat - Bottle Imp does just that, but less because of its malts and more so because of the inclusion of coffee. Though it's often suggested in the RIS profile, this one has an overtly, unequivocally apparent coffee-and-cream quality...

Which, it goes without saying, works in its favour if the drinker likes coffee. If not, one might bemoan the fact that some of the typical dark fruit, black licorice, and chocolate notes are buried beneath the beans (to say nothing of simple, good old-fashioned roasted barley). While I can relate to that letdown, I'm not one of those people; I really and enjoy the flavour profile for what it is.

And what I enjoy most is the toasty spiciness presumably imparted by said Mexican and Ethiopian coffee beans; it's strongly reminiscent of a Barcelona hot chocolate with hints of vanilla, cinnamon and allspice paired alongside malted milk and espresso tastes. It's a universally liked flavour.

Beau's describes the mouthfeel as "liquid silk" and, for better or worse, that's about right on. Suspiciously smooth for a 9% alcohol and 81 IBU stout, I could truthfully do with more roast and bitterness. It may seem odd to complain about a beer being 'too drinkable' but I anticipated more weight and punch than this. Don't feel pressured to share with friends.

Like virtually every Beau's beer I can think of, Bottle Imp is well-brewed, approachable, and characterful... but still seemingly engineered with mainstream palates in mind. A very enjoyable tipple, this wasn't quite what I had in mind for my last drink of the night. More likely to leave you licking your lips than rubbing your belly, just know what to expect before cracking the bottle open.

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Photo of mick303
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into a tulip glass. Thick black colour and body with a good retention of chocolatey tan lacing.

S - roasty, coffee beans, nuttiness, chocolate, some dark fruits, with cherries and dark plums, also a biscuity caramel cookie character, a balanced dark malt character, carrying a lot of roasty chocolate and coffee notes.

T - rich coffee and roasty malt, a firm fruitiness to it over dried cherries/cranberries. Warms well to show some nice nuanced flavours, some tropical notes included with papaya maybe? its a big improvement as the hops settle into the background with some solid earthy notes. Again a bit sweet overall, caramelly and warm, with a christmas cookie note that lingers to a drying roasty finish.

M - big, quite sweet, coating creaminess, moderate/slight carbonation. Satisfying balance but some heat to the finish. All in all it was good but not great.

Although this definitely improved as it warmed up, it din't blow me away, it has some nice combinations of coffee and roast malt in particular with some robust dried dark fruits, as well as cocoa,typical dryness and earthy backdrop, some sticky molasses sweetness and a bit of a cloying character, enjoyable but wouldn't go out of my way to get more.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $8.00 for a 600ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a decent 0.5" thickish looking head that dissipates to a film within a minute or two. Very dark.

S- Very much a chocolate stout. The coffee enriched malt base is very nice to the nose

T- Nice stout. Has the body and depth you are looking for in a good blend. Has an earthy hint to it. Touch warm as you can tell the alcohol is definitely there.

M- Bit of a chalky nature to the aftertaste which is a touch un-palatable at times.

O- Nice stout overall. Looking forward to seeing this age although I suspect it will not appreciate much so I will put it in the rotation for once in a while.

.Food Pairing

This nice little stout went well with...... BBQ'd hamburgers. Wow it cut through the flame taste and I loved it.


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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

600 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Sipped over an hour and half so this did get a chance to warm up. Purchased from LCBO for $7.85 CDN.

Appearance - Dark brown with a couple of honey hued aspects as it was poured. So I guess it's lighter than other other big stouts. 3 fingers of ahead poured after an aggressive pour, dark and ominous. Spidery lacing left behind.

Smell - Dark chocolate and some coffee. A touch of leather and even tobacco too. Simple yet surprisingly complex.

Taste - Big bitterness bill at the start, fairly hop forward. Burnt coffee to complete. Did I mention bitter. A bit of a bourbon soaked vanilla flavor but that taste is fleeting. Booze is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with high carbonation and a simultaneous silky and oily feeling. Quite nice.

Overall - Cretainly a well crafted RIS, nothing to complain about other than the fact that everyone seems to be able to a good RIS and this doesn't separate form the pack.

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Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers, SebD!

Appearance. Pours dark brown, black in the glass and topped with over a finger of khaki-brown head.

Smell. Huge cocoa, light licorice and a touch of coffee. Simple but nice.

Taste. Black coffee leads and falls off into powdery cocoa and a bit of grassy bitterness that coats the tongue. There's a touch of charred wood and anise there as well.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Very well made ris. There's a fair bit of hops going on still and I've had this thing at least 8 months now. Would love to try it again in another year ...guessing it would be sublime.

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Photo of peensteen
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black, one finger of tan head, lots of lace here as well, nice looking stout. Smell is of cold coffee and roast, liquorice, fairly heavy hop profile with a lot of dark chocolate. Taste is of coffee and chocolate, fairly bitter, roasty, quite hoppy, bruised dark fruits, a bit of liquorice, slightly astringent. Lightly carbonated, fairly full chewey body. Not bad but largely forgetable, everywhere else in the world this hoppy coffee stout would be classified as an "American Imperial Stout" but in Vankleek Hill, ON this is what a RIS is I guess but perhaps I'm splitting hairs here.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear dark black color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some minor lacing. Aroma of dry strong coffee notes with light floral touch. Taste is also dominated by strong coffee notes with an almost astringent finish with dry roasted malt also clearly identifiable. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Bitter roasted malt are just too astringent for me to really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of SebD
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy mocha head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of coffee, chocolate, rich roasted malts, some molasses, caramel and faint dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some rich coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, an espresso like bitterness, molasses and faint dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Props to David Thompson for making this great Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of notdan
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery then again on tap at the Wellington Gastropub in Ottawa. Chatting with a dude who works at the brewery, it sounded like this was a Péché Mortel-influenced beer. After trying it, it really does seem like they did their best to clone Canada's top-rated beer. And they did a damn good job. Amazing dark coffee aroma, full bodied smooth mouthfeel, and a pleasant roasty lingering taste. Great stuff!

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The Bottle Imp from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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