The Bottle Imp | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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3.98/5
Very Good
75 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#8,122
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
75
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
3.66/5  rDev -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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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 talbotjf99
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tilly
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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 biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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 joemcgrath27
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

Enjoy

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Photo of StormAles
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
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 eddsan
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ikidunot
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SuperMartino
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Mr_Rocca
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soupyman10
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SebD
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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 thehyperduck
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Whatup14
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was OK. Had at EBF.

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Photo of mikemands
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Long813
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craftaholic
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yodo
2/5  rDev -49.7%

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The Bottle Imp from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 75 ratings