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Wild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Wild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial StoutWild Oats Series No. 1 - Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sleepy Time is an imperial stout that has been fermented with Belgian yeast and aged on oak staves. Tastes of chocolate, coffee & vanilla are complemented with American hops and a true Belgian character in the finish.

41 IBU

Added by Viggo on 04-01-2010

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4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Look at Canadian craft brewers making some noise! Throwing down the gauntlet with a Belgian Imperial Stout that is aged on oak staves. The darkness draws us in and a cropped lacing does its job. Hints of mocha, blackberry jam, musk and burnt bread come to mind within the first few sniffs. Creamy body with a snappy crispness. Complexities try to cram on to the palate all at once; choco-roasted malt, herbal phenols, warming fruity alcohol and a kiss of hop bitterness. Suggestions of anise, charcoal and black peppercorn in the middle. Dry maltiness is strong but lets every- thing slowly unfold. Dark unsweetened chocolate and alcohol in the finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: it never fails - these guys know how to make a beer look good! very dark brown with ruby when held to the light; full, dense, cappuccino head had amazing retention

Aroma: on the tart/acidic side; orange peel, anise, just a hint of chocolate in the background; mild

Taste & Mouthfeel: more of a mild taste than expected, but finishes with a delicious chocolate/coffee flavours that is full and not bitter at all; some resinous, and slightly citrus hops slide in after a few seconds - this is a beer with a real flavour build, doesn't start with much has a great profile in the end; great mouthfeel - perfect carbonation, full body, silky smooth, with some chewiness

Overall: stunning roast, with no sense of espresso bitterness often found in this style, just rich, luxurious chocolate/coffee flavour and some mild hops; only caveat is wish it had a bit more punch

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4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Dark brown, light frothy head, long slow lacing.
A: Sweet chocolate, roasted notes, Anise, dried fruit.
T: Roasted coffee, malt and chocolate, rasins and sloe plum, spices. Some lactose.
M: Medium bodied, silky. Good bitterness. Well rounded balance.
O: Very nice Belgium style Imperial Stout. What makes it better is it's organic! Great job from Beaus

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Bar Volo, with the owner of Beaus. A complex aroma of coffee and yeast. Black with a notion of head. Medium mouthfeel, or even a tad below for its style. A story in chocolate, and yeast. Very drinkable, more of a single stout really. A touch of sourness mid-sip.

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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque deep dark brown, fine-bubbled, creamy deep khaki collar of foam. Visually appealing.
S: Fruity yeastiness and chocolaty maltiness..some light coffee and very light flowery hoppiness.
T: Coffee/espresso and malty sweetness, powdery semi-sweet cocoa and again I get some of that Belgian yeast fruitiness then some hops and alcohol esters come thru...awesome blend of flavors and taste sensation.
M: For the style it could stand to be a bit more viscous but I'm not knocking it at all...smooth and inviting.
O: A great choice...I'd surely purchase this again, it's a nice twist on the Imp Stout catagory. I imagine it would be fantastic on draught. Very drinkable and no hesitation in recommending this gem.

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3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for $7.85 600ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip glass

A- Very good. Nice dark and rich head that lasts and lasts. Dark body

S- Peppery. Roasted malt but subdued.

T- Pretty good! Has some chocolate and roasted malt complexity. Coffee hints come right though.

M- Pretty good but a bit dry

O- Pretty good but a touch more flavor would be nice. More chocolate and coffee. Learn from Founders. Good shot though. Don't let this one sit too long as everything will taper off quickly

Food Pairing

This pretty good stout goes well with... morel mushrooms and eggs in the morning


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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light coffee notes with some medium black chocolate bitter notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some medium dry black chocolate notes with some light roasted malt notes which is well round off by some oat notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall but a bit too thin for style while lacking some character. I also don’t get the Belgian yeast part of this beer.

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3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 11/27/12. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with two fingers of fluffy light brown head.

S - Big roast and Belgian yeast aromas up front with some chocolate in the background. Not getting any of the oak.

T - Belgian yeast dominates the palate up front and throughout. Some roast, chocolate, and a very faint touch of oak come through as well but the Belgian yeast flavours completely overpower and make this difficult to drink.

M - Medium body and creamy. Light carbonation. A nice body.

O - Very one dimensional.

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4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery brought around by bobsy, thanks man!

Pours a dark brown, certainly no black, with a finger of head that has some decent retention.

Nose is light, giving off some nice fruitiness from the yeast, just a hint of coffee and roasting malts.

This is a real odd duck. It's certainly no imperial stout, no way in hell. It could be a Belgian stout but it's not overly roasty to point you clearly in the stout direction. The yeast and esters are fairly restrained, not playing up the Belgian. Seems to back away from all categories and yet somehow seems to work. Balanced is the key word here, some light fruitiness is layered under a pleasant roast, a hint of coffee, a little cream and vanilla, some cocoa powder, a hint of baker's chocolate.

Light body, hides the ABV - would certainly guess it's lighter than 8% and, in all honesty, it might be. Drinkable, though certainly not made to any style guidelines, certainly not an Impy!

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

600ml bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of a mixed 4 pack for $22

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate syrup, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate syrup, and coffee. There is also a bit of a yeasty spiciness and a graininess.

Overall - Some nice chocolate flavour going on and some interesting grainy/yeasty taste. Not your typical Imperial Stout. My bottle is going on a year old, and it has held up very well.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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