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Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Squamish, Canada
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A dark rich black stout utilizing humongous amounts of roasted barley, black malt, flatted barley and Warrior, Green Bullet and Willamette hops. Thick enough to fill potholes!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2081) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2012
Almost done the litre and I’m gassed so here’s the details: smells: big smooth roast, weak coffee, warm dark non-bitter choco, marshmallow, pine, licorice. Taste: tons of malts, roasty toasty, bitterness, some mellow heat, deep roast, dark smooth chocolate, bit of licorice, pine, much much better when at room temp. At its finest at room temp for sure. Really quite smooth with just enough bitterness not to ruin it - when warm. This was average at cellar temp.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GothGargoyle (1206) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2012
Good solid black with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, plum, coffee and a hint of pine. Reasonably full bodied, smooth on the palate and slightly bitter on the finish. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, toast, figs, orange rind.. Good but not outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimspady (184) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 13, 2012
Big and black with a huge tan head. Maple, coffee. Some bitterness on the finish. Awesome brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lupurus (3) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012 does not count
Beautiful Stout aroma. Really evident roasted barley right out of the bottle. Pours an insane black with perfect marshmallow brown head. Thick and viscous mouthfeel, coffee and roasty chocolate. Second only to the Phillips barren-aged Hammer for my favourite Imperial Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Jet black colour with small tan head. Robust coffee malt nose. Coffee malt taste with full mouth feel and lingering bitter coffee finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
Pours a rich oily black, with a creamy head. Tastes of Chocolaty malty, red fruit, and chocolate cake. As it opens up you get a touch of bitter hoppiness. Nice smooth finish. Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2012
Howe sound pothole pillar imperial stout pour is purely black with a thin half finger of tan head. A few lacing rings stick to the glass. The nose is sweet and mildly malted with a robust alcohol and notes of licorice, wood, chocolate. The taste is robust and big with a dryness throughout. Notes of roasted malts, burnt coffee and wood, alcohol on the finish. Dry and bitter aftertaste and surprising astringency. This is a big brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2605) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2012
1L flip top brown bottle. Blackish pour, long lasting beige head with a creamy bead. Lots of attractive foam. Some chocolate in the nose, light hops. In the mouth the beer has a big roasted character, black coffee and light hops. Long roasty finish with light hops, bitterness is moderate mostly coming from the roast malts. Nice creamy body, soft level of carbonation. No sign of any alcohol. Smooth, mellow, not super agressive but really enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2012
In short: A typical medium roasted big stout. Very standard but also well made.
How: Bottle 1L with both cap and flip-top. Consumed when approximately 6 months of age. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Black body topped by a small persistent tan head
In long: Nose has medium roast with typical light notes of black chocolate and coffee. Taste is rather smooth, velvety body filled with creamy dark malts, some bittersweet black chocolate, some coffee, a bit of chalk, grassy hop bitterness. Doesn’t feel very sweet at all. Alcohol well hidden. Nothing that stands-out or original here but it is flawless for what it is and it is quite easy to drink for a 9% beer. This is a very standard Impy stout, or as people say: “been there, done that”. But where is “there” and what is “that”? Because I would love to go to somewhere and do something. That sounds exciting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4183) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2012
1L swingtop bottle pours black in color with a 2 finger tan head that leaves some nice thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted malt and hop bitterness balanced nicely with some chocolate malty sweetness and hints of coffee. Heavy body and nice carbonation leave a nice tingle on the palate. Very well done.


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