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

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1576) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
Perfect espresso pour with a mild coffee-roast aroma showing hint of grassy hop, toffee, hay. Taste is complex and full with a lot going on… up front powerful hop dryness - not harsh but flavourful - makes for plenty of lemony fresh roasted espresso tang going on over a decent blanket of toffee, dark fruit and malt sweetness. Palate verges near parching dry but never tips over too far, alcohol is non-existent to palate. No acridity or bullying toughness here, for all the big well-put-together flavours the beer is actually fragile and poised. The elegant lemony hops might be ruined by near term aging, which is kind of a fragile flaw for a RIS - would it just fall apart? Long dry finish is grassy hop and mineral. Though there’s about enough malt body this is certainly a dry Impy, better than the extreme opposite. Enjoyable. 7 5 8 3 15 = 3.8

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeanF (2227) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Dark black body that does well to its name; not a whole lot of carbonation though. Very sweet with a sour finish, great mix of the heavy barley notes with some sour ale hints.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (3182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
1 litre bottle from LCBO. Pours an oily near black colour with tight brown head. Aroma is very roasty with coffee, molasses and herbal note. Flavour is rich dark roasty malts with coffee and molasses very prominent and some herbal bitterness. Light, fine carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Certainly a big beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1880) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
Big 1L bottle from LCBO. Pours thick black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee and molasses, with dark fruit hints. Taste is smooth and roasty, with a big bitter finish. Great body. I enjoyed this more than the mediocre ratings (for an imperial stout) led me to believe I woud. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2399) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
1 litre bottle, just like in the picture. Cap and swingtop! Black; small, brown, sticky head. Heavy beer, with not a lot of complexity. Good though. Not too heavily carbonated. Nice amount of roast flavour. Not a lot of bitterness, from hops, booze, or roast malt.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
1L bottle from the lcbo Very nice winter warmer The aroma is rather subdued for an imperial soft burnt malts But the taste is just lovely silky and smooth

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Draft at Alibi Room, Vancouver. Pours with a tan head, opaque. Rich, malty, smoky aroma. Thick, creamy body. Slightly resinous finish is very complex and unfolds well. Should have taken a bottle home.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2930) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
On tap. Pours black with light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and light chocolate. Smooth, full, and slightly sweet. Flavors of light coffee and rich dark chocolate with lots of roasted malts. Very nice

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
September 20, 2011 - bottle sample at Volo. "very Karen-looking" heh. Opaque black with a solid, lasting creamy tan/light brown head. Aroma - dry, very dark roast, nutshell and fresh coffee, greeen herbal/acidic hop bitterness and alcohol, although not 9% to my nose - nice, balanced, not sweet. Taste follows, more roast and quite an intrusion of lactic sourness - maybe a bit harsh, very dry. Thick mouthfeel, quite sticky, light carbonation, finishes long, herbal and burnt treacle bitterness through to the aftertaste. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3186) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle 1l. Pours black with low beige head. Intense lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol. Overall: A fair imperial stout.


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