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

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RATINGS: 130   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!


DerWeg's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1579) - Toronto, Ontario, - 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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (9428) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 23, 2016
I like the name, the beer is good - just ok for the style (my favorite). Doesn’t live up to the name as it drinks like a small impy by today’s standards. Nice notes of coffee and chocolate and roasted barley with moderate bittering hops. I’d get again maybe in a smaller format, but no need for another big’n.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1950) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2016
With Z, pours a thick dark black pour with a nice mocha Java head. Nose is heavy sweet malt with deep mocha and chocolate . Taste is also sweet malt with a nice blend of chocolate and vanilla and some mocha. Finish is sweet malt and moderately long. Descent stout ! Quaff Score 7 /10

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1883) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Bomber. Pours black with a brown head and aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits, and liquorice. Taste is of roasted malt with coffee, liquorice, wood, dark fruits, and some chocolate into the roasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (1046) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate and a touch of coffee, pretty simple but nice. Taste is roasty chocolate and coffee as well, some nice bitterness, a hint of vanilla as it warms. Tastes a little light for an imperial stout, but great flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3773) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Sample 1/16/16 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-Pours black with a small head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and malt. Taste of the same. This full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1682) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
Rating #1478 03.03.2015 - On tap @underground_edm. Jet black with a creamy beige head. Bitter dark roast, molasses, coffee, earth with a creamy sweetness and a smooth silky mouthfeel. Some chocolate and cocoa notes as well. Supah sludgy. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (11085) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2015
Draft - Nitro - Dark roasty sweetness. Jet black with a creamy beige head. Bitter dark roast with a creamy sweetness and a smooth silky mouthfeel. Some chocolate and cocoa notes as well. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5921) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle - 1L crowned with a swing-top. Black pour with a tall, frothy brown head. Roasted malt, molasses, vanilla and chocolate int he aroma. Taste is molasses, roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate notes, light coffee and burnt caramel. Body is medium-full with a moderate, dense, creamy carbonation and a mild stickiness. Ends with more vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, toasted dark bread, burnt caramel and chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whatup14 (1498) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
Bouteille 1L, gracieuseté de Erik-P lors du CanBIF Fall 2015, Thanks Erik! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée crémeuse laissant une dentelle baveuse. Arôme de malt torréfié, café noir, alcool, chocolat noir.. Goût de malt torréfié, café noir, chocolat, un peu sucré, légère amertume. Carbonatation moyenne-faible. corps moyen-dense.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1169) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
A huge thanks to Matt for this beer! Bière partagée à 5 lors d’un souper chez François Moisan. La bière est noire et la mousse presque blanche. Celle-ci colle très bien à mon verre droit. Un nez chocolaté de malts rôtis. Je note du caramel, du chocolat au lait et une touche vanillée. Un nez de bon impérial stout classique finalement. Rien d’extraordinaire, mais que du bon et bien réalisé! en bouche le liquide est fourbu d’une belle base maltée tout en demeurant plutôt léger. Belle densité, effervescence plaisante, la bière manque cependant peut-être d’un peu de corps pour une impériale stout à 9% d’alcool. Chaude en bouche, alcool plus ou moins bien dissimulé et facile à boire, ce n’est pas un grand stout, mais tout de même une bière très bien faite.


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