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


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1659) - 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 theres about enough malt body this is certainly a dry Impy, better than the extreme opposite. Enjoyable. 7 5 8 3 15 = 3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3381) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2017
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Flavor of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses and had a nice dry roasty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
somewhereman (1) - - APR 10, 2017 does not count
OH BOY! thick with coffee and chocolate undertones and a hint of black liqorice. Smooth after effect on the palate (ie not syrupy), just a nice residual flavor. I remember my first time, it was to mark a passage of time, and i could not remember if the beer was that good, or if it just fit the mood. Well the second time confirmed it, it is that good. Both experiences were form the 1L bottle with ceramic stopper. Do yourself a favor, pour a pint and sit in your favorite armchair and simply relax.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (1812) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Thick root molasses and tobacco scent. Deep blackish brown color. Taste is tobacco, anise, earthy, and molasses. Heavy malts. Mouth is not overly thick for style, but very filling in general. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and a little alcohol. Medium to heavy body, with a long, bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AleRider78 (1000) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2017
Huge 1 litre bottle from LCBO, with a swing top ceramic stopper. Pours a huge frothy cocoa coloured head. Has an extremely dark brown appearance, bordering on black. Head sticks around pretty long. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, nuts, mocha and dark roasted malts. Almost a bit bready and toasty. Flavours are fairly strong, quite similar to aromas with emphasis on chocolates and coffee. Somewhat sweet on the palate. Hints of mocha, nuts and a bit of caramel. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Has a warming sensation. Dark chocolatey aftertaste. Really good stuff. Dont really taste alochol for an extra strong beer. Yummy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2977) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2017
A pitch black color with a moderate tan head. The aroma contains some espresso, chocolate, and molasses. The flavor lends itself on the sweet side of imperials with more espresso, milk chocolate, and molasses Only a slight bit of bitterness in the aftertaste to keep it from being too sweet. Overall a really nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3986) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2016
Brown bottle, 1 l, via Erik-P - CANBIF October 2016 (thank you!), savoured on November 20 2016; eye: liquorice, opaque, ring of mocha head, light lacing; nose: roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, soy sauce, chocolate; mouth: roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, acridness from roasting, bittering hops, surprisingly bitter finale with good presence of coffee, full body, average carbonation, rather bitter, slightly sweet, lightly oily and lightly harsh texture; overall: quite likable FRANAIS Bouteille brune, 1 l, via Erik-P - CANBIF octobre 2016 (thank you!), savoure le 20 novembre 2016; il : rglisse, opaque, anneau de mousse moka, lgre dentelle; nez : malt torrfi, caf, vanille, sauce soya, chocolat; bouche : malt torrfi, caf, vanille, chocolat, cret de torrfaction, houblon amrisant, finale curieusement amre avec bonne prsence de caf, corse, carbonatation moyenne, plutt amre, trs lgrement sucre, texture lgrement huileuse et lgrement rpeuse; en rsum : bien aim

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pumpkin87 (247) - - NOV 18, 2016
Pours black with foamy espresso head that reduces slowly and leaves nice lacing and skim. Aroma is dark: roast barley, blackberries, molasses, pumpernickel, coffee, leather. Palate keeps all those, especially the coffee, and adds dark chocolate, anise, burnt toast. A bit of cola fizz and vanilla come through as it warms. Theres more than enough hop bitterness, but it blends into the coffee undertone. Medium body is less viscous than the name suggests, but it goes down easy with manageable 9 percent ABV. Dry, slightly acidic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2581) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Decent sized medium brown head of dense and creamy bubbles. Leaves a nice thick sheet of lacing as it reduces. Rich and malty aroma with some sweet malts, lactose, dark roasted grains and molasses. Color is a very dark brown boardering on black. Relatively thick and chewey mouthfeel. Lots of sweet malts, roasted grains, burnt toast, molasses, a hunt of anise and some mild coffee late swallow. Mild alcohol presence for a 9% brew. Soft mouthfeel and a pretty clean finish with a hint of oaky tartness and sweet lactose. Nit a bad imperial stout. And comes is a very cool swing top 1 liter bottle. Good times!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (1530) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2016 On tap at Devils Elbow with Mark. Nitro. Pours almost black, beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, leather, saddle, roasted malt. Same taste with oily notes. Very roasted and oily. Amazing!

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