ABV 9.0% IBU 81
This week’s beer profile features a winter warming Russian Imperial Stout. The Bottle Imp is a coffee stout that took home the bronze metal in the stout category in the 2014 Canadian Brewing Awards. Beau’s is well-known for their use of organic and fair trade ingredients. The coffee used in The Bottle Imp is a blend of Central American organic coffee that was roasted by Ottawa’s Bridgehead Roastery.
By the numbers, this beer may seem daunting. High ABV and IBUs can be intimidating. This is a beer to savour. There is a complexity to this beer that mimics a fine red wine. When you try this beer (and you should), make sure it’s your first beer of the night and you have a clean palate so you can pick up what it’s laying down.
Using a snifter glass will help to funnel and concentrate the aromatics making it a bit easier to pick up the subtle aromas.
The Nitty Gritty
The Bottle Imp is a deep and dark brown with a creamy and reserved top. The aroma is of roasted malt with a hint of coffee. The flavour is a rich treacle, with coffee and a bit of sweetness. The mouth-feel is smooth, silky, and full-bodied. The finish is rounded and warming. This is a really splendid beer. The 81 IBUs are misleading because the beer isn’t bitter. The bitterness serves to balance the increased ABV, coffee, and complex flavours. The Bottle Imp is really well-balanced with no one aspect overpowering the others.
I picked this bottle up at my local LCBO.
If you want to know a bit more about this beer, click here to go to Beau’s The Bottle Imp page.
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