Beau’s Wild Oats Series No. 1 – Matt’s Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout

This bottle was picked out by Val because the label was adorable. Let’s see how the contents inside were.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Matt’s Sleepy Time is an imperial stout that has been fermented with Belgian Ale yeast, and aged on oak staves. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla are complemented with a blend of German and New Zealand hops, and a true Belgian character in the finish. History & Style – The Imperial Stout style is brewed to weigh-in high on alcohol, with the roasted character typical of a stout. The Beau’s brew team adds a stylistic twist by fermenting Matt’s Sleepy Time with Belgian ale yeast, imparting a noticeable fruitiness and mild banana flavour, as well as hinting at a spicy, peppery character not typical of a stout. Matt’s Sleepy Time became the first-ever Beau’s Wild Oats release in 2010. Tasting Notes – Black in colour, with a medium-full body. Tastes of mocha and dried raisins or figs with mild spicy, peppery notes, and a lingering, warming alcohol finish. Hints of vanilla come courtesy of the rest on oak staves.”

Random: This beer comes in at 38 IBUs.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, light tan head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with no visible carbonation. The nose started with dark chocolate, black coffee and some plums. The taste started with the same dark chocolate and black coffee. There were also notes of some Belgian yeast and spice. Some raisins and plums came through as well. The body was on the thick side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with chocolate. I picked the bottle up for $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. I thought this beer was alright, I just wanted to see a bit more complexity from it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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