The Bottle Imp

The Bottle Imp is a strong, dark, roasty and rich creation. This rendition of a Russian Imperial Stout is also infused with a blend of Mexican and Ethiopian fair-trade organic coffee. Complex and contemplative, and with well-integrated alcohol warmth, The Bottle Imp is best served in a snifter, sipped slowly and savoured.

Russian Imperial Coffee Stout
9.0% • Pro-Am Series No. 09

History & Style

Beau’s Pro-Am Series is a salute to homebrewers, true innovators of our craft. These beers are designed by amateur brewers, and brewed at Beau’s. The Bottle Imp was brewed in collaboration with David Thompson, winner of the 2012 Toronto Beer Week Homebrew Contest.

The Russian Imperial Stout style is brewed to weigh in high on alcohol, with the roasted, malty character typical of a stout. The style was first brewed in England in the 18th century, and exported to Russia for the pleasure of Czarina Catherine II and her court.

The Bottle Imp is a haunting turn-of-the-century tale by Robert Louis Stevenson about risking eternal damnation of the soul to have everything on earth one’s heart desires. We suggest pairing the beer and the story on a cold night by a crackling fire.

Tasting Notes

The Bottle Imp is black, rich and malty, with a mouthfeel best described as liquid silk. The roasty dark malt character is complemented by fruit notes that suggest dates and figs, as well as subtle notes of black licorice. It is well-hopped to provide balance to the malts, keeping the residual sweetness in check. The coffee character is fully integrated, and a complement to the roast of the malts. The experience is rich and intense, with gentle alcohol warmth, and a long, complex finish.

The coffee infused into The Bottle Imp are a Mexican dark roast from Chiapas region (chocolate malt, toasted spice flavours) and a medium-roast Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (floral, berries, tropical fruit flavours), both roasted by Bridgehead in Ottawa.

Food Pairings

Pumpernickel bread, trifle, dark chocolate fondue, coffee cake, grilled steak, truffle-oil-infused mashed potatoes, & sharp cheddar or stilton.


  • First Place, Stouts,  (National Organic Craft Beer Competition 2014)

Technical Specs

  • ALC/VOL: 9.0%
  • INGREDIENTS: Local Spring Water, Organic Barley Malts, Organic Oats, Organic Fairtrade Coffee, Organic Hops, Brewer’s Yeast
  • MALTS: Pale Ale, Munich, Oats, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Black Patent, Caraaroma, Caramunich (All Organic)
  • HOPS: Fuggles, Pacific Gem (All Organic)
  • IBU’S: 81
  • OG: 21.2°P
  • FG: 5.5°P
  • SERVING TEMP.: 7-9° C
  • GLASSWARE: Snifter