Matt’s Sleepy time Belgian Imperial Stout: Almost Matthew’s perfect beer

As a follow up to the last post, here is a review on one of Beaus star beers: Matt’s Sleepy Time. I received a bottle of this beer from my dad for my birthday. I think he chose it because of it’s name and the style of beer, which are right up my alley!

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What about the specs?

Matt’s sleepy time is a Belgian Imperial Stout that is 8% and an IBU (International Bitterness Units) of 38 that is aged on oak staves and can be bought in 600ml bottles from the LCBO or on tap at select locations.

The Pour

It poured dark brown with two fingers of caramel colour head. The head lasted well after the first sip and eventually settled at 1 finger. This dark completely opaque beer was a little more brown than most other imperial stouts.

The Sip

As I lifted it up to take a sip I couldn’t help but be captivated by the light caramel smell. After further inspection, hints of dark grains, roasted malts, milk chocolate, cloves and herbs from the belgian yeast became more apparent. The first sip was a smooth operator. It had medium body that coated the tongue with a little fizz but was not harsh. The end of the sip was a little sticky but soon faded away. This beer was velvety, not harsh and as it opened up it became smoother while retaining its balanced palate. I do however usually prefer less carbonation in my imperial stouts and higher body.

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The glorious taste

As the sip covered my tongue a wave of light coffee, burnt malts and chocolate milk covered my taste buds. A few sips later I could taste a note of vanilla and raisins and as I was finishing my glass I could taste hints of fig and raisins. Although the IBU is 38 which is medium high, I felt that its bitterness was medium low. The bitterness was one of the balancing factors that was well hidden by the coffee overtones. To sum up the flavour it is rich and amazing. As I was finishing the bottle it became obvious that this rich and tasty beer is definitely one to try again.

The packaging says yes!

The bottle and images really spoke to my marketing/design side. I looooovvvve the packaging and marketing of this product. Beau’s really appealed to my marketing side. I give these guys additional points for creativity and execution of this product. The bottle is so nice that I will be keeping an empty of Matt’s sleepy time somewhere in my 605 sq feet condo.

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The sum of the parts

It looked great.

It smelled good.

It felt good.

It tasted amazing.

This is one balanced beer that will take you for a nice ride. If you like imperial stouts you will want to pick this one up for your next late night revelry. This beer is really good but I will admit that when it’s both an imperial and a belgian, the expectations are high. Matt’s Sleepy time was amazing but not great. My preference is for a heavier body and lower carbonation for the Belgian/ imperial stout combo than this beer had to offer. I am however looking forward to drinking this one again the next time I am in Ontario!

I give this beer a 4.3 + bonus points out of 5.

Cheers and À votre santé!




Extra Extra

Full Rating

Appearance: 4.5 / 5

Aroma: 8 /10

Palate: 4/5

Flavour: 9/10

Overall 4.3