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Bellwoods 3 Minutes to Midnight

Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This imperial stout is aged with tart cherries in second use cognac barrels (after Bring Out Your Dead comes out) for 3 months. Cognac contribution is very minimal (intentionally). The resulting elixir showcases a delicious blend of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee and tart cherry. Really F*&#$*!-ing good. 2015 version aged for 1 year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (10154) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 13, 2016
[1/31/16] Draught sample at RateBeer Best festival in Santa Rosa. Black with brown foam. Chocolate, cherries, roast. Bittersweet-sour. Full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (5584) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Tap sample at 2015 RateBeer Best festival. Pours deep opaque black, small brown head with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, toffee, molasses, vanilla, roasted malts, cinnamon, clove, chocolate, mocha. Flavor is medium plus bitter, medium sweet, lightly acidic. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1528) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Taster at Ratebeer best festival. Pours a thick black color with a bit if tan head. Cherry tartness prominent. Sweet maltiness in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (3560) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
draft at RBWG 2016. Nose is huge in barrel character with soft fruity and cocoa flavor. Taste is moderate coffee and fruitiness. Just amazing. A very clean crisp mouthfeel without being cloying. Grate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesewelch (243) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 24, 2016
From 500ml bottle, poured into shaker pint glass, gift from friend

Aroma: sour/tart cherries, touch of chocolate, very good aroma

Appearance: black, brown frothy head,

Taste: medium bitter, medium sweet

Palate: full body, creamy texture, soft/avg carbonation

Overall: Big cherries and chocolate. Nice barrel taste without being too much. Very sweet from barrels and cherries. Big frothy and sticky brown head. Can taste slight alcohol, but not overpoweringly hot/warm. Fruity with solid bitterness. Very excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2436) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
2015 bottle from Alican. Black pour with a foamy mocha head that eventually settles down. Roast and semi burnt malt with some dark toffee, bittersweet chocolate, cherry with some pits, slightly jammy plum, full body and moderate carbonation, smooth, booze is well hidden but present and warming, bitter and fruity on the palate, slightly dry. Very thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ncube (106) - - DEC 31, 2015
Looks almost entirely opaque, molasses in colour. Dark brown head with long lingering lacing. Can see tinges of red on edges of pour. Aroma of roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, sour fruit, wood notes. Taste is much of the same as aroma with a blanket of tart cherry from start to finish. Roasted notes overpowered, but there is a roasty mouthfeel remaining. Heavy mouthfeel, presumably from residual sugars, but cherries keep things from getting too sweet. Flavours blended very well, you can tell it has been aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deepeary (397) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2015
2015 bottle. Nose is roasted malt, sour cherry, something wine-like, smells delicious. Taste, pronounced deeply drunken tart cherry on a roasted malt background. Coffee and cocoa notes linger later on once the cherry fades. Thick mouthfeel. This is amazing, every sip worth savoring. If you like cherry and stout this is a winner. I wish I bought more. Best beer I’ve had from these guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9169) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, thanks to TheEpeeist! Thick black pour with dark tan head, aroma brought notes of cherry, dark fruit, brownie, dark chocolate, cognac, some coffee notes, very sweet smelling. Taste was a mix of dark cocoa, lots of tart berry, cherry, the cognac right after providing slight booze, sweet, slight oak, end of the taste is cocoa, coffee, brownie, molasses, finishing sweet. A bit overly sweet for my taste, but the flavors in it are pretty nice. Impressively brewed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thorongil2 (2081) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2015
(bottle) clear very dark brown colour with a medium tall, brown head; aroma of cherries, roast, chocolate; creamy palate; rich, strong, balanced flavour; well hidden alcohol, long medium bitter finish; excellent

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