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Bellwoods 3 Minutes to Midnight

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


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 4.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
500 mL bottle at the brewery, served in a stem glass. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a thin rim and leaves no lace. The nose has notes of cherry, licorice, molasses, tobacco and roast malts. The flavour is moderately sweet with big cherries, chocolate and molasses, along with slight tobacco, espresso and a touch of oak. The finish is long, with cherries and chocolate. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very nice cherry imperial stout with chocolate and oaky notes. The cherries are present in just the right proportion and complement nicely. 2014-04-08

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1584) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours black with low brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, alcohol, fruits. Taste is of chocolate, alcohol, nuts, good bitterness, fruits. Palate: Full bodied. Low carbonation. Overall: Not a big fan of this exact style of IS (fruity, european-style). Good, and not bad at all, but this is not awesome stuff to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
pours very dark brown with a small and reviving creamy crame beige head, good retention and nice lacing. red fruits-plenty, berries and cherries, without it being perfumey, roasted and lightly charred malts, bitter chocolate, sweetness, never cloying - molasses and spicy buckwheat honey, cognac-soaked fruits, eau-de-vie, grassy and piney hops. moderate carbonation, medium to full body - oily and a bit sticky, lightly citric amd bittering grassy-piney finish. without a doubt, a red fruit-centered ris. tasty, very good and nicely crafted/blended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (7898) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
> Inky dark cherry stout with a dry palate

[ Bottle ][ glouglouburp ][ 500mL ][ Tired Hands Stemware ][ Trade ][ 2/28/14 ]
>> Thank you Dany! Inky pour with deep red highlights. Tight coffee foam, spotty lace. Nose is really phenomenal spicy chocolate mousse, baked cherry pie, vanilla, graham cracker. Taste at first was dusty and metallic, but after a few minutes cleans up to dark chocolate and baked black cherry. Palate is quite dry though, not thin at all or lemon acidic. Just quite dry, not really a rich, decadent palate that would suit this beer well.

<!> palate is overly dry

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (5369) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
500mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours jet black with a medium tan head. Aroma brings out cherries, wood, and cocoa. Flavour isn’t as cherry-dominated, with notes of roasted malt, cherries, cocoa, and wood. Wonderfully complex, with the cherries and wood greatly accentuating the base beer. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (981) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 Bottle from brewery. Black with nearly no head. Aroma of roasted barley, booze, cherry, sugar. Sour cherry taste with roasty notes, chocolate, and licorice. Big body. Good, but not the best from Bellwoods.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2015) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
500 ml bottle courtesy of sammy. Thanks. Pours a dense black color with a small brown head that has fair retention. The aroma features chocolates and pitted fruits. The taste is more of the same, a strong dark chocolate with plenty of cherries followed by more dark bitter baking chocolates. The palate is full and creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and bitter-sweet. Overall: Another winner from a brewery that is now most certainly my favorite Canadian brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJester (1728) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
500 mL bottle. Almost black, with a nice brown head. Roast and a hint of berries in the surprisingly mild nose. The flavour is fantastic, though. The sweet/tart cherries balance the bitter roast flavours beautifully. I wouldn’t have guessed that this is barrel-aged, though. No matter. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (2968) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
Bouteille (merci Patrick). Enfin une bonne bière de Bellwoods. Une robe noire profonde avec un rond de mousse. Un nez de cerise, de chocolat, vanille. Une bouche au liquide à la belle texture huileuse. Des saveurs imprégnantes de chocolat, de cerises, d’alcool fort. Une amertume de cacao en finale. Franchement bon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (2815) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
(Merci à robinvboyer pour la bouteille). Un stout pourpre et sa mousse totalement brune. Un nez magnifique de fruits enroulés dans le chocolat noir. Une belle torréfaction et des vapeurs fumées. Des touches vanillées et un langoureux cognac. Des feuilles de tabac à pipe. Mes narines aiment cette complexité. Un goût ingénieux avec des cerises à la fois douces et aigrelettes. Des traces parfumées de cognac et un crescendo de notes chaudes. Des malts solidement travaillés. Une bouche costaude avec un pétillement faible et une texture très soyeuse. Une finale qui combine l’amertume des grains rôtis avec l’aigreur d’une cerise macérée dans un verre de cognac. Une bombe si facile à boire. Tout simplement superbe.

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