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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: 56   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18034) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2016
Sampled at RateBeer Best festival 2016. Pours oily black with a frothy, beige head. The nose holds hard roasted malts, cocoa. Big sweet flavour with bittersweet chocolate, coconut, ash. Full bodied and chewy, with fine carbonation. Oily and warming on the finish, with more rich chocolate, coconut accents. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2623) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2016
Sample from shared bottle @ De Molen, thanks Menno & John. Black color. Beige head. Aroma’s: cherries, chocolate, sweetish. Flavor is moderate sweet with fruity (cherry) tartness. Medium bodied. Long finish, light bitter. Nicer than I’d expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9224) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
Bottle, shared with the gaming group by Shea. Hearty nearly black pour, dense brown head. Rich flavours of cacao, oak, and tart cherries. Fantastic balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2016
Bottle at RateBeer Best 2016. Pour is black with a frothy brown head. Aroma of sweet cocoa, slightly tart cherries, and booze. Flavor and finish has a bit more molasses and bittersweet coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle. Vintage 2016. Viscous black with loads of dense mocha head and nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, molases, and a faint hint of cherries. Taste is roasted malts, light cherries, coffee, and oak. Thick mouthfeel. Really smooth, I get lots of oak from this. Very little heat also. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (4564) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2016
(Bouteille): Bue à quelques moments, de 2013 à 2016, peu importe la cuvée. Liquide aussi sombre que possible, un bonbon confituré à la cerise qui le traverse, du fudge coulant et une barrique cvilisée. Bon mais à très petite dose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (1250) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2016
500ml bottle. Pitch black with a foamy reddish brown head. Flavors are cherry jam/skin/pith, licorice, chocolate, roasted cereals, molasses, alcohol, oak and black forest cake with medicinal notes. Full body, soft carbonation, thick and creamy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (15600) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 6, 2016
On tap @ RateBeer Best 2016. Black in color with a khaki head. Lots of roasted malt, sour cherry, and cinnamon on the nose. Maybe some ash and cocoa powder, too. A hint of smoke, maybe. The flavor is a touch tangy with a lot of sour cherry, some booze, and coffee. I get some oak and vanilla, mild spirit flavor and aroma. Just a touch of spiced cherry pie filling. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2016
500ml bottle. Deep black in colour with a medium sized and long lasting beige head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, wood and dark fruits. The flavour is much like the aroma with big hits of wood, chocolate, some alcohol, light coffee, roasted malts and cognac. Warming mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, warming. Really good stuff but the regular Hellwoods just edges this out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tranquillity (1771) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2016
Draught at the the brewery. Huge dark brown thick head with extremely small bubbles. The aroma is vanilla, sweet cacao butter and the taste has a tartness that just makes it explod. Perfect palate, sooo smooth.

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