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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: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stoned99 (1321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2016
500ml bottle from trade with Jeffrey. Aroma: strong chocolate blended with cherries with a subtle smokey touch. App: pitch black with medium brown head, little retention but leaving good lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, creamy, lots of cherries in mouth, maybe too much, medium high sweetness, light to moderate acidity finish. Overall: hum. Not bad but wasn’t expecting this. I guess I should have read the description or at least some reviews before trying it. Didn’t know about the cherry and that acidity. Thought I was about to drink an imperial stout inline with the style. Body feels too weak probably due to the aging. It bothers me a bit. Don’t think I can drink this whole bottle all by myself. Way too sweet. Just ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (1420) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2016
Une chance que mon épisode de Breaking Bad était excellent car s’il avait fallu que je déguste ces 500ml de bière sans rien pour me distraire positivement, j’aurais trouvé le temps bien long... Allure correcte de stout impérial. Très foncé et coiffé d’une mousse formé de bulles disparates et de dimensions variable. Un nez surpuissant de Cheery Blossom ® où la cerise m’apparaît artificielle, inutilement sucrée mais surtout acide. En effet, c’est acide et pas à moitié. J’ignore si le problème provient de la sorte de cerise employée, de la quantité de cerises ou simplement d’une bouteille de vinaigre malencontreusement renversée dans le fermenteur, mas ce déséquilibre m’est fort déplaisant. Je note du chocolat noir en trame de fond mais celui-ci fait bien piètre figure derrière ce fruit inutilement agressif. Aucune rondeur, aucun corps, mince. Un peu de noix de coco également et de crème solaire. Je crois être tombé sur une mauvaise bouteille, mais il est hors de question que je cherche à vérifier avec la deuxième bouteille que j’ai encore ici.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (5341) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2016
Bottled. Small sample @ De Molen. Thanks John and Menno. The aroma has cherries, chocolate, light tart tones, bit booze, bit roast. Black coloured beer with a medium sized beige head. The taste is light bitter, has chocolate sweetness, bit tart cherries. Medium-full bodied beer. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18735) - 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 (2747) - 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 (9610) - 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 (1002) - 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 (5021) - 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 (1342) - 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.

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