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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Toronto, Canada
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
driver76 (40) - Calgary, Alberta, - DEC 23, 2013
Big rich nose with cherries. Thick black appearance with nice brown small bubbles head. Heavy rich flavour of cognac and fruit with malt sweetness. Finish turns chocolate and dryness slowly takes over. Exceptional rich offering.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (882) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
Deep brown, short head. Malty aroma, no real sign of cherry, but the cherr y absolutely bursts when you drink it, like a cherry pie. Barrel aged beautifully wtih so oak and a port like flavour. Really great.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jennawood79 (367) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
Pours black as midnight with a thin brown ring of a head. Aroma has big notes of roasted malts, chocolate, boose, and slight cherry.Taste is a big tart cherry and bitter with a tart, roasted, alcohol aftertaste.Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Slick and oily mouth feel.Overall not bad. Very big and unique. I would be interested to see how it ages. Update two months in from 500ml bottle on Dec 7, 2013. A lot less boozy with a lot more cherry on aroma, taste, and finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
2014-05-19. Black body with a small tan head is a touch oily. 3++ Aroma is an interesting melange of cherry, alcohol and dark malt, hints at cocoa dark fruit. 7++ Flavour is rich, dark malt core, lightly tangy cherry character lingers, light cocoa. Smooth medium to full bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3++ Pretty nice, rich. Just a touch more cherry than my preference. Pairs rather nicely with Mast Brothers Sea Salt chocolate. Bottle shared by pfriesen.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whatup14 (765) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
Bouteille 500ml, gracieuseté de wilco. Thanks Mike! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée fugace. Arôme de cerise, alcool, malt torréfié, boisé, fumée léger, chocolat noir, cognac subtil. Goût de chocolat noir, malt torréfié, soupçon de cerise noire, alcool, légère acidité, boisé en fin de bouche. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-dense, huileuse.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luk_ (191) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown black pour with minimal head. Aroma is straightforward chocolate and cherry. Taste is sweet and bitter chocolate along with cherry tartness. Texture is a little too light for the style. Still enjoyable, but I’m not sure it is a nice blend of flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pfriesen (112) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Lots of chocolate, in body and nose, low carb. Medium body belies the abv, very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Cherry fruitiness and acidity bursts from dark chocolate malt flavors in this balanced and creative dessert brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam slowly dips into the darkness.
-Aftertaste is quite roasty and bitter, with lingering cherry tartness.
-Carbonation is a bit low.
-If you like Funky Buddha’s dessert brews, you will like this a lot. And vice versa. ;)

Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1168) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1887) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4502) - 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!


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