mcberko (9200) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours black with a small beige head. Aroma brings out loads of cognac upfront, perfumey notes and booze. Flavour is really big and decadent, with loads of cognac upfront, some booze, and an oily slick palate. For a BA impie, it’s all cognac with nothing else. Not overly complex. Finishes with a big alcohol, liqueur burn. Good stuff for what it is, but it’s not elegant in any way.
77ships (5245) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250 ml. draft @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Black, very dark brown, quickly fading to a small layer, very deep mocha coffee head. Nose is huge on big roasted malts, big umami & very big spirit quality, lots of boozy, spirit, cognac I suppose and oak. Taste is very bitter, big roasted malts, soy sauce that almost carries a brine quality, giving it an almost fish sauce note, heavy spirit / cognac / booze layered on top, after a while some bitter mocha ice cream qualities become apparent, bitter mocha, very big on the roast, bitter spirit, oak barrel, huge on the alcohol & spirit, intense lingering roast, aftertaste, lingers on & on, very much a sipper,… There are RIS that taste like candy for adults & there is the ones that taste heavy of umami / roast / spirits etc. I prefer the first kind & this one is of the second kin, as it warms up you do get some mocha ice cream sweetness but the bitter roast still heavily dominates your pallet. Very intense & a very slow sipper but not necessarily in the way that I prefer it but enjoyable & respectable all the same.
kbudd19 (857) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 Bottle from Pat, thanks my friend! Appearance is oily black with a nice layer of mocha head. Aroma is chalk full of cognac barrel, with hints of vanilla, marshmellows, and ash, fantastic smelling stuff. Taste is ash, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and marshmellow. Really great stuff, I was surprised that the taste didn’t have as much barrel treatment as the aroma suggested, that being said I really like the balance here, lots of charcoal roast mixed in with subtle hints of oak and vanilla, really smooth finish, wow, well done Bellwoods.
TheJester (2126) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle. Best IS in Ontario. Powerful with lots of subtleties. If only it were easier to get . . .
thirdeye11 (5771) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500ml bottle 2014 vintage) thick and viscous, soapy tan head. Nose of cognac, rich chocolate, burnt marshmallow, graham cracker and heavy barrel. Rate is a little burnt, marshmallow, alcoholic, roasty malt, liquor, cognac, dark chocolate. Thick body and bitter linger.
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Uh, mega intense, rich malt, sugars, barrel, all that. Stand a spoon in this. Alcohol, barrel, bad ass sweet sugary granddad of commandaria prune juice insanity.
Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Black beer with a small brown head. Chocolate, vanilla, licorice, dark dried fruits and cognac aroma. Chocolate, vanilla, dried dark fruits and caramell flavour. A nice one :-)
tomthompson89 (1929) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 version.This beer is amazing!. Smell the cognac right off the bat. Nice choc malts. Mouthfeel is smooth! So smooth! Flavour is nice dark malts followed by some dried fruit, cognac and chocolate. Fantastic job!
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cfrancis (2688) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours inky black with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts and sweetness from the barrel treatment. Taste is so delicate for a stout. The cognac is great, subtle but adds to the great balance. So nice.
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark black pour, tan head. big syrupy mouthfeel, oily shimmery look. Huge roast, chocolate, cognac all competing to dominate, they work well with each other. very full flavored, complex.