czar (4281) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from tom10101, thanks bro. pours unclear very dark brown, almost inky black in fact, with a very nice creamy beige head, good retetention and nice lacing patterns. loads of raisins and dark fruitiness - cherries, plums, cognac-soaked über-ripened fruits along with a slice of their acidity, burnt caramel and dark roasted maltiness, fair chocolate amount too, smooth and bitter chocolate, tobacco, pepper, bitter coffee, hint of vanilla and soft yet tannic woodsy notes. moderate carbonation - slightly fizzy, medium body - oily and a bit sticky, slghtly boozy, woodsy and spicy-fruity-bitter coffee finish. very tasty and good!
neongolden (390) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Draught at the brewpub, Oct 31 2013) Pours pitch black with a small bubbly pale brown head. Aroma fruity cognac, woody, boozy with roast and chocolate malts. Palate initially contains tons of cognac and that doesn’t really dissipate. Underneath that is sweetish chocolate and a bit of wood at first. Mid-palate the wood comes a bit more to the fore but cognac and malts predominate. In the finish alcohol is quite noticeable along with normal Hellwoods bittering hops, dry and slightly roasted. Mouthfeel full, not too syrupy, very soft carb, lots of alcohol heat. Barrel owns this one, but it’s a lovely barrel. One feels as though one is drinking a good brandy hybridized with a good RIS. Lush.
shorlin (639) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted a small sample at a BeerThief gathering, thanks to groulxsome! Another extreme dark Bellwoods beer that stains the glass. Nice. Aroma is more cognac and it also smells very boozy. Nice! Feel is very thick and full. Taste is great: cognac but also roasty and molasses. Great beer!
Radek Kliber (6390) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where and how: on tap @ Volo
Aroma medium bolder approach , rich barrel fell, alcohol – cognac play.
Top: large tanned look.
Base: opaque brown-black.
Palate : soft ,easy going imperial stout. Long lasting finish. Medium plus bodied but not thin for style.
Taste: rich bold as in aroma bold barrel treatment noted. Molasses , bittering side with alcohol.
Sammy (8552) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Bar Volo event. This didn’t work for me. Roast, black with head. Just off, and somewhat musty aroma. Not so great for the style, despite brewer having from my glass to say yeh, its not off (as I did with another of their IS).
tom10101 (2716) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (500 ml). From johnsense, thanks! Black with a medium thick and creamy mostly lasting brown head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel, cognac, roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, light boozy notes and light anise. Taste is moderately sweet with cognac, roasted malt, chocolate, wood, dark fruits (plums, raisins), alcohol and light bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Creamy and slightly dry mouthfeel. Very complex and luscious! The cognac barrel treatment is really present, in a good way. Another very good beer from Bellwoods!
Beerenberger (1419) - Fischer, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle courtesy of Sammy (828 of 1629) Robust aroma of dark roasted malts, roasted meat, prunes, cognac, and dark chocolate, with hints of vanilla. The taste is moderately bitter and complex. Roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, a touch of candied sweetness, with a bitter finish. The bitterness continues into the aftertaste and is accompanied with a wonderful cognac warmth. Full body and medium carbonation. Round, smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a winner! Excellant example of an Imperial Stout. Many thanks Sammy!
StefanSD (2117) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle courtesy of Sammy. Thanks. bottle 545/1699. Pours a dense black color with no head. The aroma is quite pungent with cognac, dark fruits and molasses. The taste, like the nose, features cognac, raisins, dates, plums, bitter dark chocolates, well roasted malts, molasses and black walnuts. The palate was full and viscous. The finish was long with lingering bitter nuts and some anise. Overall: First rate stuff. This bottle leaked a bit in transit so I was very pleasantly surprised at how good it was even without carbonation.
dfearnley (940) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to pint glass.
Caramel, oak and bourbon aroma. Dark brown with a orange brown brown head. Taste is oaky and caramel.
kevinsenn (1058) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Licorice, coffee, and molasses are in the aroma. Intense taste of roasted grains, smoke, and spices. A good imperial stout.