Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
2013 version was aged for 3 months in first use cognac barrels and released on April 6th 2013 to celebrate the 1st anniversary of Bellwoods. 2014 version was aged for 12 months in first use cognac barrels and released in Nov 2014. This will be annual release.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oakbluff (432) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
On tap at brewery. Black motor oil in the glass. Wispy mocha head. Nose of boozy dark chocolate. Taste powdered chocolate , raisins, almost seems oxidized but likely barrel treatment making it seem that way. The booze and chocolate are the main notes of this brew. Solid supper

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sudomorph (946) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2015 2014, 500ml bottle. Pours a near black with a ring of a mocha head. Aroma had a big boozy barrel cognac, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Taste is huge. Big roast, dark chocolate, boozey alcohol, and a strong, coffee bitter finish. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation with a big, dry finish and a tinge of tart on the end. Overall awesome great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (3760) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2014
2014 release. Dark brown black body, slightest tan head, sparse lacing. Nose is intense fruity cognac with dark chocolate and light roast. Flavor profile carries over with heavy barrel character and modest malt profile. Medium bodied with smooth, slick carbonation, some earthy bitterness and a touch of boozy heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Freaky_tiki (812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
My 600th rating -- lord help me, I’m a sinner & drink far too much -- is this imperial stout beauty. Pours a thick, oily black & offers a burnt marshmallow cap that fades quicker than Jian Ghomeshi’s integrity. This a bare knuckled imperial stout, with big bouncy flavours & a finely balanced use of the cognac barrel. Earlier reviews here state the barrel is hard to notice. Well, this time it’s different. The care & patience they used to make this brew is evident. If you like ’em big & boozy then this is your dream beer. Would love to cellar the other bottles I have of this but who am I kidding? I can’t keep stuff like this around with out falling for temptation. Count yourself lucky if you got this years batch cuz these puppies are all gone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1567) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
2013 aged one year, bottle. Black brown with (fittingly) cognac gold-brown highlights, sticky. I think the oak tannin has tucked itself back a little with an overall smoother result, making the beer quite round (some would say velvety) with cocoa liqueur and smooth coffee. Great cascading overtones of fine warming cognac, the hops seem to express a lemony-mineral thing, ends with small hints of ash and late leafy-tannic bitterness over the sweet malts and coffee. This is quite impressive at room temperature, hiding the booze well and I will finish the bottle cooled off later. <P> If you’re cellaring these they might hold on a while but I would try one right now rather than miss out on this stage of the unique 2013’s development.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8198) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2014
On tap @ the brewpub. Near black with a tan ring. Fairly prominent cognac on the nose, thick with malt. The palate is delivers heavy malts, slightly brothy, with dark chocolate and cherries, and lovely cognac and barrel flavours of vanilla, leather, and light sweet smoke. Quite cognac-forward, but still in balance without being harsh or overly boozy. A cigar beer if ever there was one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11524) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roasted malt, cognac, oak, vanilla and bitter chocolate. Palate was full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruit, cognac and oak with a smooth dry lingering roasty dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3726) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle received from Winter Santa 2013/2014. Thank you pushkinwow! Pours viscous black with a rather thin dark mocha head that doesnät leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, dark chocolate, cognac, salty liquorice hard candy, dark roast coffee, charred wood, raisins and alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, burnt wood, cognac, hay, salty liquorice hard candy, moist soil, raisins, prunes, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, soot, resin and alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, tiny oily, roasted astringent slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, cognac, burnt wood, soot and alcohol. Tasty…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (14695) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle, thanks to _angst_. Pirch black beer with a nice lasting brownish head. Roasted chocolate and cognac aroma, vanilla, caramel, nuts, earthy, licorice, fruity, prunes, some woody notes. Roasted cognac and chocolate flavor, vanilla, caramel, nuts, figs, earthy, woody, cream, warming alcohol. Woody vanilla, cream, chocolate and cognac finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (5919) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Sample @ RBWG, Asheville. Deep brown with a modest head. Has that chemical ink cartridge aroma that you sometimes get from dark roasted malts. German chocolate cake. Earthy ash, rocky road fudge. Slightly boozy. Fat and substantial. Straight-forward, but not unpleasing.

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