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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Toronto, Canada
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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6861) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle at RBWG 2014, thanks! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has strong dark grains with dark fruit, a bit of roast and a note of cognac. Flavor has a lot of sweet dark grains backed by roasted malts and a hint of cognac.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8779) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #41. Bottle shared at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a dark brown color with a thin foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of big roasted malts, leather, tobacco, herbal hops. The taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee, tobacco, leather, bitter hops. Medium bodied, chewy texture. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (2232) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle at RBWG, courtesy of someone. Pours a dark brown color with off white head. Bourbon, chocolate, thick, syrupy flavors. Alright barrel aged beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle @ RBWG Fart Share. Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Dark chocolate, dark fruity, plum, roasty aroma. A bit thick. Goopy. Pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8782) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle thanks to Dany. Pours tar black with brown head. Nose and taste of cognac, roast chocolate, chocolate pudding, vanilla, oak, licorice root and brownie. Full bodied. Well balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (509) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
(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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shorlin (664) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 16, 2013
Where and how: on tap @ Volo
Aroma medium bolder approach , rich barrel fell, alcohol – cognac play.
Appearance:
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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (8850) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
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).


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