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

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (3025) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1600) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (4812) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
(Bouteille 1587, 7 avril 2013). Une grosse noire avec sa bonne mousse qui fond tranquillement. Mes narines sont vitement bombardées par la réglisse, le cognac en fleurs et en fruits, le chocolat et la mélasse. Une petite fumée de torréfaction se révèle après quelques plongées. Le goût n’est certainement différent. Les saveurs de réglisse salée, de chocolat, de fudge en friandise et de mélasse sont enrobées par une eau-de-vie grasse et bien fruitée. En bouche, le corps est fort et le pétillement modéré à bas. La texture est légèrement collante. La finale est bien chocolatée avec un café amérisant et un cognac adoucisseur. Succulente.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (4482) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Noirceur impénétrable, mousse mocha bruyante et éphémère, chocolat noir et petits fruits rouges. L’enrobage du cognac intensifie la sécheresse inévitable, apporte pommes et poires et son lot de réchauffement.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whatup14 (1491) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
Bouteille 500ml, 2014, 1463/2100, gracieuseté de wilco, Thanks Mike! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncé crémeuse mais fuyante laissant une légère dentelle. Arôme de lait au chocolat noir, cognac, boisé, malt torréfié, noix de pécan, caramel brûlé. Goût de cognac, chocolat, bois, malt torréfié en fin de bouche, café en arrière-goût, l’alcool est invisible. Carbonatation faible, corps dense, lourd. Un autre chef d’œuvre de la part de Bellwoods.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oakbluff (434) - 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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sudomorph (1040) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (4191) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Freaky_tiki (995) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1579) - 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.


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