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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (3012) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
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!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerenberger (1519) - Fischer, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2183) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1047) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle to pint glass. Caramel, oak and bourbon aroma. Dark brown with a orange brown brown head. Taste is oaky and caramel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1125) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2013
Pour is pitch black with little to no brown head and very little lacing. Aroma has dark fruits, coconut, bitter chocolate, booze, oak. Taste has lots of oak, bitter coffee, very boozy, light chocolate presence and little coconut, sweet but not cloying. Full body and low carbonation. Ok RIS that could take some aging.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4828) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry bitter roasted malt with some black chocolate notes with very subtle Cognac notes. Taste is also dominated by dry bitter roasted malt notes with sweet undertones and black chocolates notes with light warming Cognac notes. Body is full with oily-like texture with good carbonation. Enjoyable though Cognac doesn’t really come out as much as I had anticipated.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HeistAlmighty (1145) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
500ml bottle. Super dark chocolate colour, slight brown around the edges, small milk chocolate head. Cognac, dark sugar, slightly burnt caramel aromas. Really dark taste, molasses and raisins. Body is super thick and sticky. Overall, this is intense. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6108) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2013
bottle from Rudolf, BIG!!!! 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. sipper & small sample appreciated. share this

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle from the brewery. Pours an opaque black with a decent amount of tan head that takes a while to appear and a while to dissipates. Smell is slightly sweet with some molasses and brown sugar though has a definite cognac smell from the barrels. Palate is super thick bodied, just like a real imperial stout should be, but still manages to get some good carbonation, nailed the palate for sure. Taste is a bit of a let down comparatively, starts out a bit sweet then gets a bitter roasty kick that dies down somewhat quickly before leaving a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Could really use more roastiness, doesn’t compare in taste to a Stone RIS or an Ola Dubh 40.


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