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


on tap

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (6101) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and their heavy bitterness take hold of this Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, as molasses and dark chocolate whip up an enticing base to furrow through.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the blackened darkness.
-The finish is also quite wooden.
-Although this batch has been out for a while, the heavyhanded roastiness makes me believe this bottle is a little too young in its evolution.
-Green hops tag along the portentous roastiness.
-Light cognac heat adds to this brew’s depth.
-Mouthfeel is rich and velvety.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7427) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle sample at RBWG tasting. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark fruits, cognac, wood, sweet chocolate covers the abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14285) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s tasting lab, from an IP trade with a Canadian fella on BA, 08/04/14. Pitch black with a good sized dirty tan head that thins to a covering and edgework. Nose is dark roast, restrained alcohol, cognac evident, bitter orange, hoppy wafts, bitter chocolate. Taste comprises dark chocolate, spice, roast malt, well tuned cognac BA in force, bitter orange peel, hoppy waistcoat. Full bodied, fine carbonaton, lightly warming booze at the close. Solid BA impy - lovely stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
8th April 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s Pad. Thanks to Rocket Rudkin. Opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Palate is softish and airy. Soft and lightly tangy dark malt, touch of dry cream. Strong coffee but well rounded. Mild cognac underneath. Light dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (15280) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Bottle shared in London - thanks to the Colinator. Pours deep black-brown with a frothy, beige head. The aroma holds a lot of charred wood, baking cocoa, some earth. Medium to big sweet flavor with lots of oily chocolate, some nice burnt oak, scorched earth. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with lots more dark, bittersweet chocolate, burnt wood, bitter earth. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours darkest brown with a tiny tan head. The nose is rich, roasty, earth, cognac, cocoa, vanilla, toasted coconut and toffee. The taste is rich, oily, toast, deep roast, earth, coffee, mild acidity and toasted coconut with a dry, fairly short finish. Fullish body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Pretty nice stuff. Smells amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (1235) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
Pitch black pour, strong dark fruit aroma, some roasty malt, some barrel, some anise. Very nice stuff, lots of smooth malt, some soy, some coffee. I’m a bigger fan of cognac barrel than cognac, i think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Tasted on 2/7/14 from a bottle at the Friday night tasting at RBWG Asheville, thanks to Ferris (I think) for sharing. Pours dark opaque brown with an average tan head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is darkly roasted stout malt with an added sweet caramel and vanilla note. The flavor is a bit sweeter than expected with vanilla and caramel up front, moving to to all of the nicely roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The body is full with a little under average carbonation and a long roasted malt and sweetish Cognac finish. Good, but a little one note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 [5190-20130406] Tap. Soya-soaked wood malt aroma. Black body with a quick foamy brown head. Bold campfire charred cedar wood flavour. Full body, about as big as you can get. Tasty but reminds me of a sauna. (7/3/8/4/14) 3.6
(@ brewpub, Toronto, ON)

[6909B-20141109] Tap. Roasted fruity chocolate dust aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting brown head. Roasted thick grains and chocolate flavour. Full body. Delicious. (8/4/9/4/15) 4.0
(@ brewpub, Toronto, ON)
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