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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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazy_cat_lady (337) - - JUL 4, 2015
Reserve bottle at the brewpub. Aromas of oak, dark chocolate and cherries, very rich aroma. Very dark with big bubbled head. Roasty coffee with woody undertones, hints if dark chocolate and cherries. Wow I had forgotten how great this beer is.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whatup14 (1414) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerenberger (1591) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Listigovers (744) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2016
Oily black pour, small head. Smells like a herbal bitter, very strong, cognac obviously. Flavor it’s huge, dark chocolate, candy fruit, very full bodied, no harshness despite alcohol warmth, very well balanced. Dessert in a glass, exceptional.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shorlin (721) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (5919) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2015
Bottle: #1238/1699: Thanks Pushkinwow: Chouffe glass: Deep dark almost pitch black body with a creamy brown head/lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, fudge, rum, wood, raisin in alcohol, marzipan, brown sugars, sweet tar, mocha, dessert like! Very nice! Flavour is deep and dark: roast, coffee, cognac, chocolate, mocha, malt roast, light liquor tone, bitters, some wood, raisin/prunes, light earthy and a leather tint, some brown sugars and a rum tint. Very nice! Aftertaste is roast with bitters, some brown fruit and sugars and cognac, rum and some chocolate. Low carbo, silky oily mouthfeel, full bodied. Wow, really good! Thick, rich and full! Quality sipper!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2016
500ml bottle. 2013 release. Pitch black in colour with a thin but lasting tan coloured head, light lacing. The aroma is very roasty, lots of dark chocolate, coffee, some smoke, wood, light alcohol. The flavour is lightly sweet, lots of wood, moderate alcohol, dark chocolate and huge roast, some dark fruits. Warming mouthfeel, medium/large body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, warming, rich. Really nice stuff. Not many beers transfer well from the barrel for me but this is really nice. As a great richness to the Hellwoods.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (10770) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2016
500ml bottle. 2015 13%. Pours a decne black, light tan head. Aroma is cognac, cocoa, sweet malt. This is not hugely boozy one of the better barrel aged beers ive come across in a while. This put me on my ass though at 13% for a 500ml. Wish it wouldn’t have but oh well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ametras (1156) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2016
[2015] 500ml bottle. Black with a foamy tan head. Flavors are cognac, roasted cereals, milk chocolate, alcohol, molasses, caramel and smoke with fruity and spicy notes. Full body, soft to moderate carbonation, oily texture.


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