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


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whatup14 (846) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerenberger (1545) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shorlin (709) - 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!

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
Deep black pour with a thick mocha-colored head. Sticky and fine laced. Long lasting. Intensely leathery and rich. Loads of cocoa, vanilla and sweet oaky flavour. A lot of rich cocoa and some heavy char and caramel. A bit of spiciness on the back but it’s restrained by the sweetness a bit. A bit vineous with some nice leathery/salty back notes. Pretty rich and very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hangunder (288) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
Sweet vanilla, bourbon-like nose, winey notes, chocolate and dark dark malts, not a very powerful nose but beautiful and complex. Completely black, can’t see through this one at all, brown head is not huge but has pretty good retention. Taste is pretty amazing and complex, upfront come the boozy barrel flavors, followed by creamy milk-chocolate notes and a bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A tad of soy-sauce as well. Amazingly complex, thick bodied and average carbonation. Definitely a great sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (644) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (9864) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Freaky_tiki (672) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomthompson89 (1922) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
2014 version.This beer is amazing!. Smell the cognac right off the bat. Nice choc malts. Mouthfeel is smooth! So smooth! Flavour is nice dark malts followed by some dried fruit, cognac and chocolate. Fantastic job! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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