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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Toronto, Canada
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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The Russian Imperial Stout is a very strong variant of the stout originally developed by English brewers in the 18th century to export to the court of Catherine the Great in Russia. This extremely dark and complex beer has intense aromas and flavours of malt, burnt chocolate, dark fruit, fresh earth and vanilla. A portion will be aged and released next year.

Yeast: American Ale
Hop: Warrior
Malt: Pilsner, Wheat, Hops, Crystal, Smoked, Chocolate, Black, R Barley, Molasses


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6514) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2013
On tap @ BarVolo during Bellwoods tap takeover Sunsplash event. I tried to get to the sour cherries cask of this, but it was gone before I could get to it. Very hearty near black with a chunky brown head. Tarry burnt malt profile, bitter bakers chocolate, light ash, light licorice, hoppy bitter finish. Very big brew, dense.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (5999) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2013
650mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of deep dark dried fruits, roasted malt, and a touch of licorice. Flavour is very roasty and "black"-tasting, along with some sight hint of licorice, charred dark fruits and more roast. Body is insanely viscous, with a shitload of depth. Finishes on notes of deep dark dried fruits and roasted malt. Despite the harshness and intensity, this is well-crafted, with an enjoyable balance of flavours. The viscosity is fitting, but there’s no way I could drink much more than a small sample of this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1069) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
Pitch black colour with huge roast and chocolate aroma with a hint of sweetness and peat quality. Hot brew with sweet chocolate flavour, rich body and hoppy finish.SOME TASTY!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3078) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2013
Bouteille de plus ou moins 660ml, embouteillée le 1er mars 2013. Bière brune presque noire avec une mousse collante brune. Un nez simple mais efficace de café et de chocolat. Cette bière gagne presque tous ses points avec cette texture huileuse, crémeuse. Les saveurs chocolatées sont marquées. La finale est sur une amertume de grains rôtis. La texture joue un rôle incroyable dans l’appréciation de cette bière.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3032) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
Une courtoisie de solidfunk. Une concoction embouteillée le 1 mars 2013. Une robe du tonnerre, bien noire, visqueuse et coiffée d’une mousse dense et foncée. Au nez, des céréales rôties chaudes et encore fumantes, pleines de torréfaction et de chocolat brûlé, proprement explosives et très agressives dans une joyeuse et éclatante perspective. Des parfums de mélasse de dattes qui suintent au fil de la dégustation. Sur les papilles, des notes rôties qui vagabondent entre le chocolat extra amer, le café travaillé, le houblon amérisant et les notes vibrantes d’un alcool perçant. En bouche, un corps de grande densité qui propose une texture épaisse qui se fait toucher par des bulles engourdies. Une finale profondément noire, amère de torréfaction et de houblons herbeux. Une bière impériale très plaisante à boire.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2013
Bouteille 750ml, courtoisie de Johnsense. De couleur noire-brune et opaque. Nez de malt très rôti, légèrement brûlé et aux notes terreuses, de chocolat noir, léger de chocolat au lait (faibles notes lactiques), léger de mélasse avec des notes d’alcool, de fruits foncés, de noix et de café. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture riche, légèrement sirupeuse et aux notes crémeuses. Léger goût fruité (pruneaux, traces de raisins) accompagné de notes de chocolat au lait (traces lactiques) et de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt assez rôti et légèrement brûlé avec un goût de chocolat noir et un léger goût de mélasse terreuse. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger goût d’alcool réchauffant auquel se rajoute progressivement une légère amertume de houblon herbeux (notes de menthe) ainsi qu’un léger goût de café, jusqu’en finale. Post-goût long, léger-moyen amer de rôti (notes brûlées), moyen-léger d’alcool et de chocolat noir, léger de houblon herbeux avec des notes de noix et de café.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2013
Very dark brown pour whose edges you can actually see through. The beige film is thin and disappears rather quickly. Heavily roasted malts dominate the aroma, bringing forth earthy, peaty edges. Oriented more toward the coffee than the chocolate side of the spectrum, it’s a relatively dry impy with a generous green backbone, very herbal, almost minty, adding a complexity of a registry rarely encountered in those beers who usually pull out their structure from various sugar or vinous nuances. Here, we have neither. Inky, salty finish is perhaps a bit rough edged, yet the general texture is great, thick, chewy, punctuated with just the right, conservative bubble level and roasty, almost astringent enough to kick out any impression of syrupiness. Not precisely my favourite type of beer but I reckon this is solid stuff indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5643) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2013
bottle at rudy’s. black pour, smaller orangeish head. chocolate & roasted malt abundance. Medium bodied, Rolos. somewhat boozy at 10%. Well balanced stout, flavorful. Impressed with Bellwoods

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gethinbeer (2118) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
Dark black pour. Brown head and clinging lace. Slight smokey roasted malt aroma. Sweet malt flavour. Bitter finish. Excellent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1792) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2013
500 mL bottle. A beautiful pour; black, with a large, sticky, brown head. Aroma is surprisingly mild, with only a little orchard fruit and milk chocolate coming through. Perhaps my nose is not working properly this evening. The flavour is surprisingly restrained as well, with only the alcohol at the end to give away that this is an Imperial. It’s good, and has some complexity, but I want it to be bigger.


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