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


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deepeary (346) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours black as tar. Mocha head. I smell sweet cherries roasted malt, cola, coffee, some booze. A syrupy sipper. Taste is like the nose, with some lingering cocoa, licorice. Tasty stout. The cola aroma/taste really distinguishes it for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SteveLikesBeer (67) - - MAR 4, 2014
I wasn’t impressed with the aroma and there was little head in the pour, which was almost oily. This is a very dark stout and the dark roasted malt was the most obvious element in the flavour along with the bitterness. There are a lot of imperial stouts that I prefer over this. The 10-per cent alcohol content isn’t overpowering, but it’s definitely evident in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (6208) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
pours oily almost black with a very nice and reviving crema head, good retention and lacing. burnt malts, strong bitter chocolate and pure bitter cacao, roasted molasses, coffee - creamy latté - just a hint of lactose, very smoky, licorice, spices, blackberries, roasted acidity, pinch of dirt. moderate to low carbonation, medium to full body - oily, a bit sticky, grassy-resinous-bitter coffee-smoky finish. creamy and smooth mouthfeel. complex and very tasty. loved it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazy_cat_lady (271) - - FEB 3, 2014
January 18, 2014. 500mL bottle from Bellwoods bottle shop. Cherries and chocolate on the nose. Lovely lacing; very dark in colour. Touch of sharpness, as expected from an imperial stout. Quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1925) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
Love this. Pours oily black with an initial froth light brown head and quite a bit of spotty lacing. Nose is espresso, roasted grain and molasses. Notes of all those as well as bitter chocolate, some dark fruit. Tastes are heavy/med sweet and heavy/medium bitter. Pretty thick oily mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Really nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (852) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
Pours oil slick dark with a disappointing one centimetre cap. Despite the limp size, the head is interesting in that it starts a deep dr pepper red & settles into a wet sawdust brown. Taste is loud & proud, with all the elements in the favour profile turned up to 10. And that’s part of its challenge: there’s a lack of balance here that lowers its standing in the race for the most interesting local imp stout. Still pretty damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (466) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
2013/11/19 - Pours an opaque black colour, with a thick, frothy, tan head that reduces quickly to a lingering surface film. Aroma is toasted, smokey malts, dark fruit, bitter chocolate and vanilla. Taste is toasted malts, cocoa, coffee and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is thick and oily with low carbonation and a bitter, slightly warming finish. Nice imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (8940) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle - Dark roast malts, dark fruit and some bitter chocolate. Jet black with a creamy brown head that disperses quickly. Dark roast, chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit. There is a nice bitterness that cuts through to the finish. A really nice complex RIS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shorlin (721) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
Tasted a small sample at a BeerThief gathering. Beer is black and very leggy. Nice hop aroma as well as the solid good roast, but not really much chocolate. Taste is all roast and some coffee very late. The finish is a very good dry, but with an edge to it. Another fine Imperial Stout from Bellwoods.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
From Cask Days tent at Beau’s Oktoberfest 2013, Vankleek Hill. A ruby reddish tinted black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is molasses, chocolate. Flavor is big dirty chocolate, bitter cocoa,dark coffee, burnt caramel. Lots of bitterness in the finish. Quite noticeable. Lingering burnt caramel, dark coffee, extra dark chocolate flavors. Thick body, oily, thick mouthfeel, null carbonation. Great.

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