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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1235) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
Pitch black with a foamy head that takes a little while to show up. Aroma of burnt malt, slightly smoky. Taste is slightly fruity, dark bitter chocolate and some smoky malt. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
On cask at Beau’s Octoberfest. Midnight black with no head. Licorice, chocolate, alcohol, moderate amount of hops. Full body, viscous, low carbonation, smooth, quite bitter, long finish. Tasty but quite alocholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2272) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
bomber shared by ontbeermaker, @ jprime’s. black with a tan head. complex dark malt aroma. flavour is solid, body is thick. some bell pepper creeps in late. well aged, nice impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2776) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
On cask at Beaus Oktoberfest. Sweet chocolatey aroma with some US hops and ethanol. Oily black, viscous. Sweet bitter chocolate flavour with a ton of pine and grapefruit hops and some saltiness. Slightly warming, moderately bitter finish, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (966) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2013 On tap at Barvolo. Pours black with a two finger, creamy/tan head. Mild lacing.Aroma is sweet and roasted with hints of caramel, and sweet chocolate.Taste is a balanced bitter. Medium sweet, roasty, alcoholy aftertaste.Full body with a medium carbonation. Creamy, syrupy texture.This is a big beer. Sweet but not completely overdone. Thick and creamy but still drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8318) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (10568) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1368) - Canadiana, Ontario, 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3683) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4145) - Candiac, 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.

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