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


on tap

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (2324) - 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 (1066) - 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 thatís part of its challenge: thereís 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 (639) - 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 (12940) - 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. Johnís, 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 (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
From Cask Days tent at Beauís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1482) - 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 (2628) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
On cask at Beauís 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 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
bomber shared by ontbeermaker, @ jprimeís. 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 (2990) - 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.

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