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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21666) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle. Jet black color, dark brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Nice aroma of licorice and burnt espresso. Taste Has dark bittersweet chocolate, dark coffee, burnt brownies. One of the easiest drinking 10% stouts I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19369) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Draught at the brewpub
Black color, with brownish creamy head. Unexpected aroma: glue and flourpaste. Full bodied; good chocolate flavor with traces of roasted malts and hint of liquorice; comforting alcohol warmth; strong bitterness.
Excellent chocolatey Imperial Stout, too bad for the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
Near black, thin head, very fruity, fruitcake and raisiny. Big body, rich malt sweetness....good balance of fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours pitch black brown head. Nose/taste of fudge brownie, roast chocolate, vanilla, burnt chocolate, black licorice, dark fruit and molasses. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14666) - 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 15/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thick dark mocha head. In aroma, a bitter chocolate with iodine, molasses, ashes and loads of alcohol. In mouth, a smooth bitter chocolate coffee, iodine, licorice notes, intense and warming. Tasted at GRMs tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12904) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at the Brewery Market. Pretty good drinkability for the level of alcohol. Black with a bit of a mocha head. Good roasty aroma. Taste is bitter with a sugary finish. As it warms, more hops present (second sample), the Warrior burst through. Still, too much sweetness, would like more balance. Would like thicker mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 2012-11-21. No notes. Seemed fruitier, and a little less full bodied than previous samples. Still quite nice, but a little thinner and less richly delicious than last time. On tap at Bellwoods, Toronto

2012-09-22. Black body with a nice tan head. Syrupy dark legs on the glass. Rich dark malt core, good amount of roast and something else, lightly fruity "imperial stout melange", bitterness is subtle but finishes intriguingly and lingers long into the finish. 8+ Aroma is nice, modest roast, muted chocolate, modest alcohol. 7+ Very smooth full bodied palate. Carbonation is just a touch light. 4+ Not super complex, just very rich and delicious. On tap at Bellwoods, Toronto

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9608) - 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.

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