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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (215) - Ontario, - MAR 24, 2013
Roasty, malty goodness. Nothing overly complex in the aroma, and not in your face either, but nice and balanced. Completely black, dark brown head, pours very thick. Taste is full of flavor, milk chocolate and hops on the frontend, maltiness in the middle and lingering hop bitterness and cocoa in the slighty sweet finish. The alcohol is fairly well masked for 10%. Heavy mouthfeel and mild-medium carbonation. Quite delicious.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1183) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle thanks to robinvboyer, thanks a lot! Pours a pitch black and is topped by a "roux" head that fades fast and leave some lacing. Nose is of coffee and alcohol, not too deep. Taste is of fresh coffee, roasted malt and lightly vegetal. Roasted malt harshness is there, sadly. Body was medium-full and mouthfeel "fluffy". Alcohol is apparent a little. Cool to try but nothing special, good stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1716) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours black with low brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Taste is of caramel, coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, strong bitterness, chocolate. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Malty. Nice chocolate. Not outstanding, but pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Well-defined roasted malts create dark chocolate allusions while fieldberry fruitiness and alcohol warmth seal this really cohesive Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam sits atop the pure blackness.
-Malt flavors are very nicely developed while avoiding the pitfalls of relying on heavy residual sugars.
-Roasted malt bitterness is set upon a pedestal by wooden hop resins.
-This may taste ’more serious’ than their Bounty Hunter, but it is just as much fun.

On tap at the brewery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2200) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle from the brewery dated September 4, 2012.
Pours pitch black with a silky brown head. Smells of coffee, tobacco, caramel and a fair smokiness. Really oily and thick body. Significant alchol warmth. Tastes of oats, plums, caramel and tobacco. Finishes with a certain stickiness. 2014-04-13

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12234) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deepeary (93) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SteveLikesBeer (50) - - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (4154) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazy_cat_lady (108) - - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1236) - 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!


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