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


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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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

rwgould's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - SEP 29, 2012
Appearance: Pours thick black, minimal carbonation, small fine brown head. Aroma: Smells weird. Strong notes of cantaloup (?!), other notes of malt, chocolate, caramel. Palate: medium bodied, creamy, slightly dry finish. Taste: Sweet start, slightly bitter finish. Such a weird fruit taste to it. Definitely unique. Not bad, but strange. Kinda like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ncube (89) - - MAR 14, 2015
Pours oily black with dark brown head. Aroma of smoke, earth and chocolate. Taste much the same. Decent balance between sweet and acrid and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Helsdon (230) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
Pours a thick oily black with reddish brown head, dense but only a half of my sausage-like fingers. Nose is malt rich, and sweet, and the booze is lingering in there too. Taste is maltly but a little burnt as well as roasted, but nicely avoids that ashy flavour that so many I.Stouts seem to fall pray too. Sweet syrup lacking much fruit complexity, poorly balanced with a little bitter in the after. You’ll also notice a bit of the booze too. Overall good, not spectac but that’s life. Solid label though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkska101 (1095) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
7 onz draft @ vice versa A: dark chocolate, roasty, caramel, smoky App: pitch black beige head good lacing. T/p: full body with moderate long sweet finish. Soft carbonation. Velvety texture. O: well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whatup14 (888) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Bouteille 500ml, gracieuseté d’AlexGenois, merci Alex! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka fuyante laissant une dentelle. Arôme de malt torréfié en abondance, un peu boisé, cendré, caramel brûlé, alcool. Goût de malt torréfié, café noir, chocolat noir, alcool en fin de bouche, c’est surtout le côté torréfié qui domine. Carbonatation faible, corps dense, huileuse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (310) - HONG KONG - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle from Bellwoods Brewery, drank at Ian's place in Toronto. Pitch black with thin watery fizzy brown head. Smells of ash, smoked meat, coffee, soy sauce, caramel, spice, lemon. Tastes very bitter, coffee, burnt dark malt, raisin, spice, lemon, a little syrupy but cut by the bitterness and sharp acidity. Body is medium, slick, crisp, tart dry finish. Big, bitter and spicy but a little heavy and acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (364) - HONG KONG - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle from Bellwoods Brewery Bottle Shop at Ian's in Toronto. Very thick black pour with small dark creamy tan head. Aroma is of very dark fruit, but more dark chocolate, coffee grounds. Lots going on in the aroma. Taste is very big - roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, some hoppy bitterness. Very rich but not too thick palate. Bitter and boozy finish that lasts. Very good big and complex stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperTiti33 (712) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Noire opaque. Belle mousse. Ronde. Sucré. Forte amertume. Café espresso. Liquoreuse. Réglisse. Chocolat noir. Finale sèche. Très bien.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
Black with a good beige head. Aroma is chocolate, raisins, dates, caramel, hint of bourbon and leather. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, nice balance of dark fruit & roast. Taste is dates, figs, roast grains, hint of coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (1476) - , Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
(bottle) bright clear very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of chocolate, smoked fruit; creamy palate; rich, balanced flavour with a long medium bitter finish; very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9988) - , 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.

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