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

JoeMcPhee's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, - NOV 18, 2012
Deep black pour. A thick brown head. The aroma is quite rich and coffeeish. A touch of berry fruit along with some intense pepper and roast. A little bit of savoury sort of black licorice and light spice. More like carafa special than roasted character (dark but not ashy) with a fairly savoury component to it. Sticky and intense without being overly cloying or sweet. Very herbaceous flavour. Despite all of the things I like about it, it leaves me kind of wishing for some more sweetness and chocolate character. It leans toward the savoury/salty side of impys more than sweet and chocolatey. Personal preferences aside, it’s a very well-constructed brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2560) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
750ml bottle from the brewery in Toronto, Ontario at one of the first bottle sale days. Deep black in colour with a thin but long lasting tan head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of chocolate, lots of roasted malts, light coffee. The flavour is heavy on the chocolate, lots of roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits. Warming bitter mouthfeel, large body, moderate carbonation. Finishes very long, roasty and warming. A very big Imperial Stout. This is so good. Incredible balance, high drinkability. Very well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (5587) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle: Thanks Pushkinwow: Chouffe glass: Black beer with a brown head. Great aroma of smoke, roast, tobacco, coffee, malt roast, hint of caramel, oat and light earthy. Flavour of roast, sweet tar, bitter, smoke, herbs, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, some spice roast, toffee and a liquorice/bay leaf tint. Aftertaste is bitter, dark chocolate, coffee, roast, sweet tar, caramel... Low carbo, thick oily mouthfeel, close to full body. Supreme mouthfeel! Super aroma! Tasty beer! Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ncube (101) - - 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 (318) - 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 (1353) - 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 (1209) - 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 (443) - 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 (510) - 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 (817) - 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 (1882) - 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.

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