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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Imperial/Strong Porter
Toronto, Canada
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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Very dark, strong predecessor to the stout. Creamy and chocolatey with roasted malts and a hint of dark fruits.
Gold Medal Winner at CBA 2012

Yeast: American Ale
Hop: Bravo
Malt: Vienna, Pilsner, Abbey, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate


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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - OCT 8, 2012
650ml bottle from the brewery. Appearance: Pours a thick black, no head, some visible carbonation. Aroma: malt, caramel, chocolate, raisins. Palate: thick bodied, not very fizzy, quite astringent, long oily finish. Taste: quite sweet. Coffee flavour really comes out in the taste. Very malty. Not bad.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3428) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
Porter très brun ou presque noir possédé par une mousse qui n’est généreuse que pour quelques secondes. Nez fruité et chocolaté qui montre une pointe d’alcool avec de la réglisse, une touche de noix et du charbon de bois. Saveurs de cerises à travers des malts noirs et chocolatés. Bouche de moyenne densité avec une texture huileuse et un pétillement bas. Finale amèrement noire sur un grain fumant ou de café avec une fine chaleur d’alcool.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CacheManyHose (290) - HONG KONG - JAN 3, 2015
Draught at Bellwoods Brewery. Inky black with very small dark tan head and spotty legs. Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, herbal hop and some very light raisin/soy sauce. Tastes very bitter, dark chocolate, bitter gently fizzy finish. A very bitter if otherwise ordinary porter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (348) - HONG KONG - JAN 3, 2015
Draught at Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto. Rich dark pour. Tan head. Aroma not too strong - standard porter. Taste is very rich and deep - pleasant bitterness with caramel maltiness. Bigger, but fairly normal, porter. Good. Would get again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (672) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Christmas Eve pour as 1950’s holiday lounge music spins on Internet radio is dark chocolate with a thin brown cap. Swirls velvet smooth in the mouth & offers hints of cocoa, dark fruit & a really interesting sea salt finish. Beautiful brew that makes for a relaxing & reflective sipper in a dimly lit room. Recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BreWedge (353) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a thick oily black with a huge cascading brown head. Aromas of chalk, cocoa, and roast. Tastes are roasty, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Plenty of carbonation, oily texture, and a long bitter finish. Nice beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (2641) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 Est-ce que j’ai un cousin d’Everett devant mes sens? Le nez m’indique que oui, un cousin vigoureux. Lait frappé de mélasse et petits fruits badigeonné d’un coulis de torréfaction. Structure maltée décadente, persistance des saveurs et clarté des composantes. Brillant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4319) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 12, 2014
500ml bottle in a stem glass. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted and chocolate malts, some light notes of bitterness, light dough, and hints of coffee. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Average texture. A solid beer but not the best of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (852) - - NOV 10, 2014
Dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, touch of vanilla, herbal hops, creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth and enjoyable porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7808) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
500mL bottle (mine says the ABV is 8.5%), sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours black with a small beige head. Nose brings out dry cocoa, lots of roasted malt, and small hint od dried dark fruits. Flavour brings out roasted malts upfront, followed by some dry cocoa powder. Very robust flavour profile, more so than usual for a porter. Great silky body, with high drinkability. Excellent stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2577) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2014
Drank on tap (12 oz) at the brewpub on Oktober 10, 2014. Black, thin head. Dark malt, licorice and tobacco aroma, a bit of sweetness. Meaty licorice taste, spicy herbs notes, dry herb bitterness. Unusual but very tasty!


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