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Bellwoods No Rest For The Wicked

Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Brett Barrel Aged Strong Sour Stout. Released on Draft at 8.7% ABV on April 24. Bottles at 9.5%. Mad tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlennHendry (129) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
It smells like vinegar, chocolate and sour grapes. A very odd combination but it seems to work. Looks like a stout - all dark and oily - and tastes like sour grapes and pickles with a bit of roasted malt. A strange brew (and expensive -$17!) but I’m glad I tried it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Helsdon (301) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
Nice! I was the first to rate this beer a year a ago. And looks like I’m first up with this new version! (Muha ha ha ) This is also the first time re-rating beer for me, I usually don’t bother. But this beer should be sufficiently different one from the first version. The original aged 3 months, while this guy apparently went for 509 days (nearly a year and a half, me mathy tells me.) Plus three months conditioning in the bottle, which is more time than my newborn son’s been around. Looking forward to it.
Bottle marked bottled March 5, 2015. Pours inky black with dark tan head that reduces to a thick ring. The nose...oh man... coffee, roasted malts, grapes, chocolate, a little booze, blackberries. The taste...is awesome. Those bugs have really done there work. Smooth tartness of sour grapes, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a little sour milk on the finish. That extra time in the barrels has really mellowed out that malty bitterness of the original version of this beer, which was it’s biggest failing. Makes me want to get back on my bike, ride down and get more.
This beer is worth staying up for.
Original rating: Well what do you know. I’m the first to rate a beer. The responsibility, the POWER! Muha ha ha! Anyway... Aroma 9, App 3, Taste 7, Palate 3, Overall 17. Drank at the Brewpub on April the 24th, obviously a little early on the description’s release date. It came in a stemmed wine glass. Looks very much what you would expect from a stout, very dark opaque brown, in this case only about a 1/2 finger of thick foamy tan head. Not a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was very nice, with both chocolate and toasty malts, as well as sour grapes. The taste delivers a nice hit of sour green apples right up front, which overlays the tones of chocolate, lots of roasted malts, with a little must and a undercurrent of oak in the mix. There is a bitterness to the finish that really doesn’t do this brew a favour, and ultimately brought down the score for me. The idea of a sour stout is an interesting one, and a new one for me, not sure it meshes as well as I would have hoped, but try it, it’s well worth it. Thanks Bellwoods.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sammyboyy (69)
- Shawinigan, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
Very interesting. The appearence is great, just like a nice stout. The taste is sour at first. Almost taste like a kriek, very nice balanced in my opinion and then it suddenly changes to taste like a good chocolate stout. It’s a great beer! I’m happily surprised that we can taste both sourness and then chocolate stout one after the other and not at the same time. Not a style we see everyday. Doesn’t do its 9.5 alcohol at all!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2734) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
Thanks to nicklass for this. Interesting beer and so good. Pours black with a thin white wisp. Aroma is nice mild vinegar sourness with a hint of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is a nice soft sourness the overshadows the stout but the stout provides a great body and mouthfeel. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whatup14 (1133) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 Bouteille 500ml, gracieuseté d?AlexGenois, merci Alex! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée riche mais fuyante laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de chocolat, malt torréfié, côté fruité, cerise?, cacao, alcool, légère touche florale. Goût de malt torréfié, chocolat noir, bonne acidité, cerise, café fin de bouche. Carbonatation élevée, corps moyen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (5207) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light cacao notes with dominant sour notes. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt with some sour and tart notes that are quite dominant and some light cacao notes also perceptible. Body is light with medium carbonation. Not a big fan of soured stout and this one is no exception as the sourness is really dominant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
[6310-20140504] Tap. Mild roasty sour yeast aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Roasted sour malt flavour has a sour base. Medium-full body is fairly sour. Good. (7/3/8/4/15) 3.7
(@ brewpub, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2272) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with dark tan head. Roasted malt, Brett, oak, chocolate, well balanced, moderate+ carbonation and body, slightly sour with some lemon zest, smooth, dry, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (3284) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Un stout bien tendre et moelleux vidé de ses attraits décadents. Minéraux, petits fruits acides et une touche lactique constituent la colonne du liquide.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deepeary (305) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
Four month old 500ml bottle from the brewery. Pours opaque black with mocha head. Looks just like a stout but when you take a whiff it is oh so sour. Subtle hints of cocoa in the background. The taste is sour and more sour, vinegar, pickle brine, green olives, concentrated lemon juice. Wow, super sour. As it warms up and my palette adjusted I got more of the stout notes (chocolate, coffee, roasted malt), but they are minor characters here. 9.5% abv is well hidden. It’s a weird style combination, and the first I’ve tried. I am not a huge fan but I applaud Bellwoods for experimenting.

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