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

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This imperial stout is aged with tart cherries in second use cognac barrels (after Bring Out Your Dead comes out) for 3 months. Cognac contribution is very minimal (intentionally). The resulting elixir showcases a delicious blend of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee and tart cherry. Really F*&#$*!-ing good. 2015 version aged for 1 year.

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4.2
HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2017
September 20, 2013 - at Bar Hop - on draught. Black. Light brown creamy head. Wow, what an aroma - dark roast; chocolate, roasted coffee bean, walnut shell - not sweet, lightly herbal and minimal alcohol assertion. Taste is an "OMG" - cognac and sour cherry and huge dark chocolate, moderate alcohol; this should be a cake! Average impy body, slick, acidic and airy - dry tingly cocoa finish - emerging bitterness, and a fantastic beer.

4.1
HippyHop (656) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2017
500ml bottle. Poured at 4-5 degrees so I let it sit for an hour. This stuff is epic. Motor oil pour with a a frothy tan cap. Huge, heavy nose: liquorice and cocoa, dark cherries, vanilla, oak. This is the Ontario version of Dieu du Ciel's Peché Mortel. Delicious imperial stout. I really like that this leans more towards the liquorice than typical chocolate/coffee side of a Typical IS. This is a beautiful beer. I paid $32 for a pint bottle and I'd do it again. Top shelf IS.  ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
mR_fr0g (12128) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2017
Keg at Ratebeer Best Beer Festival. 31/01/2016. A viscous jet black coloured pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is sweet jammy fruits, strawberry chocolate sponge, cacoa, little mineral. Flavour is composed of mineral , tangy strawberry, jammy fruits with ashy roast, dry coffee roast. Palate is sweet and rounded, drying tangy finish and highish carbonation.

4.1
Adamsville (340) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2017
Apparence : Totalement noire, léger col brun laissant un petit anneau bien que difficilement entretenu par de petites bulles plutôt actives.
Nez : Riche chocolat, mélasse, fut vanillé, cerises et/ou baies rappelant la framboise. Intense.
Goût : Chocolat fruité, caramel, épicé/boisé, malt grillé présent en finale avec un aspect brûlé ou même cendré. Comme le nez l’annonçait, c’est riche et sucré.
Sensation : Pétillement plutôt élevé en entrée (aspect qui se calme avec le temps), corps assez dense, bonne longueur chocolatée et brûlée.
Bref : C’est riche! Le chocolat, le fut, le caramel, le sucre résiduel; ça se consomme une bière dessert. Les notes brûlée, boisée et très légèrement acide viennent arrondir les lampées. Si l’effervescence est trop présente lors des premières gorgées, c’est l’accumulation du sucre qui devient excessif avec le temps. Se partagerait fort probablement bien à trois.
J’ai malgré tout été confondu : je craignais un fruit acide trop présent et j’ai plutôt été servi par une stout en fut bien réalisée, multidimensionnelle dans laquelle l’acidité et le fruit jouent les rôles de compléments. La décision de vieillir la bière en fut de cognac neuf plutôt que de seconde utilisation me semble tout à fait judicieuse.

4.5
ciocanelu (2536) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - APR 5, 2017
Pitch black color with dark brown head. Aroma has cognac, dried figs, some molasses, fruity berry notes in the background. Taste starts with sweet dried figs, black bitter cherries, just a hint of fruit tartness. Cognac notes throughout, finishes has caramelised fruit with some smoked/burnt notes. Full bodied, really smooth. A really complex tasting beer, smooth, easy drinking with a very well hidden ABV.

4.6
mariuspoenari (2692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2017
Bottle shared. Pitch black pour with an espresso head. Notes of cherries, cocoa and cognac barrel in the aroma; roasted malts, light cherries, tons of roasted coffee, raw cocoa, dried figs, roasty smokeyness. Goddamn, this is good. Smooth texture, full body, medium carbonation and a roasty, cherry-bitter finish.

4.4
Frudel (252) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2017
Bouteille partagée. Merci à Lucie et David! Première Bellwoods que j’ai la chance de goûter. La bouteille nous sert un liquide bien noir, opaque avec peu de mousse sur le dessus. Arôme de cognac, vanille, malts rôtis, café, caramel, chocolate avec une légère acidité venant des cerises en background. Au goût, c’est onctueux, bien rond en bouche, le nez ne mentait pas du tout. L’acidité de la cerise est vraiment plaisante mariant à merveille le cognac, la vanille et les notes chocolatées. De loin, ma préférée de notre beer night.

5
crazy_cat_lady (601) - - MAR 14, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2017 Bottle from bottle shop. Not sure why I haven?t rated this yet, have had it many times. One of my (many) favourites from Bellwoods. Pitch black with light brown head. Big aroma of cherries, chocolate, coffee woodiness, some leather. Tastes of cherries, chocolate, coffee, with lingering dry wood and leather flavours. A phenomenal beer.

3.8
djd07 (14564) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle at Ratebeer Best. Pours black with medium tan head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood. Medium body, dark chocolate, nuts, roast, nice boozy finish, very good.

3.9
beerplace (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2017
500ml bottle from the brewery (thx, Nick M.!). Vintage 2016. Pours a very dark brown with a dark brown head. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses, fruity and iron (damn) notes. Very sweet. Same taste. Oversweet stuff, kind of sugary bomb. Vintage 2015 is almost the same.


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