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


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
driver76 (40) - Calgary, Alberta, - DEC 23, 2013
Big rich nose with cherries. Thick black appearance with nice brown small bubbles head. Heavy rich flavour of cognac and fruit with malt sweetness. Finish turns chocolate and dryness slowly takes over. Exceptional rich offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerplace (1244) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1537) - New York, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Tap at the source. Pours black, deep tan head. Aroma is aggressively robust chocolate, barrel aged character, plenty of dark cherries, whiskey, vanilla, chocolate. When I first smelled it, I got tequila (so much intensity that I gagged when I first smelled it) but that has subsided as I sniff it more and the nose becomes more agreeable. Flavor is chocolate cherry vanilla, sort of like a tartufo, booze, whiskey, sort of a bitter and cherry filled finish. Quite intense, big body, big beer. Nice though, bit too much cherry for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JunctionCat (76) - toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2016
As always, outstanding. Rich slightly tart at the start but so easy to drink its scary. The body reminds you its not a low abv beer, but the balance is near perfect mix of bitter, roast and sweet malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stoned99 (1429) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2016
500ml bottle from trade with Jeffrey. Aroma: strong chocolate blended with cherries with a subtle smokey touch. App: pitch black with medium brown head, little retention but leaving good lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, creamy, lots of cherries in mouth, maybe too much, medium high sweetness, light to moderate acidity finish. Overall: hum. Not bad but wasnt expecting this. I guess I should have read the description or at least some reviews before trying it. Didnt know about the cherry and that acidity. Thought I was about to drink an imperial stout inline with the style. Body feels too weak probably due to the aging. It bothers me a bit. Dont think I can drink this whole bottle all by myself. Way too sweet. Just ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (1663) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2016
Une chance que mon pisode de Breaking Bad tait excellent car sil avait fallu que je dguste ces 500ml de bire sans rien pour me distraire positivement, jaurais trouv le temps bien long... Allure correcte de stout imprial. Trs fonc et coiff dune mousse form de bulles disparates et de dimensions variable. Un nez surpuissant de Cheery Blossom o la cerise mapparat artificielle, inutilement sucre mais surtout acide. En effet, cest acide et pas moiti. Jignore si le problme provient de la sorte de cerise employe, de la quantit de cerises ou simplement dune bouteille de vinaigre malencontreusement renverse dans le fermenteur, mas ce dsquilibre mest fort dplaisant. Je note du chocolat noir en trame de fond mais celui-ci fait bien pitre figure derrire ce fruit inutilement agressif. Aucune rondeur, aucun corps, mince. Un peu de noix de coco galement et de crme solaire. Je crois tre tomb sur une mauvaise bouteille, mais il est hors de question que je cherche vrifier avec la deuxime bouteille que jai encore ici.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (5505) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2016
Bottled. Small sample @ De Molen. Thanks John and Menno. The aroma has cherries, chocolate, light tart tones, bit booze, bit roast. Black coloured beer with a medium sized beige head. The taste is light bitter, has chocolate sweetness, bit tart cherries. Medium-full bodied beer. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (19883) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2016
Sampled at RateBeer Best festival 2016. Pours oily black with a frothy, beige head. The nose holds hard roasted malts, cocoa. Big sweet flavour with bittersweet chocolate, coconut, ash. Full bodied and chewy, with fine carbonation. Oily and warming on the finish, with more rich chocolate, coconut accents. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2931) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2016
Sample from shared bottle @ De Molen, thanks Menno & John. Black color. Beige head. Aromas: cherries, chocolate, sweetish. Flavor is moderate sweet with fruity (cherry) tartness. Medium bodied. Long finish, light bitter. Nicer than Id expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9920) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
Bottle, shared with the gaming group by Shea. Hearty nearly black pour, dense brown head. Rich flavours of cacao, oak, and tart cherries. Fantastic balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2016
Bottle at RateBeer Best 2016. Pour is black with a frothy brown head. Aroma of sweet cocoa, slightly tart cherries, and booze. Flavor and finish has a bit more molasses and bittersweet coffee.

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