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


on tap

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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
2013 version was aged for 3 months in first use cognac barrels and released on April 6th 2013 to celebrate the 1st anniversary of Bellwoods. 2014 version was aged for 12 months in first use cognac barrels and released in Nov 2014. This will be annual release.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (1162) - - JUL 11, 2015
Black pour, dark brown head. Nose is chocolate brownie, cognac, vanilla, very light ash. Taste is chocolate, cognac, peat, ash, smokey, umami on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (20000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2015
Tasting at Matts, bottle 0432/2100, vintage 2014
Black color with small head. Smells like a primitive imperial stout, roasted malts and a lot of phenol, but wait till the taste to feel the huge phenol wave; there are hints of chocolate and tobacco, and the boozy barrel aging. Burning final.
Very messy and clumsy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazy_cat_lady (494) - - JUL 4, 2015
Reserve bottle at the brewpub. Aromas of oak, dark chocolate and cherries, very rich aroma. Very dark with big bubbled head. Roasty coffee with woody undertones, hints if dark chocolate and cherries. Wow I had forgotten how great this beer is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (16215) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2015
500mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours black with a small beige head. Aroma brings out loads of cognac upfront, perfumey notes and booze. Flavour is really big and decadent, with loads of cognac upfront, some booze, and an oily slick palate. For a BA impie, its all cognac with nothing else. Not overly complex. Finishes with a big alcohol, liqueur burn. Good stuff for what it is, but its not elegant in any way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (8945) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2015
250 ml. draft @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Black, very dark brown, quickly fading to a small layer, very deep mocha coffee head. Nose is huge on big roasted malts, big umami & very big spirit quality, lots of boozy, spirit, cognac I suppose and oak. Taste is very bitter, big roasted malts, soy sauce that almost carries a brine quality, giving it an almost fish sauce note, heavy spirit / cognac / booze layered on top, after a while some bitter mocha ice cream qualities become apparent, bitter mocha, very big on the roast, bitter spirit, oak barrel, huge on the alcohol & spirit, intense lingering roast, aftertaste, lingers on & on, very much a sipper, There are RIS that taste like candy for adults & there is the ones that taste heavy of umami / roast / spirits etc. I prefer the first kind & this one is of the second kin, as it warms up you do get some mocha ice cream sweetness but the bitter roast still heavily dominates your pallet. Very intense & a very slow sipper but not necessarily in the way that I prefer it but enjoyable & respectable all the same.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (1009) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
2014 Bottle from Pat, thanks my friend! Appearance is oily black with a nice layer of mocha head. Aroma is chalk full of cognac barrel, with hints of vanilla, marshmellows, and ash, fantastic smelling stuff. Taste is ash, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and marshmellow. Really great stuff, I was surprised that the taste didnt have as much barrel treatment as the aroma suggested, that being said I really like the balance here, lots of charcoal roast mixed in with subtle hints of oak and vanilla, really smooth finish, wow, well done Bellwoods.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
500 mL bottle. Best IS in Ontario. Powerful with lots of subtleties. If only it were easier to get . . .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6141) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2015
(500ml bottle 2014 vintage) thick and viscous, soapy tan head. Nose of cognac, rich chocolate, burnt marshmallow, graham cracker and heavy barrel. Rate is a little burnt, marshmallow, alcoholic, roasty malt, liquor, cognac, dark chocolate. Thick body and bitter linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (16630) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
Uh, mega intense, rich malt, sugars, barrel, all that. Stand a spoon in this. Alcohol, barrel, bad ass sweet sugary granddad of commandaria prune juice insanity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4216) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle at home. Black beer with a small brown head. Chocolate, vanilla, licorice, dark dried fruits and cognac aroma. Chocolate, vanilla, dried dark fruits and caramell flavour. A nice one :-)

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