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


on tap

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RATINGS: 105   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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Countbeer (6599) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2015
Bottle: #1238/1699: Thanks Pushkinwow: Chouffe glass:
Deep dark almost pitch black body with a creamy brown head/lacing.
Aromas of chocolate, coffee, fudge, rum, wood, raisin in alcohol, marzipan, brown sugars, sweet tar, mocha, dessert like! Very nice!
Flavour is deep and dark: roast, coffee, cognac, chocolate, mocha, malt roast, light liquor tone, bitters, some wood, raisin/prunes, light earthy and a leather tint, some brown sugars and a rum tint. Very nice!
Aftertaste is roast with bitters, some brown fruit and sugars and cognac, rum and some chocolate.
Low carbo, silky oily mouthfeel, full bodied.
Wow, really good! Thick, rich and full! Quality sipper!

popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 8, 2015
The beer is black with a small tan head. Brown at the edges. The aroma has a big brown sugar note with a little bit of raisiny sweetness. Sugar cookie, molasses, mild roast. Pretty big vinous, cognac barrel note. Fairly sweet. Lots of barrel flavor. A little bit of acidity.

kraddel (9176) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2015
B2, thnx to dennis. Pours black, good , bit dark head. Smell is intense,coffee ,roast, chocolate,bitter, bit boozy.
Taste is rich,dark malts , chocolate , bit booze , some oak. Very graibt. Lovely ! Good mouthfeel

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2015
[email protected] Lambic, Brussels. Black colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is liquorice, some fruits, mild chocolate, alcohol and some slight wooden notes as well. Flavour is very similar, with the liquorice, alcohol and sweetish wooden notes making a good and tasty base for it.

ineedbeer (2267) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 28, 2015
2014 vintage courtesy of Snuffy. Aroma is really barrel forward and somewhat boozy. Quite a bit of cognac with light oak. Moderate chocolate notes with some light roast. Pours black with a fairly thick, somewhat small, dark mocha head that recedes to a thin film in the middle and along the edges. No lacing and moderate legs. Flavor is somewhat roasty with some light caramel notes. Moderate dark chocolate. Light oak with moderate alcohol notes. Some moderately strong, but nice cognac character. A bit boozy. Some medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Medium low astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall, a big, boozy stout with a lot of cognac character. Decent malt notes, but the barrel character overwhelms.

knickskicks (1168) - - 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.

fiulijn (21461) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2015
Tasting at Matt’s, 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.

crazy_cat_lady (724) - - 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.

mcberko (19178) - 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, it’s all cognac with nothing else. Not overly complex. Finishes with a big alcohol, liqueur burn. Good stuff for what it is, but it’s not elegant in any way.

77ships (11304) - 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.

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