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

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (8391) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (1008) - 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 didn’t 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.

4.1
   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 . . .

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6093) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (15820) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, 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 :-)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomthompson89 (1981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
2014 version.This beer is amazing!. Smell the cognac right off the bat. Nice choc malts. Mouthfeel is smooth! So smooth! Flavour is nice dark malts followed by some dried fruit, cognac and chocolate. Fantastic job! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (3222) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Pours inky black with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts and sweetness from the barrel treatment. Taste is so delicate for a stout. The cognac is great, subtle but adds to the great balance. So nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1625) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
dark black pour, tan head. big syrupy mouthfeel, oily shimmery look. Huge roast, chocolate, cognac all competing to dominate, they work well with each other. very full flavored, complex.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (5267) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
(Bouteille 1587, 7 avril 2013). Une grosse noire avec sa bonne mousse qui fond tranquillement. Mes narines sont vitement bombardées par la réglisse, le cognac en fleurs et en fruits, le chocolat et la mélasse. Une petite fumée de torréfaction se révèle après quelques plongées. Le goût n’est certainement différent. Les saveurs de réglisse salée, de chocolat, de fudge en friandise et de mélasse sont enrobées par une eau-de-vie grasse et bien fruitée. En bouche, le corps est fort et le pétillement modéré à bas. La texture est légèrement collante. La finale est bien chocolatée avec un café amérisant et un cognac adoucisseur. Succulente.


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