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


on tap

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RATINGS: 97   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25723) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (23324) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
8th April 2014
Tasting at Bruces Pad. Thanks to Rocket Rudkin. Opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Palate is softish and airy. Soft and lightly tangy dark malt, touch of dry cream. Strong coffee but well rounded. Mild cognac underneath. Light dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (19824) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (19531) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Bottle shared in London - thanks to the Colinator. Pours deep black-brown with a frothy, beige head. The aroma holds a lot of charred wood, baking cocoa, some earth. Medium to big sweet flavor with lots of oily chocolate, some nice burnt oak, scorched earth. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with lots more dark, bittersweet chocolate, burnt wood, bitter earth. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (18834) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle, thanks to _angst_. Pirch black beer with a nice lasting brownish head. Roasted chocolate and cognac aroma, vanilla, caramel, nuts, earthy, licorice, fruity, prunes, some woody notes. Roasted cognac and chocolate flavor, vanilla, caramel, nuts, figs, earthy, woody, cream, warming alcohol. Woody vanilla, cream, chocolate and cognac finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17944) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2014
Bottle split at Bruces tasting lab, from an IP trade with a Canadian fella on BA, 08/04/14. Pitch black with a good sized dirty tan head that thins to a covering and edgework. Nose is dark roast, restrained alcohol, cognac evident, bitter orange, hoppy wafts, bitter chocolate. Taste comprises dark chocolate, spice, roast malt, well tuned cognac BA in force, bitter orange peel, hoppy waistcoat. Full bodied, fine carbonaton, lightly warming booze at the close. Solid BA impy - lovely stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 6, 2016
On tap @ RateBeer Best 2016. Black in color with some tan foam. Really strong roast, black licorice, and ash on the nose. I get a lot of brandy, too. Some sweetness of vanilla, chocolate, and molasses on the flavor, at least. Still a lot of roasted malt and coffee notes. Some barrel, chocolate syrup, and burnt sugar. Its not bad. Not my favorite of the day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (16105) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (15431) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (15426) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle thanks to Dany. Pours tar black with brown head. Nose and taste of cognac, roast chocolate, chocolate pudding, vanilla, oak, licorice root and brownie. Full bodied. Well balanced.

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