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

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Russian Imperial Stout is a very strong variant of the stout originally developed by English brewers in the 18th century to export to the court of Catherine the Great in Russia. This extremely dark and complex beer has intense aromas and flavours of malt, burnt chocolate, dark fruit, fresh earth and vanilla. A portion will be aged and released next year.

Yeast: American Ale
Hop: Warrior
Malt: Pilsner, Wheat, Hops, Crystal, Smoked, Chocolate, Black, R Barley, Molasses

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5686) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle (500 ml). Pitch black with a medium brown head, good retention, leaving some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, ashes, fudge, vanilla, coffee and hints of liquorice. Taste is semi-sweet with fudge, roasted malt, coffee, smokey notes, vanilla, liquorice and red fruits. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Semi-sweet fudgey finish. Good RIS. Maybe a tad smokey but otherwise pretty interesting and not overdone.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (4757) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Oily black, completely black with a 3 finger tan head. fades to a thin 1 finger crema-like head. Licorice, bakers chocolate, fudge hints and old dark roasted coffee beans. Holy bitter / smokey. this one is intense. You get ashy tobacco tootsie roll, cocoa, shoe polish and the finish is a piney barley flavor. Very intense.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jksipa (827) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle from the brewery. Opaque dark brown with a two finger lingering dark khaki head. Nose is chocolate, molasses, coffee, plum, candied fruit and light vanilla. Light sweet malt supports a medium bitter chocolate and coffee. Mouth is full and creamy with soft carbonation and a lingering finish where the alcohol just manages to make itself known. Excellent. 9-/5-/8/4+/16+

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoned99 (1413) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
500ml bottle from the brewery bought by brother, thanks Guillaume. Aroma: good mix of chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla. Also some dark red fruits as it warms up. App: really dark brown, medium brown frothy head and beautiful lacing covering almost all the glass. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, smooth, medium sweetness, even more chocolate in mouth, moderate bitter finish. Overall: pretty good. Could be a bit less bitter but overall this is a success to me. I needed something like this after my bad day yesterday. Rating might be biased because of this but I dont care, this is good and what I needed today.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1604) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
Merci Guillaume pour le partage! Vintage 2014. Le liquide est noir et la mousse qui le surmonte est bien fonce, annonciatrice dune solide torrfaction. Ces expectations sont corrobores par mes narines qui reniflent immdiatement la Signature du style. Clairement au nez des notes fumes supportes par une rglisse noire, un pain brl et de la mlasse. Le grain a bien grill cest certain! laveugle, jaurais affirm sans hsiter que ces armes furent transportes de Norvge par avion. En bouche le liquide est somptueusement rond et moelleux! Le corps de ce breuvage imprial est de loin laspect de ce dernier qui ma le plus sduit! Je croirais boire un verre de guimauve fondue, si ce ntaient de ces riches saveurs de mlasse, de tabac pipe, de vieux cuir et de chocolat. Le liquide a sans doute d jouir dun houblonnage massif en pre-boil car une amertume sche est omniprsente (sans les armes de houblons frais sentend). De longueur moyenne mais damertume prolonge, cette bire est de loin ma prfre de cette brasserie jusqu date!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Listigovers (1022) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle. Black pour, big brown head. Thick, full bodied, burnt flavours, slightly smoky, bitter, strong but very smooth. No alcohol, slight mineral flavour. Killer stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (5372) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2016
2013 version drank early 2016. Pours out like engine oil. Pitch black dark, tons of dark fruit, roasted malt, molasses and cacao in the nose. Tons of dark fruit, molasses, roasted malts, medium dry body, alcohol is well hidden. Low carbonation. Nice lingering malt and cacao finish. Excellent example of an imperial stout. Another winner from Bellwoods.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (22458) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle. Jet black color, dark brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Nice aroma of licorice and burnt espresso. Taste Has dark bittersweet chocolate, dark coffee, burnt brownies. One of the easiest drinking 10% stouts Ive had.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
750ml bottle from the brewery in Toronto, Ontario at one of the first bottle sale days. Deep black in colour with a thin but long lasting tan head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of chocolate, lots of roasted malts, light coffee. The flavour is heavy on the chocolate, lots of roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits. Warming bitter mouthfeel, large body, moderate carbonation. Finishes very long, roasty and warming. A very big Imperial Stout. This is so good. Incredible balance, high drinkability. Very well done.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (6286) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle: Thanks Pushkinwow: Chouffe glass: Black beer with a brown head. Great aroma of smoke, roast, tobacco, coffee, malt roast, hint of caramel, oat and light earthy. Flavour of roast, sweet tar, bitter, smoke, herbs, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, some spice roast, toffee and a liquorice/bay leaf tint. Aftertaste is bitter, dark chocolate, coffee, roast, sweet tar, caramel... Low carbo, thick oily mouthfeel, close to full body. Supreme mouthfeel! Super aroma! Tasty beer! Good!


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