xist_ (38) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2018
Pours a beautiful jet black, with a small and coffee coloured head. Lots of coffee, molasses, chocolate, dark fruits and caramel. Tastes of coffee and chocolate with balanced dark fruits, namely cherry, and a touch of molasses. There's a small bitterness and overall sweetness in the beer and everything is extremely balanced, which a lot of stouts struggle with. Really smooth palate, one of the nicest going down beers I've ever had. The flavours are incredible here, truly magnificent beer. Definitely going to buy it again. GlennHendry (558) - OSHAWA, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2018
Rich black pour. Licorice is strong in the aroma, with molasses, cherry and bits of roast coffee. Then there's more coffee, a taste of bitter chocolate and dark, possibly demonic, fruit. Hellishly good. Frothmeister (853) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2018
500ml bottle. 2016 vintage. Pours black with a thin mocha coloured cap and some serious lacing. Aromas of molasses, dried cherry, huge notes of Panda licorice, light spearmint, very light vanilla, and dark dried fruits. Full bodied and sweet with molasses, again, BIG notes of Scandinavian style licorice, espresso, and a light earthiness that heads into huge roasty malt notes, and more molasses with an underlying bitterness to balance, some light dried fruits, and lots of roasted malt notes in the very long finish. This is a VERY well done Russian Imperial, in fact, maybe one of the best I've had out of Ontario. I need to head to Toronto to re-stock the cellar. beerplace (2436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2017
500ml bottle (thx, Peter K.!). Pours a very dark brown with the same color head. Aroma is fruity, some burnt sugar, roasted malt, slight chocolate. Taste is moderate to high sweet, fruity, roasted malt and sugar. This one looks like a base for Skeleton Key and BOYD, but IMO it is better than the Skeleton Key. Good stuff. LouisP (630) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2017
La version 2017 de cette Hellwoods nous surprend par un fort goût de sirop d’érable, qui est bien calibré, somme toute, dans ce RIS qui nous marque également par un malt chocolaté qui donne beaucoup de corps au liquide. Le café est également présent, peut-être un peu en arrière pensée face au reste. Au final un stout très solide.
Tranquillity (2641) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2017
Bottled. Completely black, dark head, the aroma is plums, chocolate, vanilla. The taste is very fulfilling, cherry and oak with a lovely cigar finish. tom10101 (6342) - 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. AdamChandler (5252) - 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, baker’s 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. jksipa (1057) - 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+ Stoned99 (1728) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, 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 don’t care, this is good and what I needed today.