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

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9550) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, - NOV 18, 2012
Deep black pour. A thick brown head. The aroma is quite rich and coffeeish. A touch of berry fruit along with some intense pepper and roast. A little bit of savoury sort of black licorice and light spice. More like carafa special than roasted character (dark but not ashy) with a fairly savoury component to it. Sticky and intense without being overly cloying or sweet. Very herbaceous flavour. Despite all of the things I like about it, it leaves me kind of wishing for some more sweetness and chocolate character. It leans toward the savoury/salty side of impys more than sweet and chocolatey. Personal preferences aside, it’s a very well-constructed brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.1
beerplace (2040) - 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.

3.9
LouisP (574) - 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.

3.9
Tranquillity (2508) - 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.

3.9
tom10101 (6265) - 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
AdamChandler (5181) - 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.

4.2
jksipa (1018) - 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
Stoned99 (1674) - 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.

3.9
yourilevesque (1865) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
Merci à Guillaume pour le partage! Vintage 2014. Le liquide est noir et la mousse qui le surmonte est bien foncée, annonciatrice d’une solide torréfaction. Ces expectations sont corroborées par mes narines qui reniflent immédiatement la Signature du style. Clairement au nez des notes fumées supportées par une réglisse noire, un pain brûlé et de la mélasse. Le grain a bien grillé c’est certain! À l’aveugle, j’aurais affirmé sans hésiter que ces arômes furent transportées de Norvège par avion. En bouche le liquide est somptueusement rond et moelleux! Le corps de ce breuvage impérial est de loin l’aspect de ce dernier qui m’a le plus séduit! Je croirais boire un verre de guimauve fondue, si ce n’étaient de ces riches saveurs de mélasse, de tabac à pipe, de vieux cuir et de chocolat. Le liquide a sans doute dû jouir d’un houblonnage massif en pre-boil car une amertume sèche est omniprésente (sans les arômes de houblons frais s’entend). De longueur moyenne mais d’amertume prolongée, cette bière est de loin ma préférée de cette brasserie jusqu’à date!

4.1
Listigovers (1312) - 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
TimE (6130) - 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.


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