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3 Minutes To Midnight | Bellwoods Brewery

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Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Based on our award-winning recipe that debuted at Cask Days 2012, this smooth elixir is your partner in crime. In second-use cognac barrels (previously housing Bring Out Your Dead), this rich and complex imperial stout gains a complexity that can only come with age, aided by the addition of cherries, raspberries, and cocoa nibs. Deep roasted flavours hint at all the black coffee and dark chocolate you could ever want, and the cherries create a complimentary tartness that marries the fruit and malt perfectly.

Added by liamt07 on 10-09-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 63
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to SevenDuffs for this brew.
A: deep espresso brown with a Espresso creme head and lacing along the glass, thick looking and deeply dark brown, promises deep flavours.
S: Sweet dark fruits lead the way followed by charred woods, dry coffee & malted chocolate milk. A high sharp note of the cherries that remind me of summer.
T: plenty of sweet fruits to start off that develop into deeply charred wood and dark chocolate, espresso and finishing with an unapologetic alcohol presences. Slight dry Coco bitters on the finish.
M: Thick and viscous, one of the few beers that feel like it hugs your tongue as you drink. Hit with the alcohol on the back end, a vapour of boozy warmth swirls up.
O: I'm in love, cherries, chocolate and cognac, like beer's sexy older cousin.

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. I generally hate fruit in my imperial stouts but this works quite well. Reminds me a lot of blending a Cantillon Kriek and a De Molen 666 we did once. It's really really nice, I can imagine with a bit of time this is going to turn into something truly amazing. If it was a bit more chocolate cake or fudge that would do it for me.

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Photo of Tmappin
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Creetoper
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DaveBar
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewery for $12.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a tulip

A- Opens with a mighty POP and pours a huge 2" high brown head that lasts forever! Could not get a film out for the entire 3 pour bottle. Super dark black colour and just wonderful

S- Has this funny medicinal scent. Other than that pretty nice but not great

T- Cherry good. Has a bitter bite that is perfect for this stout. Don't know what barrel this is aged in but it sure is not a bourbon one! There is a sourness from the cherries that shines through after a bit. Nice brew but not great

M- Tart and bitter to say the least

O- This is a nice overall blend but the bitterness detracts. Should be ok with some time.

Food Pairing

This fruity stout went very well with....... Cherry pie! She's my cherry pie, cool drink a water such a sweet surprise, cool drink of water make a grown man cry!

Enjoy the Warrant cut LOL

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Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Sammy!

Appearance. Pours black with a thin, dark tan head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Dark chocolate and plums and a little bit of cherry.

Taste. Wow, lots of cherry with light tartness and a bunch of bitter dark chocolate. There's a little almond as well and some dark roasty malts.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. The cherry is pretty awesome in this and goes well with the decadent rich dark chocolate flavours. Diggin' it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of black bitter chocolate notes with some light cherry flavors and some cognac and warming alcohol notes are also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by bitter black chocolate notes with some tart cherry notes that are quiet subtle and some warming alcohol Cognac notes. Body is quite full with low carbonation and some apparent alcohol. Good but I get the feeling there is something that doesn’t really fits in this mix.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in to Bellwoods tulip.

A - Poured a dark inky black with one finger of mocha coloured head that quickly reduced to a thin layer.

S - Very sweet up front with a lot of cognac notes coming to the forefront. Lighter charred oak, tart cherry, chocolate and roast aromas in the background.

T - Bitter roast, sweet cognac, cocoa, tart cherries, charred oak and molasses. There's a lot going on here but a great balance of the 3 components of the beer (base stout, cherry and cognac barrel). The tartness from the cherries lingers considerably in the finish.

M - Full body. Sludgy and viscous. Light carbonation. Somewhat dry from the tart cherries.

O - Another excellent barrel aged beer from Bellwoods. I hope they keep them coming.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle received in a trade.

This one pours a nice, dark and menacing black, with a really long-lasting brown head (seriously, it was there practically to the end of the glass- nice), and a little bit of lacing.

The aroma on this is basically heavenly, deep fudgy chocolate, a bit of sweet coffee, roasted malt, tangy dark cherries, a hint of vanilla, and just the slightest waft of cognac.

As the barrels were second use, this is not the most barrel-heavy stout that you'll find. And that's fine- it allows the cherries and the outstanding base beer to shine. It's got a wonderful thick fudgy chocolate flavor, which melds incredibly well with the sweet and slightly tangy cherries. It's still a bit bitter and roasty, which is certainly welcome with the sweet cherries. There's some vanilla from the barrels- possibly, but I don't pick up any oak. There are nice dark coffee notes, too, along with just a hint of cognac on the finish. This is a '15 bottle, and I don't pick up any booziness on it, which is cool.

This has a really creamy, and pretty rich mouthfeel, with a lower but still present level of carbonation. It's just there enough to prop the beer up, and provide that super long lasting head.

What a wonderful beer- I need more stuff from Bellwoods, stat.

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Photo of papat444
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jrenihan for getting this for me and allowing me to complete the Top 50 of Canada (for now).

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, no #freshbeer info but i'm not worried :)

Pours a thick dark brown, can swear i see cherry red tinges! Head is thick and foamy and quite dark. Smell of tart cherries is strong, as is the cognac mixed with chocolate. Flavor is strong as well, cherries are a bit more sweetish. Cognac kind of overshadows the base but it's still damn tasty. Slick and viscous with a nice alcohol burn. Hope this is more than a one-off.

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Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of SebD
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruit (cherries and raisins) and some cognac.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a ton of roasted malts, dark chocolate, faint coffee, tart cherries, light raisins and plums and some cognac.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of AndyEdgar
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

maybe a bad bottle. tasted very oxidized and fake cherry-ey

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Photo of byronic
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Seems rather thin after the Hellwoods.

Fruit is subtle in the aroma and flavour, but works reasonably well with the roasted malt... though a bit more chocolate would step it up a notch. Definitely some alcohol warmth here, with a drying finish.

Thanks BakaGaijin!

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Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hellwoods with cherries aged in barrels used for Bring Out Your Dead (cognac barrels).

Beer is jet black with a moderately-sized tan head. Good retention, nice lacing.

Nose consists of cherry, cognac, chocolate and roasted malt. A bit of oak. The scents are all well blended together, nothing too strong. In particular, the cognac is noticeable and nice without being overpowering.

The taste is just like the nose: a well blended mix of tart cherry, cognac, roasted malt, chocolate and oak. The cherry and cognac is a bit stronger than the base Hellwoods, but not overwhelmingly so. The cognac and cherry mix very well together. The cherry tastes very nice.

Full bodied, moderate to low carbonation level. Very smooth and rich.

Overall, great stuff. The flavours are extremely well blended together, each playing a notable role but without stealing the show.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of andrenaline
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Props to peensteen for this brew. Pours pitch black with a thumb of dark mocha head, solid retention and nice sheeting lacing. Nose is loaded with dark cocoa, hints of molasses and leather, and tart cherry notes on the finish. Much like the nose, flavours are dominated by rich chocolate and molasses, with hints of cherries lingering on the finish. ABV is unnoticeable, mouthfeel is rich and thick. An insanely well crafted RIS with the cherry twist complementing the flavours incredibly well.

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