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3 Minutes To Midnight - Bellwoods Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

25 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.41%


Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A version of our Hellwoods Russian Imperial Stout that has been cognac barrel aged with tart cherries. The nose is smokey with subtle fruit, while the palette is complex with layers of chocolate, cherry, port and oak.

(Beer added by: liamt07 on 10-09-2013)
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yancot

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-11-2013 03:00:14 | More by yancot
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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.

Serving type: bottle

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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 14:22:52 | More by papat444
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Plenty of beers are black and opaque - even low-calorie, low-alcohol ones can fit that description. But when you see a beer with a dark, mocha-brown head you know you're in store for something truly rich and decadent. 3 Minutes to Midnight is evidently a big and unique beer.

The aroma is reminiscent of cognac-filled chocolates, not at all surprising given the beer was aged in cognac barrels; it has the tartness of rancid fruit, which makes sense considering it was fermented with tart cherries. I expected a lot of complexity but this is pretty straight-forward.

"Holy Crap you taste the cherries!" was my reaction after the first sip. Coffee and dark chocolate flavours notwithstanding, the beer showcases a ton of fruity tartness; you can tell it was aged in a barrel that contained rotting cherries. That taste features more heavily than the malt.

The barrel dries out the mouthfeel, making it feel splintery and depleting much of the aftertaste but also lending a striking vanilla sweetness. The cognac is plainly evident, providing notes of dried apples, fall-time spice, subtle butterscotch and loads of oak wood.

3 Minutes to Midnight, while the more interesting Hellwoods variation on paper, doesn't even hold a candle to the brilliant and extraordinary Bring Out Your Dead. Still, like everything in the Bellwoods portfolio it is a must-try and, for those of you with any storage space, a must-cellar.

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12-07-2013 07:52:36 | More by biegaman
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
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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jrenihan

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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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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11-05-2013 02:06:05 | More by jrenihan
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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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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wordemupg

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 20/10/13 a massive cheers to Liam for getting me a bottle

A black right out of the bottle, thin dark edge and a large dark foam slowly falls leaving a couple partial rings, looks good

S not much cognac but I get a little, some charred wood, lots of cherry, some plum, raisin, a little smoke and booze, there's plenty of dark chocolate, a little cinnamon apple pie filling of all things and a little dark licorice

T more cherry in the mouth, mellow barrel, some coffee, lots of burnt dark roast notes and I'm impressed by the cherry shinning through it all, not exactly what I was expecting after the nose and there's a noticeable difference but I'm digging the flavor in a big way

M not quite as thick as I would've guessed from the color but shes still pretty thick, mellow carbonation, silky with chocolate covered cherries on the finish with a hint of cognac and wood

O another top notch brew from Bellwoods, this ones a bad ass that has plenty going for it at every turn. the fruit works well, the dark roasts mingle well with the subtle cognac and wood, even as a young beer it drinks like its been aged

I'm glad I get to try this one and if the reviews get there it will be on the Canadian top 50 no problem, well made and I've been blown away by Bellwoods this week, thanks again Liam

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3 Minutes To Midnight from Bellwoods Brewery
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