Bounty Hunter - Bellwoods Brewery

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 5.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-08-2014

AKA “The Cocopo”: This strong porter received a healthy dose of raw coconut and vanilla during fermentation. The result is a maelstrom of bitter chocolate, dark malt flavours, with a subtle coconut/vanilla underbelly. We can hear you muttering “you had me at maelstrom…” already.
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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly jet black, ring of tan head, no lace. Smell is well roasted, lots of chocolate, vanilla and coconut as well but more present at warmer temps, a little bit of coffee, nose is fairly simple in execution but really quite nice. Taste starts off with a big roasted malt flavour, chocolate and vanilla, generous bitterness in a hoppy meets coffee kind of way, flaked coconut is understated which I apreciate, bittersweet chocolate aftertaste with some vanilla. A solid porter with some nice aditions, I likt that this is distinctly porter and doesn't fall into the "basicaly imperial stout" category of imperial porter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Sample at Bellwoods

A- 4- Very dark brown. Super nice precursor to a stout. Dark and brown LOL

S- 3.75- Lots of caramel and malt.

T- 4- Very good. Chocolate and coco. Very nice. Surprisingly light for the alcohol percentage.

M- 3.75- Surprisingly light for the alcohol in it. Rather thin

O- 3.83- This is what the score should be. Kind of thin believe it or not. Didn't even want a sampler for home from the shop it was so thin

Food Pairing

Sorry but no food on this trip


Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of intense chocolate notes with light dry coffee notes is really nice. Taste of chocolate malt with some intense dry coffee and roasted malt notes veering in the astringency territory is quite intense. Body is full with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. Very enjoyable beer thought maybe a bit too much astringency for my tastebuds.

Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Very smooth porter with chocolate notes, vanilla is present without adding too much sweetness and ends in a prolonged coffee bitterness that is quite sustained. Nice one!

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for supplying this brew.

A: Pours a dense opaque black brown with 2 fingers of a toasted coconut coloured head. Very inviting.

S: Dry cocoa powder, molasses, ovaltine and toasted bread with a roundness from the vanilla. Background sweetness of dark honey. Hints of black cherries. I am not picking up any coconut in the scent.

T: Bitter cocoa powder and acrid black coffee followed by mild sweet honey malts, vanilla. Hints of a dustiness towards the finish.

M: Light to medium bodies with very low carbonation. A bit thin. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Another well done Bellwoods brew. While I don't pick up the coconut in the scent or flavour, this porter is incredibly smooth with cocoa and vanilla highlights. Worth picking up, just don't expect coconut.

Photo of SebD
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee and vanilla.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some roasted malts, chocolate, bitter coffee, vanilla, coconut and some earthiness.

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

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

Photo of byronic
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks to Coronaeus for the trade!

Pours dark brown almost black, tiny little lacing of head remains. Lots of malt and a hint of vanilla in the nose. Rich chocolate and coffee followed with vanilla and a hint of coconut which makes it presence further known in the finish.

Very nice for a Porter, borderline on a stout. Loved the coffee and cocoa. Definitely up for having it again!

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bellwoods.

The beer is black with a small tan head that fades steadily. Decent lacing.

Nose contains chocoalte and vanilla, a bit of malt.

The taste is lovely. Roast malt, vanilla and chocolate are all upfront. The coconut is not obvious to me, though I suppose it is there when you look for it. I wouldn't have noticed it if not looking for it. The vanilla is at just the right level, addding a very nice flavour without being overpowering. Alcohol is notable but fairly well hidden considering the high ABV.

Full bodied and moderately carbonated, this beer is super smooth and velvety. Really nice to drink. A touch of heat at the end.

Overall, excellent stuff. A first rate dessert beer.

Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 3/6/14 thanks liamt07 for sending the bottle

A black liquid, deep cola edge, big mocha foam falls rather quickly ending up as a thin film that leaves just a couple random patches

S lots of chocolate syrup, vanilla, coffee, cinnamon, a little licorice, I don't get much of the coconut, sugar coated raisins, faint char, smells pretty good

T lots of chocolate, fudge, syrup, and dark bakers chocolate, some booze comes out, I getting some coconut but not a whole lot, a bit of chocolate bomb but that suits me fine

M fairly full, enough carbonation to give it some life, sticky on the lips yet oily on the palate, a little heat and plenty of dark roast on the finish

O could've gone above 4 once or twice elsewhere so a little jacked up overall, could use a little time to mellow out but I could easily crack another today

yet another winner from Bellwoods, I'd like to see this aged in a bourbon barrel I could see that blowing my mind

Photo of Jeffo
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Peensteen this past summer. Cheers man!

From a 500ml into a snifter
Porter with coconut and vanilla

APPEARANCE: A syrupy black pour, a touch clear, yields a two finger, medium looking, creamier, dark tan head with very good retention. Not quite opaque but pretty close. Black body with almost no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full creamy cap and coats the sides of the glass. A ring and slight wisp remain leaving decent lacing as the glass empties.

SMELL: Some black malts, milk chocolate, vanilla and sweet cream. Some dark fruit and caramel under the milk chocolate and cream notes. Smells great, but could be a touch bolder.

TASTE: Burnt malts, milk chocolate and caramel sweetness up front. Big flavors at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of milk chocolate, sweet cream, vanilla, burnt malts, leather and chocolate bitterness. Burnt, chocolaty, with nice vanilla cream flavors. Coconut isn’t really there, but it’s plenty interesting and flavorful.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. A bit of a scratch at the swallow and some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is really, really nice. The coconut came out more as it sat, but it’s still rather faint. Otherwise, the aroma and flavor is excellent and there’s plenty of character worth pondering. Very glad I had the chance to check this out. These guys always seem to impress with their black stuff. Thanks again peensteen!

Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bounty Hunter has a black, coffee-like complexion and prominent head that's the colour, size, and stickiness of a toasted marshmallow (that foam has the adherent qualities of super glue). Just in looks alone this makes the case that porters can be bigger and stronger than stouts.

Malt is provided on a scale of extravagant profusion; there's plenty of roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes to go around. But that much is expected from a brewer of this quality. More impressive to me is the amount of coconut flavour - and this coming from someone who doesn't especially care for the stuff. It's obvious and smells delicious!

It's pretty spectacular that Bounty Hunter maintain its dark, roasty "stout-ness" while also offering such a generous amount of tropically coconut. It's has a richness suited to a cold winter's night but a refreshing flavour geared to a hot summer's day. It's also got the strength to knock you on your ass (10.3%) but the drinkability to crave one after another.

Given a hundred years I couldn't manage to weave vanilla and coconut so seamlessly with flavours of gooey, dark chocolate fudge and espresso. It finds a comfortable balance between sweet, smoky, bitter, roasty, and earthy elements with various Cara malts as well as Munich and Vienna providing nutty, toasty undertones that add richness without making things too heavy.

Bounty Hunter is another masterpiece in the Bellwoods portfolio. Just when I think I can't say enough good things about this brewery, they come out with even more, even better offerings. I've tried much of what North American brewers have to offer and, without doubt, Bellwoods and offerings like Bounty Hunter rank among the best out there. I really can't recommend this enough.

Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, aged a further 8~ months I believe. Dark black viscous appearance, with a thick medium brown head/lacing, very dark and tight film.

S - creamy dark malts, milk chocolate, creamy coconut, vanilla is also apparent, amaretto perhaps. An almond, coconut character drifts up, but the notes are quite subtle, nicely blended with some of the earth malty porter notes, licorice, mild coffee, and mild chocolate. Quite nice.

T - notes of coconut immediately pop out, blended with the chocolate it is delightful, vanilla seed, warming nutty notes, full coconut character. Medium coffee, very creamy with vanilla, roastiness is only very mild. This is really a creamy succulent porter, and it does have a bit of sweetness but the main decadence comes from the smooth combination of chocolate, coconut and vanilla. Alcohol as well is very mild, this is a soothing sipper, warming but also well accentuated and balanced with the flavour profile. Decadent, but quite interesting.

M - big body, very light carbonation, a smooth big porter, no astringency to the body either from the hops or the roast malts, minimal in any case, it is a creamy decadent sipper, and a very nice dessert beer.

Overall this was quite impressive and grows on you as the coconut and vanilla character opens up. Tropical and decadent, it is a dessert in the glass with a great interplay of flavours and enough restraint to avoid being cloying, it keeps it fresh and exciting at each turn. Deliciously drinkable, I think fresh it might have even been more vibrant, and I will make an effort to try it. Overall another solid effort from bellwoods. Well deserved.

Photo of Luisc94
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Pured from a bottle into a tulip, nice 2 finger dark brown head. Dark brown almost black colour.

The smell instantly sweet chocolate smell, with some vanilla. The coconut was almost not noticeable.

It tasted just as it smelled, vanilla chocolate, Tones with main tosted malts and a medium body. Coconut was un existing pretty much. Couldn't notice the flavor. You can feel a slight
booziness from the 10+alcohol %, not bad experience tho.

overall a great porter, one of my favorites so far, disappointed with the lack of coconut, but still worth picking up.

Bounty Hunter from Bellwoods Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.