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No Rest For The Wicked - Bellwoods Brewery

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 27
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: n/a
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 04-29-2014

No Rest For The Wicked is a distant cousin of No Sleep Till Brooklyn, a collaboration beer we did with Jeppe of Evil Twin/Tørst almost a year and a half ago. Because we love the interplay of tart and roasty so much, we decided to brew a similar style, this time with a revamped malt body and more bugs! Yes, that’s right, this stout is a veritable mecca for the sorts of yummy bacteria that make you pucker. With strong notes of cocoa, delicious undertones of sour cherry, complex brett-derived aromatics, and a 6 month power nap, this beer is one of those perfect sippers we wish we could keep all to ourselves.

Made in small batches, expect only limited amounts to grace our taps.
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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 27
Reviews by Digimaika2:
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4.06/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Near black with a reddish hue and a fingers worth of bubbly mocha coloured head that recedes quickly. Noticeable lacing that clings well.

(4.25) S: Very funky with lemons, barnyard traits, and bubblegum all noticeable. There’s also nice roasted malt aromas of dark chocolate and caramel. Dark fruits (raisins mostly) and oak present. Leans to the funky side with roasted malt secondary.

(4.0) T: White grapefruit, oak, caramel, dark chocolate, cola, and darker fruits linger in the finish. Plums, dates, and some nuts are detectable in that dark fruit finish. Slightly boozy but the alcohol is well hidden considering the ABV.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly resiny texture that almost feels like grapefruit pith.

(4.0) D: This was real good – Nice and funky but with enough stout and oak qualities shining through. Made the mistake of drinking this too cold at first and it was a lemon-fest but with warmth came the other qualities. (979 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Justin. Thanks! Served in a snifter. March 5th, 2015 bottling aged 17 months.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar and partial cap, leaving behind minimal lace. Dark brown body with a glint of lighter brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Lactic acid and oak, vinous, roast, tart cherries. Exactly as promised; a sour stout. Sharp and acidic, with minimal alcohol. Seems more sour than No Sleep Til Brooklyn.

T - The taste has more sweetness, with dark chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors. Oak and lactic finish. More balance here. Maybe a touch of vinous port in the finish.

M - Tart, tannic, and oaky. Lingering acidity. A bit thin for 8.7%. Pleasant carbonation

D - I like this a little more than No Sleep Til Brooklyn. Still not my favorite style, but well-crafted and balanced in flavor. Don't think it needs more time to be honest. (857 characters)

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4/5  rDev n/a

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light cacao notes with dominant sour notes. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt with some sour and tart notes that are quite dominant and some light cacao notes also perceptible. Body is light with medium carbonation. Not a big fan of soured stout and this one is no exception as the sourness is really dominant. (454 characters)

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4/5  rDev n/a

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

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4.25/5  rDev n/a

Photo of Whatup14
3.85/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
4.1/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer is black with a small tan head. Head fade steadily, leaves some lace.

Aroma is very nice. Dark fruits, chocolate and some roasted malt. The fruit aroma is reminiscent of red grape.

Taste is also very good. Roasted malt, dark fruits (red grape), chocolate, a slight leathery flavour, oak and a mild tartness. The sour is light - it is a stout first, with the sour adding an additional component rather than pushing it into a new style. A bit juicy with a dry finish.

Full bodied moderately carbonated. Dry finish. Goes down very easily.

Overall, really nice. I hope to see it in bottles. (596 characters)

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4/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerboat
4.69/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 21/6/14, thanks liamt07 for sending the bottle

A black liquid with a cola edge the goes half way to the other side of the glass under a massive noisy foam that quickly falls to a finger of mocha foam that leaves a few patches of lace

S anise, licorice root, cola, chocolate, cold coffee, and a heap of wet wood and bretty funk, some cherry, plum, and a hint of apple, interesting mix no doubt

T its a sour stout no questions asked, reminds me of infected stouts I've had over the years that somehow worked, the fact that that's intentional almost seems odd. Lots of sour fruit and dark roasty notes combine to form a thinker, the nose takes it but interesting and complex flavors in the mouth nonetheless

M thin for the color, foams up a little, slippery on the palate, tart but not overly so, zero heat, strange mix of licorice root, funk, and sour fruit on the finish

O a little confusing at times but that keeps the brain working, no booze, not a whole lot of barrel, strange mix of sour and dark roast, one of those beers I wish I had a second bottle of to drink in 5 years

went down in no time for 9.5%, something different but familiar at the same time, lots going on and worth looking for (1,236 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No Rest for the Wicked came out of the barrel 6 months later looking actually quite rested. Its bubbles are energetic, constructing a solid buttress of foam that supports sandbanks of sudsy lacing. It has a steadfast black colour that provides neither a glimpse of transparency nor even a flicker of highlighting, regardless of the angle it's held into the light.

This beer is said to arise from a love for "the interplay of tart and roasty" - two qualities that are proudly displayed in the aroma. This bouquet is part over-ripe fruits (cherries especially) and part coffee beans (heavy roast specifically). The Brett combines with the dark malt to impart a distinct leathery quality. Aromas like this either chase people away or draw them right in.

The brewery refers to this as a cousin of Donkey Venom and, indeed, the two share many similarities: flavours of sour cherries, coffee, black licorice, and an overarching bacterial tartness that makes one pucker as if sucking on a lemon (the acidity of which is not far off). In fact, I'm guessing I'd have a tough time telling the two apart in a blind tasting.

Not to be disappointed, however, there was lots to love about Donkey Venom and most of those qualities are only intensified with NRFTW. The actual wood from the barrel is appreciable in the mouth, drying it right out, and one can almost feel the little critters crawling across the palate as if some scene from a Tim Burton film. This is definitely a stout for the funk-of-heart.

No Rest for the Wicked has the acidity, alcohol, carbonation, body, and flavour to withstand a little time in the cellar; as respectable as I've rated it fresh I can only see this beer getting better over the next 6-24 months. Those lucky enough to nab a bottle when they were around can rest safely knowing this one was worth the wicked steep cost. (1,850 characters)

Photo of Beervana
4.06/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev n/a

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

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3.25/5  rDev n/a

Photo of TDotScott
2.97/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass.

L- Very dark brown with a light brown head that immediately quits.

S- Big acetobacter up front. Vinigry as hell, which is a pretty rare occurrence with American Wild ales. Chocolate, with a touch of Brett and vanilla.

T- This is where everything goes south. Between the astringent nature of the roasted malt, and the sour bacteria, and, especially, the dry finish off the Brett, the acidity and dryness of this stout is out of control. The roast character does not play well with the bugs.

F- lively and dry, dry, dry. The heat isn't adding anything, either.

O- a rare miss for Bellwoods. One can only hope this one improves with age, but given the presence of Acetobacter, I doubt it. it might improve over a couple of years before nail polish remover aromas pop up. (817 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev n/a

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4.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet black, ring of mocha head with some light lace. Smell is quite lactic and acidic, roast especially as it warms, coffee and chocolate, lots of over ripe fruit, sour cherry, funky barnyard notes, brett and oak as well. Taste is puckering up front, sour, big tart cherry and lemon flavours, brett and oak, roast secondary, some chocolate and coffee, dry oaky finish. Medium-high carbonation, full body with a dying acidic feel. Really nice mix of sour and roast, this is basically No Sleep Til Brooklyn which I have no complaints about I hope they put this out at least on a semi-regular basis. (595 characters)

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No Rest For The Wicked from Bellwoods Brewery
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