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Lost River - Bellwoods Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aside from the impressive accolade of being awarded a gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2012, the Lost River Baltic Porter is still down to earth. I would even go as far as to say that it's like the comfort food of our beer selection. Chocolatey, roasty, and slightly sweet rather than bitter, this beer packs tons of flavour without being cloying or overpowering. Enjoy this well-balanced brew all year round. Don't let those patio police tell you what to do.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-27-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the brewery bottle sale.
7.5 abv

Pours black with a half finger of foamy tan head. Nose is quite bright; roasted malt, coffee and toasted oats. Great auromas. Taste is sweet. There's an abundance of roasted malt, coffee grinds, toasted oats, very robust. Mouthfeel is a bit thin though, slightly watery.
Overall, pretty impressive porter from Bellwoods! I will pick this up every chance I get. Superior Ontario porter by large. Nice work.

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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, into a tulip.

Deep violet/black with a ring of tan head. Light legs, without and lacing or retention on the pour. Lots of chocolate in the nose, light roast, subtle dark fruits/darker berries. Taste has a super creamy milk chocolate flavour, dark fruit, mild molasses. Roast and chocolate in the finish. Medium mouthfeel, and ligther than some within the style, but this only aids consumability. Supreme smoothness in terms of mouthfeel, low carbonation. A very solid example.

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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lost River is black as a stout and has a head almost as dark as a brown ale, all this despite being labeled a Baltic Porter. I know what they say about not judging books by their covers but there's no way a porter this opaque won't be more substantial than normal.

Both the aroma and taste combine chocolate-fudge brownies and black coffee. Despite these strong flavours, however, the porter is distinguished by a huge splash of bourbon vanilla - there's enough of it to bake a cake with. This is an incredibly rich rendition of the style.

Indeed, while chocolate ganache and espresso are delicious flavours, they are more reminiscent of Imperial Stout and aren't necessarily inherent to traditional Baltic Porters (certainly not in this quantity). This, I suppose, is why some have taken to calling beers like this "Imperial Porters". Whatever the inspiration, this 7% beer is rich enough to pass for a 9% stout.

It does, however, maintain traces of the port-like fruitiness (blackberry especially), dark caramel-like sweetness and black licorice notes that brewing judges would look for. Two other features that meet the criteria: the beer feels oily and sleek over the palate and its smoky roast falls just short of burnt. Makes for an entertaining mouthfeel.

Bellwoods Brewing brought brazen character to a fairly bridled Ontario craft beer scene. They weren't the first to revamp traditional styles with bold, modern interpretations but few (if any) were making beers good enough to make people in states like California, Michigan and Illinois jealous. Any Ontario trader in need of trade bait need look no further than Ossington Avenue.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bellwoods. Served in Bellwoods snifter.

A - Poured dark black with a small amount of cream coloured head. Light lacing.

S -Smoke, roasted malts, chocolate.

T - A big smoke profile up front that remains the predominant flavour throughout. Roasted malts, licorice, char and a touch of vanilla are present as well. The alcohol is slightly noticeable but not distracting.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - This is a really good beer and a proud addition to the Toronto craft beer scene.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a moderate tan head. Some lacing, moderate retention.

Smell is full of roasted malt. A bit creamy. Has a scent that I associate with lager yeast, very typical of Baltic porters. Coffee in the nose as well.

Taste is very good. Roasted malt, coffee, generally a big malty flavour Somewhat creamy.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, quite smooth.

Overall, quite a nice Baltic porter. Very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a buddy for picking this up at the brewery. Pours jet black with good carbonation. Tastes roasty with chocolate notes and some smoke coming through as well. A good mouthfeel overall and this drinks down very smooth with no hint of the 7% alc. This brewery has made some really good beers for Ontario standards.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black in colour, when it was brought to me there was about a finger of tan head and in about 10 seconds it was completely gone, no remains of head and no lace. Smell is roasted and malty with some smoked notes and dark fruit also had a bit of a yeastiness about it. Taste is chocolatey and roasted, bit of dark fruit/overripe red berry, liquorice, light sourness and a bit of a molasses as well. Nice light carbonation, good feel and quite chewy. Very solid stuff and when they start selling bottles of this on a regular basis I will be picking up quite a bit.

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Lost River from Bellwoods Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.