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Lost River - Bellwoods Brewery

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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: 4.25 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the brewpub. The liquid in the goblet is pure black with the slightest edges of amber. The tan head recedes pretty quickly but musters up a lot of lace. Chocolate, berries, roasted malt and leather show in the nose. The taste dominated by malts with lots of fresh cacao, dark roast coffee beans, fruit compote and marmalade showing. Herbal hops provide a bit of bitterness and aroma but otherwise don't distract from the malt onslaught. The mouthfeel is full bodied and veering on slick with a rather light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden throughout.

I'd recommend this beer to any porter/stout fan or malty beer lover. Very complex and heady.

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Totally opaque dark brown almost black pour with a half finger, light beige head. Lacing is decent.

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Medium body, decent carbonation.

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