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Lost River - Bellwoods Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 7.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

valianes, Jul 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

lgmol, May 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

KrizzlyBear, May 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

KeKeKumba, Apr 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

hunterjames, Apr 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

evil_liver, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

deonreds, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

biegaman, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

wtkphoto, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

yancot, Jun 06, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Jun 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

beerhunter13, May 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

timiskin, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

NightINgale, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up by my brother nwfodder at the brewery. (I heard it was quite the trek)
650mL bottle into Bellwoods tulip.

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

Sweet dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee, and a touch of peanuts or cashews... Coffee cake with some vanilla and brown sugar. Touch of molasses.

Dark chocolate with medium roast coffee, bitter finish with some vanilla and raw sugar sweetness. Touch of sour dough bread and some dark stone fruits.

Medium body, decent carbonation.

korguy123, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

HATS4BATS, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

DaPan, Feb 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mmapes, Nov 11, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with light roasted malt is quite nice. Taste is a great mix between some lightly dry roasted malt with loads of black chocolate notes which are not overly bitter with some light lactose also discernable at the end. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great beer with good amount of black chocolate and no too much astringency.

Phyl21ca, Oct 11, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle (ABV 7.7%) and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a really opaque body, thick but barely gives a millimeter or two of foam before disappearing with barely a trace.

Smell: Wood, some smoke, roasted, a coal-like aroma with some coffee.

Taste: Roasted flavors mix with a bit of coal, cold coffee, chocolate and some smoky wood. A bit chalky though.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is annoying and too high at first though it calms after awhile. Robust with some bittering and a nice lasting impression.

Overall: Uneven, especially in the feel of the body. Good but not great for me.

papat444, Sep 27, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 16/9/12 thanks for sending the bottle liamt07

A not quite black with deep cola edges, two fingers of mocha foam falls fairly quickly and leaves just a little piece of lace

S licorice, root beer, a little smoke and charred wood, just a hint of cold coffee and nuttella spread

T some coco powder and chocolate covered dried fruit and top of what I could smell. the flavors stronger then the nose and a little better

M could use a little more body but its far from flat, good carbonation and a slightly creamy feel and just a little heat

O pretty good stuff and perhaps I'm being a little hard on it, .25 increments would be nice int this case

not crazy rich or complex but a respectable brew with little doubt. I'm wondering what this would be like on tap, thanks again Liam

wordemupg, Sep 18, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

liamt07, Aug 23, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

heebes, Aug 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

hopsolutely, Aug 04, 2012
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