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Lost River Porter - Bellwoods Brewery

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87
very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 7.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-27-2012)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid porter, though not the sour edge I would expect from a Baltic porter. Very dark brown and a thick pour. Cream chocolaty aroma, and that's what it delivers: a roasty chocolate,licorice, creamy beverage. Above average mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.On tap at The Only Cafe. Sorry mates, they would only serve me half a pint. Satisfying aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2012 21:16:36 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 16:49:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 07:39:03 | More by biegaman
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 00:50:05 | More by wordemupg
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 00:31:53 | More by liamt07
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:27:04 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-12-2013 22:09:26 | More by DaPan
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 05:13:41 | More by jrenihan
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 18:01:18 | More by peensteen
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 11:15:12 | More by papat444
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2013 02:44:41 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-04-2012 05:18:11 | More by hopsolutely
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deonreds

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-08-2014 23:47:01 | More by deonreds
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

05-24-2013 12:13:53 | More by beerhunter13
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wtkphoto

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-11-2013 00:27:12 | More by wtkphoto
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 18:34:54 | More by korguy123
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

02-28-2013 03:18:46 | More by NightINgale
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-06-2013 04:18:27 | More by yancot
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 22:13:36 | More by WeedKing4
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-30-2014 02:00:45 | More by lgmol
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-29-2014 00:29:21 | More by KeKeKumba
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-18-2014 19:19:31 | More by valianes
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 22:51:09 | More by heebes
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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

01-21-2014 13:14:49 | More by RevCraig
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

03-22-2014 17:12:21 | More by evil_liver
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Lost River Porter from Bellwoods Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.