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Hellwoods - Bellwoods Brewery

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 19
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cmadd on 09-09-2012

This is an unapologetic beer. Dark, viscous, bitter, and rich — it's a dangerous elixir of love. Originally developed by English brewers in the 18th century for export to the court of Catherine the Great in Russia, our interpretation of the style would surely make lady C proud. We’ve waited our whole lives to brew a beer with such bravado, and it always sells out faster than we can supply the next batch. Some people claim that imperial stouts are only for the dead of winter, but we feel that this sidekick is there for you, anytime you call.
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Photo of mtomlins
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 2012; Poured Feb 2015

(L) Pours a deep and black with 1-2 fingers of creamy mocha head, great retention and leavinf nice lacing as it fell to a thick, creamy cap.

(S) Big RIS notes here, lots of dark, roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, a whif of char but still some residual sweetness there. No hop profile comes out, but that is most likely due to the age of the bottle.

(T) On the palate, the taste follows suit with lots of roasted notes, dark chocolate, espresso, char but also some grainy sweetness lingering balancing things out a touch.

(F) Full bodies but not heavy or oily and enough carbonation to keep it very drinkable.

(O) A really great example of the style that holds up very well to a bit of age. Looking forward to a fresh bottle some day!

Photo of Cycle69
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Corson
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whatup14
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at Bellwoods bottle shop for around $8.00 or a bit less on a 500ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pour a high brown head that lasts forever. Super dark and rich looking.

S- Has a lot of malt here. Not a lot of chocolate or coffee notes. Very subdued as far as a RIS goes.

T- Very good. Has a nice balance with little heat at all. Good blend but there is nothing that jumps out at your nor gives this beer any wow factor at all. Just a good beer

M- Nice creaminess but a touch chalky though

O- Pretty good beer. Bought one for the cellar but kind of wish I had something else as this is not a special beer in the least.

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with.... Samosas! Nice light sugary sauce with a pretty hot samosa with this nice thick beer.

Enjoy!

Photo of atsir
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of FrozenTee
1.4/5  rDev -66.4%

Photo of AugustusRex
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of RevCraig
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Coronaeus
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MasterSki
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the brewery, released October 2014. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Dark mocha foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and minimal lacing. Very, very dark brown body that verges on black.

S - My previous experience with Hellwoods was an aged bottle from Grub (I will integrate those notes once I dig them up). This fresh bottle reminds me a lot of Ten FIDY; roasty, with a hefty dose of baker's chocolate, coffee, and green hops. Perhaps a faint whiff of alcohol as it approaches room temperature.

T - Taste is similarly heavy on roasted malts and semisweet chocolate, with a mild cake-like sweetness creeping in. Hop and anise bitterness show up late but doesn't get overly fatiguing until well into the 500ml bottle.

M - Full bodied, with tons of residual stickiness. Medium-low carbonation keeps things from getting too syrupy. Texture starts a bit roasty but smooths out as it moves over the palate. Well-hidden alcohol.

D - This new batch reminds me a lot of Ten FIDY, which is a surprise as the older bottle was super smokey. In any case, both of them were quite good. Bellwoods seems to have the Imperial Stout category dialed in. Slowly worked through a bottle while watching working on my Python chops.

Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mick303
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black, viscous and thick appearance, with some light film and lacing, which is dark coffee tan. Aroma has burnt coffee, dark chocolate, rich brandied dry fruits, rich malty and vanilla notes, peppery spice as well as a definite earthy hop presence.

Taste carries a wave of robust roasty notes, espresso and earth, bitter and hoppy with a sappy earthy character, also cocoa and d chocolate, thick and very strong leading to an intigrated bitter finish. Dark roast malts, thick molasses and caramel, with some residual malty sweetness past the hops.

As expected, thick and heavy, quite creamy actually this is a very heavy beer, mild carbonation and very bitter. I would maybe tone down how viscous this is, though I do enjoy it, it's almost like soupy hot chocolate, big satisfying beer.

Big brash russian stout, nice strong flavour and a good balance, alcohol is well hidden and not hot at all, rich and satisfying. Quite a hoppy interpretation but it's drinks very nicely. Would recommend thiis.

Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Luisc94
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Thick black color with dark Brown 2 finger head, low carbonation and médium to high retention.
S: first impressions mocha like smell some coffee and licorish, nice roasted malts, tho the malts do not completely overpowers the hops, you can feel some pines and slight perfume smells.
F: immediately you feel roasted malts some coffee flavors and chocolate tones. The coffee and malt flavor are the main on this beer there is some bitterness in it but not overpowering, after all the malts you can feel the hops; you can feel piney/citric flavors too.
M: very thick body, viscous with a low to medium carbonation. The thick moughtfeel combines great with the low carbonation, making it a smooth drink.
O: great balance in the malts hops and bitterness, that mix well with its body making it a very solid Imperial Stout.

Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Shawn_Winters
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Jones153
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jlefa
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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Hellwoods from Bellwoods Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.