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Hellwoods - Bellwoods Brewery

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 17
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:
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.

(Beer added by: cmadd on 09-09-2012)
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4.48/5  rDev +6.2%

KrisDLSmith, Tuesday at 02:20 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Luisc94, Sunday at 08:52 PM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

nrs207, Oct 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hellwoods looks as dense as Rodin’s The Gates of Hell and, indeed, could pass as something from Dante's 'The Inferno'. The beer is solid as bronze but black as coal, without even a flicker of highlighting. Even its head is darker than some people might imagine any beer to ever be.

There's a towering amount of malt in the aroma (coffee, chocolate, roasted grain) but also, somewhat unexpectedly, a bold and distinctive amount of hoppiness too; the two vie for the nose's attention as if their lives depended on it. Ultimately, it smells smoky but "green"; there's lots of pine, grass and forest floor nuances. Some vinous red wine notes too.

Imperial Stouts like this are perfect for the cold weather - their hearty, warming characteristics give the body a sense of satisfaction, satiety, and safety. This thick, roasted malt bill is made up not only of dark chocolate and burnt toffee flavours but also sooty campfire smoke and coffee bean astringency, and is chased by earthy Darjeeling tea and woody spruce-like hop flavours.

The mouthfeel drinks like a blend of in-house roasted artisan coffee and single origin dark chocolate - there's a certain 'quality' to it that is intangible but all so appreciable. I've had bourbon barrel-aged stouts that don't achieve this level of milky vanilla sweetness, bitter espresso and charred wood spice flavour (and certainly none that mask their alcohol so effortlessly).

Hellwoods was clearly designed with horsepower in mind but, out of courtesy, never quite kicks it into high gear. The engine is certainly not off, mind you - this offers the all of the complexity expected of a 10% RIS but is simply, somehow, that much more approachable. The guys at Bellwoods known their way around a mash tun, that's for sure. This is hellishly good.

biegaman, Feb 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

fizzyted, Jan 24, 2014
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lgmol, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

bobsy, Nov 09, 2013
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Hellwoods from Bellwoods Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.