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Hellwoods - Bellwoods Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cmadd on 09-09-2012)
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Jaywalsh20

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23%

04-27-2014 13:42:59 | More by Jaywalsh20
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

08-23-2013 13:47:07 | More by beerhunter13
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

09-09-2013 02:42:06 | More by oldp0rt
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hunterjames

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

04-10-2014 23:34:41 | More by hunterjames
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Jet black with a rather dark mocha head, nice.

S: Very roast-forward... charred malts, licorice, chocolate.

T: The 'tanginess' I get from very roasty stouts is strong here, a lot of bittersweet chocolate. Not much fruitness or sweetness. Coffee grounds and bitter tangy blackness.

There's nothing wrong with this stout but the extreme roast-forwardness isn't my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 14:11:54 | More by mattsander
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry roasted malt with loads of black chocolate notes with medium bitterness. Taste is a good balance mix between some black chocolate notes with medium bitterness and some dry roasted malt with light lingering sweet notes and light coffee notes. Body is quite full with nice creamy touch and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed without necessarily standing out from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 21:09:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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FEUO

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-30-2013 16:29:28 | More by FEUO
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Brewery Market. Pretty good drinkability for the level of alcohol. Black with a bit of a mocha head. Good roasty aroma. Taste is bitter with a sugary finish. First sample yielded some almost burnt parts.As it warms, more hops present (second sample), the Warrior burst through. Still, too much sweetness, would like more balance. Its bitter and then somewhat too sweet. Would like thicker mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 20:12:43 | More by Sammy
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mmurphy525

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-27-2014 21:13:36 | More by mmurphy525
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-22-2013 01:49:58 | More by lgmol
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-21-2013 04:59:31 | More by evil_liver
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-14-2013 01:56:15 | More by KeKeKumba
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-21-2014 05:29:39 | More by yancot
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-20-2014 03:27:40 | More by KAF
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Same date as the bottle in the picture. Thanks liamt07!!

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a finger of deep brown head.

Smell. Dark chocolate, plums and a little espresso.

Taste. Drark roasted malts, plums and raisins, caramel, roasty dark malts, and some burnt sugar in the finish. Maybe just a bit of roasted nuts as well.

Mouthfeel. Full body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 03:00:26 | More by Rutager
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mmapes

Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Andrew for the trade. Served fridge-cold (probably too cold) into snifters.

It's thick and dark in the glass with a very thin carmel-brown head. Smells of toasted malt/molasses, not too smoky.

Tastes malty. Not so beer-y -- not very prominent yeast or hops. Dry up front with a dark dried fruit finish. Chocolatey. Semi-sweet. Long finish. It's very good.

I love imperial stouts, and although this might not be my favorite, it's good. Would buy again if I could find it.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 19:03:17 | More by mmapes
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-17-2013 02:48:44 | More by Boozecamel
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mtbdonn

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-13-2014 02:29:26 | More by mtbdonn
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-10-2013 02:18:15 | More by ssmack
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

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

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle, bottled Sept. 4, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a real thick & viscous body. Pretty big head, real dark brown color, bubbly with good lacing.

Smell: Soft cocoa, chunky chocolate, wafts of coffee.

Taste: Bitter-sweet chocolate is predominant, bit of vanilla, some coffee grinds, more chocolate, even in the texture.

Mouthfeel: Real creamy, coats the inside of the mouth well, has a decent bitter bite that trails on.

Overall: Heavy on the dark chocolate but not sweet. Real nice RIS.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 23:32:03 | More by papat444
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-09-2013 18:05:10 | More by SebD
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Jerboat

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-25-2014 16:56:40 | More by Jerboat
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 03:33:42 | More by biegaman
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Cadbury

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-03-2014 16:36:39 | More by Cadbury
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-26-2013 04:14:11 | More by HATS4BATS
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Hellwoods from Bellwoods Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.