Hellwoods - Bellwoods Brewery
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3.65/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
04-25-2013 14:11:54 | More by mattsander
3.75/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
02-20-2013 21:09:11 | More by Phyl21ca
3.83/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
09-23-2012 20:12:43 | More by Sammy
British Columbia (Canada)
4.19/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
08-15-2013 03:00:26 | More by Rutager
4.24/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
09-20-2013 19:03:17 | More by mmapes
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-28-2013 23:32:03 | More by papat444
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
02-25-2014 03:33:42 | More by biegaman
Hellwoods from Bellwoods Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.