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Hellwoods - Bellwoods Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 17
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Jaywalsh20
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Jaywalsh20, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

beerhunter13, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

oldp0rt, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of hunterjames
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

hunterjames, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of mattsander
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

mattsander, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Shawn_Winters
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Shawn_Winters, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of FEUO
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

FEUO, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -9%
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.

Sammy, Sep 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

mmurphy525, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

lgmol, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

evil_liver, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

KeKeKumba, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

Jones153, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

KAF, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Rutager, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of mmapes
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

mmapes, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Boozecamel
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Boozecamel, Oct 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

mtbdonn, May 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

ssmack, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

papat444, Mar 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

SebD, Oct 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Jerboat, Jul 25, 2014
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Hellwoods from Bellwoods Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.