Hellwoods - Bellwoods Brewery
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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
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
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
4.48/5 rDev +5.9%
On tap at the brewery, into a snifter.
Black with a crimson-brown head. OK lacing but fantastic retention. Nose is dark chocolate, roast, molasses, brown sugar and dark fruit become more noticeable with warmth. Taste has dark chocolate, roast, earthy dark fruit notes and some vanilla sweetness. Complex and only becomes moreso with warmth. Mouthfeel is full and alcohol was fairly absent from the palate. One of the best imperial stouts I've encountered Canada-wide.
11-19-2012 20:31:31 | More by liamt07
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
750ml bottle poured into tulip 14/11/12 bottled Sept/4/12 thanks liamt07 for sending the bottle
A black right out of the bottle with just a thin cola edge, a thumbs width of mocha foam stays around long enough to leave a few rings of lace
S over ripe plums hit my nose first, dark fruits are strong in this one, some dark bakers chocolate and chocolate covered raisins with some booze and tobacco
T more going on in the mouth, coffee and char with a little licorice and less booze then the nose, both wet and charred wood with and little molasses, not as much over ripe fruit as the smell and some chocolate syrup comes out with a faint nutty aspect, very solid taste
M enters thick and silky with enough bubbles to give it a very creamy feel, very strong char aftertaste lingers for ages, very thick and rich with just a little heat keeping it from reaching perfection
O pretty solid RIS, big body and great flavors perhaps I should’ve aged it but with only one bottle I don’t have another to make a comparison.
I’m digging Bellwoods so far and need to thank liamt07 for sending me these gems. A big rich stout that’s perhaps a little too easy to drink, what could go wrong?
11-16-2012 03:20:27 | More by wordemupg
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
Thanks to Andrew for this bottle! Bottled Sept 4/12.
Poured in to Bellwoods tulip.
A - Ink black. Half a finger of espresso coloured head.
S - Massive roast aroma at first that gives way to rich chocolate, brown sugar, molasses and light espresso notes.
T - Roast up front. Semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, anise and dark caramel. A good sweetness is well balanced by a noticeable hop presence and a very slightly alcohol warmth.
M - This is by far the best part about this beer. Full body. Thick and viscous with an absolutely massive chew. Light carbonation. Spot on!
O - Yet another top notch beer from Bellwoods.
11-06-2012 01:35:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.7/5 rDev +11.1%
Big thanks to Peensteen for this one. Happy to give this one a try.
From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 1 March 2013
APPEARANCE: A black, syrupy pour yields a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Head quickly recedes to a light wisp and ring. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. Nice swirly wisp remains leaving dots dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking imperial stout for sure.
SMELL: Big, luscious nose of roasted grain, molasses, dark baker's chocolate and touches of leather. Lots of molasses and chocolate. Big and enticing.
TASTE: Follows the nose really nicely. Roasted notes and lots of sweet molasses and caramel sweetness up front. Plenty of sweetness after the swallow a well, with some bitter dark baker's chocolate, bitter espresso and alcohol proving a solid counterweight. Notes of leather and licorice beside the bitter chocolate and sweet molasses. Big, sweet and roasted flavors, but balanced excellently by the coffee and chocolate bitterness. Really decadent.
PALATE: Fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and velvety smooth on the palate, enough weight, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly sticky. Big feel.
OVERALL: This was excellent. Perhaps a touch more bitterness to balance the huge sweet flavors would make this perfect, but this is basically as good as it gets. Really complex with lots of aromas and flavors in almost perfect harmony, this one is absolutely outstanding. One I'd gladly drink again and will be on the lookout for in the future. Thanks again Peensteen. Really good beer.
10-13-2013 14:49:16 | More by Jeffo
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
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
On tap at Bellwoods.
Beer is black with a moderately sized tan head. Head fades fairly quickly to nothing.
Smell consists of roast malt, vanilla, anise and some hop scents.
Taste is very nice. Roast malt, a bit of burnt caramel, vanilla, molasses, anise. Some bitterness, with slight grassy flavours from the hops. Alcohol quite well hidden for the ABV. Good stuff.
Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Heavy and a bit slick.
Overall, really good. Very enjoyable. I hope it is around for awhile as I could drink a lot of these (though probably not in one sitting!).
09-11-2012 14:46:12 | More by jrenihan
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
Big thanks to Liam for getting me this bottle in October/November?
Jet black with a ring of deep tan head, fair bit of lace and really good retention here also. Smell is full of roast and bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, anise and darker fruits as well, quite a bit of hop kick in here as well. Taste is full on roast, bakers chocolate and bitter hops, black coffee flavours, light sugary sweet points and a bit boozy in the finish. Lightly carbonated, full mouthfeel, big body on this one. Solid RIS here, really happy they are making more of this as this is one beer I wouldn't mind having a ton of.
02-19-2013 12:55:28 | More by peensteen
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
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
Pours total opaque black with a huge dark tan head that lasts a long while. Sheets and chunks of foam coat the glass. The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted barley, vanilla and apple and banana hints (yeast esters?). Lots of dry black licorice explode on the palate alongside the aforementioned flavors. Fresh roasted coffee beans and resiny, piney hops also show in the taste. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, just south of oily with a subtle, creamy carbonation. Medium bitterness and a nice roastiness in the long finish. Alcohol is impeccably well hidden throughout.
Excellent RIS. Lots of thick chewy malt and roasty flavors, great hop balance, thick body, low booze flavor. It checks off all the boxes. A must try from this fantastic Toronto brewery. The best one in town imo.
11-01-2013 04:14:43 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Hellwoods from Bellwoods Brewery
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