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Hellwoods - Bellwoods Brewery

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BA SCORE
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 18
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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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev -5.2%

lgmol, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

BfloBrewHound, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

bobsy, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

deonreds, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Groulxsome, Oct 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

evil_liver, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Boozecamel
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Boozecamel, Oct 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

valianes, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

KeKeKumba, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jeffo, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ssmack, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

SebD, Oct 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Vyronian, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

FEUO, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of mmapes
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.

mmapes, Sep 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

oldp0rt, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

beerhunter13, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Rutager
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.

Rutager, Aug 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ritzkiss, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of HATS4BATS
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

HATS4BATS, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of mattsander
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.

mattsander, Apr 25, 2013
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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

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
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

peensteen, Feb 19, 2013
Hellwoods from Bellwoods Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.