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Bring Out Your Dead - Bellwoods Brewery

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 33
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This decadent imperial stout was transferred to cognac barrels after a long primary fermentation. Aged for just over a year in the barrel, this velvety brew is one serious piece of work. Upgraded by our brewers this year to have a slightly lighter body and more pronounced barrel and original contents character.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-06-2013)
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Reviews by Jeffo:
Photo of Jeffo
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lucky enough to get one of these from Peensteen, then another from the nice guys at the brewery. Cheers!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.
Imperial Stout in cognac barrels
Bottled 7 April 2013
Bottle 276 of 1699

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. Only a ring remains and leaves not real lacing down the glass. Great color, but could use some lacing.

SMELL: Big nose with lots of base beer making its way through the potent barrel aging. Cognac and oak are there, with lots of molasses, caramel and dark baker's chocolate. Touches of roasted grain as well, and the chocolate and molasses hold up well to the oak and cognac from the barrels. Really good and extremely enticing.

TASTE: Cognac sweetness and sweet molasses up front. Caramel flavors too, moving into a boozy cognac, oak and roasted finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted grains, sweet cognac, caramel and molasses, as well as some bitter baker's chocolate as a counterweight. Excellently balanced between the base beer and barrel aging. Decadent flavors and wonderfully complex. Top class for sure.

PALATE: Full body and medium levels of carbonation. Velvety creamy smooth, silky on the palate, goes down smooth with lots of weight and finishes sticky. Full, heavy, creamy, velvety and silky smooth. Love it.

OVERALL: This is awesome. Basically as good as it gets. Maybe a touch bit too much residual sweetness, though that is a minor complaint in the grand scheme of things. A menacing pour with a wonderful and enticing nose, bold, complex and heavenly flavor profile, and a thick, silky feel that brings it all together. This is the top of its style and I hope to get to enjoy more of this in the future. Thanks for the bottles of this stuff guys. Highly recommended.

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of jsnoek
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Released in bottles on 4/13/13. I was eagerly anticipating this release because I like wood aged stouts and was hoping for a nice bold stout. I was also interested to see what the cognac barrel aging would do to the beer. Poured into a Bellwoods snifter at around 12°C, figured this beer should be consumed at a little warmer temperature.

Appearance: Very dark, black and oily. Produced a pretty thick tan/coffee colored head.

Smell: Smells great, definitely get oak and cognac aromas with notes of dark fruits, red grapes, raisins, vinous notes mixed with some vanilla and chocolate. Also some roasted malts. Smells a little like bourbon as well.

Taste: Upfront you get cognac and oak followed by those dark fruit/winey flavors with some spice and vanilla as well. In the middle I got good dark roasted malts with a some slightly salty/mineral flavors and what seemed like a bit of mint too. The finish was bitter, woody and chocolatey, again with some salt/minerals.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and silky/oily. Has good carbonation.

Overall I think this is a pretty good wood aged imperial stout, I was impressed. It has some big bold strong flavors along with a bit of complexity from the cognac barrels. I think this is my favorite beer from Bellwoods so far and would recommend it to others to try. This has to be one of the best stouts in Ontario.

Photo of Creetoper
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DaveBar
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Purchased at Bellwoods for $22.00 500ml bottle. Number 131 born in April of 2013. Served at 6deg C in a tulip but it warmed up well

A- 4.5- Super black no head at all. Very dark.

S- 4.75- Almost perfect. The cognac barrels shine through here. Lots of chocolate and malt

T- 4.25- Excellent. Just a touch better than Founder's Oatmeal Breakfast Stout with cognac hints. Just was not left in the barrel long enough

M-4.5- Creamy good. Very heavy and meaty.

O- 4.5- Excellent. Imagine the next try will get the barrels down right.

Food Pairing

I didn't have anything to eat there this time. Maybe next time. Sure would go well with a nice beef stew

Enjoy

Photo of Franchise
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Boozecamel
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in CANBIF 2013. Thanks Peensteen!

Apperance: Small few mm thick light brown oil slick head. Deep black, slightly reddish colour. Alcohol lacing.

Smell: Sweet, coffee, alcohol tinged, probably the cognac coming through. A little smokiness.

Taste: Sweet cognac, very close to aroma, with coffee, dark maltyness shining through. Quite boozy, but tasty!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a residual slickness.

Overall: Really great beer. Like Abyss, but with Congac goodness!. Impressed with Bellwoods so far.

Photo of Rutager
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thank you to Liamt07 and Sammy for both getting a bottle of this to me!

Appearance. Pours a thick, deep dark brown that's pretty much black in the glass. Topped with a finger of creamy dark tan head.

Smell. Fragrant woody liquor (cognac, but I wouldn't have guessed that without reading the label). Also molasses and dark roasted malts with a little licorice and dark chocolate.

Taste. Dark chocolate and hints of licorice, fresh barrel wood and some light cognac with some dark coffee and dry roasty malts in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Full body with low+ carbonation.

Overall. A really nice, big RIS with tons of flavour and a nice level of barrel and booze, not too strong and very complimentary.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry bitter roasted malt with some black chocolate notes with very subtle Cognac notes. Taste is also dominated by dry bitter roasted malt notes with sweet undertones and black chocolates notes with light warming Cognac notes. Body is full with oily-like texture with good carbonation. Enjoyable though Cognac doesn’t really come out as much as I had anticipated.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle #844/1699. Bottled April 7, 2013.
Poured in to Bellwoods tulip.

A - Dark inky black. One finger of medium brown head with good retention.

S - A bold roast presence up front with some anise, charred oak and cognac. Lighter smoke and tobacco aromas in the background.

T - A massive roast flavour hits the tongue first that is followed by dark cherry, charred oak and cognac flavours and a huge overall sweetness. The sweetness becomes more and more prominent as I continue to drink the beer and eventually becomes a little overwhelming.

M - Full body. Thick and viscous. Low carbonation.

O - Another great beer form Bellwoods. Overall, this one was a bit too sweet for my liking but was otherwise complex and enjoyable.

Had this one a second time and found it much more enjoyable; not as overly sweet as the first time I had it. Ratings have been slightly adjusted to reflect an average of both times.

Photo of Adamthornton13
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of mtomlins
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of papat444
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***Bottle 767 of 1699***
Big thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from 650ml. bottle, bottled April 7, 2013.

Appearance: Thick as motor oil, 2 fingers worth of creamy head, very dark brown. As it pours, hue cascading effect in the head, fingers of lacing are left on the sides.

Smell: Strong alcohol, dark plums, cognac adds a spirited aroma. Base beer does shine through with some chocolaty malt.

Taste: Cognac immediately hits the taste buds, mixes well with chocolate and coffee flavors. Finish is reminiscent of red peppers, a bit spicy though not much, just to taste. You`d think it wouldn`t fit but i actually like it.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, bit milky but quite aggressive with the barrel aging without overdoing it.

Overall: An interesting twist on a classic style. Very much enjoyed.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.6/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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Bring Out Your Dead from Bellwoods Brewery
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