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Bring Out Your Dead - Bellwoods Brewery

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
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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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.

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Served from bottle 1370 of 2100 in to a snifter.

A: as Black as the inside of a coffin at midnight. Dark Tan 1 finger hear.

S: Instant Cognac with some Chocolate and Licorice. Roasted malts with Dark fruit undertones. really Balanced.

T: Similar to the Smell, allot of Cognac and dark Chocolate, Some dark Coffee and the dark under tone fruits. Dark chocolate is more noticeable but still very balanced.

M: I can only describe it as creamy deliciousness.Not as thick as Hellwoods or Skeleton key but very well incorporated in t he beer. there is some slight bitterness at the end but balanced with the slight sweetness it has.

O: One of my favorite beers I,ve ever tastes. Magnificent. If you ever come to Toronto visit Bellwoods brewery Toronto. Definitely a world class brewery. Characterized with their brett beer and barrel aged greatness.

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4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bring Out Your Dead looks as though it were spawned by Satan himself. It's not just dark, it is utter darkness. Even its head is coloured like rust and looks like broken fragments of clay pottery as it capsizes in the middle and drifts towards the side of the glass. Fascinating.

Poorly executed barrel-aged beers are nauseating. Properly executed barrel-aged beers are enchanting. This one is a dream - it marries the cocoa and coffee flavours of stout with the vanilla- and caramel-accented notes of flowers and dried fruits of cognac. My Spidey-senses tell me this is the beginning of a masterpiece.

The flavour has enough roasted malt to extinguish even the strongest chocolate cravings. Dark chocolate, anyhow. There's very little sweetness to this beer, only the traces of golden raisin and dried cherries inferred by alcohol esters. Otherwise it's black espresso and fudge all the way.

Any beer of double-digit strength - let alone one as dark as this and aged in cognac barrels - is sure to dehydrate you pretty quickly. All it took was a few sips to dry my mouth out; the oak isn't tasted so much as felt. Ditto for the alcohol. Still, the beer has the composure of a seeing-eye dog and is smooth as the baby Jesus' bottom.

It's a shame I haven't another bottle because this is a prime candidate for aging; it is exactly the kind of structured, substantial and special stout to build your cellar around. It is a super big beer made in an ultra small batch. Bellwoods would be crazy not to try to replicate this again; even a beer half as good would be worth the $12/bottle I paid for this.

When I first tried this fresh I thought it might be one of the best barrel-aged stouts I'd ever had. Trying it again half a year later I can now confirm that; more of the cognac features have come to the fore, adding increased complexity to an already rich and masterfully accomplished beer. Bring Out Your Dead, ironically enough, brings about the true pleasure in living.

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4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/10/13 #486 of 1699, thanks Liam for this massive want

A shes a dark one, even the foams dark, two fingers quickly falls to a thick film leaving a few partial rings followed by random patches deep down the glass

S chocolate fudge covered in chocolate syrup, the cognac barrels hard to miss, charred wood, vanilla, coffee and a little booze, some chocolate milk and bruised plum with some nutty hard toffee, smells great

T more barrel in the mouth, more char and cognac, very rich chocolate and some unburnt woods in there too, sweet chocolate and sugar coated raisins with a hint of molasses, so rich, so good

M very thick and creamy, this one has some body I could chew this stuff, oily, not much for booze and my lips are stuck together, heavy dark roast on the finish and at this rate I'll be tasting it tomorrow, perhaps a highlight and that says something

O this one hit the spot, world class beer in every department, start to finish this one delivers

I'm almost always disappointed when I finally track down my current top want but this one surpassed my expectations. One of the best beers I've had in recent memory and I've been a busy beer drinking boy to say the least. I can't wait to see what these guys brew next.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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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

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Bring Out Your Dead from Bellwoods Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.