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Bring Out Your Dead - Bellwoods Brewery

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93
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 25
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A different recipe from the Hellwoods stout, we brewed this beauty in November of 2012. It was conditioned for 3 months before being transferred to Cognac barrels from Portugal, where it sat for another 3 months before being released on our birthday, April 6. A beautifully balanced marriage of complex stout flavours and Cognac barrel flavours.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-06-2013)
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deonreds

New York

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-06-2013 10:07:10 | More by deonreds
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 15:05:24 | More by Jeffo
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beer-thirty

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

10-06-2013 13:42:26 | More by beer-thirty
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GoGriz

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-09-2014 23:10:55 | More by GoGriz
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

09-15-2013 18:11:32 | More by oldp0rt
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-17-2013 00:13:11 | More by KeKeKumba
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Weebay

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-15-2013 14:11:34 | More by Weebay
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timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-18-2013 02:37:31 | More by timiskin
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-04-2013 01:33:35 | More by DaPan
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 05:23:41 | More by biegaman
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:15:07 | More by wordemupg
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 19:18:44 | More by jsnoek
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Creetoper

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

10-15-2013 18:39:52 | More by Creetoper
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JMBSH

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-11-2013 17:42:11 | More by JMBSH
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-12-2013 16:06:58 | More by Groulxsome
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 00:59:31 | More by Boozecamel
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Adrial. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Creamy tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Very dark brown body with some reddish transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Loads of sweet cognac and spirit character. Mild soy, baker's chocolate, mild roasted malt, a touch of coffee, and negligible alcohol. Quite sweet, with only a touch of roast to it. Reminds me a little of Mikkeller Cognac George actually in the sweet and savory mixture.

T - The taste is a bit more roasty and balanced, with a mixture of chocolate, cognac, umami, brown sugar, dark fruits and raisins, and a bit of char and oak in the finish that keeps things from getting excessively sweet.

M - Creamy, smooth, medium-full body, with a lingering sticky finish. Pleasant lower carbonation, and well-hidden alcohol.

D - As stated above, it reminds me a lighter version of Cognac George. Really enjoyable and very easy to drink; a few of us polished off the bottle very quickly. Curious what the base beer tasted like, as supposedly it's different from Hellwoods. Hope they make this again as it's one of the best Ontario-made beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 18:02:18 | More by MasterSki
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reserve bottle from April 2013, enjoyed July 2014. Poured into a wine glass, thick pitch black with a good dark tan lacing. Smell has got a lot of barrel cognac character, boozy plums, pick up a lot of sweet sherries character, cherries, roasty dark chocolate, some raw brown sugar to it, quite a bit if sweetness to it.
Taste is a full on experience of dark intense roasty stout with a sweetness from the cognac barrels. Dark chocolate, sugary raisins, cranberry, plums, roasty malt, red currents, with a strong oaky undertone. Quite a sweet and vanilla character to it, raw sugariness to it, with a definite dark roast chocolate malt combined with some strong sugared fruit cognac, great complexity and valance with a nuanced and tasty barrel character. Mouthfeel has some drying alcohol to it, but overall a good hearty balanced stout character with a coating oakiness. Delicious with a great balance, a bit sweet but that's the only fault, so complex and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 20:41:21 | More by mick303
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a ring of deep tan head, some lace here as well. Smell is full of chocolate with a fair bit of roast, oak and vanilla followed by vinous cognac notes, big chocolatey fudge cake with a little bit of coffee as well. Taste follows the nose with chocoalte and roast at the front followed by flavours of vanilla and cognac, slight alcohol burn, faint bit of coffee with a moderate bitterness toward the finish, cognac and oak aftertaste with some residual chocolate flavours. Thick full body and gently carbonated. Absolutley fantastic, this came together so well and something I will enjoy much more of, can't wait to open a bottle of this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 14:01:41 | More by peensteen
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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 to strong and very complimentary.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 18:34:16 | More by Rutager
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The first of two anniversary beers from Bellwoods. This is an imperial stout (not Hellwoods) aged for three months in Cognac barrels.

Beer is black with a small tan head. Decent retention, good lacing.

Nose strongly contains cognac, but also a rich bouquet of dark fruit (raisin, red grape). A rather vinous scent. Rich indeed. Quite nice.

Taste contains a strong cognac flavour, along with some oak. Roast malt, smoke and peat come through from the beer itself. Dark fruit (raisin) is there as well, but not as prominently as in he nose. Some chocolate. The cognac is strong but does not obliterate the base beer. Good mix.

Beer is full bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit boozy, to be sure.

Overall, very good. I prefer the Hellwoods to this, but this is very good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 22:23:51 | More by jrenihan
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-30-2014 00:48:30 | More by mdaschaf
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Franchise

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-10-2013 04:15:22 | More by Franchise
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-05-2013 13:39:15 | More by liamt07
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-04-2013 05:18:21 | More by Anonymous1
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Bring Out Your Dead from Bellwoods Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.