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Bring Out Your Dead - Bellwoods Brewery

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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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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -36%

08-24-2013 16:49:32 | More by beerhunter13
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

08-25-2013 05:39:02 | More by Sammy
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

02-12-2014 02:59:06 | More by Axnjxn
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Quebec (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

06-20-2013 02:54:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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4/5  rDev -7%

10-06-2013 05:16:24 | More by Cynic-ale
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

04-14-2013 13:32:33 | More by heebes
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

01-21-2014 13:13:59 | More by RevCraig
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4/5  rDev -7%

08-15-2013 23:39:13 | More by NorCalAussie
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

08-17-2013 12:31:03 | More by tom10101
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

04-21-2013 22:38:07 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Quebec (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%

***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.

08-31-2013 11:29:00 | More by papat444
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-30-2014 00:48:30 | More by mdaschaf
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-10-2013 04:15:22 | More by Franchise
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-05-2013 13:39:15 | More by liamt07
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-04-2013 05:18:21 | More by Anonymous1
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-09-2013 03:29:42 | More by bobsy
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-24-2013 17:00:48 | More by tommyguz
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-04-2014 01:07:19 | More by 4ster
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

10-19-2013 18:34:16 | More by Rutager
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Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

04-06-2013 22:23:51 | More by jrenihan
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

04-17-2013 14:01:41 | More by peensteen
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

07-18-2014 20:41:21 | More by mick303
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Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

05-24-2013 18:02:18 | More by MasterSki
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

05-06-2013 00:59:31 | More by Boozecamel
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

04-14-2013 19:18:44 | More by jsnoek
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Bring Out Your Dead from Bellwoods Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.