Bring Out Your Dead - Bellwoods Brewery
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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
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
4.74/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
10-26-2013 05:23:41 | More by biegaman
4.51/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
10-13-2013 02:15:07 | More by wordemupg
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
4.83/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
10-13-2013 15:05:24 | More by Jeffo
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
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
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
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
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
Bring Out Your Dead from Bellwoods Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.