Lost River | Bellwoods Brewery

Lost RiverLost River
BA SCORE
88.1%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 67 Ratings
Lost RiverLost River
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aside from the impressive accolade of being awarded a gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2012, the Lost River Baltic Porter is still down to earth. I would even go as far as to say that it's like the comfort food of our beer selection. Chocolatey, roasty, and slightly sweet rather than bitter, this beer packs tons of flavour without being cloying or overpowering. Enjoy this well-balanced brew all year round. Don't let those patio police tell you what to do.

Added by jrenihan on 04-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,224
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
67
Liked:
59
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
7.32%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of StormAles
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells look chocolate, dried fruit, smoke, and roastiness.

This has a really nice semi sweet dried fruit flavor, almost like a smoked raisin thing, with dark bitter chocolate, smoky roasted malt, and grassy hops. It's a smidge watery on the finish, but not too much.

This is pretty creamy, not quite thick enough, with a good level of carbonation.

Bellwoods has yet to make a beer I haven't liked.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobbieG
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leitmotif
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Almost black color, brown head. Aroma has roasted malt and some dark fruit notes. Taste starts malty, just a hint of sweetness but then the dark, really roasted malts kick in with slightly burnt/ashy flavors and associated bitterness. Medium to full bodied, quite smooth carbonation. Overall it's a quite good Baltic Porter with a very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of Simon212
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Served in my Bellwoods teku.

A - Generous tan foam settles to a solid cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacing. Near black body with some mahogany at the edges of the glass.

S - Lots of toasted biscuit, roast, hints of tobacco, coffee, vanilla smoke, and some nebulous dark fruits and berries. Seems more potent than the listed 7.6%.

T - A bit more charry and acrid than the aroma. Lots of coffee bean, smoke, and bitter dark chocolate. Very bitter in the finish, with a touch of estery alcohol. Well-attenuated and with an acidity that is evocative of authentic Scandinavian Baltic Porters.

M - Medium body, with a roasty, charry texture. Moderate, lively carbonation, with a very dry finish.

D - It is spot on for a Baltic Porter and reminds me of something I'd have from Norway or Finland. Wish the flavor had some of the sweetness of the aroma, as it gets a bit fatiguing near the end of the 500ml bottle. Also seems stronger than the listed ABV.

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Photo of kestik
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Taybeh
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LanceH
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kristinc
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rutager
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattbk
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black, nice tan head, looks a bit on the light side, good start.
S: Sweet malts, maybe slight fruit, slight roast. Slightly chalky as well.
T: A combination of slight roast, sweet malt, slightly estery, perhaps raisiny. Slight bitterness from alcohol. Nice taste, pretty high on flavor, nothing mindblowing. This beer is admittedly not my favorite style.
M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, fairly appropriate.
O: A solid beer, no flaws, just nothing that jumps out at you. I would have maybe preferred slightly less sweetness and slightly more roast, but this beer is appropriate for the style.

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Photo of TDotScott
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a ~one month old bottle into a wine glass.

A- dark brown, almost black, with a quickly dissipating dark-ivory head. High carbonation evident, but with the head would have stuck around.

S- milk chocolate, with a bit more roast than is appropriate for style. As it warms, I get the faintest hint of chocolate covered cherries-- I do love Baltic Porter more when it's an ale.

T- again, more sharp roasted malt notes than I like in the style, but the balance is still toward the sweet, chocolatey side of the equation, where it should be. Long, semisweet finish.

M- a bit on the thin side, with enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

O- an enjoyable offering. Perhaps not the perfect, by-the-books exemplar of style, but a tasty beer all the same

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Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dgilks
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffo
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from peensteen this past summer. Cheers man!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A slow foamer on opening. A slightly clear black pour yields a two finger, looser, foamy tan head with good retention. Somewhat fizzy as well. Black body and medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap, though only a slight ring and wisp remain until the end leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Great color but lack luster head.

SMELL: Bolder nose of dark fruits, cocoa powder, black malts, some leather and some burnt grains. Dates and raisins as well. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Burnt malts again, with dark fruits, dates and raisins up front. A big finish with lots of burnt notes, leather, dried dark fruits, grapes, raisins, dates, some cocoa and a tough of alcohol lingers nicely. Some caramel sweetness too. Burnt caramel, fruity sweetness and cocoa. Pretty nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. No heat.

OVERALL: This is good stuff all around. Dark for a porter, with lots of solid aroma and flavor. Plenty of character and complexity worth pondering in this one, and definitely something I’d want to see again. Thanks again Peensteen. Recommended.

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Lost River from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 88.1% out of 100 with 67 ratings
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