Lost River | Bellwoods Brewery

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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
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
7.32%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid porter, though not the sour edge I would expect from a Baltic porter. Very dark brown and a thick pour. Cream chocolaty aroma, and that's what it delivers: a roasty chocolate,licorice, creamy beverage. Above average mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.On tap at The Only Cafe. Sorry mates, they would only serve me half a pint. Satisfying aftertaste.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with light roasted malt is quite nice. Taste is a great mix between some lightly dry roasted malt with loads of black chocolate notes which are not overly bitter with some light lactose also discernable at the end. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great beer with good amount of black chocolate and no too much astringency.

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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 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 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 liamt07
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, into a tulip.

Deep violet/black with a ring of tan head. Light legs, without and lacing or retention on the pour. Lots of chocolate in the nose, light roast, subtle dark fruits/darker berries. Taste has a super creamy milk chocolate flavour, dark fruit, mild molasses. Roast and chocolate in the finish. Medium mouthfeel, and ligther than some within the style, but this only aids consumability. Supreme smoothness in terms of mouthfeel, low carbonation. A very solid example.

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

On tap @ Bellwoods. Served in Bellwoods snifter.

A - Poured dark black with a small amount of cream coloured head. Light lacing.

S -Smoke, roasted malts, chocolate.

T - A big smoke profile up front that remains the predominant flavour throughout. Roasted malts, licorice, char and a touch of vanilla are present as well. The alcohol is slightly noticeable but not distracting.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - This is a really good beer and a proud addition to the Toronto craft beer scene.

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Photo of biegaman
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lost River is black as a stout and has a head almost as dark as a brown ale, all this despite being labeled a Baltic Porter. I know what they say about not judging books by their covers but there's no way a porter this opaque won't be more substantial than normal.

Both the aroma and taste combine chocolate-fudge brownies and black coffee. Despite these strong flavours, however, the porter is distinguished by a huge splash of bourbon vanilla - there's enough of it to bake a cake with. This is an incredibly rich rendition of the style.

Indeed, while chocolate ganache and espresso are delicious flavours, they are more reminiscent of Imperial Stout and aren't necessarily inherent to traditional Baltic Porters (certainly not in this quantity). This, I suppose, is why some have taken to calling beers like this "Imperial Porters". Whatever the inspiration, this 7% beer is rich enough to pass for a 9% stout.

It does, however, maintain traces of the port-like fruitiness (blackberry especially), dark caramel-like sweetness and black licorice notes that brewing judges would look for. Two other features that meet the criteria: the beer feels oily and sleek over the palate and its smoky roast falls just short of burnt. Makes for an entertaining mouthfeel.

Bellwoods Brewing brought brazen character to a fairly bridled Ontario craft beer scene. They weren't the first to revamp traditional styles with bold, modern interpretations but few (if any) were making beers good enough to make people in states like California, Michigan and Illinois jealous. Any Ontario trader in need of trade bait need look no further than Ossington Avenue.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 16/9/12 thanks for sending the bottle liamt07

A not quite black with deep cola edges, two fingers of mocha foam falls fairly quickly and leaves just a little piece of lace

S licorice, root beer, a little smoke and charred wood, just a hint of cold coffee and nuttella spread

T some coco powder and chocolate covered dried fruit and top of what I could smell. the flavors stronger then the nose and a little better

M could use a little more body but its far from flat, good carbonation and a slightly creamy feel and just a little heat

O pretty good stuff and perhaps I'm being a little hard on it, .25 increments would be nice int this case

not crazy rich or complex but a respectable brew with little doubt. I'm wondering what this would be like on tap, thanks again Liam

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

Photo of papat444
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle (ABV 7.7%) and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a really opaque body, thick but barely gives a millimeter or two of foam before disappearing with barely a trace.

Smell: Wood, some smoke, roasted, a coal-like aroma with some coffee.

Taste: Roasted flavors mix with a bit of coal, cold coffee, chocolate and some smoky wood. A bit chalky though.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is annoying and too high at first though it calms after awhile. Robust with some bittering and a nice lasting impression.

Overall: Uneven, especially in the feel of the body. Good but not great for me.

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

Black with a moderate tan head. Some lacing, moderate retention.

Smell is full of roasted malt. A bit creamy. Has a scent that I associate with lager yeast, very typical of Baltic porters. Coffee in the nose as well.

Taste is very good. Roasted malt, coffee, generally a big malty flavour Somewhat creamy.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, quite smooth.

Overall, quite a nice Baltic porter. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev +1%

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 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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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 peensteen
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black in colour, when it was brought to me there was about a finger of tan head and in about 10 seconds it was completely gone, no remains of head and no lace. Smell is roasted and malty with some smoked notes and dark fruit also had a bit of a yeastiness about it. Taste is chocolatey and roasted, bit of dark fruit/overripe red berry, liquorice, light sourness and a bit of a molasses as well. Nice light carbonation, good feel and quite chewy. Very solid stuff and when they start selling bottles of this on a regular basis I will be picking up quite a bit.

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Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours and slowly generates a tan head. Lots of chocolate with a hint of roasted malts. Taste is very reminiscent of mocha, spot on and not overly sweet. Really well balanced with carbonation on the low end. Very smooth and silky. Overall a very nice brew that drinks very easily. As an aside I prefer the fall 2016 version.

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Photo of Electros
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev +1%

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3.96 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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