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Lost River | Bellwoods Brewery

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3.96/5
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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
Ranking:
#8,541
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
68
pDev:
7.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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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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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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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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4/5  rDev +1%

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the brewpub. The liquid in the goblet is pure black with the slightest edges of amber. The tan head recedes pretty quickly but musters up a lot of lace. Chocolate, berries, roasted malt and leather show in the nose. The taste dominated by malts with lots of fresh cacao, dark roast coffee beans, fruit compote and marmalade showing. Herbal hops provide a bit of bitterness and aroma but otherwise don't distract from the malt onslaught. The mouthfeel is full bodied and veering on slick with a rather light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden throughout.

I'd recommend this beer to any porter/stout fan or malty beer lover. Very complex and heady.

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Lost River from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 68 ratings
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