Lost River | Bellwoods Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

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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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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

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

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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Lost River from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 72 ratings