Hellwoods | Bellwoods Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.17/5
112 Ratings
HellwoodsHellwoods
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is an unapologetic beer. Dark, viscous, bitter, and rich — it's a dangerous elixir of love. Originally developed by English brewers in the 18th century for export to the court of Catherine the Great in Russia, our interpretation of the style would surely make lady C proud. We’ve waited our whole lives to brew a beer with such bravado, and it always sells out faster than we can supply the next batch. Some people claim that imperial stouts are only for the dead of winter, but we feel that this sidekick is there for you, anytime you call.

Added by cmadd on 09-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,657
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
112
pDev:
9.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Simon212
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FyreStorm
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheDoctor
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
No date


A:
Pours a super thick jet black with a moussey two fingers of cinnamon foam. Settles to a half-inch cuff. Good retention; some lacing. (4.25)

S:
Immediate roast sweetness on opening the bottle. Molasses and oats, dark chocolate, hint of dark fruits and spice. (4.25)

T:
Soft, sweet layers of chocolatey malt roastiness. Milk chocolate, mocha, maple, coffee and light bite.  (4.25)

M:
Rich, full body with a creamy velvet feel, soft carbonation and a silky finish. (4.5)

O:
Very nice Imperial Stout.
It's absolutely what and how a great stout should be, in my opinion. It manages to be a big, full-bodied beast and yet not cross the line into palate burnout or the occasional shudder. Creamy cocoa mocha with maple water, thick, rich, substantial and with just the bitterness to balance it all out.
Excellent beer! (4.5)

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With flourless chocolate cake at the brewpub. Lots of roasted character, some vanilla, and some hints of maple. The pairing - including being at the bar on a really quiet Tuesday night in Toronto - was among the best I've had in 2017.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2017 vintage. kinda soy saucy, a little too much on the dark fruit side, but still a good beer

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a small head, and basically no lacing.

This smells like earthy roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, slight hop, and coffee.

This is a very, very dope imperial stout, with lots of bittersweet chocolate, and a nice herbal and earthy licorice character, with lots of roastiness, and a bit of espresso. There's a slight hop bitterness that just adds to the complexity.

This is medium bodied, quite cremay, and definitely nicely thick, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is really quite fantastic.

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Photo of ikidunot
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GJKerr
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmithyAlan
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, this is thick and heavy, but has a nicely drying alcohol finish.

Pours a thick head, only a thin ring of retention, but shows some lace.

Not a huge aroma, but plenty of depth... cocoa, pumpernickel rye bread, vanilla, port and some underlying espresso.

Lots of Bakers Chocolate and molasses here, balanced with a roasted bitterness without much acidity.

I'm genuinely surprised how good this is... I think it's under rated.

Thanks BakaGaijin!

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Photo of Taybeh
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle purchased at the brewery's bottle shop about 3 months ago. Into a yeti snifter, pours a very dark brown/black with a thick 1 finger crown of khaki head with very good thick lacing. Nose promises some bitter espresso, black licorice...not a lot of layers there, but ok. Taste follows, but with the mouthful, this is a bit more interesting: the finish gets a little more sweet, in a licoricey, roasted chocolate malt way, which is nice after the more bitter beginning. Not a super substantial or heavy/full mouthful, but still very nice and smooth, with a little creaminess and a little hoppy liveliness.

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Photo of kristinc
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

While making a run to Bellwoods’ retail store to pick up a few bottles of 3 Minutes To Midnight, Bucky decided to take a flier on their Hellwoods Imperial Stout. Hellwoods was 10 % alcohol by volume and came in the brewery’s standard 500 ml brown bottle, with no visible production or ‘best before’ date.

Not quite “as black as the inside of a coffin at midnight”, but dark enough and lightening up only around the edges when backlit. Pouring produced about 1.5” of tan coloured head with good staying power, leaving sheets of continuous lacing and chunks of foam down the glass. Near-perfect visually. Its aroma was quite complex with notes of black coffee, smoke, dark chocolate, earthy hops and…OH NO…black licorice. Regular readers will know that Bucky is not fond of black licorice. The taste incorporated all of the same elements, with a bitter black licorice aftertaste lingering on the palate. About half way down the bottle I find that the bitterness and black licorice combined begin to wear me down. Rich and full bodied with a mild carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. The black licorice presence interferes with my personal enjoyment of the beer…but that’s just my taste. Otherwise, a respectable example of the style.

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Photo of Bcarlos
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A true Russian Imperial stout. Super boozy, malty, great coffee notes. There's nothing fancy about this brew, just a really good example of what it's supposed to be.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kestik
3.09/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of byronic
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brew_Darrymore
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopsolutely
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hellwoods from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 112 ratings
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