Hellwoods | Bellwoods Brewery

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Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

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

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1.4/5  rDev -66.7%

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
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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3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Jet black with a rather dark mocha head, nice.

S: Very roast-forward... charred malts, licorice, chocolate.

T: The 'tanginess' I get from very roasty stouts is strong here, a lot of bittersweet chocolate. Not much fruitness or sweetness. Coffee grounds and bitter tangy blackness.

There's nothing wrong with this stout but the extreme roast-forwardness isn't my cup of tea.

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3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry roasted malt with loads of black chocolate notes with medium bitterness. Taste is a good balance mix between some black chocolate notes with medium bitterness and some dry roasted malt with light lingering sweet notes and light coffee notes. Body is quite full with nice creamy touch and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed without necessarily standing out from the pack.

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3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Brewery Market. Pretty good drinkability for the level of alcohol. Black with a bit of a mocha head. Good roasty aroma. Taste is bitter with a sugary finish. First sample yielded some almost burnt parts.As it warms, more hops present (second sample), the Warrior burst through. Still, too much sweetness, would like more balance. Its bitter and then somewhat too sweet. Would like thicker mouthfeel.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Hellwoods from Bellwoods Brewery
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