Bring Out Your Dead | Bellwoods Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This decadent imperial stout was transferred to cognac barrels after a long primary fermentation. Aged for just over a year in the barrel, this velvety brew is one serious piece of work. Upgraded by our brewers this year to have a slightly lighter body and more pronounced barrel and original contents character.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,083
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
130
pDev:
9.01%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
23
Trade:
4
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Photo of Mysticmage
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A special beer for special occasions - why not Christmas!
Pours dark of night - think, viscious oil will make your heart quiver. Thick like caramel coffee this one offers zero collar due to intense density here but swirled in a tulip for some froth. Would have preferred a bit of collar here but can make an exception for this chewy brew. Nose is quite complex. Rich coffee, chocolate gravelly goodness. Gunpowder earth will repel many drinkers but stick with this one. Tried at various temperatures and incredible how the beer evolves - warmer likely better here. Cognac soaked barrels only add to the fun here offer sweet atumnal overtones to take you on a dizzing ride. Tastes of strong brewed coffee, wood chips, with excellent syrupy, sugary finish to provide a chewy, complex mouthful. Now, at 11.4% unless you are enjoying with friends this one will cripple you and is far to dense to enjoy it all at once. So here is what I did....I treated it like a wine. Enjoyed two small glasses with a friend (who hated it btw) and then capped it and withdrew the oxygen. Tried again the next day - good as new! So, you can enjoy this one over several days with the right equipment and at $16 a bottle...why not! A wonderful brew by what appears to be a great brewery however really for the experienced. The inexperienced will detest every sip I sense and give up. This beer require patience, calmness, a fire and feet up. This is one to be savoured and when I did I was not ready to die by any means but love another day for more. Well done Bellwoods!

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Photo of Duncian
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 Vintage
550ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger creamy dark brown head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- plenty of cognac barrel on the nose, notes of dark fruits, leather, nutty, some floral notes & oak. Undertones of charred malt, chocolate & light earthy coffee

T- classic RIS flavors up front, intense dark charred malt, figs & chocolate. Barrel character comes out mid-palate with some vinous notes, as well as figs, pepper & tobacco. The finish continues with the barrel and lingers of dark charred malt

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky smooth, slightly warming finish

O- an outstanding base beer with plenty of cognac qualities from the extensive barrel aging, outstanding

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session.Dark brown color. Aroma has dark malts and a bit of sugar. Taste is malty, balanced with roasty bitterness on the finish. Decent but lacks some complexity.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.39/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CurtisD
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattsander
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

This smells like heavy roast, with vinous cognac, some nuttiness, chocolate, and oak.

Like most Bellwoods barrel aged beers, the barrel is nicely integrated into the beer, and not incredibly dominant. There's a killer oak character here, with a little bit of cognac. The cognac adds a fruity vinousness. There's a little bit of vanilla, and a lot of dark chocolate. This is like a super complex truffle.

This is medium bodied, chewy but not exceptionally thick. It's a definite sipper.

Bellwoods describes this as decadent- and that's definitely an apt description.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FyreStorm
4.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of StormAles
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beerbom
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jlang2012
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GJKerr
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmithyAlan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattmarka1
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Smakawhat
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Bellwoods stemglass at the Brewpub. Vintage 2015 Cognac.

Classic walnut brown body, nearly black but also with some red edges towards the head. Minimal head creation, but very dark mocah brown with a faint same colored collar. Subsequent pours make a bigger collar but fleeting head as well, but it's a great mix of dark head and lighter colored body than anticipated. Great looking stout.

Aroma is a great spot on take on barrel aging. Creamy hints of vanilla and hazelnuts at first, with excellent brandy and woody warm aromas. Light controlled roast faint dark chocolate, and kirsch more cherry qualities but with a controlled boozy character. Big rich and bodacious.

Palate continues to bring the goods. Creamy nuts on the mid palate with a mild round oaky flavor. Heated kirsch warmth, almost more like mule wine but with richer brandy tones. Light dark cocoa powder, some of the flavors are taken back by a hint of faint fizz on the mouthfeel but still manages a silky texture without any problem.

A great barrel aged stout, and EXCELLENT cognac one as well. Very impressive.

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Photo of Chops557
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobv
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mocha head.
S:Bitter chocolate and then milk chocolate as it warms.
T: Follows nose to a "T."
F: Velvet!
O: Please, please, please; may I have another?

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Photo of HopBelT
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dleiner
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Bring Out Your Dead from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 130 ratings