Bring Out Your Dead | Bellwoods Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

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.

Added by jrenihan on 04-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
118
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
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52
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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lucky enough to get one of these from Peensteen, then another from the nice guys at the brewery. Cheers!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.
Imperial Stout in cognac barrels
Bottled 7 April 2013
Bottle 276 of 1699

APPEARANCE: A black, syrupy pour yields a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Head quickly recedes to a light wisp and ring. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. Only a ring remains and leaves not real lacing down the glass. Great color, but could use some lacing.

SMELL: Big nose with lots of base beer making its way through the potent barrel aging. Cognac and oak are there, with lots of molasses, caramel and dark baker's chocolate. Touches of roasted grain as well, and the chocolate and molasses hold up well to the oak and cognac from the barrels. Really good and extremely enticing.

TASTE: Cognac sweetness and sweet molasses up front. Caramel flavors too, moving into a boozy cognac, oak and roasted finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted grains, sweet cognac, caramel and molasses, as well as some bitter baker's chocolate as a counterweight. Excellently balanced between the base beer and barrel aging. Decadent flavors and wonderfully complex. Top class for sure.

PALATE: Full body and medium levels of carbonation. Velvety creamy smooth, silky on the palate, goes down smooth with lots of weight and finishes sticky. Full, heavy, creamy, velvety and silky smooth. Love it.

OVERALL: This is awesome. Basically as good as it gets. Maybe a touch bit too much residual sweetness, though that is a minor complaint in the grand scheme of things. A menacing pour with a wonderful and enticing nose, bold, complex and heavenly flavor profile, and a thick, silky feel that brings it all together. This is the top of its style and I hope to get to enjoy more of this in the future. Thanks for the bottles of this stuff guys. Highly recommended.

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4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Served from bottle 1370 of 2100 in to a snifter.

A: as Black as the inside of a coffin at midnight. Dark Tan 1 finger hear.

S: Instant Cognac with some Chocolate and Licorice. Roasted malts with Dark fruit undertones. really Balanced.

T: Similar to the Smell, allot of Cognac and dark Chocolate, Some dark Coffee and the dark under tone fruits. Dark chocolate is more noticeable but still very balanced.

M: I can only describe it as creamy deliciousness.Not as thick as Hellwoods or Skeleton key but very well incorporated in t he beer. there is some slight bitterness at the end but balanced with the slight sweetness it has.

O: One of my favorite beers I,ve ever tastes. Magnificent. If you ever come to Toronto visit Bellwoods brewery Toronto. Definitely a world class brewery. Characterized with their brett beer and barrel aged greatness.

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Photo of Cadbury
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of biegaman
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bring Out Your Dead looks as though it were spawned by Satan himself. It's not just dark, it is utter darkness. Even its head is coloured like rust and looks like broken fragments of clay pottery as it capsizes in the middle and drifts towards the side of the glass. Fascinating.

Poorly executed barrel-aged beers are nauseating. Properly executed barrel-aged beers are enchanting. This one is a dream - it marries the cocoa and coffee flavours of stout with the vanilla- and caramel-accented notes of flowers and dried fruits of cognac. My Spidey-senses tell me this is the beginning of a masterpiece.

The flavour has enough roasted malt to extinguish even the strongest chocolate cravings. Dark chocolate, anyhow. There's very little sweetness to this beer, only the traces of golden raisin and dried cherries inferred by alcohol esters. Otherwise it's black espresso and fudge all the way.

Any beer of double-digit strength - let alone one as dark as this and aged in cognac barrels - is sure to dehydrate you pretty quickly. All it took was a few sips to dry my mouth out; the oak isn't tasted so much as felt. Ditto for the alcohol. Still, the beer has the composure of a seeing-eye dog and is smooth as the baby Jesus' bottom.

It's a shame I haven't another bottle because this is a prime candidate for aging; it is exactly the kind of structured, substantial and special stout to build your cellar around. It is a super big beer made in an ultra small batch. Bellwoods would be crazy not to try to replicate this again; even a beer half as good would be worth the $12/bottle I paid for this.

When I first tried this fresh I thought it might be one of the best barrel-aged stouts I'd ever had. Trying it again half a year later I can now confirm that; more of the cognac features have come to the fore, adding increased complexity to an already rich and masterfully accomplished beer. Bring Out Your Dead, ironically enough, brings about the true pleasure in living.

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Photo of akdo
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had a pint of this Imperial Stout aged in barrels of cognac at Bar Volo in Toronto. It was on tap.

Look: The beer was pitch black with a one-finger high tan head. Unfortunately, the head dies out quickly as you are smelling the beer and ends up being a creamy crown. Moreover, as we drink the beer leaves a few marks on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very strong is akin to light chocolate and lightly roasted coffee beans. All in all, we barely feel the alcohol in the malt profile, which is like a sweet cognac stripped of its alcoholic warmth.

Taste: The palate is a replay of the aromas. The taste of cognac barrels is very well hidden in the sweetness of the dominant notes of chocolate and low-key notes of lightly roasted coffee beans. Despite the sweetness provided by the beer's being aged in barrels of cognac for one year, the beer never tastes like milk chocolate.

Feel: The beer is medium-bodied as the notes of chocolate combined with lightly roasted coffee beans and cognac confer a nice and light sweetness. Although dry, the finish is not astringent, which makes this beer surprisingly drinkable despite its 13% ABV. Moreover, like any excellent Imperial Stout, this beer has an alcoholic warmth that can be felt in the chest.

Overall: I would recommend this beer! However, the only reservation I have was with the head retention, which I would love to see last much longer. Other than that, I love the combination of cognac, chocolate and coffee beans in the taste. In fact, the cognac acts like a sweetener rather than an overpowering element.

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4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 0923/2100. 2014 edition. Superb Cognac barrel aged imperial stout!

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4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

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

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