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:
119
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
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53
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22
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4
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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry bitter roasted malt with some black chocolate notes with very subtle Cognac notes. Taste is also dominated by dry bitter roasted malt notes with sweet undertones and black chocolates notes with light warming Cognac notes. Body is full with oily-like texture with good carbonation. Enjoyable though Cognac doesn’t really come out as much as I had anticipated.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of smakawhat
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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 MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Adrial. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Creamy tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Very dark brown body with some reddish transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Loads of sweet cognac and spirit character. Mild soy, baker's chocolate, mild roasted malt, a touch of coffee, and negligible alcohol. Quite sweet, with only a touch of roast to it. Reminds me a little of Mikkeller Cognac George actually in the sweet and savory mixture.

T - The taste is a bit more roasty and balanced, with a mixture of chocolate, cognac, umami, brown sugar, dark fruits and raisins, and a bit of char and oak in the finish that keeps things from getting excessively sweet.

M - Creamy, smooth, medium-full body, with a lingering sticky finish. Pleasant lower carbonation, and well-hidden alcohol.

D - As stated above, it reminds me a lighter version of Cognac George. Really enjoyable and very easy to drink; a few of us polished off the bottle very quickly. Curious what the base beer tasted like, as supposedly it's different from Hellwoods. Hope they make this again as it's one of the best Ontario-made beers I've had.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #844/1699. Bottled April 7, 2013.
Poured in to Bellwoods tulip.

A - Dark inky black. One finger of medium brown head with good retention.

S - A bold roast presence up front with some anise, charred oak and cognac. Lighter smoke and tobacco aromas in the background.

T - A massive roast flavour hits the tongue first that is followed by dark cherry, charred oak and cognac flavours and a huge overall sweetness. The sweetness becomes more and more prominent as I continue to drink the beer and eventually becomes a little overwhelming.

M - Full body. Thick and viscous. Low carbonation.

O - Another great beer form Bellwoods. Overall, this one was a bit too sweet for my liking but was otherwise complex and enjoyable.

Had this one a second time and found it much more enjoyable; not as overly sweet as the first time I had it. Ratings have been slightly adjusted to reflect an average of both times.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.73/5  rDev +9%
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 dwagner003
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Erik-P
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/10/13 #486 of 1699, thanks Liam for this massive want

A shes a dark one, even the foams dark, two fingers quickly falls to a thick film leaving a few partial rings followed by random patches deep down the glass

S chocolate fudge covered in chocolate syrup, the cognac barrels hard to miss, charred wood, vanilla, coffee and a little booze, some chocolate milk and bruised plum with some nutty hard toffee, smells great

T more barrel in the mouth, more char and cognac, very rich chocolate and some unburnt woods in there too, sweet chocolate and sugar coated raisins with a hint of molasses, so rich, so good

M very thick and creamy, this one has some body I could chew this stuff, oily, not much for booze and my lips are stuck together, heavy dark roast on the finish and at this rate I'll be tasting it tomorrow, perhaps a highlight and that says something

O this one hit the spot, world class beer in every department, start to finish this one delivers

I'm almost always disappointed when I finally track down my current top want but this one surpassed my expectations. One of the best beers I've had in recent memory and I've been a busy beer drinking boy to say the least. I can't wait to see what these guys brew next.

2014 version again from liamt07 8/11/15- lots of barrel, heaps of char, boozy, big in general, not sure if its an improvement but its solid if you like massive ass kickers!!

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4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thank you to Liamt07 and Sammy for both getting a bottle of this to me!

Appearance. Pours a thick, deep dark brown that's pretty much black in the glass. Topped with a finger of creamy dark tan head.

Smell. Fragrant woody liquor (cognac, but I wouldn't have guessed that without reading the label). Also molasses and dark roasted malts with a little licorice and dark chocolate.

Taste. Dark chocolate and hints of licorice, fresh barrel wood and some light cognac with some dark coffee and dry roasty malts in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Full body with low+ carbonation.

Overall. A really nice, big RIS with tons of flavour and a nice level of barrel and booze, not too strong and very complimentary.

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4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to Pino for the stellar trade... A perfect celebratory brew in honour of the birth of our son.
A - pours pitch black, thin layer of dark mocha head, some retention and no real lacing.
S - burnt oak, dark roast coffee, leather, burnt chocolate and sweet candied alcohol notes.
T - loads of flavor, molasses, black licorice, dark cocoa, sweet cognac booziness comes through nicely, leafy green hop notes linger alongside roasted coffee and burnt chocolate.
M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of stickiness. ABV is very well hidden.
O - It's everything it's cracked up to be and more. A worthy celebratory ale and super stoked to have gotten my hands on a bottle.

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4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***Bottle 767 of 1699***
Big thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from 650ml. bottle, bottled April 7, 2013.

Appearance: Thick as motor oil, 2 fingers worth of creamy head, very dark brown. As it pours, hue cascading effect in the head, fingers of lacing are left on the sides.

Smell: Strong alcohol, dark plums, cognac adds a spirited aroma. Base beer does shine through with some chocolaty malt.

Taste: Cognac immediately hits the taste buds, mixes well with chocolate and coffee flavors. Finish is reminiscent of red peppers, a bit spicy though not much, just to taste. You`d think it wouldn`t fit but i actually like it.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, bit milky but quite aggressive with the barrel aging without overdoing it.

Overall: An interesting twist on a classic style. Very much enjoyed.

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4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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