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.

Added by jrenihan on 04-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,145
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
125
pDev:
8.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
22
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of fredmugs
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djgustafson
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of pagriley
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akdo
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of simplejj81
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mctizzz
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully black with a nice Espresso head. Smell is roasty/smoke with a sweetness that I'm guessing comes from the congac barrel. Feels nice and chewy. Taste is first fudgey, then Espresso, then smokey, but ends a little burnt. Overall really good, but dialing down the smoke at the end would do wonders.

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Photo of mmapes
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage bottle, opened in November 2015. Poured into a goblet. Inky black, small tan head. Not sure what straight cognac would smell like, but we get distilled spirits. Hints of chocolate and fig. Maybe a little earth. Luscious rich mouthfeel, dark fruit like raisins or prunes, with a smoky or woody finish. Drying astringent finish - not my favorite finish, but great for the style. (Thanks to Andrew for the trade!)

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Photo of goalie35
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cycle69
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kevinlater
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4oz sample at bar hop's "greatest hits" event. pitch black with dark brown head. standard imperial stout nose (roast, chocolate, coffee) with a touch of cognac. more cognac in the nose as it warms up. the taste has loads more cognac -- it is roasty, licorice-y, and chocolatey in the front, and then the cognac takes over mid-palate to the finish. notes of jam-like prunes, figs, raisins too. medium-plus mouthfeel. truly a "wow" beer

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BINGEBOT
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tmappin
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xtonytx
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the 2014 vintage; 12.2% ABV.

L: Really dark; viscous; just the right amount of creamy head.

S: Cognac! Sweet cherry licorice.

T: Not so sweet! Almonds, vanilla, swiss mocha. Roasty, but not acrid (like a properly roasted coffee).

F: Body holds up to the ABV.

O: A tasty beer that does not show its ABV.

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Photo of BakaGaijin
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

2014 Vintage

Aromas of the typical RIS spectrum, dark fruit, roasted malts, molasses, baker's chocolate, caramel, with an oaky/tannic presence. I can detect the Cognac. Tastes precisely what it smells like, with some espresso notes, rich malts. Has a persistent sweetness, without going into milk stout territory. I would characterize it as being on the drier side of things though. The dried fruits from the cognac barrel are apparent, as is an almost 'woodsy' spirit like taste. There is a spicy component as well. Very viscous, the smoke, earthy and peaty notes make it an even more robust experience. I don't know what cognac barrel was procured for this beer, but older brandy tends to be woody and spicier, whereas younger variants are floral, and more subtle in their fruitiness. This is a marvelous stout. The guys from Ossington are doing great stuff. Even more sublime on tap. This is on equal footing with KBS and BCBS, make no mistake.

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Photo of SebD
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy tan head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of cognac, sweet dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, roasted malts and some oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some cognac, sweet dark fruit, molasses, dark chocolate, light coffee, roasted malts and oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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

Photo of yasky
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Bring Out Your Dead from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 125 ratings