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Bellwoods / Evil Twin No Sleep Till BrooklynBellwoods / Evil Twin No Sleep Till Brooklyn

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This big sour stout is really something extraordinary, balancing roasty complex malt flavours with a tart sourness that works in a strangely perfect harmony. Our second collaboration brew with Jeppe from Evil Twin Brewing (the first being Fruit Helmet), No Sleep Till Brooklyn was a beer that aged in barrels with a slurry of wee beasties for over six months. With ample time to develop and sour, the resulting brew is a little more romantic than your average pint (if you fall in love with beers like we do).

Added by jrenihan on 07-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by yancot:
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, listing the ABV as 9.2%, with some weird redaction employed by seemingly specific 'X's. Anyways, nice to see Jeppe (met him earlier this year while indirectly shilling his products at the Edmonton Craft Beer Fest) getting around. Oh, and many thanks to hoppypocket for getting this rarity to me.

This beer pours a black seeming, but in reality just very, very, very dark russet brown colour, with pervasive cola highlights, and three fingers of frothy, tightly foamy, and generally creamy beige head, which leaves a near-solid wall of tacky snow rime lace around the glass as it rather slowly abates.

It smells of sour dark fruit - cherry, prune, and raspberry - lightly charred wood, acidic lemon, slighty musty funk, gritty unsweetened cocoa, and mild earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet black fruit, the very same from the nose, dulled earthy, musty, and faintly cheesy funk, swelling bittersweet chocolate, slightly toasted caramel malt, a fading lemon rind astringency, and subtle notes of anise, wet ash, and singed leafy hops.

The bubbles are pretty low-key, and hard to discern at times, the body a thinned medium weight, generally smooth, and even a bit creamy - huh - those bugs must be Canadian, so very polite. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa-tinged malt, softened dark fruit, and woody yeast a sort of demonic fit of fever, it would seem, as the heady booze is devilishly unaccounted for.

Wow. Wild ales leave me uncertain at best, and sour stouts - don't even get me started. But this, this is good, quite good, as the easy-drinking stout is never left behind, the sourness well integrated. Given my druthers, I would have another of these, but that sneaky, oh so sneaky alcohol might have something to say about that. (Brought to you by the burg that elects Rob Ford, from the province that continually elected Ralph Klein - hah!)

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very well made beer, one of the best Bellwoods has been involved in. Black with lace at the bottom. Cherry aroma. Brux and Lamb and Lactob. and pedioccus and magnum and Flemish yeast. Chocolate in finish. Carbonation understated, a plus. A Flemish without palate erasing. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great name (and fitting story behind it).

"I sip the def ale with all the fly women." ;-)

Appearance. Pours dark brown, close to black in the glass with two fingers of khaki head that leave some thick lacing.

Smell. Blackberries, cocoa, some dark cherry, and a bit of woody funk and vinegar. Interesting stuff.

Taste. Sour dark cherries and cocoa, barrel wood (lightly funky), a bit of dark roasted malt and a drop of vinegar. Moderately sour, dry finish with plenty of cocoa and some dry roasty malt.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body, strong but soft carbonation.

Overall. A good sour stout. Would love to revisit this after a year or two of cellar dwelling.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some dry roasted notes that are also perceptible. Taste is a mix between some tart notes with some dry roasted malt notes with light funky and acidic undertones. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting mix but I am not personally a big fan of those soured stout.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dar482
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours in a black, dark brown color.

The aroma has some sour cherries, roasty malt, a bit of tartness.

The flavor follows with a strange balance of sour tartness and stout richness. You get some interesting berry tartness that is light and some tartness. Then there’s a roasty malt that takes over along with some earthy flavors.

The mouthfeel is not very full, more towards medium.

A decent brew that is quite interesting.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bellwoods. This is a sour stout brewed with Evil Twin.

Beer is black, with almost no head. Just a thin bit of tan.

Nose contains oak, tart cherry and roast malt. Not a very strong smell.

The beer is moderately sour, with cherry and a bit of funk. Roasted malt is strongly present. Oak. The flavours are well blended, it does not come across as too wildly different beers (wild and stout). Dry.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. A bit astringent.

Overall, pretty good, though not the standout I hoped for.

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Photo of Jerboat
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of DarkSun
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Jeffo
3.24/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got a couple of these from the brewery downtown. Lucky to be there when this was available. Cheers!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Bottled 15 May 2013
Bottle 867 of 1563
My bottle lists 9.2% ABV

APPEARANCE: A transparent brown pour yields a one finger, looser, fizzy, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a splotchy wisp with lots of carbonation all over the place. Bistre brown in color, perfectly clear, with higher levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Kind of thin and light for an imperial stout base. Annoying head as well.

SMELL: A big nose with sour cherries, lemon tartness, red fruits and some minor acidity as well. A light hint of roasted aromas, but this is mostly bugs. A touch of chocolate comes out later on as well. Some balance is there, but not quite as balanced as the flavor.

TASTE: Tart cherries and lemon flavors with some citrus acidity at the swallow. Big aftertaste of tart red fruits, citrus, acidity and some light fruity sweetness as well. A well-measured dose of roasted grain and chocolate bitterness shows up, but the sourness does play a leading roll. Still, more stout here than in the nose.

PALATE: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Not creamy or smooth on the palate, airy and very light, goes down fizzy and finishes rather dry. Not my style of feel for a stout, let alone a sour. Too light and fizzy.

OVERALL: Despite the sour dominating the stout for the most part, this is actually pretty tasty. I do enjoy a good sour, and this one did show some attempt at balancing the bugs with a solid roasted base. Unfortunately the look was lousy and the feel much too weak to support the big stout base. One I was glad to try, but not something I'll need to re-visit.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of FEUO
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MasterSki
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at the source. Shared in a tulip, shared with a friend. #208/1563

A - A dark tan foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind minimal lace. Dark brown body, with a hint of translucency at the edges of the glass. Very dark in Bellwoods, so it's tough to get a good read on color.

S - Sour cherry, roasted malts, oak, Not a ton of spirit character - curious what sort of barrels were used. Maybe port? Red wine? In any case, the aroma is more funky than sour to me, with lots of musky brett and overripe fruit.

T - The taste has more stout character to it, but with a building sourness and acidity as one works through the bottle. Mid-palate is heavy on roast, chocolate cake, and dark fruit, but there's a bit of funk late.

M - Dry, oaky, and tannic, with high carbonation. Medium-full body, with low lingering stickiness, and significant acidity. No alcohol as far as I can detect.

D - Exactly as promised, but not a preferred style for me. Drinkable, but probably not something I'd seek to revisit.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of peensteen
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly jet black with a ring of tan head, not much in the way of lace. Smell is full of vinious fruit, cherry and roast, acidic with some chocolate and coffee as well, a bit of oak, quite a bit going on here. Taste starts off a little more roasty and chocolatey before being met with acidic fruit, cherry, lemon, more coffee and roasty flavours in the finish with a lingering tartness as well. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied. Quite good, a well executed mix of sour and stout, certainly enjoyable and would revisit this down the road.

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Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mick303
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Soured stout collaboration.
A - pitch black with minimal lace retention, some initially but this fades.

S - rich coffee and tobacco, lactic yeast, lemon oil, very distinct wild character.

T - a smooth start with lemon and rich dark coffee malts then the yeast and wild sour character come across quite hot.

M - mouthfeel is silky and big with a lemon yeast freshness and chile spiciness, light biting carbonation and a crisp lactic yeasty finish.

An interesting sour stout, with the sour aspect dominating, a lingering tart flavour on the finish. Very unique brew and rewarding but on depth it seems like the stout complexity is underplayed.

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Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Luisc94
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Served in A wine glass at Bellwoods from a the Bottle 129 of 1563.

A: Is kinda dark in the Pub so its hard to check the colour, it looks like a blackmaybe Very dark brown, apears to be slightly translucent. it leaves a mid brown lacing not even a finger tall.

S: First I notice some kind of sour fruits, maybe cherries and some wine tones I also feel soft dark fruits. The malts in the beer are very hidden not very noticeable in the smell.

T: The taste is much balanced. A combination of roasted malts and coffee with sourness with some cherries and a slight earthiness.

M: I was surprised, it was much lighter than I expected. It was dry and soft, medium Carbonation and body, not very thick.

O: A very enjoyable beer, a very different style, but Im glad I try it, there are very limited quantities in the Pub if anyone is in Toronto I recommend to try it out.

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Bellwoods / Evil Twin No Sleep Till Brooklyn from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 25 ratings
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