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Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout

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Brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Burlington, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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on tap
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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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For those who aren’t afraid of big and bold beer! Made with a blend of roasted barley, chocolate and amber malt, this Imperial Stout has many deep flavours of rich and dark fruit and is naturally carbonated to give an incredibly smooth finish.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (134) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
La bière est d’un noir absolu et coiffée d’un anneau de mousse de couleur mocha laissant le liquide à vif. Arômes herbacées où s’entremêlent bois et whiskey et mélasse. Le nez est fort complexe et chaleureux. En bouche, les saveurs sont puissantes, peu subtiles mais on se plaît à les apprécier chacune qui sont la suite logique des parfums préalablement ressentis. L’effervescence généreuse de cette bière ajoute un côté piquant qui s’harmonise parfaitement à la pointe d’acidité sans doute due au bois (vieillissement en barrique non mentionné sur l’étiquette). Parlant de l’étiquette, celle-ci annonce une bière fortement houblonnée. Oui on sent du houblon, mais celui-ci est subtil et c’est tant mieux car plus de houblons dans un liquide déjà saturé de saveurs puissantes aurait été à mon avis un vrai gâchis. Très ronde mais non trop sucrée, cette bière affiche un corps généreux et une texture huileuse qui apporte satisfaction et réconfort lors d’une rude soirée d’hiver.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmaurice (4) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015 does not count
355 ml bottle from the LCBO. Appearance: Pours a dark black with no head. Aroma: Almonds, dark chocolate, prunes, dates, hint of coffee. Flavours: Chocolate fudge, bit of espresso. Mouthfeel: Moderate viscosity with low carbonation. Very, very smooth going down. Overall: A nice imperial stout with good chocolate flavours.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (101) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
A rick black colour with a thick, dark tan head. Aroma is understated with milk chocolate, some coffee and vegetables. The taste is not massive for the 9.6% abv. It features chocolate, heavily roast or slightly burnt toffee, a touch of coffee and some dark fruit. An unusual hint of bubble gum underneath the dominant tastes. Not a big imperial, but tasty.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsandBolts (145) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2015
355 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with no head.

Aroma: Almonds, dark chocolate, prunes, dates, hint of coffee.

Flavours: Chocolate fudge, bit of espresso.

Mouthfeel: Moderate viscosity with low carbonation. Very, very smooth going down.

Overall: A really nice imperial stout with great chocolate flavours.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13140) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
Cask @ Winking Judge. Dark brown. Aroma is choc and a fair bit of molasses. Rich, woody, lots of molasses and burnt raisins. Smooth body on cask, too.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Randy4Beer (305) - - JAN 23, 2015
Almost jet black, with an extremely thin, slightly off-white head. The aromas are burnt malts, an alcohol sting, coffee, and dark fruits like raisins. Tastes feature dark chocolate, malts, booziness, black coffee. I can truly say this is one of my favourite Nickel Brook beers, and very good bang for the buck. A superior brew at every day prices.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sever2morrow (2) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015 does not count
The head is almost as dark as the beer itself, which makes for a lovely appearance. Chocolate is the most obvious flavour, but it doesn’t linger. Nicely balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. Haven’t tried anything from Nickel Brook before, but I’ll keep an eye out now.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (1476) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
(bottle) clear very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of caramel, stewed fruit, vanilla; rich, balanced flavour with a long, medium bitter finish

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deepeary (245) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2015
Bottle from LCBO. Pour black with lots of mocha head. Nose is roasted malt, dark fruits. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Roasty flavours, with some bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Really like this one. Underrated.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Listigovers (414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
Pitch black with a big dark brown head. Roasted malt and bitter hop aroma. A little boozy, full bodied, creamy texture and soft carbonation, bitter and burnt, ashy flavour. Hop bitterness is present, but can’t really pick out specific flavours. The roast flavour is bold and fairly good, but the smooth carbonation is a real treat.


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