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


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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Our Nickel Brook ’Bolshevik Bastard’ Russian Imperial Stout is scientific creation brewed especially for those of you who aren’t afraid of big and bold flavours! Made with a blend of Roasted, Chocolate and Crystal malts; this Imperial Stout exhibits many deep flavours of rich, roasty chocolate and dark fruit. To counterbalance the sweetness, the Bolshevik Bastard is aggressively hopped to give rise to this remarkably smooth Russian Imperial Stout. Na zdorovye!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KoNrRiI (1229) - Århus, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2015
0.355 bottle. Pitch black color and a small, brown head. Aroma of dark malts, roast, shrimps, alcohol, and delicate prunes. Taste of dark malts, roast, dark chocolate, very delicate hints of herbs. A full body, a slick texture, and a soft carbonation. Finish is long and bittersweet with dark chocolate leading the crowd. Overall, not a bad beer but it isn’t as good as one expects RISs to be.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (2073) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Sweet dominates roast! Black color with average head. Hops didn’t contribute much in terms of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
palabreur (23) - Brocton, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2015
12oz into goblet at 65° and 45°. Aroma of each is roasted grain, some cherry from the warmer one. Thin-bubbled head typical of an RIS, large head on the wamer one, small on the cooler. Head is rich brown in color, good lacing. Huge difference between the two. The 65° one is probably the best RIS I’ve had; huge cherry and plum flavors, roasty, feels like it lights the fireplace right beside you. Full mouthfeel, just a wonderful beer. At 45° it’s empty and muted, the fruitiness is there on the aftertaste, but it’s not up front. Immediately took the other two out of the fridge. Rating reflects the 65° bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ozzy (3) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2015 does not count
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried snifter Got in a trade with @SebD Aroma roasted malt, lasts Head small (<two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular three to five mm ring and partial layer Lacing good – narrow rings of tiny bubbles Body dark brown/black, opaque Flavor very strong roasted malt with a hint of smoke and bitter chocolate, ends with some hop spiciness; no alcohol, no diacetyl Palate full, creamy, lively carbonation Appearance 8, Aroma 4, Flavor 8.5, Palate 4, Overall 16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chief6rocka (2) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2015 does not count
Awesome dark beer. No head Chocolaty with a hint of coffee. Goes down smooth with will give you a little buzz off the first pint

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (2463) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2015
Black with virtually no head. Aroma is chocolate, soy sauce, hint of liquorice, dark fruits. Full bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate with a slightly astringent finish. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, roast, liquorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sixx (28) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2015
A wonderful Imperial stout. with a rich and creamy texture. It has a nutty taste with a slight hint of chocolate. And a sweet almost nutty aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1692) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2015
Arômes de grains de café brûlés, avec du sucre et du chocolat noir ; la bière est mi-épaisse, et parfaite noire et opaque, avec une mousse pour ainsi dire absente. La bouche est passablement sucrée, avec un chocolat assez copieux, et une amertume correcte en fin de gorgée. Un liquide qui prend du caractère à mesure qu’elle se réchauffe. On sent un brin d’alcool, sinon on a ici affaire à une impy stout tout ce qu’il y a de plus classique, et bien réussie par-dessus le marché.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5182) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
La robe noire exhibe une belle tête qui laisse une longue traînée. Au niveau des arômes, le départ est assez ordinaire mais tout de même intéressant avec ce parfum de mélasse et cette pointe poivrée qui pourrait être celle de l’alcool ou des houblons boisés ou encore la somme des deux. En deuxième moitié de la dégustation, une agréable apparition du chocolat et de fruits foncés. La première gorgée révèle des malts noirs rôtis et une riche touche chocolatée. L’alcool et les houblons apportent une amertume qui réajuste le tout. En bouche, le corps est moyen tandis que les bulles sont vives et la texture crémeuse. En finale, les houblons qui sont bien vivants et boisés ne laissent aucune chance aux sucres maltés.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OntBeerDrinker (515) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
Why havn’t I rated this b4? Had the ketucky burbone and wine barrel aged versions. Best barrel version is the wine but without barrel this stout is my fav from Nickel brook and an amazing stout. Black smooth not boozy great kick and taste. Cheer’s!!!!!! P.S. Drank a bunch of this stout b4. 9%

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