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


on tap

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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3019) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
Sample, draught, during the National Capital Craft Beer Festival, savoured on August 16 2013; eye: black, opaque, brown head, nice lacing; nose: green, roasted malt, light hops, light coffee; mouth: green pepper, roasted malt, slight hops, light coffee, “green” finale with presence of caramel, medium-full body, below-average carbonation, lightly sweet, a bit thin; overall: ordinary FRANÇAIS Échantillon, en fût, bue lors du National Capital Craft Beer Festival, savourée le 16 août 2013; œil : noire, opaque, mousse brune, bonne dentelle; nez : vert, malt torréfié, léger houblon, léger café; bouche : poivron vert, malt torréfié, très léger houblon, léger café, finale « verte » avec présence de caramel, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, légèrement sucrée, un peu mince; en résumé : ordinaire

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
chris__hartley (276) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
It pours opaque black; the head is mocha and mousse-like. The aroma has notes of: sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The taste is medium sweet that finishes medium bitter; there are notes of: coffee, licorice, dark rum, and pumpernickel bread. The palate is full bodied, has a creamy/oily mouth feel, has low carbonation, with a long finish. Overall, a decent product from Nickel Brook.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1394) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle from CANBIF 2013. Pours a nice black with a nice moka head that unfortunately fails fast (no retention) and doesn’t leave much lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and ash. First whiff reminded me of raisins too. Taste is maybe sweet but this sweetness is crushed by the roastiness. Again, caramel flavors and ash. Not a fan of ash in a stout... Body is "medium", maybe a little weak. The ashy bitterness persists for a while. Carbonation level is medium. Drinkable but definitely not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Cask at Pub Italia during out final outing as a clan of five residents. Slight cherry complementing tootsie roll and dark chocolate. More red fruit in the finish. Moderate dark malt but more like a dunkler bock than a stout. Some belgian yeastiness to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4239) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2013
341ml bottle pours black in color with a small light brown head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is light roasted grains and chocolate. Taste is a raisin and chocolate malty sweetness with a light roasted grain and hop bitterness. As far as Imperial Stouts go this one is quite a bit below average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cfarr069 (7) - Rockland, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013 does not count
On Tap at Brothers in Ottawa. Very strong chocolate and malt, not much else. The flavour is lacking in complexity, and the mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired. Much better in the bottle, a lot more roast coffee, and stronger stout mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (6886) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
On tap @ Brothers Beer Bistro, Ottawa. Tasted side by side with Dieu de Ciel’s Grande Noirceur, and this beer suffered greatly by comparison. Sorely lacking in malty depth, with flavours of plums and cola and capsicum, this did not stand up to its competitor. Thinnish mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
Cask: Poured a dark black color stout with a light dark brown foamy head with light retention. Aroma of chocolate and green pepper is not the most interesting. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt, bitter chocolate and with loads of green peppers. Body is a bit light with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I am not sure what brewing flaws generates the green peppers ester but this was not the most pleasant experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pushkinwow (2034) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
On tap at National Capital Beer Festival. Dark black with a generous brown head that is beautiful to look at. Roasted malts, hints of bittersweet chocolate and coffee grinds, some alcohol. Moderate carbonation and body, smooth, clean, slightly bitter and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LarryBeast (517) - - AUG 4, 2013
Sampled at Toronto Festival of Beer and again at Forest City Beer Fest. Enjoyed much more at the former than the latter. Dark, syrupy, roasted coffee, plum and chocolate.

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