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


on tap

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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
philgc (1) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2015 does not count
This beer is one of my absolute favourite. So nice and dark with great notes of chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of dried fruit. So amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Helsdon (352) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2015
Here I am about to eat crow (figuratively, literally I have.a lasagne in the oven). Yesterday I say GLB’s Harry Porter Vanilla Bean version, aka the sequel, and I declared the sequel is never as hood as the original. Then I have this guy whose Kentucky version is freaking awesome. But all that aside this brew, which pours inky black with the thought of tan head, is a damn nice brew. Toasty roasted malts, ’booze, a little coffee and sugar, and a hint of ... blackberries? on the nose. Good clean taste thick roasted malts, mild mild vanilla, booze, coffee with a mild sweetness that balances everything out beautifully. Not as good as the sequel, but damn nice. basement aromas,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1418) - Montréal, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmaurice (7) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (452) - Ottawa, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsandBolts (258) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15806) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randy4Beer (513) - - JAN 23, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2016 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (2442) - , 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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