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


on tap

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RATINGS: 129   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (14834) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (12393) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2014
341mL bottle, pours black with a small beige head. Nose brings out dark fruits, roasted malt, and caramel malt. Flavour brings out caramel roasted malt and some dried dark fruit - great balance between the two. Carbonation is lively but nice enough, though the whole thing feels a bit dead in the mouthfeel. Solid beer, just nothing overly interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12360) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2011
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a smooth chocolate with light spoiled meats, boiled veggies. In mouth, a smooth smoked chocolate with creamy sugars, caramelized, not bad. Cask Days, Oct. 30 2011.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (10751) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Draft. Black pour, tan head. This is a nice Imperial stout cause it is not super sweet, has a nice coffee-like character and a dryer body thanmost.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (10740) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
Draft - Big roast and molasses with some dark fruit. Jet black with a decent brown head. Dark syrupy molasses, bittersweet chocolate and some roasted malts. Little sweetness and boozy finish. Sweetness and syrup is a bit much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (10655) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2012
On cask at Volo. Rather thin, accounting for it being a cask, for a RIS. Not really a RIS. Substantive chocolate. Black coloured body.
Earlier Rating: 10/31/2011 Total Score: 3.2
Cask Days 2011.A decent beer with interesting taste,led by bitterness and some sourness. less than par for the style. on cask increased drinkability. Downside is that the mouthfeel is less than average for the style. Sour first, chocolate and coffee second. Sugary and boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Snifter on tap at Marty’s Hops & Vines a couple weeks ago. Near-black, very dark brown color. Thin off-white head, good bits of lace. Moderate roast, mild spicy, some dark fruit. Bigger full body. Good chewiness. Lighter carbonation. Mild slick texture. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Mild alcohol warmth. Pretty enjoyable imperial stout. Greg says it’s got some nice smoke, bit of walnut. Wow, good note, Greg. On-point. Solid stuff overall, great to enjoy with my "adult grilled cheese". Bit fruitier and more robust than American examples, but it works, still.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
NB Let Tzar Be IS 2011-10-30. Black body, tiny head fades. 3+ FLavour is quite unusual, sweet dark malt, sugary touches, dry notes, light bitterness lingers, muted roast, pretty sweet overall. Modest aroma, funny sort of herbal character and green vegetation. Average plus to medium bodied palate. Takes on some odd esters as it warms. Not unpleasant necessarily, but a bit of an odd melange at times. Cask Days 2011, Toronto

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2012
On tap at Volo as "Bolshevik Bastard". Pitch black with a little bit of thin dark brown head. The aroma is quite sweet with notes of raisin, pepper and chocolate syrup. A little bit of herbaceousness as well. Ethanol retronasally but it kinds of lacks in punch. A little bit sweet and a little bit one-dimensional in a way that I don’t really enjoy. There is some dried fruit but it’s not got the heavy roast and deep middle that I kind of go for in imperial stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (8917) - 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.

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