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


on tap

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 (13536) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11148) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (9524) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (9322) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8485) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (7991) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (7655) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2011
[4076-20111030] Cask. Sweet creme brûlée Tootsie Roll aroma. Black body with a quick brown bubbly head. Burnt roasted wood panel flavour is sweet throughout. Full body. Heavy like motor oil but fairly balanced in bitterness and roast. (8/3/7/3/14) 3.5
(Cask Days 2011 @ Hart House; Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6675) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 13, 2012
On tap at Volo
Aroma quiet peppery hot aroma with creamy feel , some dark dry malts finishing. .
Appearance brown-black with creamy fine top.
Flavor and Palate : heavy bodied. creamy texture with smooth roast sided character. Alcoholic warmth. Not perfect yet good effort shown.
Earlier Rating: 11/9/2011 Total Score: 3.2
Cask Days 2011
Aroma slight sourness, smoky, barley roast feel. Tart black berry hints with dark malty behind.
Appearance dark brown with beige light top, sparse lace. 3+
Flavor and Palate : Slight creamy , buttery feel. Mid accented by dark character with gentle hop hints. Dark chocolate with roast is finishing.

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