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

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


5
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
Cask at Vankleek Hill’s/Beau’s Oktoberfest. Orangeish opaque brown with a short lasting beige head. Smell is roast and chocolate. Taste is roast, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol. Lots of dark chocolate and citrus bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, sticky, velvety mouthfeel. Definitely the highlight of my tasting session!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
Pint on Tap at Imbibe in Kitchener. I was warned when ordering that it is 8.5%. Very dark brown, almost black with decent beige head. Roasted malts and mocha and a little sweetness that belies the strong alcohol content on the nose. Lighter feel than I expected in the mouth, but still very good. taste is the same sweet roasted malt and slightly bitter coffee that showed up in the nose. Overall, an excellent stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ILduce (222) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle: black beer with tan head. Dark fruits, espresso, and a bold malty aroma. Rich, complex flavours of roasted malts, dates, cocoa, and yeast. Oily mouthfeel with a long sweet bitterness in the end. Excellent Imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Karol (717) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle bought at the Nickelbrook brewery in Burlington/Canada. Overall a fantastic mind blowing imperial stout that has it all! Sweet vanilla and chocolate aroma. Pitch black color, no light penetration. Beige creamy head that keeps a pretty thick layer. Taste is phenomenal! Roasted malt, espresso, sweet vanilla, bitter chocolate plus some minor dark fruits. Alcohol very very mild and warming. A mind blowing brew!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1637) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottled samples from the Brewery: poured a pitch black ale in the tulip that defies light to pass through the glass with all but slight ruby high lights. Thick sticky two finger deep cola-colored meringue like cap. Modest natural carbonation. Aroma is well defined and becomes more pungent as it warms: fairly complex nose to it with amalgams of dried fruit, chicory, coffee, cocoa, ripe fruits, malts, nuts and some grassy notes. Great aroma, fills the room. Silky mouth feels, rich rounded flavor with a slick mouth feel. Taste profile starts with rich roasty malting and a chicory-cocoa presence that pummels the palate as the complexity of dried fruits, dark roast coffee, licorice, hazel nuts and resinous hops work the edges and back of the palate. Finish is long, drying, bitter-roasty and luxuriously smooth. As it warms it gets a port-like discernment in nose and palate. A world class Imperial stout from a solid local craft brewer. The beauty of this Impy is the way it is dry and smooth in the finish, verrrry drinkable! I can hardly wait to try the oak barrel aged version of this in a few months’ time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2014
Poured deep, dark brown with a disappearing beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruit, roast malt and coffee. Full body, flavour much as the aroma. Impressive for the ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Randy4Beer (361) - - JAN 23, 2015
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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OntBeerDrinker (492) - 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%

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2013 341ml bottle from John at the brewery, shared with JB84, Kish84 and Jeremy. pours dark brown with a small tanhead. nice dark malt, tar, and maple nose. light bodied without much flavour. pretty wimpy imperial stout but not a bad beer. light a bigger version of the NB maple porter. New batches of his have improved significantly. Currently the best readily availible impy in Ontario. This brewery has come a really long way in th last few years. If they keep trending this way they ill be one of th top 5 breweries in h province. Jet black with a small tan head. Roasted malt with ample hopping in th nose. The flavour I similar. Cold use more body but as I said this is much improved over early batches. Get some.


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