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Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard (Pinot Noir BA)

Formerly brewed at Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Burlington, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Imperial Stout Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3348) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2015
750 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a loose mocha head. Aroma: Intense red wine, has an acidic edge that reminds me of some Flanders Red Ales, sharp, chocolate and coffee in the background, kinda peppery, somewhat boozy, black strap molasses. Palate: Medium-full body, kinda sloppy but fairly present carbonation, smooth. Flav.: Lots of red wine character accentuated with lovely dark-roasted malt/Impy stout notes, a little coffee and chocolate, still has that bright, acidic Flanders character (red wine vinegar), a bit boozy; dry with very light tartness, moderate bitterness, powdery feel and a red wine and dark-roasted malt finish with apparent alcohol.

This is a Big Bastard for sure. I prefer the Kentucky and straight versions more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gurthnar (3337) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 6, 2015
2013 bottle shared by Karol, many thanks! Very dark colour, quite stable head, gushed a little bit but no big deal. Aroma really really fruity, fresh, berries, cherry, sour cherry. Almost like a wine, only more intense and better. Taste betrays slight brett, light to moderate. That probably created the gush. However the higher carbonation helps cover the alcohol well and also has a smooth quality. Lots of rich maltiness as well, roasted, caramel, chocolate. Lots of fruits, berries, currant, vinous. Incredibly complex. Balanced even in basic tastes - sweetness, bitterness, light tartness. Dangerously easily drinkable. Right at the top. On par with my 4.7s, but considering there is still a 0.1 space to go before 5, this gets a well deserved 4.8. Man this is good. Not sure if the brett was an original component at the time of bottling, but it did not get out of hand here. Probably a good thing it got drunk now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (6250) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 6, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2015 Bottle kindly donated Karol, many thanks. Almost black color with huge beige head, gusher. Intense red wine aroma with dark berries, red currant in aroma. Taste, initially roasted malt, coffee overlapped by red wine, dark berries, red currant, Brett. Extremely tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wiosna (472) - - SEP 6, 2015
0,75 l pullo jaettu maistelussa (thanks Cuso!) @ 100 piv. Samea tummanruskea. Tuoksussa täyteläistä mallasta, tummaa marjaa ja hedelmää, maltaalla kyllästettyä portviiniä! Maussa selvästi paahteista ja kahvista mallasta, kirsikkaa, säilöttyä luumua. Tämän jälkeen mahtava punaviinin maku upgradettuna! Kyllä!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MisoW (2399) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 6, 2015
Bottle shared by Karol, thanks. Pours dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of wine, fresh dark berries, bit sourish, some honey, red currant. Taste is bit sourish, lightly sweet, red wine, black currant, cherries, sherry, wild cherries, bit roasted. Finish of dark berries with some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whatup14 (1165) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2015
Bouteille 660ml. Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka présentant de grosses bulles. Arôme de raisin, boisé, épicé?, malt torréfié. Goût de raisin, épicé, malt torréfié, légère acidité, café. Carbonatation faible, corps moyen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2015
Black with a light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, red wine, dark fruit, oak. Medium bodied, vinous mouthfeel, well balanced on the palate with a slightly astringent finish. Taste is chocolate, red wine, soy sauce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2682) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Poured from a bottle. This beer does not try to hide the wine barrel aging, very vinous, acidic.There are notes of chocolate, ashy, roasted malts. Dry and thin bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (13757) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle @ RBSG 2015. Thanks, Tony. Black in color with a big tan head. Some tangy red wine and grape but plenty of roasted malt, oak, and grape fruit. Just a touch of smoke. Big time fruit character both on the nose and on the tongue. Slight sourness of lemon peel and red grape. Big time oak, roast, and coffee grounds. Some sweetness of dark fruit and graham cracker. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Randy4Beer (382) - - JUN 26, 2015
Like it’s sister beers, Bolshevik and Kentucky bastards, it is a completely opaque black. Almost no head and what little there is, is mocha coloured. The aromas... Ok.... I’m going to come out and say it....spicy mustard. Seriously, it is front and centre. Some dark fruits, and a hint of chocolatey wine lurk in the background. Tastes are dark fruit, with some almost tart, slight bitterness that is hard to describe. The wine barrel influence asserts itself on the swallow. I’m not a huge fan of how the dark chocolate malts and coffee flavours of the base beer get overwhelmed buy the wine influence, and I don’t think the Pinot Noir marries itself to the base beer the way the Kentucky Bourbon did in the Kentucky Bastard. Having said all of that, and before this sounds too negative, I really like it and would recommend it, just not as much as the truly outstanding Bolshevik and Kentucky Bastards.

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