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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


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Imperial Stout Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels.

DerWeg's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1568) - Toronto, Ontario, - JAN 27, 2013
Pretty sure this is my second try, I lost the original rate - but it was better this time, not as simplistic or sweet. Great, smooth French-style oak showing through, with light round tannins and even some deep tartrate-like (wine crystals) red wine fruit. Maybe not a world-beater stout under this, but a suitable one and overall a remarkable treatment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spab (2945) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2015
750 ml bottle (2014) from LCBO. Pours a deep inky near black colour with nice mocha-coloured head with decent retention. Aroma is quite big on red wine character with tart cherries, berries, plum, as well as hints of roast and chocolate. Flavour is also big on vinous notes with lots of tart cherry, red currant, plum and more subtle roastiness, dark chocolate as well as a little oakiness. Fine carbonation, oily mouthfeel. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CurbDog (74) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2015
One finger creamy mocha head, fades slowly to thin blanket. Black colour, very dark even at the edges. Brett, oak, light roast, milk chocolate. Matching flavours, but more rich chocolate in the front, coffee, red wine. Beautifully creamy mouthfeel. Chocolaty finish, with complimentary acidity. Really enjoying this beer, well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3401) - 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 (3848) - 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 (6621) - 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 (524) - - 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 (2541) - 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 (1213) - 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 (1888) - 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 (2716) - 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.

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