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

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Imperial Stout Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels.


DerWeg's rating

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1551) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (12765) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Randy4Beer (348) - - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6503) - Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2015
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks DuffMan). 2013 vintage is listed on the bottle as 9.5%abv with 70 IBUs, and is named Winey Bastard (which defaults to this beer). Bottle is a slow gusher. Looks good; a mostly opaque very dark (almost black) cola with ample beige head that is both fizzy and foamy, and dissipates very slowly. Smells of dark malt and oak alongside a notable grape and vinous presence. Tastes like it smells with a pleasantly vinous medium full-bodied mouthfeel. A bit of roast and bitter hops on the tongue as well. Very vinous, but enjoyable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (6009) - Utah, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle on the RBSG bus
Dark brown with a medium sized tan head, good lacing. Aroma of dark malts and fruity. Taste of dark malts, sour and grapes
Didn’t like this one

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1328) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle on the RBSG bus. Thanks! A: Black body, cappuccino head. N: Leather, cocoa, pinot noir, tobacco, some coffee and vanilla. Currant jam and a bit of acid. T: Sweet and a touch tart. M: Medium body, some alcohol. O: I’m not too big of a fan of pinot aged stouts, and I can’t claim this one changed my mind. It’s enjoyable, but I just think that pinot and Imperial Stout are too different to ever work together in a profound way.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5885) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle on the RBSG bus. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head that lasts. The aroma is grape, roast, chocolate. Medium mouth, rich malt, chocolate, roast, light dryness, good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3531) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 19, 2015
750ml bottle pours out dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Nose is berries tartness and roast malts. Taste is more of berry tartness roast malts and some chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (7177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2015
750 ml. Pours a clear brown color with a medium white head. A big sweet vinous brown, brown sugar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (733) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2015
750ml bottle. Black with a frothy brown head. Flavors are roasted malts, chocolate, leather and sour grapes with oaky and vinous notes. Full body, soft carbonation, smooth texture.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (4120) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle, shared by ametras. Black pour with rich foamy brown head. Aroma is quite winey, nice red wine notes, light leather, quite oaky, definitely get the pilot noir barrel. Taste is bitter, quite roasty, light winey notes, oaky tannic finish, light ash. Palate is full bodied with med carbonation. Tasty.


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