Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard (Pinot Noir BA)
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Brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Burlington, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Imperial Stout Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1546) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Karol (684) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle bought at the Nickelbrook brewery in Burlington. Outstanding aroma of red wine, dark chocolate, roasted malt, sour cherries. Pitch black color, no flash light penetration. Beige creamy head that vanished but keeps a gentle layer. The bottle label says 9.5% abv but the alcohol is smartly hidden. The initial sweet fruit taste like fruit juice becomes in no time a taste of roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso but the red grapes and red wine flavor are still present and utterly outstanding. This delicacy finishes with a mild red wine flavor and warming mild alcohol plus bitter roasted malt. Overall a fantastic mind blowing brew!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
netty (70) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 15, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2014 Flaskove z Toronto NB. Karamelova pena, cierna farba. Vona typicke cervene vino - cuve .Chuti ako ked zapijam cokoladu s karamelom cervenym vínom. Dochut má císto vinovu. Nezvycajna kombinácia. Excelentne pivo.Chlapci, len tak dalej. :-) ----- Bottle from Toronto NB. Caramel foam, black color. Smells like a typical red wine - cuve. Tastes like chocolate with caramel when washed down with red wine caramel. Aftertaste has like dry red wine. Unusual combination beer. Guys excellent!!!, Keep it up !!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7616) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle, heavy purple wax seal, shared with TylerDurden. Very dark brown, lively light brown head. Quite a funky nose, underlying rich dark malts. Deep chocolate malty body, lively funky character, vinous and lightly spicy. Loved this, much better than the base beer alone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8311) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 2014-03-21. Black body with a modest tan head that fades. 3+ Aroma of fruity vinous red wine. Flavour is similarly quite fruity and vinous, prominent red wine character, sweetish core leads to a tangier vinous finish. Average plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. Nice stuff. 7/4/8/3/16 Bottle shared by GregClow

Overheard: "Oh Island Joe. He loves the ping pong." I have no idea why that warranted writing down.

2012-11-29. Black body with a modest tan head and lace. 3+ Good amount of red wine character in both the aroma and flavour. Mild roast and dark malt are present and supportive but the wine despite not being overly aggressive is the dominant character in both. Smooth medium body, modest carbonation. Really nice, I quite enjoyed this. Caught me at the right moment I think. 8/4/8/4/16 On tap at Amsterdam Movember Event

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014 [4976-20121129] Tap. Roasted wine barrel charred malt aroma. Black body with a long-lasting creamy brown head. Roasted red wine wood and charred malt continues in the flavour. Full body. Tasty, very filling. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
(Amsterdam Brewstache @ Amsterdam brewery, Toronto, ON)

[6230C-20140321] Bottle. Light fruity roasted aroma barrel. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Roasted wine barrel flavour with a long aftertaste. Full body is sweetly roasted. Delicious. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
(c/o Greg Clow, w/ him, blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "ALF is back! In pog form!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8817) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
Tap at Volo. Deep black pour and a fast-fading head. The aroma is quite vineous with a little bit of soft tartness on the nose along with some distinct oak notes. Warming seems to bring out more of the soft oakiness and brings up some sweetness tha wasn’t there initially. The beer has a lovely balance - sort of a lean and bright version of the regular stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
On tap at Volo. Aroma of wine and oak. black, tan foam. full body, creamy, thick feel, soft carbonation. nice beer. interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (722) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
(draught at Bryden’s, 12-21-12) Pours black with a thin tan head that faded quickly without lace. Aroma is very wine-forward, like a tart red (expected from the pinot...). Oaky tannin and vanilla comes in with warmth along with a very light hint of coffee roast. Flavour is again winey at first, with a bit of acidity though not quite sour. Vanilla from the oak comes in mid-palate along with a bit of roast, and then finishes with some tannin and roast coffee that lingers in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very thin for an imperial stout, but the carbonation very soft. Booze fairly well-hidden until warm. Very much a red wine-beer hybrid, tasted more like a blend than a BA. Quite interesting for those who love both, though a bit more body would have been ideal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaynsawchuk (632) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
750 mL bottle. Black. Richly colored cafe au lait head of foam that doesn’t last too long and leaves no lacing. Delicate caramel toffee, medium roast coffee. Layers of fruit, sour cherry, grape, prune. Oak and vanilla. Not a lot of funk but some definite brett presence. Seemingly sweet, rounds out nicely with balancing roasty bitterness, tannic oak and subtle tartness. Low to moderate carbonation, with a full body. Palate coating and consuming. Sticky and mouth coating.

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