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Nickel Brook Kentucky Bastard Imperial Stout

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

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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We kicked it up a notch with our Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout, aging it in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The rich chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavours from our Imperial Stout are married together with the vanilla, oak and warming alcohol from bourbon barrels. Together as one, the result is an incredible blend of aroma and taste. Drink it today, or cellar it to enjoy later as it matures.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gilvanblight (775) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
Very very dark pour with very little head. So little head I worried that my bottle had gone flat. Boozy nose, boozy mouth and a boozy finish. You can really taste the Burbon, Actually itís overpowering. Maybe if I liked bourbon more it would be different. Besides that thereís some nice stout bitterness and hints of dark chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2285) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
Pours a real dark brown with no visible highlights. Fizzy sound, looks like the beige head is going to disappear quickly, but not so much. Some creamy thin lace is left. Aromas starts off with roasted malts and hops. After breathing, butterscotch, alcohol, vanilla, cherries and wood appear. No burning with the alcohol well-hidden in the mouthfeel. Smooth and silky. Roasted and chocolate malts, with some licorice, nuts and coffee. The finish has a nice bit blended from the alcohol and the hop. Nicely done !

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2014
2013-01-21 - on draught at Bar Hop. Black with ruby highlights, smallish attractive creamy light brown head (4-). Smells like bourbon - vanilla, oak, deep deep roast, plenty oí booze ... geez itís a bourbon monster; I pretty much entirely hate bourbon now, but to be fair itís well done so I am going 8/10 (would like more bitterness in the aroma). Taste follows - molasses, background herbal bitterness (more than the aroma) - but mostly bourbon. Decent body, slick, a bit burnt, mildly carbonated, malty yeah but mostly vanilla and booze. For those that love that.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randy4Beer (171) - - MAY 23, 2014
A 750ml bottle cellared for 4 months. Pours very dark brown, with a foamy brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of mocha, chocolate milk, and alcohol. Nice rich mouthfeel. Tastes of coffee, malts, red fruits mainly cherries. Very boozy with bourbon undertones to the whole affair. Overall this is an in your face 10 percenter. Will appeal to lovers of coffee oriented beers, and has a nice warming booziness for those who enjoy that sort of thing. Recommended as a sipper. A definite re-buy.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazy_cat_lady (120) - - MAY 18, 2014
May 14, 2014. Beer Mavens dinner at beerbistro. ~8 months cellared. Very dark beer with dark tan head. Very boozy bourbon aroma with hints of wood. Lovely smooth mouthfeel. Quite lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3946) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 3, 2014
750ml bottle in a teku. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, oak and vanilla, and some hints of dark fruits. Flavor the same. Smooth texture. A solid beer, but could be more balanced and less sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2014
750mL bottle, from MartinT, drunk 3/29/14
Really impressive pour. Clear, obviously filtered (bottom of bottle confirmed), but yet the tan head is large and quite well-retained.
The nose is full of bourbon and sweet chocolate, though there is a good dose of vanilla and dark fruits; boysenberry being very, very prominent. Not too aggressive on the bourbon thankfully, it seems they were testing it weekly and really pulled it out at the peek time, as itís bourbony, but still allows the beer to do most of the work. Very strong aroma, and no actual ethanol sharpness, but, unfortunately, lots of glue-like aroma. Would imagine this could be alleviated if it werent filtered, but then, Iím pretty biased against filtration.
The flavor is shockingly smooth, soft, lightly sweet and actually comforting on the palate. Silky chocolate, vanilla, mild roast and oaky, buttery, lightly grainy bourbon notes abound. Very, very well-attenuated; probably the best thing about the beer. A little bit more glue in the flavor, but all-in-all, this is probably one of the better filtered beers Iíve ever had. Incredibly drinkable for its size and for an artificially carbonated beer, I didnt find the carbonation loose or prickly. Very, very impressive. But for the glue, this would be a mid 4ís for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - APR 3, 2014
Pours a motor oil black with a short lived brown soapy cap. The aroma is butter, green apple, chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol. Flavour is a note for note reflection of the aroma. Mouthfeel is a little thin, and the green apple and butter notes are a little distracting, other then that. Its pretty good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6441) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
750mL bottle, sent from ratyger (thanks a lot, Sam), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out bourbon barrels, vanilla, and cocoa. Flavour is very much the same, bringing out bourbon barrels, vanilla, roasted and cocoa powder. Wonderful balance with all the aforementioned qualities. Excellent stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BartmanDrinks (11) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Looks like a copper topped dark stout, smells like roasted brown sugar, and tastes like your thoroughbred just won the derby.


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