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Nickel Brook Kentucky Bastard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HippyHop (497) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2015
2014 version. Took me about five minutes to dig through the wax on the cap. Kentucky bastard, indeed. Pour is black and thick (just the way I like it!), like a big glass of espresso with a perfect crema (ok this is getting out of hand; also, shut up Tiki). This stuff is pretty much exactly as advertised: a hearty IS with some fairly intense bourbon notes. Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and mixed berry jam (I feel like I get more bourbon booze than oak and vanilla, but they’re all there, and I’m just nitpicking. It’s boozy but nicely bitter, texture and carbonation are spot on. This is damn good stuff; time to cellar another bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (564) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
Dégustée en compagnie de David-Samuel et plein d’amis. Soirée de dégustation où les bières se succèdent. Arrive le moment, quelque part entre la 14e et la 18e sour, où quelqu’un suggère un changement de style. Qu’est-ce qu’on ouvre? Une Kentucky Bastard! Oh boy! Bière noire huileuse et sirupeuse aux arômes de réglisse noire et d’anis. Le liquide est peu effervescent mais bon, des bulles on en a assez eu. On ressent le bois et le vieillissement en barrique, mais les riches arômes de sucre vanillés l’emportent haut la main. C’est rond, riche, gras, lourd mais le tout très cohérent. La bouteille est vide. Hop! C’est l’heure d’une gueuze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bunget (699) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
750ml bottle. Dark brown body, medium chocolate head with average retention, but beautiful lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, blackberries jam, herbs, heavy cream. Taste of fudge, dark chocolate, herbs, vanilla, roasted malts, slightly boozy. Heavy and sweet, but nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
Inky jet black pour. Medium sized creamy dark tan foamy head. Nose of sweet whisky, wood, alcohol, coffee and alcohol. Definite improvement with 2 year aging. Sweetness softened out, alcohol probably went up. Big mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Mild funk, and just the slightest mushroomy oxidation taint. The bourbon barrel isn’t forward at all. Milk chocolate. Espresso. Cherries and red grape skins. Modest vinous character. Sticky finish, but not nearly as "bad" as the fresh version. Quality craftsmanship.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
samzim (348) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2015
Aroma of caramel, smoke, and coffee. Opaque near-black colour. Sweet front with mild bourbon and dark malt flavours heavy body with mild carbonation. Really good beer - really nice that the bourbon wasn’t too overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (193) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
Nice thick tan head. Nose is soft bourbon with mild chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Taste features a nice range of tastes -- sweet chocolate, soft bourbon, rich dark fruit, vanilla, molasses and a solid touch of woody oak. These are supplemented by a nice creaminess, significant malt and is punched up by a solid effervescence. Improving with age as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (1860) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
(bottle) clear very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of stewed fruit, wet wood; rich, balanced flavour with no finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13601) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle from an LCBO in Hamilton. Very dark. Aroma is rich, with lots of molasses, bourbon/vanilla, a dash if burnt sugar, soft finish that has just a touch of alcohol. It’s a very likeable beer, I’ll say that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deepeary (321) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2015
2014 edition. Nose is bourbon and wood. Taste is coffee, chocolate and bourbon barrel. Tasty bourbon stout for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (3619) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
Quite possibly one of the darkest beers I’ve had in a while. Jet black, medium dark mocha head. The aroma is a slap in the face of spicy bourbon, and earthy, sweet wood, with subtle vanilla and charred brown sugar. As it warms some of the roasty malts come through. There are hard to find amongst the barrel flavours, but they are there. The body is thick, and viscous. The carb is subtle, but not flat. The finish is roasty, quite sweet, with a lot of barrel. This is bordering on a barrel bomb, but it gets better as it warms and the cocoa, and roasty, soy malts come through.

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