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

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3288) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle - 750ml. Pours an opaque black body with low carbonation and an average, brown foamy head. Fantastic, rich, robust malty/hoppy aroma with bourbon, canilla, chocolate, and oaky hints. Alcohol is not agressive at all. Its very well balanced, complex malty/hoppy taste carries bourbon, oaky, chocolate, roasty, licorice, and plummy notes. Texture is soft and bittersweet finish is long, strong, and warming. A gem.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaynsawchuk (633) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
750 mL bottle. 2013 vintage. Pours black with a one finger cap of khaki head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, dark dried figs and prunes, rich bourbon, vanilla, oak and what reminds me of oloroso sherry. Moderately sweet and malty, I imagine the IBUís and roast have faded and mellowed with age, a mild hit of alcohol. Full bodied with mild carbonation

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (7013) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle - Bourbon, vanilla and caramel notes. Jet black with a nice brown head. Bourbon, dark roast, vanilla, coconut and caramel. Well balanced, lots of bourbon flavours but little booze or heat. Nicely done.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsandBolts (165) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
750 ml bottle from the LCBO. Appearance: Pours a dense black with half a finger of head. Aroma: Firewood, bourbon, spice, molasses, vanilla, flint\gun powder. Flavours: Bourbon, molasses, oak, tobacco, hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium viscosity with moderate carbonation. Overall: A very good and unusual stout. The bourbon and molasses aroma are strong along with this flint aroma that Iíve gotten on South African Pinotage but never before in a beer. Just the aromas make this one worth getting. Nice and complex with lots of layers of aroma and flavour. Well balanced overall and the alcohol isnít overly noticeable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
codfishh (132) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
Pours jet black with a thick tan head lots of lacing. Aroma of coffee and booze. Flavor has sweet malt, light bitterness the bourbon is very subtle. Alcohol is well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Canmoore (314) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours pitch black, with a huge mahogany head. Aroma includes notes of coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, and sweet malts. Tasting notes include rich chocolate, espresso, bourbon, burnt malts, sweet dried fruits, and vanilla. Not bad, very much an indulgent! Not as complex as some other impís, but still awesome non the less!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5060) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of vanilla, butterscotch and bourbon are quite dominant and pretty enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by a well-balanced mix of bourbon, vanilla and butterscotch with some light roasted malt notes. Quite a bit of residual sugar can be found in here as well. Body is full enough with an oily texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Very enjoyable beer that I would gladly buy again and share with friends.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheKeywork (50) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
Chocolate bourbon with hints of smoke. Big. Bold. Different. A beer to share. Perfect way to end snow blowing the driveway.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12076) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle split at my 40th Sheenans at CBC Islo, big thanks to the Wingman (and no doubt FLBH!) for this bad assed named beer, 11/10/14. Black with a decent tan covering. Nose is strong on bourbonics, liqourice, dark malts, woody rinse, light roast. Taste comprises mellow dark fruits, spice, dark malt, bourbon pretty prominent, tar. Medium + body, fine carbonation, lightly drying close with a bourbon wash. Ok BBA impy, a little 1D but pretty drinkable none the less, ABV is fairly well integrated.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (4971) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle share for Colinís 40th. Viscous dark brown caramel coloured pour with a lasting cteaam coloured pour with lasting cream coloured pour. Aroma is nutty cremr caramel, a little tart raspberry. Flavour is rounded berry caramel, creamy. Really tasty. Thanks to big Dave.


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