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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4359) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
pours very dark brown, red tint, with a minimal light beige head, some lacing. red fruitiness - blackberries and cherries - fruity notes upfront that are also found in bolshevik bastard, roasty and nutty malts, woodsy bourbon vanilla - never overwhelming, very peppery and spicy - aniseed, bitter coffee, some chocolate. moderate to low carbonation, light to medium body - a bit thin, slightly harsh bitter coffee-lightly piney finish. slightly improved version of an average impy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Helsdon (158) - Toronto, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle bought at my local LCBO. Yay Nickel Brook! Been waiting for you to nail one. And they did with Kentucky Bastard. Pour with a thin but very dark brown head, dark opaque coffee brown. Aromas of cherry, vanilla and the bourbon. Taste rich and full with cherries, coffee, bourbon, roasty malts. Moderate-low carbonation making a nice creamy mouth-feel. Excellent beer. Thanks!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2509) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 Bottle. Potent oaky and bourbon butterscotch aroma that is somewhat vinous and with stone fruit accents. Opaque black under a thin, lacy, ruddy brown sheet. Smooth bourbon flavour in front of mocha with black cherry and smoky notes. Medium body, medium carbonation, faintly lingering bitterness.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
OntBeerDrinker (432) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Jet black with just a little small/slow carbination seen at bottom when close to face. Brown 3 finger chocolate shake like head,fades to one and lace’s alot. Smell from bottle quickly was some chocolate and spice then it went to a booze smell. From glass booze, spice, wood stuff like that. When I drink it, taking it in seems like chocolate but once I swallow it’s all this hardcore booze taste(nothing like bourbon), at times a little spice and woody barrel taste and lightly in the back round vanilla ice cream milk shake like, but basiclly all this boozy taste and nothing like bourbon. Leaves warmth because few mins ago was last sip and feel hot alot writing this. Medium bodied but on heavy medium side 70 IBU’S. Taste nothing like bourbon and I like this but the original version of this stuff is way way way better. One of my favs the yr I tryed it. cheer’s.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (348) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
750ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a very dark reddish black with a two finger dark brown head. Nose is chocolate and coffee with a big helping of bourbon. Hints of vanilla and wood and dark fruits. Taste is dominated by the bourbon which relegates the other notes to the background. Sweet start and very dry finish. Mouth is slick and a bit watery with soft carbonation. Nice but could use some more balance.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hangunder (233) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
Very ncie aroma, smell the barrel quite a b it. Some nice vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolateand dark malt in the aroma. Dark black viscous pour, with long lasting fizzing mocha head. Tons of bourbon character comes through at first, vanilla, smoke, finishing with some milk and dark chocolate and a bit of alcohol bite. Sweet chocolately aftertaste. Quite delicious, but seems like it could use some time in the cellar to cool down a bit. Medium to medium-heavy bodied, average carbonation. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
Grosse bouteille avec de la cire rouge sur le bouchon. Bière brune-noire avec une belle mousse beige. Au nez des notes fruitées de cerises, de vanille, de chocolat, de paraffine, de chandelle à la cire d’abeille. Le bourbon est discret. La bouche a une belle texture, moyennement huileuse pour le style. Des saveurs de chocolat, de cerise fort agréable. Le bourbon est aussi bien intégré que l’alcool. Une belle proposition.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (400) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
750ml bottle. Black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, dark fruits and roasted malts. Taste is salted caramel, roasted malts, licorice and bourbon. Medium body, soft carbonation, smooth texture.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3161) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
Merci à rodenbach99 pour la dégustation. Un liquide noir et bien visqueux. Une belle tête brune qui laisse une dentelle disparate sur la paroi de mon verre. Au nez, des effluves de cire d’abeille apparaissent ici et là dans un mélange doux et riche de bourbon caramélisé, de réglisse et de pâte chocolatée. Un point bonus pour l’absence de notes boisées vertes. Au goût, des saveurs grasses de bourbon qui enrobent grains chocolatés et fèves de café. Quelque chose comme un imperial sweet stout? Au palais, je note que le corps est de moyenne densité. La faible participation des bulles n’est pas un obstacle. La texture m’apparaît plutôt soyeuse. La finale n’est pas amère et n’est pas sucrée : elle se situe quelque part entre le café aromatisé et le bourbon chocolaté.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2388) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
750 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a near-black dark brown with small beige head. Lots of barrel influence apparent with oak, bourbon, anise and some roastiness. Flavour is also barrel-dominated with lots of wood and bourbon, modest roastiness, toffee and anise. Rich, full body. Alcohol pretty subtle. Fairly unique and pleasant.


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