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


on tap

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlennHendry (254) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
I smell bourbon and lots of it. Also dark chocolate, black coffee and a bit of vanilla. Coffee and bourbon are the strongest flavours of the beer and there’s some dark fruit in here as well, along with smoky malts. Impressive beer and the bourbon-boozy finish is a reminder of the 12 per cent alcohol. Tread carefully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PatIrish (183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2016
Black, bitter, and delicious. Bourbon, chocolate, espresso etc. Continues to get better and better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alpha10 (576) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2016
2016/01/15 - Pours a jet black colour with a foamy tan head that lingers and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, toasted malt, coffee and licorice. Taste is sweet and boozy; chocolate, oaky-bourbon, vanilla, licorice, and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is medium and oily with smooth carbonation and a finish that is sweet, warming (boozy) and slightly herbal. Complex, Sweet, boozy and delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11179) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2016
This beer pours brownish-black with a medium thick creamy beige head that diminishes gradually to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, malt and coffee. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Solid beer all around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
QcBeer (118) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2016
De couleur d’une grande noirceur avec un petit col mousseux. Odeur de bourbon, expresso et chocolat noir. En bouche, très doux malgré sa puissance à 12%. Fine pointe d’expresso, chocolat, on y ressent en bouche quelques petits fruits noir et vanille. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1797) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2016
750 ml wax capped bottle, 2015 vintage, 12% ABV. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stayed around for a very long time. There’s also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some dark fruit, molasses and burnt/charred malt noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I thought this was an enjoyable brew, if you’re into bourbon barrel stouts then this one is worth trying! It was definitely a nice surprise since I hadn’t heard anything about this beer when I bought it. $14.49 a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_sully (437) - - DEC 31, 2015
Deep brown almost black body, with a frothy brown head. Aroma is sweet and a hint bitter,taste is smooth and sweet with a nutty bourbon finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CRock (174) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
750ml bottle. Smells like bourbon tastes a little boozy but pretty easy to drink for a 10+%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KoNrRiI (1154) - Århus, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2015
0.75 bottle. Pitch black color with a small, brown head of very good retention; nonetheless, props for the wax-sealed bottle. Refined aroma of wood, plums, roasted malts, port wine, some molasses, bourbon, earth, tobacco, and miscellaneous dark fruits. Taste is rich; first comes in a robust maltiness, then dark fruits, again bourbon and port wine, wood has a primary significance here with all the barrel flavors strongly marking their presence. A full body, a thick texture, and a soft carbonation. Finish is long, fruity, molasses increases its prominence. Overall a marvelous beer, a splendid display of the Canadian brewing art. The local, mostly mediocre, scene needs such exemplary pieces to develop in a right direction.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1771) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2015
Bottles. The aroma is very sweet, malty, taste like vanilla, bourbon and coffee. There’s quite a lot of alcohol in the taste which is why I don’t give better numbers.

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