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

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PatIrish (182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2016
Black, bitter, and delicious. Bourbon, chocolate, espresso etc. Continues to get better and better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alpha10 (533) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10687) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
QcBeer (81) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1721) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_sully (421) - - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CRock (157) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
750ml bottle. Smells like bourbon tastes a little boozy but pretty easy to drink for a 10+%.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KoNrRiI (1033) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1695) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gurthnar (4451) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle at Black night 10/2015. Many thanks to MisoW for sharing. This is the first beer to break my 4.8 points virginity. Paradoxically it is the first one above 4.6 that does not feature any prominent swag element. This is a beer for experienced and demanding drinker, not someone looking for exotic hype. This is how imperial stouts should be barrel aged. Pitch colour. No fancy aroma - only bold adult roasted malts. Stuff for big boys. Not overly complex, but intense and showcasing its strength, the same way that your favourite scotch single malt whisky does. Taste on the other hand is full of greatness. Bourbon notes are prominent, as is alcohol. Never gets to the point of booziness, rather a pleasant warmth letting you know that you are drinking no pilsener. Also woody and lots of roasted flavours, coffee, dark chocolate. Balanced intense sweetness and intense roasted bitterness. Long warming bourbon finish urging you to take in more into your system. Oh boy, is this a great beer... Mr. Data, Mr. Data. Find the nearest replicator.


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