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


on tap

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.

herrbrown1974's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 3, 2013
On tap. Jet black. Tan head. Aroma really carries the bourbon. Similar to the bolshevik bastard, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Smooth and rich. Complex and nicely balanced. Slight sweetness with a bourbon bitter finish. Really enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (93) - 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 (1433) - , 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 (13068) - 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. Itís a very likeable beer, Iíll say that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deepeary (231) - 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 (3344) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
Quite possibly one of the darkest beers Iíve 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Dark dark dark .... I shined a torch to it & it was till dark. Beautiful head, a very delicate brown head. Aroma is brilliant sweets. Robust flavours of malty chocolates.... so much going on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3196) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaynsawchuk (599) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6340) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsandBolts (139) - 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.

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