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

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle shared in London during CR’s bday - thanks to WingmanWillis! Pours thick black-brown with a creamy khaki head. Big dark fruit aroma with notes of sugary chocolate. Big sweet flavor with creamy chocolate, moderate roast, burnt toffee, further dark, dried fruits. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish with nice notes of vanilla, chocolae, dark fruits, scorched earth. Solid overall. Pretty well balanced, decent depth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10455) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, smooth chocolate with loads of bourbon, vanilla and alcohol. In mouth, a smooth sweet chocolate, licorice, vanilla, cork,, loads of alcohol. On tap at Arrow and Loon, Jan 17, 2012.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8939) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
On cask at Volo. Dark and below middling mouthfeel. Chocolate, roast, and barreling. Glad it wasn’t substantive bourbon. Might be livelier on tap, less watery in the bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8565) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
Tap at Volo. Deep black pour with a big creamy tan head. The nose has a soft sweet vanilla note along with some bourbon/caramel and a little bit of cocoa. The chocolate and coffee are accentuated much more in this version than in the wine barrel version which seems to focus on fruit and peppery flavour more. Smooth palate and quite warming but is very well integrated. The nose has more of a herbal component but the beer itself is quite malt accented. Awesome.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
2013-01-06. Black body with a decent tan head that fades. 3+ Moderate aroma of bourbon, mild dark malt and a very light tang to it. 7+ Flavour is similar, moderate bourbon, lightly fruity dark malt base, very lightly tangy under current, light bitterness. Average plus bodied palate with soft carbonation is bit light for the style. Decent but the bourbon and the base don’t quite come together for me. On tap at Brew Market, Brick Works, Toronto

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7430) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to the Wingman. It pours jet black with a thick tan head. The nose is sweet, toffee, vanilla, toffee, spicy, bourbon, oily and treacle. The taste is bitter, ashy, roasty, earth, tar, dirt, vanilla, toffee, some acidity, wood and coffee liqueur with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Punchy big bastard. Big bourbon. Jesus. Perhaps too harsh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7229) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
750mL bottle, sent from ratyger (thanks a lot, Sam), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out bourbon barrels, vanilla, and cocoa. Flavour is very much the same, bringing out bourbon barrels, vanilla, roasted and cocoa powder. Wonderful balance with all the aforementioned qualities. Excellent stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
[5053-20130106] Tap. Sweetened roast malt grain aroma. Black body with a quick creamy tan head. Boozy whiskey barrel roast malt flavour has a long sweet boldly boozy finish. Full body is quite overpowering initially. Strong. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.5
(Brewer’s Backyard @ Brickworks, Toronto, ON)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 18, 2013
On tap at Volo
Aroma: mild with hints of vanilla , alcohol , some cherry-wood. Nicely composed.7+
Look: dark brown with lighter tanned top. Some lace noted.3+
Taste / Palate etc.: red apple , oak some coffee all with solid character. Good depth , pleasant warmth of alcohol. Mature cask treatment.


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