Brewed by Better Bitters Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Burlington, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9440) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8216) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8095) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7348) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (5803) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
Draught at Bar Hop. Pours a very dark brown with a small lasting creamy light-brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, notes of bourbon and vanilla, alcohol, chocolate, Sweet-ish flavour of roasted malt, light bourbon, some dark fruit, coffee and alcohol. Average bodied. Pretty good, a little more bourbon then I prefer but it’s a good beer nonetheless. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5372) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5371) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2014
750mL bottle, from MartinT, drunk 3/29/14
Really impressive pour. Clear, obviously filtered (bottom of bottle confirmed), but yet the tan head is large and quite well-retained.
The nose is full of bourbon and sweet chocolate, though there is a good dose of vanilla and dark fruits; boysenberry being very, very prominent. Not too aggressive on the bourbon thankfully, it seems they were testing it weekly and really pulled it out at the peek time, as it’s bourbony, but still allows the beer to do most of the work. Very strong aroma, and no actual ethanol sharpness, but, unfortunately, lots of glue-like aroma. Would imagine this could be alleviated if it werent filtered, but then, I’m pretty biased against filtration.
The flavor is shockingly smooth, soft, lightly sweet and actually comforting on the palate. Silky chocolate, vanilla, mild roast and oaky, buttery, lightly grainy bourbon notes abound. Very, very well-attenuated; probably the best thing about the beer. A little bit more glue in the flavor, but all-in-all, this is probably one of the better filtered beers I’ve ever had. Incredibly drinkable for its size and for an artificially carbonated beer, I didnt find the carbonation loose or prickly. Very, very impressive. But for the glue, this would be a mid 4’s for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (3805) - 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.

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