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Nickel Brook Winey Bastard Imperial Stout

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


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Nickel Brook took some of the best Pinot Noir barrels from the Niagara wine region and tossed their Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout in it? I mean, what have they done to the soft oak and subtle, earthy fruit notes from the barrel? Their Imperial Stout has WAY too much chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavours for the delicate notes imparted by the barrel-aging process. I don’t know what they think they’re doing. So what if it’s delicious? Drink it today, or cellar it to enjoy later as it matures. A votre santé!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franckg (1279) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2016
Bouteille sans date. Robe noire opaque surmonté d’un mince col de mousse brun qui s’estompe lentement pour ne laisser qu’un mince cerne autour du verre. Arômes de raisins rouges, quelques fruits des champs, vin rouge boisé, légères bretts, un peu de malt grillé, chocolat au bleuets. En bouche, vin rouge fruité, bois humide, légère acidité venant des bretts, fruits des champs. Finale où finalement le malt grillé se dévoile accompagné de légères notes de cacao et caramel brûlé. Texture huileuse et corps moyen. Très bien mais le côté stout est ensevelie sous les saveurs de vin et levures sauvages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1541) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
Aroma is dark cherry,curran, funk, and clove. Taste is roasted malts, cherry, pears, apples, red wine and light vinegar. Light tang and sour taste on finish. Appearance is a black body with a medium frothy head that retains very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3297) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
Bottle 750ml. Pours black with medium-high beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of wine, oak, vanilla. Taste is of wine, acidity, malt, oak, red fruits, roasted features. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Soft carbonation. Sticky. Overall: Nice wine and oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (5387) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle (750 ml). Split 3-ways. Pitch black with a medium easy to revive brown head leaving some lacing. Intensely perfumy and that overshadow other flavors but still there’s red wine, roasted malts, berries and chocolatey notes. Tasted is moderately sweet and mildly to moderately acidic. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Roasty but mostly berries and strong perfumy finish. It’s fun and it’s bold but to me it’s just way too perfumy and unbalanced. It doesn’t have the malt backbone to compensate. Still, it’s not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
QcBeer (136) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
Bouteille de 2014 bu 20/03/2016, Couleur noir, avec une mousse brunâtre. Odeur de petit fruit, chocolat et vineux. En bouche, fruit rouge, vineux, et chocolat. Arrière goût doux crémeux et somptueux. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (799) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle from the LCBO. Opaque black with a small short lived dark tan head leaving some patchy lace. Nose is predominantly wine with notes of wood, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and cherries. Light sweet molasses supports some coffee bitterness and a moderate tartness. Mouth is medium+ and oily with a lingering tart finish and soft carbonation. Interesting but i don’t think the wine barrels improve on the base stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (637) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2016 2016/03/06 - Pours a near black with a foamy tan head that quickly reduces to a patchy film and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, molasses, woody oak, dark fruits, tart notes and light funk. Taste is chocolate, roast, lightly tart dark fruits (cherries, cranberries and red grapes), a hint of funk, lots of red wine notes and light oak. Very musty. Mouthfeel is medium and oily with smooth carbonation and a drying, lightly acidic finish. Interesting, but I feel like the wine notes take over a little. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hammy78 (961) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle from the source. Pours a super active almost torpedoing out of the bottle, black, thick khaki head that is clumpy after resting, good retention, lace clings to glass walls. Nose is very wine like obviously. Tastes sweet, malty, a little smoke, a little dry, not as tart as I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (3095) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2016
Pours a very dark brown, almost black colour with very little red wine highlights. Beautiful creamy-bubbly mocha-coloured head with great retention and full creamy lacing. Aromas are quite sour from the Brettanomyces with notes of red wine. Not sure this really works together, as seems like outdated wine scent. The taste is a little better with the roasted malts, licorice, hints of sour, wine and some light bitterness in the finish. All very well-blended. I really enjoyed their original Bolshevik Bastard, but not sure the Brett works in here. Would like to taste a Pinot Noir version only. Interesting Imperial Stout nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Listigovers (913) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2016
2014, tap at Volo. Pours black with lacing brown head, slight reddish tint on the edge. Smells very winey. Palate has nice red wine texture, fairly full bodied. Dry, musty, nice rich brew.

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