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90
38
style
Brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Burlington, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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on tap
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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Nickel Brook ’Bolshevik Bastard’ Russian Imperial Stout is scientific creation brewed especially for those of you who aren’t afraid of big and bold flavours! Made with a blend of Roasted, Chocolate and Crystal malts; this Imperial Stout exhibits many deep flavours of rich, roasty chocolate and dark fruit. To counterbalance the sweetness, the Bolshevik Bastard is aggressively hopped to give rise to this remarkably smooth Russian Imperial Stout. Na zdorovye!

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3.6
LinusStick (3462) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2016
A delicious no frills imperial stout. Nowadays if an imperial stout isn’t brewed with coffee or barrel aged or has some adjunct flavoring it is not looked at favorably. This is a good old fashioned imperial stout. Aroma was good but a little boozy. Chocolate and dark roasted malt. Pour was a deep dark brown/near black with a one finger tan head. Taste was just as the aroma let on. Big dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors with a big bitter hoppy alcoholic finish. Good carbonation.

3.8
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2016
Can on the train to Egham. Opaque black beer with a decent brownish head. Roasted chocolate and licorice aroma, dark chocolate, cocoa powder. Roasted chocolate flavor, licorice, raisins, some warming alcohol. Quite nice.

3.1
rondphoto (4455) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2016
bottle @ Jungle Jim’s / Cincinnati OH --- Aroma of roasted malt with wine overtones. Opaque black color, four-finger brown head that is slow to drop, heavy bands of lace. Taste is enormous bitter roasted malt that has bitter chocolate and black coffee in the mix to assure the bitterness. Medium carbonation joins on the swallow, but mostly this is a one-trick, strong, alcohol laced brew. Not a strong one for me.

3.8
Cartoonkhaki (1286) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2016
Dark dark brown with off white brown head. Sweet coffee chocolate aroma that seems equally balanced with the flavour of the beer too. Body is okay almost verges on the water but stays sufficiently away from that. Has a bit of an alcoholic kick.

4.1
FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2016
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and a bit oily with an enormous fluffy brown head that lingered forever and left good lacing. The aroma was cocoa, wood and hints of vanilla and cola. The flavor was bitterish with red wine and cocoa notes. Long finish. Moderately full bodied and creamy. Well done.

4.1
flatmatt (1576) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2016
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a light brown head. Thick chocolate and raisin aroma, molasses, and cream. A nice rich molasses and raisin mix leads the flavor, cocoa and creamy malted milk ball flavor. Really very tasty.

3.6
crossovert (12937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Draft. Black pour, tan head. This is a nice Imperial stout cause it is not super sweet, has a nice coffee-like character and a dryer body thanmost.

3.3
Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2017 Re-Rate. Can. The initial 3.0/5.0 was, maybe, a little low. Pours almost opaque black, with a short creamy brown head. Can’t argue with the appearance. It’s thick, and big, and the head is creamy and adds a good touch of lace. Tastes better than it smells, however that description is; very sweet with notes of fruity tropical rum, milk chocolate, heavily roasted malts. Again... the base beer for all Nickel Brook’s higher gravity concoctions are very very sweet. There is an underlying salt water/sponge toffee flavour that is both good and bad. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, carbonation is appropriate. Alcohol is very hot. Mouthfeel is bang on. But, it’s hellishly sweet, with under-fermented sugars. Everything is just burning in the alcohol. I think they’re doing a great job, but the big beers made by this company do not age well. I’ve had both the BW and IS... aged for 2-3 years, and they don’t improve. They don’t degrade, but there is no benefit. It’s just a great big saucy beer. Of course there is a lot of coffee, chocolate, ripe fruits. Traces of licorice. This finishes very hot with alcohol for something that only clocks in at 8.5-9%. It’s okay for Ontario (2005)... worldwide..... this is not very refined. I think a nitrogenated tap version of this would make it more palatable.

4.1
ChadPoole (478) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2016
Pours non transparent black with a small milky brown head. Roasted coffee and dark fruit aroma. Great taste of roasted coffee, dark fruits, molasses and some bitter dark chocolate. Full body, creamy smooth with a low carbination. Very good,  enjoyable beer.

4.2
bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2016
12 ounce bottle, bottled on 18 JAN 2016. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bittersweet chocolate, coffee, burnt/charred malt, molasses, licorice, dark fruit and some herbal hoppiness. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there’s also some vanilla and pine hops noticeable too. This one gets better the warmer it is (and I let the bottle sit out of the fridge for around 20 minutes before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s slick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I think it’s a good imperial stout, next time I’ll have to try this fresher since the label says Drink Fresh, Do Not Age. I’ve seen it around for a little while but didn’t buy any until last weekend. Definitely worth picking up, this is the 2nd Nickel Brook brew I’ve tried and I haven’t been disappointed yet! $2.59 for a single bottle.


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