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


on tap

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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1681) - Toronto, Ontario, - JAN 3, 2013
Shaker glass at Red House. Aroma is mild chocolate, rounded sweet fruit. Taste surprisingly berry-fruity with chocoate and hints of toffee. Medium full body, leans a bit to the sweet and fruit with the roast on the back burner. Feel hops on the sticky palate and on the winey, fruity finish.

Darwenus (1135) - Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2017
A rich, dense, hearty stout. Pours black with practically no foam. Aroma is huge on bakers chocolate, with raisins, coffee, some nutty character, too. The Finish is all about the chocolate and bitter roasted malt. No hint of the 8% ABV.

Scipio (1081) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2017
Pours black with a a thin, dark tan head. The aroma is very roasted while having good amounts of chocolate and licorice. I get some lighter coffee as well. The taste is dry and has a heavy bitterness. Flavors parallel what the nose was offering, only now chocolate and licorice carry the load and the roasted malt elements are more complimentary. Slight amounts of raisin and oak, and hints of pepper and coffee round this one out. Medium bodied, thick in texture, and softer carbonation. Good and easy to enjoy, but I want better from this style.

artemb (989) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUL 13, 2017
Dark brown, opaque, stable dark head. Aroma: chocolate, robusta, some grassy hops. Taste: bitter with burned acidity. Plain flavour: coffee, chocolate, hops. Well done.

shawnmurphy (495) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2017
On tap at Bar Hop in downtown Toronto. Pours opaque black with zero head yet tan crown lacing. Aroma: molasses,dried dark fruits. Flavor: figs, dates, raisins, prunes, plums, burnt campfire marshmallows, chocolate, espresso. Mouthfeel: full-bodied.

BigBeer45 (1532) - Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2017
Bottle served in a glass, this beer was black in the glass and gave a tan cover that was mostly lasting, there was decent lacing, the nose had lots of roasted malt, intense roasted malt, a little dry cocoa and some coffee, faint dark fruit, and a bit of dark bread, malt sweetness with a little molasses, as the beer warmed, there was a touch of smoke from the roasted malt and the sweetness grew as well as the chocolate, the flavors were big roasted malt, intense roasted malt with a touch of burnt notes, coffee, some cocoa with a little dry chocolate, some malt sweetness with there was a generous roasted malt bitterness at the finish that seep into the taste buds, roasted malt bitterness and coffee linger on afterwards, the mouth feel was about medium, average carbonation and it was creamy, this impy had intense roast malt notes on the nose and mouth, the body was not as heavy as I prefer in an imperial stout but it was not light, this beer was a big roasted stout and intense roasted imperial stout, I liked it, this drink would pair well with a piece of cake.

hershiser2 (3236) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2017
$3.75 bottle from Beer Run. Pours black, somewhat thick, dark brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, floral hops, light fruit. Flavor is burnt coffee, charred wood, dark chocolate, burnt toast, hint of smoke but defintely more char. Too char/burnt for me to love it. Dry.

obguthr (6350) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Charred oak, tar, smoke, dark chocolate nose, fairly strong. Black, thin head. Heavy char, burned toast, raisin. Full body, easy carbonation, chalky. Very roasty and bitter.

trapped (3147) - New York, TURKEY - MAY 22, 2017
Draught @ Cooper’s Craft and Kitchen. Inky black with tan creamy head, mocha-berry aroma, medium carbonation, bitter roasted malt-coffee taste with alcohol undertones, smooth thick body, long mocha finish. Very thick and tasty.

MarkoTheSpud (7) - - MAY 20, 2017 does not count
Rough stout. Very caramelly but bitter with bitter aftertaste. Bought it because of the can and I like Guinness and Muskoka stouts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

DanDan_ (79) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2017
Can dated 01 Feb 2017: Pours black with a thin tan/light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol and a weird vegetal, green pepper, and herbal scent (didn’t get much fruit, maybe some dried raisin/licorice). Lots of bitter taste (may be a bit thin and overly hopped), alcohol not very subdued, tingly carb and long bitter dry finish. The upside is that it has a nice smooth syrupy smooth chocolate cacao mouthfeel. Weird, because I’ve had a few cans of this before without much issue, and I quite liked Kentucky Bastard which is just a barrel-aged version of this (sorry Nickel Brook).

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