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


on tap

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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 435   ABV: 14.5%
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. Formerly 12%.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tessic (1206) - Brantford, Ontario, - JAN 1, 2014
This imp stout poured a deep black colour with a creamy/foamy, tan coloured head. Scents include glue, bur bon whiskey, chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malt. First sip was smooth and creamy with flavours of smoke, roast, caramel, whiskey and soy sauce? Finish is roasted out the ting yang. Palate is burnt with whiskey overtones.

ShivanDragon (4613) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2017
sample from bottle @ZZT 2017 at Benzai's, shared by Caesar from 75cl 2015 bottle, pours black with a medium sized brown head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted and toasted malts, chocolate, cacao. bourbon, Taste pretty sweet, slick feel, creamy, umami, chocolate, cacao, bourbon, vanilla, soft alcoholic, medium body, soft carbonation, ok

77ships (11026) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2017
Thanks to caesar! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT 2017. Black, brief mocha head. Nose is mocha, chocolate, cacao, low umami, thick boozy bourbon. Taste is tasty low plastic, quite boozy very heavy bourbon with lovely sweet chocolate, mocha, cacao, almost dark fruit. Basic, boozy, solid bodied. Not very elegant but very tasty boozy bourbon RIS.

Benzai (16681) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle shared @ ZZT 2017. Dark brown to black color, average to medium sized light brown head. Smell and taste malts, light roast, liquor, bourbon, lightly vanilla, some alcohol, bitter. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Heavy but very nice.

Maakun (6430) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle shared at ZZT. Black with dark beige head. Massive bourbon, light flowers, milk chocolate, sweet red berries, cognac, lots of booze, vanilla, cocoa, light herbs. Over medium sweet and medium bitter. Over medium bodied. Nice.

DutchDrebus (6191) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle @ ZZT Fall 2017. Black with a small light brown head. Smells roasty, sweet, chocolate. Tastes chocolate, roasty, sweet. Full body, soft carbo.

AndySnow (8092) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2017
How: Bottle.
Where: RBESG 17 Grand Tasting.
Appearance: Black colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, alcohol.
Body: Medium to full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, alcohol, bourbon, dried fruit.

Niko100 (2994) - Chicago, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2017
Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, some licorice, & nice bourbon notes; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, vanilla, caramel, coffee/espresso, dark chocolate, licorice, and bourbon; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Very good.

FatPhil (17075) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 30, 2017
750ml bottle (RBESG2017 Grand Tasting) (4:4:4:3:8=2.3)
Fucking hot aroma. Taste is mostly booze burn. Second to that there’s mostly sugar. A terrible boozy mess. This doesn’t come from barrel aging - they must have chucked a few bottles of bourbon in this.

SG111 (2024) - New York, USA - AUG 24, 2017
Bottled. 2016 vintage. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is lots of raisin, leather, plum, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, chocolate. Nice. Flavor is raisin, fig, plum, chocolate, dark fruit, leather, bit of smoke. Really nice.

Marduk (8381) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 15, 2017
750ml bottle (RBESG Grand Tasting 2017). Pitch black color. Tiny size, brown head, stays. Copper, metallic, alcohol, roast, woody, caramel in aroma. Liver, sour, roast, woody, copper in taste. Roast and more liver in aftertaste. This liver covers alcohol. Just kidding it doesn’t! Booze is everywhere. But not a disaster. Drinkable brew.

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