Nickel Brook Kentucky Bastard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ILduce (276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2017
Black Opaque beer with fizzy brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Bold Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, hops, and bourbon. Taste is complex with espresso, vanilla bean, biscotti, and reduced brown sugar. Alcohol is hidden nicely beneath the rich layers of flavour. Robust and full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Absolutely first class stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JamesChamp (16) - Canada, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2017
The 2016 edition was bumped up a notch 14.5%. wow delicious, probably best beer I had in year 2016. It was available at the brewery and many LCBOs in Ontario for $16 for a 750ml bottle, expensive but worth the price to enjoy this powerful imperial bourbon stout. All sorts of delicious tastes and even better if you eat dark chocolate with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (6005) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2017
This bottled brew from a bottle shop was served at a cool temperature and poured a small sized head of frothy fine to large sized dark brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind no visible carbonation opaque black brown colored body and a good lacing. The nice aroma was bourbon. The vinous mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish roasted malt aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of roasted malt mild hops bourbon brown malt and dark malt. A wonderful best in class brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (24524) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2017
Keg at Brothers Beer Bistro, Ottawa. Black, small beige head. Rich bourbony vanilla and licorice aroma. Mid sweet with full body and well rounded mouthfeel. Caramel and coffee. Licorice and vanilla. Rich and harmonious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2732) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 5, 2017
A really nice barrel aged stout. Nice bourbon and vanilla aromas. Dark chocolate, roast, sherry like. Well rounded, tasty... Lots of bourbon borne goodness in this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (3403) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 5, 2017
Dark body off white head some lacing. Nice aroma of aeeet bourbon, vanilla, malts. Taste it rich and sweet but not cloying. Again heavy on the bourbon without being boozy. And well masked. A nice BA imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brettsky06 (331) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 4, 2017
Black pour with no head whatsoever. Aromas are very strong dried dark fruits, cocoa and bourbon. Taste a lot of dark chocolate and once again the dark fruits. Bourbon as well. The high IBU is quite hidden. Bottle labeled as 14.5%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanDan_ (35) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2017
Tap: Came to me dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee/chocolate, bourbon, malt, couldnt detect much vanilla/fruit. Smooth, light sweetness but bitterness not nearly detectable for the amount of IBU, lots of alcohol/booziness and oak/wood. Overall: The warming alcohol is quite something and makes it apt for winter, if you like oaking and woodiness this is worth it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
n1940 (86) - Dunbar, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2017
750 ml bottle from lcbo - dated 2016 and labeled 14.5% abv. Quiet pour with subdued carbonation and an elaborate aroma consisting of bourbon, roasted barley, dark dried fruit, and dark chocolate. The beer is dark and opaque with an austere sepia head and sparse lace typical for such a high abv. The taste starts with a burnt sugar sweetness with notes of bourbon and roasted barley blending into the middle.The finish is long having notes of dark dried fruit ( dates, raisins, figs) and dark chocolate, and a warm, welcome, and lingering alcohol glow. To hell with my liver; must get more to cellar. Its a perfect winter sipper!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (6061) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2016
(2016 Edition, 14.5%ABV) 750ml bottle pours black in color with a rich light brown head that retains well and leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted grains, chocolate and dark fruits with an alcohol presence. Taste is a dark fruit and chocolate malty sweetness with a roasted grain bitterness and alcohol burn in the finish. Full bodied with mild carbonation. Aside from the alcohol burn, there is a nice mouth feel to this brew. Recommended.

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