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Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial Stout - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 01-13-2012

The newest Nickel Brook creation was brewed for those of you who aren't afraid of big and bold beer! Made with a blend of roasted barley, chocolate and amber malts, this Imperial Stout gives rise many deep flavours of rich, roasty chocolate and dark fruit. To counterbalance the sweetness, The Bolshevik Bastard is aggressively hopped at 70 IBUs to give rise to this remarkably smooth Imperial Stout that you won’t believe is 8.5% ABV!
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antilochus
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can't read the bottle code.

A: Thin beige head. Fully opaque against a light.

S: Dark chocolate, burnt sugar, pine.

T/M: Bitter on the palate. Dark chocolate, dark fruits finish is balanced. Smooth m/f.

Pretty nice one from a brewer I am not generally impressed with.

Photo of hunterjames
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks good, black with a ring of root beer head that goes quickly but leaves you holding a glass of thick and rich beer. The smell is also spot on for an RIS, malts, roasts, cocoa all working together. The taste is nice and rich with the malts and roasts dominant and the cocoa coming in later. There is a real nice finish on this beer, one which I would have expected on one with more age on it.

All in all, a great effort by Nickel Brook after what I consider to be some disappointing previous offerings.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kevinlater
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle into oversized wine glass. 2014 batch is 9% abv. 70 IBU. part of the printed code on the bottle is smeared off, but it looks like "11/03/14" which i'm guessing is a bottling date of november 3, 2014. served to myself on november 28, 2014

a: pitch black coming out of the bottle, and pitch black once all of it gets into the glass. around a finger of coffee-coloured head. a very slight ruby tone at the bottom

s: caramel, alcohol, roasted/burnt malt, raisins and dates, dark chocolate. mild coffee on the back end. slight piney hop presence

t: a huge, deep roasted character right away. wow. heavily-roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. a touch of alcohol, far from off-putting, shows up quickly, then fades out to give way to a mid-palate of citrusy-tangy, piney hop flavours, and woody bite. there is a bit of an ugly salty presence. the finish is hoppy and dry with strong lingering roasty, chocolatey notes

m: absolutely killer. you can feel that it's thick as hell right when it touches your upper lip. also comes with mild carbonation

o: a full-flavoured, full-bodied imperial stout. what an incredible brew

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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DaveBar
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the LCBO for $9.95 for a 4pk. Served at 6deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well pours next to no head that is gone in no time. JET BLACK. Same as Fidy

S- WOW this is fantastic. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, everything.

T- Very good. All is there plus. Love it. Super coffee and caramel and chocolate. All

M- A bit chalky

O- Love it. Super good beer. Will go get more for the cellar

Food Pairing

This wonderful beer went well with..... Chocolate cake


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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial Stout from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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