Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial Stout - Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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4.7/5 rDev +24.3%
A - Dark, dark brown with a thin head of dark tan foam. Looks flat and a little bit syrupy.
S - Dark roasted malt, a bit of apple, molasses and coffee. Hints of cinnamon.
T - Yum. Big roasty, malty sweet flavour. Back end comes on strong with a big bitter finish and strong alcohol. Up front is that molasses and roast, a hint of fresh black coffee.
M - Not as heavy as expected, but very substantial. Almost chewy. A bit sharp on the carbonation.
O - Really nice, big tasty beer. Well balanced.
01-24-2014 03:24:07 | More by allergictomacros
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured into pint glass, very little head. Very black colour, mostly chocolate and coffee taste, slightly sweet aftertaste. Very big, bold flavour as a good stout should be. Lacing is also non-existant. Noticable alcohol content, which may turn some people off, listed at 9% so its somewhat to be expected. They added hops to balance out the flavour which i think worked well. Very thick, will coat the tongue. I prefer less sweet stouts, but thats a personal preference.
12-20-2013 05:29:59 | More by Derek69
3.28/5 rDev -13.2%
355 mL bottle from mixed pack, packaged 29 August 2013, reviewed 19 December 2013.
Dark midnight black with a thin cap of medium-brown head, good legs.
Very rich, sweet caramel and chocolate smells, dried fruits and perhaps fruity esters, ample floral hops with some piney and herbaceous notes.
Very heavy taste, overload of malty sweetness and extremely bitter piney hops, with strong notes of chocolate and a noticeable (though to-style) warming alcohol twang.
Thick tongue-coating mouthfeel, lowish carbonation.
A slow sipping beer for sure, very aggressive North American craft-style Imperial stout. Will probably stick with tamer stouts like Wellington's but would happily recommend this to drinkers looking for a way-out-there Imperial Stout experience.
12-19-2013 18:25:42 | More by EvanHarper
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
341ml bottle, day 14 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar, the kind of thing that inspires stupidity in people, such as "d'y'all still have any of those Advent beer things left?", posed more than halfway through said period. God, I need a beer.
This beer pours a solid black, with labyrinth-like streaks of subtle cola highlights, and one fat finger of fizzy, tightly foamy, and sort of bubbly light brown head, which leaves some rather decent cobwebbed lace around the glass as things dissipate.
It smells of bittersweet milk chocolate, a sturdy caramel/toffee malt, a nice double-double coffee essence, sharp licorice root, dark sugar, a touch of grainy wood fiber, floral, leafy hops, and a certain alcohol testiness. The taste is more heavy mocha goodness - sweet cocoa blended deftly with bitter strong coffee - a granular toffee maltiness, dark dried fruit - figs and sultana raisins, mostly - a weak hint at oak, perky anise, and piney, floral hops, which attain a kind of perfumed character when sat together.
The carbonation is understated, but still right there when it's fundamentally required, the body medium-heavy in weight, and actually quite smooth, the hops and a touch of alcohol barely making a dent. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, doctored coffee, caramel, and simmering booze making a strong case for their cause.
A pleasant enough rendition of a new-world RIS, the flavours big and brash, the mid-range ABV worthy of the visage of Big Joe Stalin glancing out from the label. One of the better offerings that I have yet tried from this brewery, as it hits the spot on this freezing rain kind of winter day we got going on here.
12-15-2013 06:44:17 | More by biboergosum
Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial Stout from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.