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

Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial StoutNickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%


Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: Sammy on 01-13-2012)
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

04-16-2012 03:53:01 | More by ThinkAgain
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Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:24:07 | More by allergictomacros
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Derek69

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 05:29:59 | More by Derek69
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EvanHarper

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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12-19-2013 18:25:42 | More by EvanHarper
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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Ontario (Canada)

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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 6 of 6 from LCBO taster's pack. Served well-chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Suitably black with a whipped cappuccino head that actually looks as though it belongs on top of a coffee until a recedes. Not great retention time, but soapy wisps of head linger for a while. Decent lacing streaks down the glass.

Smell - Has the coffee chocolate smell that most RIS have, but this one I also detected more hop earthiness and pine needles than I am used to on the nose. Aromas are nice but not terribly robust. Nice blending of hops and malts aromas though, quite inviting.

Taste - Big coffee flavor that lingers and is amplified by the bitterness but just seems to linger and then next thing you know it's the bitter espresso aftertaste. A bit of an awkward transition . Some smokiness also detected. Bite from some hops are also there, but rather subdued.

Mouthfeel - Tongue coating and a heavy feel, a bit syrupy but it doesn't stray into unpleasant territory. Great warming in the back of your throat. A bit of any oily texture as well.

Overall - A good RIS, but definitely not a leader in the feel. Given the slightly more hop focused aroma (and taste to a lesser extent) I feel like this could have perhaps been even better. Nonethless a good beer that I will enjoy and may purchase again if available.

Serving type: bottle

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, listed at 9%. Now available in the Fall 2013 OCB Discovery pack; the only offering in said sampler that I have yet to sample, and probably the most intriguing of them all. Served only slightly chilled.

This one pours viscous like engine oil - black as night and utterly opaque, topped with one finger of dense, resilient, tan-coloured head. It takes more than a few minutes to finally give up the ghost, leaving a thin cap and sticky collar behind, with some modest swaths of lacing. Looks fine, and I'm really loving the aroma - lots of intense roasted malt notes, ranging from espresso coffee, to molasses, brown sugar and dark chocolate. The alcohol comes through as well, with a hint of anise and charred wood. No complaints so far.

Very tasty stuff, and unbelievably smooth for the abv. There's a lot more cocoa and dark chocolate than the aroma let on, with the roasted coffee notes mostly riding in the back seat. Dates also come through, as well as molasses sweetness, with an almost charred, smoky feel toward the finish. The hops provide an herbal, somewhat spicy quality, followed by the roasty aftertaste, with the bittersweet flavour of baker's chocolate lingering. Lightly warming from the ethanol content. Full-bodied and ridiculously smooth-drinking, with a velvety mouthfeel and light carbonation.

Final Grade: 4.26, a solid A-. Another superb offering from the fine people at Nickel Brook - they are quickly cementing themselves as one of my favourite Ontario brewers. Bolshevik Bastard is (in my admittedly limited experience) my favourite OCB Imperial Stout, with a delicious, somewhat complex flavour profile, a luxurious mouthfeel and the perfect balance between all of its constituent elements. If this beer is not normally available locally and you see this sampler, it is absolutely worth getting the pack just to try this - the other 5 beers are respectable in their own right, but this one steals the show.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 22:53:05 | More by thehyperduck
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-19-2013 20:21:59 | More by schopenhauerale
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mpgillett

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-17-2013 02:16:20 | More by mpgillett
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Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial Stout from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.