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Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial Stout | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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

Brewed by:
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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 9.0% ABV!

Added by Sammy on 01-13-2012

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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of bixby1971
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dudd
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mousel
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of boszormeny
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of imbibehour
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Very dark mocha head, nearly getting some serious imperial dakness, but lays back a bit just a hair in color. Creamy sensing top with a nice bowl that dissolves slowly after a good two finger pour. Faint clarity through a deep mahogany and red dark edge on the body color. One very nice looking stout.

Classic estery and tangy roast Russian style aroma. Faint flirt with dark fruit and roast bitteness on the nose. Faint hints of cocoa dark powder, and tangy tart black berry but not hinting infection. Faint sense of milky and silky quality as well. Great start so far.

Palate gets the goods done. A slight hair of wet mouthfeel but only detracts the experience from minor enjoyment. Dark cocoa and rich roasty char in the mid palate. Silky tones not so much, but a thick almost crackling porter husky quality particularly on the aftertaste. Not much sensing fruity quality hinted on the nose, but the cocoa and even some fresh ground coffee bean action really hits nicely and dominates. Love also the char quality coming off this.

A real solid Russian Imperial. If the mouthfeel went up a hair, this could be a real impressive brew. This would probably make a great template also for barrel aging as well.

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Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 1/11/17; drank 5/26/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE dark tan head; a thick curtain of frothy lace.

Fresh earth, black coffee, mild raspberry & faint fresh cream notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, creamed coffee & mild raspberry flavors up front; mild hop bite on the finish.

A harsh RIS for sure, but with enough sweetness to add some balance. A nice brew for the end of a long day...

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth and full flavored stout. Pour is dark and opaque with a mocha head. Aroma is coffee, char, cocoa, and dark fruits. Aromas follow through to the flavors, where everything is well balanced. Feel is smooth and full.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black bodied brew with a fat brown head that left lots of thick lace behind... Aromas of roasted malt predominate on the nose, with suggestions of lemon peel and anise woven within... A hoppy stout, the dark char and malt roasts are accompanied by bittersweet citrus as well as chocolate - has that espresso with lemon peel vibe... The sugars are mild, and the beer has a fairly dry, dark, bitter character... Medium-to-full bodied and smooth, drinks rather quickly, some sweetness creeps in on the finish... 1/25/17 canning...

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Photo of ConnorG
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is dark malts and dark fruit/very vinous. The flavor is dark malts, dark fruit/vinous, mild coffee/chocolate and a mix of mild/medium sweetness and spicy/acidic in the finish.

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Photo of khargro2
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a can of this in Brantford whilst in Canada for my son's hockey tournament. It poured an opaque black with tan head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had some roast and a touch of dark fruit. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink for a stout. There is some roast and peat with touch of sweetness. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid stout and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stotch
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours jet black with a tiny bit of head which dissipates very fast. Would've been nice to have the head stick around for a while but it still looks great in the glass.

S: Smells amazing! I get mostly dark chocolate but also cocoa and a bit of coffee.

T: Very similar to the nose. The dark chocolate and cocoa flavours come first and then some coffee grounds, hops and a boozy bitterness in the finish. Pretty intense stuff. The boozy bite stays on the tongue long afterwards leaving me anticipating my next sip.

F: The mouthfeel of this beer is just incredible, as user kevinlater said you know it's going to be heavy stuff the moment it hits your upper lip. It's super smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

O: This is the beer that got me into imperial stouts. I think Wellington Brewery's Imperial Stout was technically the first one I had which is also great, but it's the Bolshevik Bastard that has had me seeking out more of this style ever since. If you like this make sure you check out the seasonal variants Kentucky Bastard and Winey Bastard which are aged in bourbon and wine casks, respectively.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Simon212
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours total black, not even amber at the edges of the glass. The dark tan head is smallish and dissipates to a ring pretty quickly. leaving patchy lace on the glass. Coffee, dark chocolate, christmas cake in the nose. The taste is roasty with a berry like sweetness in toe. Hop and black malt bitterness are both present in abundance. the 9% abv is immodest, there's lots of alcohol heat here. The mouthfeel is light for the style with a languid carbonation. Moderate bitterness, roasted malts and booze in the finish.

Woth a try. Lots of complex flavors going on, but could be fuller bodied with less alcohol prominence. Still great stuff though.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
No date

Pours a thick, pitch black with a finger of mocha-blood head that evaporates pretty much completely (3.75). The aroma is coffee and cream, faint dark fruits, tobacco, leather (4). Bracingly bitter roast wall hits you first flavor-wise and then astringently peters out to a soft, creamy, brown sugar, coffee, licorice, and charred wood sweetness with a robust, roasty finish (4). Thick, full-bodied, light carbonation, slick/velvet feel (3.75). Really nice stout. Thick and bold, quite sweet, quite bitter, for the most part it is pretty balanced, but there is definitely a little spot towards the finish where it's really astringent and kind of makes me shudder. A big, sticky, tasty beer. Could ba a little better or a lot worse. Would have again, I feel like this one would really lend itself to barrels (3.75).

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial Stout from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 168 ratings
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