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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
nickelbrook.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,174
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
175
pDev:
10.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 175 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cavedave
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle, couldn't find a date

Pours a thick looking and opaque black with a finger of tan head that kicks back pretty quickly.

Tasty med. strength aroma that features toasty malt that is moderately sweet and not syrupy, bright roasty notes including dark roast coffee, and burnt caramel, and notes of herbal bitter.

Med. strength taste, slight tangy note and chocolatey bitter/sweet malt lead things off. dark caramel, dark toast, roasty coffee-like bitter with a slight acrid edge to it are the main players, with an end of sip that is full of roasty and herbal bitter. Not getting the fruit notes label advertised, but this tastes very good.

Light/med. bodied, med./high carb, light/med. viscosity, and a decent finish that could be a touch cleaner.

Quite a nice, simple RIS. A bit light bodied for style, but full of flavor, and enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black and topped with 2 fingers of orange tinged, beige head.

Smells of rich chocolate notes, umami, soy sauce, black liquorice, and sweet coffee.

Tastes of rich chocolate notes, black coffee, a hint of metallic, a hint of sweetness, snow and black liquorice.

Medium-thick, oily body with a little, foamy carbonation.

Got this at LCBO in some wild and far away town between Toronto and Gravenhurst. Drinking in Muskoka Feb 10th, 2018. Decent brew, I think I like it better than Kentucky Bastard.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jangle_bojangle
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nullbort
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bixby1971
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dudd
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mousel
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of boszormeny
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of imbibehour
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +7.6%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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 -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial Stout from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 175 ratings