Bolshevik Bastard
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

Bolshevik BastardBolshevik Bastard
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #704
Ranked #9,828
3.96 | pDev: 10.35%
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
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Notes: 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!
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Reviews by Gemini6:
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3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of stotch
4.66/5  rDev +17.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 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: motor oil coming out of the bottle, and pitch black once all of it gets into the glass. around a finger of dark brown head. a very slight ruby tone at the bottom

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

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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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Simon212
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EvanHarper
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
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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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to review this one for a while, recently listed by at the LCBO, so this bad
boy will now be available regularly.

Poured this this oily black stout into a tulip. Gave it lots of head, pours a nice chocolately brown, beautifully thick.

On the nose it smells of typical roasted malt and coffee. Not overly boozy.

Really smooth going down, taste is incredible, chocolate, cacao, nutty? - almost a bit of cigar.

Mouths feel is smooth, not chalky, but definitely has some chew.

Finishes nice with a relatively strong booze aftertaste.

Overall, I think it's the best consistently available RIS in Ontario.

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Bolshevik Bastard from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 179 ratings