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: 175 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by allergictomacros:
Photo of allergictomacros
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stotch
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
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 beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DanGeo
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from a six pack I picked up from the brewery. I had this on tap at the KW Craft beer and rib festival and enjoyed it then.

Poured into a snifter. Nearly black, with a tan head of about a half inch, which produces tons of icicle lacing. Nice looking stout indeed.

Nose is roasted malt, bit of grain, chocolate, and a mild licorice.

Tasty stout, not quite into the full on RIS category, but still enjoyable. Sweet chocolate, a bit of dryness in the middle, and with a licorice finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but very thin.

Enjoyed this one, not quite as much as I did at the festival, but still quite enjoyable. A sweeter stout with a good bit of licorice.

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Photo of SurpriseTruck
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. Super dark brown, almost black! Creamy khaki head that doesn't have a lot of retention. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate aromas! Tastes don't fall far from the smell. I get some berry flavours. Black currents. Mouth feel is smooth as silk and then a fine bitterness.
Well done Burlington's Nickel Brook!

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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 biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Volo. Though a smooth mouthfeel, it is in volume rather thin, accounting for it being a cask, for a RIS. Not really a RIS. Substantive chocolate. Black coloured body with a tiny head. Weak for the style however an OK beer, and reasonably flavourful owing to the chocolate, and therefore drinkable if you like that kind of a beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 freewill35
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of PhillyB
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer for a dollar at the local beer store. Wish I had bought more!

Look: Like many other Imperial Stouts I've had, it pours like motor oil. Unlike some other high ABV brews I've had, the head is a monster and sticks around the entire time I'm drinking.

Smell: Plenty of chocolate malt, distant hop, and a very almost fortified dark red wine.

Taste: Slightly bitter and creamy chocolate, with just a hint of that fortified red wine.

Feel: Slight bite on the sip, but very creamy otherwise.

Overall: This beer sits among my favorites, the likes of KBS and Brooklyn Black Chocolate. Definitely one I'd recommend and may seek out in future.

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Photo of Juiposa
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of al_al1357
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark opaque looking beer with strong notes of roasted and chocolate malts on the nose. Taste represents that common in Russian imperial stouts with a creamy bitter and sweet finish with hops present. Overall, the beer is well-balanced, rich, and very drinkable despite the higher alcohol content.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This beefy little beauty pours a rich coal black with a very nice head of light brown foam that settles to a thick ring, nice firm layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of dark bakers cocoa, coffee, licorice, strong char, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with licorice and cocoa on the front and sides, strong char elements hit nicely with the coffee on the middle before fading into the back with strong herbal hops and nice warming booze with touch of cream. Nice mouth feel, coating, slick, and full with medium carbonation to keep it lively. Overall an excellent RIS that hits all the right notes for stout drinkers.


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Photo of DaveBar
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the LCBO for $9.95 for a 4pk. Served at 6deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well pours next to no head that is gone in no time. JET BLACK. Same as Fidy

S- WOW this is fantastic. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, everything.

T- Very good. All is there plus. Love it. Super coffee and caramel and chocolate. All

M- A bit chalky

O- Love it. Super good beer. Will go get more for the cellar

Food Pairing

This wonderful beer went well with..... Chocolate cake


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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 bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 18 JAN 2016. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bittersweet chocolate, coffee, burnt/charred malt, molasses, licorice, dark fruit and some herbal hoppiness. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also some vanilla and pine hops noticeable too. This one gets better the warmer it is (and I let the bottle sit out of the fridge for around 20 minutes before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good imperial stout, next time I'll have to try this fresher since the label says Drink Fresh, Do Not Age. I've seen it around for a little while but didn't buy any until last weekend. Definitely worth picking up, this is the 2nd Nickel Brook brew I've tried and I haven't been disappointed yet! $2.59 for a single bottle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.31/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Cask: Poured a dark black color stout with a light dark brown foamy head with light retention. Aroma of chocolate and green pepper is not the most interesting. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt, bitter chocolate and with loads of green peppers. Body is a bit light with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I am not sure what brewing flaws generates the green peppers ester but this was not the most pleasant experience.

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