Bolshevik Bastard
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

Bolshevik BastardBolshevik Bastard
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #696
Ranked #9,436
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: 58 | Ratings: 179
Photo of TerryW
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark walnut, almost black. A medium head and spotty lace. Looks pretty good.

Nose is cocoa and burnt caramel - and something off? Maybe alcohol? Dunno. Some weirdness happening. Dark fruit as it warms up (which improves things some).

Sweet, sweet mouthfeel upfront, borders on treacle. Dark chocolate, coffee, burned caramel to taste. Bitter finish. Not quite as thin-bodied as I expected given other reviews, but this is out of a bottle, not casked.

Okay, but nothing special. An average effort.

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Photo of GeoffMw
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this 4 or 5 times now. That latest batches are what I've scored. The beer has improved from the earlier batches.

Smells great although a little muted. I think that could be put down to the style of beer. Chocolate, tiny bit of hops in the back.

Drinking it is like drinking a chocolate milkshake. Big chocolate up front, a little caramel, vanilla and then just enough hops give a little bitterness to help balance the sweetness. Clean finish leaving you feeling warm and drowsy.

Love this beer, one of my favourite Ontario beers.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Victory.

Beer is black with a thin tan head. Decent retention, good lacing.

Smell is very faint, hard to pick up at all. A bit of roasted malt.

Roasted malt in the taste as well. Fairly creamy and moderately bitter. Almost like a strong milk stout. Does not taste as strong as 8.5%.

Medium bodied, very low carbonation. Rather light for an imperial stout.

Overall, pretty average. Perhaps not great on cask, but I wouldn't be likely to try it again in any event.

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Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. Courtesy of TheSevenDuffs

A- Oily black pour with a half finger dark tan head. Lacing is sticking in random gobs.

S- Coffee, chocolate and a slight burnt toast aroma. Quite subdued. Vanilla and brown sugar are very light and quite hard to pick up.

T- Chocolate and coffee dominate the taste. There is a toast taste that goes along with the nose. Not overly sweet just enough. There is a slight char taste that makes this something quite different from most RIS I've had in a long time.

M- Medium bodied, creamy with light carbonation. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste.

O- An RIS from Ontario?? There aren't many but what is lacking in quantity is making up for in quality.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Duvel tulip. Fresh batch.

A - Dark almost ink black with half a finger of medium brown head.

S - Robust nose with roasted malts, char, smoke and chocolate aromas. A touch of sweetness and some noticeable alcohol.

T - Heavily roasted, almost charred malts up front. Smoke and some warming alcohol in the middle and a touch of bitter dark chocolate in the background.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

O - Very big and robust and could probably benefit from a while in the cellar.

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Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rhino, they were serving this by the pint and I happily obliged.

Poured black with a few fingers of cocoa/dark brown head - light sticky webbed lacing and a good amount of retention. Nose has some milk chocolate, light cocoa and subtle coffee notes. A bit of dark fruitiness too a la raisin and grapes. Taste has some sweet milk chocolate and rich dark fruit notes, sweet fruity maltiness is prominent. Light roast in the finish. Has a few features that I found to be quite similar to a Belgian Dark Strong. A nice sweeter imperial stout with a medium heavy body and low carbonation. Easy to consume, and I regret taking on multiple pints of this for obvious reasons - certainly conducive to rapid impairments in motor control when served in such volumes (!).

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Photo of shopshopshop
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Smokeless Joes in a snifter. Dark brown head, roasty dark chocolate smell. Not as boozy as 8.5% would suggest.

Excellent chocolatey taste, not too sweet, can definitely still taste the hops in the beer.

Would have preferred a thicker mouthfeel, but still nice and creamy, not thin at all.

Overall a solid chocolatey RIS, especially for Ontario.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Bolshevik Bastard from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
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