Nickel Brook Old Kentucky Bastard (Bourbon Barrel Aged Bolshevik Bastard) | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Old Kentucky Bastard (Bourbon Barrel Aged Bolshevik Bastard)Nickel Brook Old Kentucky Bastard (Bourbon Barrel Aged Bolshevik Bastard)
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4.08/5
Exceptional
180 Ratings
Nickel Brook Old Kentucky Bastard (Bourbon Barrel Aged Bolshevik Bastard)Nickel Brook Old Kentucky Bastard (Bourbon Barrel Aged Bolshevik Bastard)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Bolshevik Bastard kicked up a notch. We age Bolshevik in Kentucky bourbon barrels for over a year. The rich chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavours from our imperial stout are married together with the vanilla, oak and warming alcohol from bourbon barrels.

Together as one, the result is an incredible blend of aroma and taste.

Drink today, or cellar for years as it matures.


Added by MasterSki on 12-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,629
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
180
pDev:
11.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
58
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of RobinLee
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 104401
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanPollock
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tony210
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very very dark, fairly thick, nice mocha head that quickly fades. A gentle swirl of the glass releases ample chocolate with s nice bourbon barrel presence. Loads of barrel and chololate upon first sip. Some brown sugar and light coconut flavors sneak in before a long slightly bitter espresso finish. Thick and fudgy mouthfeel, nice and oily. Overall I love this beer and will buy a few more. Love the 16.9 oz format, dislike the wax cap. Very similar to BCBS.

4/26/18
16.9 oz bottle, 2017 vintage
4.5 rating

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Photo of DangerDawg
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kier
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GJKerr
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of knowyourown
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of reebtaerG
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jangle_bojangle
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of patre_tim
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a finger of rusty beige head.

Smells of black liquorice and umami, like Dutch salty liquorice. Coffee liqueur, nail polish, alcohol, dark chocolate and pecans. Soy sauce as well as vanilla.

Lightly sweet with black liquorice, chocolate, coffee and cream, tiramisu, kailua, clean linen and alcohol. Soy sauce, vanilla, and only a little hint of bourbon barrels. They come in as a fresh wood. Its both sweet and salty.

Medium oily, foamy and smooth body. Relatively light carbonation.

Got this in Bracebridge, drinking by Muskoka January 17th, 2018. Really well done brew, so I now understand why its so highly sought after.

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Photo of Calraven
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lionski
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bixby1971
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mousel
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeardedMeemo
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not worth the hype. The beer looks great with a pitch black look but fails in comparison to other competition in mouth feel, taste and smell.

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Photo of Eddieeight
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks deep black
Smells like bourbon mostly. Taste is multidimensional. Lots of bourbon of course, I can taste the wood, molasses, vanilla, cherry, licorice.
Mouthfeel is slippery smooth and silky.
Overall it's a rather overwhelming beer, not for the faint hearted. It's big and bold, deep and brooding. This is darker than midnight and as heavy as oil. This takes a while to finish and I can barely believe it's a full bomber but overall will put hair on your balls so just go for it!

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Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage, nicely cellared by @dabeerbuddha. Thanks for this top 100 Canadian Brew!

Black with a dark tan head that recedes to a thin ring, but shows some leg.

Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, bakers chocolate and a light coffee.

A bit boozy, but it has the flavour and body to back it up. Bourbon and oak up front, black strap molasses, licorice and espresso, with some chocolate sweetness and roasted marshmallow on the finish. For a brew of this strength, it is exquisitely balanced (bittersweet with some alcohol warmth).

I’d be interested to know the gravities, it’s rare that a brew this Strong is so drinkable and balanced.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Nickel Brook Old Kentucky Bastard (Bourbon Barrel Aged Bolshevik Bastard) from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 180 ratings