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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4.09/5
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184 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:
#4,726
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
184
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
58
Trade:
4
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Photo of TheGent
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knickfan3
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

**
08/08/18
Bottle to snifter. 2017 Vintage.

LOOK: thick black, small head fades pretty quickly. What head forms is a nice medium brown color.
AROMA: strong bourbon, molasses, cocoa; plus the slightest touch of earthy mineral.
TASTE: well balanced, chocolate and charred malt hit first; some figs and plum dance around for a while; then the whiskey seeps in late and lingers on the tongue long after swallowing.
FEEL: flat, but super thick. full bodied. Smooth drinking.

Really nice stuff.
**

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Above average body with a thick, oily feel. A bit more carbonation than I'm used to for this style but it works and overall it's an excellent feel. Aroma is roasted malt,roasted espresso beans,black coffee, dark cocoa, alcohol, and sweet bourbon. Taste is a bit sweet but not one flavor dominates which allows every flavor to show up. I found this to be an excellent beer on every level,smooth,balanced, flavorful, and an excellent body

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Photo of RobinLee
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 104401
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanPollock
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tony210
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
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 -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kier
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GJKerr
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of knowyourown
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of reebtaerG
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rsquared59
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jangle_bojangle
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of patre_tim
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lionski
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bixby1971
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mousel
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeardedMeemo
2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
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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Nickel Brook Old Kentucky Bastard (Bourbon Barrel Aged Bolshevik Bastard) from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 184 ratings