Kentucky Bastard
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #316
Ranked #6,416
4.1 | pDev: 10.98%
Jan 27, 2022
Dec 29, 2012
Kentucky BastardKentucky Bastard
Notes: Previously: "Old Kentucky Bastard"

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.
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4.14 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the wax dipped bottle in snifter. This decent little imperial pours a
dark blackish brown with a nice head of tan foam that lingers long with a
thick ring and clumping layer as well as nice light lacing. Nose of subtle bourbon,
char, wafting oak, dark cocoa, and subtle cream. Flavors surpass the nose with
dark cocoa, char, brulee, light oak, bourbon, faint brewers licorice, and warming booze.
Nice mouth feel; medium full body, smooth, lightly coating, light carbonation, and a
subtly bitter malt and lightly dry finish.

Overall, a solid little brew


Oct 27, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Bottle date faded and unreadable
Pours a smaller fizzy tan head with lower retention, little lacing, decent legs, jet black color

Nose is spicy, licorice anise like, baking spices, cinnamon, loads of dark chocolate and baker's chocolate, some roast, dark roasted coffee, little vanilla spice and vanilla barrel, touch of dark fruits, little burnt caramel and little fudge and nougat, hint of bourbon

Taste brings more dark chocolate, very dark cocoa and baker's chocolate, more spices with anise, cinnamon, vanilla, touch of dark fruits a bit raisin like, a bit of vanilla barrel and toasted oak but not a lot, same with light sweet bourbon, a touch of alcohol, into more cocoa, nougat, a bit of roasted coffee but not super dark and roasty, mild dry and mild sweet finish, lots more spices lingering, bit of spicy hop bitterness late

Mouth is fuller bod, rich, a little chewy like, lush, med fizzy carb, hint of alcohol

Overall not bad, wish the barrel came through more, but base stout is nice

Oct 03, 2021
4.31 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Apr 29, 2021
4 by BdM from Netherlands on Feb 21, 2021
4.11 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Jan 29, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Easton70 from Canada (ON)

This is perhaps one of the best beers I’ve tasted. There’s a perfect balance of sweetness, bitterness and boozy finish that makes this the perfect beer for a cold night at Christmas. It’s a beer for relaxing and thinking.

Jan 08, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought 1 bottle at lcbo in Ontario poured a 1finger head into glass that quickly disappeared and left no lace.
actually looked like a coke 11.9%alc 500ml bottle 70 IBU Kentucky Bastard 2020
taste was rich dark chocolates and dark fruits coffee vanilla then the warming sensation going down as you drink it. nice
nice sweet sugarymalts also
overall a very good imperial stout beer would like to have it again for a special occasion someday .

Dec 01, 2020
4.23 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Nov 27, 2020
3.95 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Sep 06, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pathman from Ohio

07/21/20 bottle @ home

Jul 22, 2020
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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by janubio from Spain

Bottle at Las Buenas Pulgas, served in a snifter glass. Black color, beige color, small head with short retention, tiny lacing. Aroma of coffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dried fruits. Medium to full body, creamy texture, good carbonation. Sweet and boozy finish. Taste follows the aroma, with more prune presence. Really good.

Jun 30, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

Thick motor oil delight. Rich gunpowder grey viscosity greets yer nose and yer mouth. Potent wild taste and finish will curl yer nosehairs. Enjoy and rejoice,

Apr 12, 2020
4.25 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Mar 23, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

Look: Pours black with 3 finger foamy crème head.

Smell: Chocolate, Bourbon, Vanilla,

Taste: Chocolate pudding, and German chocolate cake at the front end. I picked up hints of toffee and vanilla, with a warm finish of bourbon.

Feel: Others have nailed it, smooth and silky and a little bit oily.

This beer (now called Kentucky Bastard as of 2019) earns an A- for all it's qualities. The price is dear at $11 for a 500 ml bottle from the LCBO, so this is a special treat.

Mar 08, 2020
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5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Thumbman

Best Ontario beer? Quite possibly. Pours ink-black with a creamy tan head. Bourbon on the nose, with a bit of chocolate. Thick mouthfeel, but surprisingly smooth for its abv with a subtle dry finish. Bourbon dominates the taste, but there are also hints of milk chocolate and vanilla. Easily my favourite treat when I'm willing to spend a little extra at the LCBO.

Jan 01, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by CHickman from New York

2017 bottle, this was aged to perfection. Pours as black as ink with a small foamy tan colored head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing. Smelled of dark chocolate, toffee, bourbon, faint vanilla, cocoa powder, burnt coffee grinds, caramel, oaky notes, molasses and more chocolate. The aging basically eliminated the booze from the aroma and left all the malty chocolate sweetness, in the best way possible.

Tastes like it smells with chocolate, bourbon, cocoa powder, vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, brown sugar, toffee, oaky notes, toasted grains, smoked wood or charred wood, dark fruit, a dash of piney accents, and then more chocolate malt sweetness. Nice and complex, the bourbon barrel flavors brought everything I hoped for without being overly sweet tasting. Overall a great barrel aged RIS which hid the ABV and went down easier than expected. Thanks thanks to my brother Dan for picking up this bottle to share at Christmas dinner.

Dec 27, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by octortus from Canada (ON)

Draught Pour. ABV 14.5%.
Overall: This was the 2016 version. It was very enjoyable and I would have it again. 2020 Version also good but not quite up to 2016 standards.

Review: 92

Dec 08, 2019
4.53 by DruC4 from Michigan on Nov 13, 2019
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Nickel Brook Brewing 'Old Kentucky Bastard' @ 11.9% , 2017 vintage served from a red waxed 500 ml bottle
A-pour is black from bottle to glass with a small tan head leaving a minimal lace ring along the tulip
S-BA Kentucky bourbon
T-kinda smooth BA Kentucky bourbon , dry swallow
MF-warming , mild carbonation , full bodied
Ov-good beer , should be listed as Imperial Stout , not Russian
prost LampertLand

Sep 07, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by mschrei from Illinois

2017 vintage. Pours dark with creamy tan lacing. A king of fruity and woody smell that reminds me of an infected barrel aged. Taste is malty, strong vanilla, slight chocolate, and a mild barrel presence. Excellent mouth feel. Medium body, nothing oily about it, mildly mouth watering, and deceptive alcohol presence (a shade under 12%, unlike the 14 plus as listed here). Warms well, pairs excellently with a cigar. Great beer, glad I took a chance on it.

May 25, 2019
4.15 by Samact from Vermont on Apr 13, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

2017 Vintage - 11.9% ABV. Pours a thick motor oil black with half finger of creamy brown head which dissipates fairly shortly.
Aroma slightly boozy molasses, dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee notes.
Taste is sweet chocolate, dark fruit, dates, with the bourbon notes but not overly boozy.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with bitter sweet finish. Really tasty - excellent.

Mar 24, 2019
4.35 by JamesBondGA from Georgia on Nov 04, 2018
3.37 by jhodgert from Canada (QC) on Nov 04, 2018
4.18 by TheGent from New Jersey on Sep 09, 2018
4.44 by Knickfan3 from New York on Aug 12, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by q33jeff from New Jersey

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.

Aug 09, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Aug 05, 2018
4.12 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Jun 20, 2018
3.98 by 104401 from Canada (ON) on Apr 29, 2018
4.5 by RyanPollock from Canada (ON) on Apr 27, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Tony210 from New Jersey

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.

16.9 oz bottle, 2017 vintage
4.5 rating

Apr 27, 2018
4.04 by DangerDawg from Ohio on Apr 17, 2018
4.03 by 22Blue from Kansas on Mar 17, 2018
4.09 by kier from Canada (ON) on Mar 14, 2018
4.06 by GJKerr from Canada (ON) on Mar 07, 2018
4.94 by knowyourown from Canada (ON) on Feb 27, 2018
4.12 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Feb 13, 2018
4.25 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Feb 12, 2018
Kentucky Bastard from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 208 ratings