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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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4.06/5
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160 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:
#3,802
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
160
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
56
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of TheBeardedMeemo
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
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 +10.8%
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 +9.6%
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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Photo of admonster00
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of odement
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbei1261
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wordemupg
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueKurenai
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.96/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Batch - 14.5% ABV

L: motor oil black with mocha head (surprisingly active)
S: huge cherry cordial sweetness, chocolate fudge, oak, smooth vanilla, and bourbon
T: rich chocolate, roasted coffee bitterness, cherry cordial, sweet vanilla, and a beautiful bourbon warming on the backend that creeps down into the chest. Real Kentucky bourbon at it's finest.
F: velvety sludge

OVERALL: In my humble opinion, this is as good as BA Stouts get. No reason this shouldn't get the same hype as BCBS, SMS, KBS or any other unicorn brew. Taste is impressively smooth yet not cloyingly sweet. 100% recommended!

I was lucky enough to pickup a bottle on Long Island... but price was steep at $22. Really appreciate the fact that the detailed ingredients are included on the label.

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Photo of GDawgs34
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One fantastic BBA stout. Nice big aromas of coffee and cocoa, and boozy bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is ridiculously smooth and rich, chocolate upon coffee, upon vanilla, upon bourbon and oak and char but without the burn. Absolutely no way to tell this one is almost 15%. Beautifully dangerous, and I would put this one up against any other BBA stout out there.

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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ConnorG
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Solid bourbon without being overwhelming or cloying. Handles the abv well. This is a competent, thoroughly enjoyable bourbon barrel imperial stout, but not at all among the best nor justifying of its price tag.

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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Nickel Brook Old Kentucky Bastard (Bourbon Barrel Aged Bolshevik Bastard) from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 160 ratings
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