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)
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
Ratings:
150
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
56
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of StormAles
4.96/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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 +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of Bunman3
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ConnorG
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LAp
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of ikidunot
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Strong.

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Photo of red94tt
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinSP
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wwwagainsttimeca
2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Flavors very much a standard stout with the exception of a warming alcohol. However mouth feel is syrup not pleasant. Not much for head. Expected something more for a 14.5% abv. Wouldn't repeat.

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Photo of 57md
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with at least a finger of head. The nose is a delightful mix of bourbon and wood. The primary flavor note is wood with some sweetness from the bourbon on the finish. The roast is unimpressive.

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Photo of jeffreed61
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Release, 10% ABV, 70 IBU poured at about 60 degrees.

Look = Pitch black.

Nose = Chocolate/cherry Bourbon Balls.

Taste = So much boozy goodness. Both bourbon and oak play big. Bourbony, caramel sweet early with just a light bitter kiss at finish.

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4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Nickel Brook Old Kentucky Bastard (Bourbon Barrel Aged Bolshevik Bastard) from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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