Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
Black IPA
3.87 | pDev: 11.37%
Feb 22, 2018
Apr 21, 2013
Very Good
Notes: We don’t actually wish you harm but our Malevolent Imperial Black IPA will assault your taste buds with wreck-less abandon! Evil might be represented in its black colour. Alcohol is definitely there. But Simcoe, Columbus and Amarillo hops have been used to a disturbing amount to give the flavour and aroma in this behemoth Imperial Black IPA. You have been warned!
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From Labirratorium. 1 year after bottling. In Teku glass. Playing Oceanhorn. Typical notes of style well implemented. Citrusy, herbal, with abv well hidden. But isnt worth its price (7+€) as exist cheaper alternatives
Feb 22, 2018
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Big black DIPA - pours black/dark brown with thick mocha brown head. Aroma of a bit of floral pine - subdued. Initial taste chocolate piney with bit of bitterness, but follows to finish with a bit of fruity flavour - found slightly odd and unexpected - not bad just unusual - dark malt on hoppy fruitiness. Good - not great.
Jan 19, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON)

Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 4.41 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by samEBC from Belgium

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Nov 13, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by Cycle69 from Canada (ON)

Aug 01, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

Jul 27, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by CantankerousCaveBear from Canada (ON)

Jun 16, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by Beervana from Canada (BC)

May 13, 2016
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Reviewed by CurtisD from Canada (NB)

4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Received a can in the Spring 2016 CanBIF....thanks ckoop!

Even an easy pour resulted in a big, foamy head. Not much aroma until it dissipated, and even then, a bit mild. In terms of taste, nice juicy/tropical hop notes followed by a roasty finish. Despite the ABV, the alcohol is well hidden. You could drink a few of these before you hit the floor. Overall, one of the better Black IPA I've tried. Cheers!
May 09, 2016
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Reviewed by DaveBar from Canada (ON)

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Purchased at the brewery for $5.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high brown thick rich head that lasts forever. Came to more pours before it filmed out. Extremely dark brown colour.

S- Almost nothing at all

T- Roasted malt and chocolate. Light hops. Sweet. Not a bomb but balanced well. Hides the alcohol well. Can't even taste it.

M- Creamy good

O- Very good brew but expensive. Nice to try but will likely not buy again though due to price point to flavor ratio.

Food Pairing

This pretty good black IPA went well with........ Tandoori chicken!! On Basmati rice for sure!

May 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is not a subtle beer. Not one little bit. It is gorgeous in the glass - deep, rich and foamy. The nose is surprisingly evergreen and not surprisingly char. The taste is absolutely in line with beers in this style - it's heavy, chewy and imminently satisfying. The higher ABV is disguised nicely and leaves you wanting nothing. Like facing a masked wrestler, Malevolent is not for the faint of heart.
May 04, 2016
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I've never seen a can filled to the top like this? This is a big brew, but it hides the alcohol well. I really expected more of a punch, but it's balanced nicely. Perhaps a bit heavy on the dark malt. Judging by the colours and flavour, I'm thinking its black patent. This is quite good, but it's not Sublimely Self Righteous.

This is really more of an imperial/American double stout... At least I would have scored it much higher in that style category.

Thanks Bakagaijin!
May 01, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by DrunkPolkaroo from Canada (ON)

Apr 14, 2016
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Reviewed by tomghiley from Canada (ON)

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
this is a great IPA, it looks beautiful, nice black color, almost like a satin, strong hop presence of a nicely toasted malt. despite its strength, it is wonderfully balanced.
Oct 14, 2015
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pint served on tap at Rib Eye Jack's Burlington location. Malevolent is a beer I've been looking for but haven't been able to find for quite a while now, glad to finally get a chance to try it,

Appearance - Jet black beer with a long lasting finger of tan head that lingers on top. Some decent lacing left around the glass. Looks ominous,

Smell - Big nose that is typical yet well executed. Some hoppy tropical goodness with citrus fruits and a hint of melon followed by a dark roasty aroma, charred grains and a subtle hint of coffee.

Taste - Exactly like the nose, lots of citrus and tropical flavors up front, followed by a roasty grain backbone. Some coffee ground flavor is present but only there in that the bitterness of the hops mixes this flavor with a bitter tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel - It's heavy but for a 9.5% ABV Black IPA, it's actually light on its feet, with modest carbonation. Feels pretty good and booze isn't too noticeable.

Overall - Disclaimer, I love Black IPA's I feel like I'm getting the best of many worlds, with a big hop aroma and flavor with some supreme bitterness yet a big roasty flavor usually on the back ends that I enjoy so much in stouts. Malevolent hits all of the criteria, and while not being the best in the style that I have tried, it's a damn fine example and something I will revisit, should it become regularly available, or if I happen to come back to this location.Definitely worth a shot.
Oct 04, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Sep 30, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by SebD from Canada (ON)

Jun 06, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by KrisDLSmith from Canada (ON)

Apr 28, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by peensteen from Canada (ON)

Apr 09, 2015
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Rated by hopsolutely from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Fresh, this is a hop bomb not to be missed. By no means "balanced" but for me (and now two years in a row) I can call this an ON favourite...
Apr 03, 2015
Rated: 3 by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

Mar 30, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by Ivanhoes_Backpack from Canada (NB)

Feb 22, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Oct 30, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Hoppy_McGee from Canada (ON)

Jul 13, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Paul_PABrewNews from Pennsylvania

Jul 10, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by valianes from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC)

Jun 23, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by duimie from Canada (ON)

May 24, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by deonreds from New York

May 13, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

May 11, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by WillAndSarah from Canada (ON)

May 03, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by rale from France

Apr 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by Brody1714 from Canada (ON)

Apr 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Apr 13, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Sep 15, 2013
Rated: 2 by pokerman from Canada (ON)

Aug 26, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by HATS4BATS from Canada (ON)

Jun 04, 2013
Rated: 4 by ThinkAgain from Canada (ON)

May 25, 2013
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