PictureToday we are reviewing one of my favourite winter beers: Bolshevik Bastard, the well named brain beauty of a beer by Nickel Brook Brewery.

This beer is a Russian Imperial Stout, which is a style of beer you’ll start seeing more and more as the temperature drops. They are generally malty and dark with flavours of bitter dark chocolate and coffee.

You can purchase a 4-pack at the LCBO for $10.95 and it sits at a heavy 8.5% ABV.

Appearance: Black as my soul. Not much brown head. Super thick legs on the glass.
Aroma: Cherry, soda and vanilla bean. Smokey like a camp fire.
Taste: More vanilla with hints of clove. Bitter cold coffee.
Aftertaste: Long but dry. Very sweet like simple syrup.
Overall: A great winter warmer, pair with dark red meats that are oozing flavour. Best with a roaring fire, some friends and a good book.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com