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Straight To Ale Laika Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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Second offering from the "Right to Brew" series and was crafted by John Tipton. Draft only.
Named for the Russian space dog, Laika is a huge, chewy beast of a beer. Dark, rich and robust, it has a wonderful body and a flavor that has notes of chocolate, coffee and toffee. It is a fantastic dessert beer. It is part of our Right to Brew series, which we make in conjunction with local homebrewers, scaling up their recipes and producing them to help bring attention to the ongoing fight to legalize homebrewing in Alabama. In addition to the traditional version, we also have bourbon, cognac and Bordeaux barrel-aged versions of Laika.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (2024) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
Sample from 65 cl. bottle. Love the label! Finally some credit for this legendary Soviet space dog! Pitch back with a thin, tanned head. Roasted aroma with dark malts, red berries, herbal hops, coffee, chocolate, fruits and liquorice. Taste is bitter. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Finishes dry and roasted with liquorice and rich malts. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10458) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma. Roast, cocoa, coffee, alcohol, light brown sugar. Flavour. Roast, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, sweetness, brown sugar, liqourice. MEdium to full bodied. Ends roasted bitter and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2380) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
Sample from Bottle - black pour with thin tan head. Roasted aroma and taste, caramel, chocolate, light on the palate, burnt brown sugar, roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CloakedDagger (728) - - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle 65 cl. Pours an intense, pitch black with a small, light brown head. Intense dark chocolate aroma. Rich and very full body, dark slightly salty licorice notes and some bitter dark chocolate again. Not overly roasty. Very, very rich and filling indeed. 081114

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (1881) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle. This is a nice big hoppy brew with lots of great roasted malt flavour. I really like this but given that Stone is $5 cheaper in GA its still a hard sell.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3497) - Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Pours a deep sable only a flea’s eyebrow above jet black with a thick and rather persistent tan head. Rich aroma has coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, smoky malt, licorice, and subtle toffee notes. Flavor is even better, having everything from the aroma plus snips of caramel and molasses - and a weird waxy touch. Firm texture is quite fizzy, leaving a bold finish of caramel, mocha and molasses. Barking good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kayres (517) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Black with a huge tan head. Sweet coco aroma. Smooth and very sweet huge body. Hints of soy and coco ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Alabama tick: Opaque lasting head and good lace. Nice chocolate cake, espresso, madero, prune, raisin, and resin. Nice balance yet complex malt... Good fruit. Mikey Likey

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle at my place with Dan. Pours black with nice foamy. Aroma is alcohol, heavily roasted malt, leathery, new car aroma. Mouthfeel, soft, chewy, velvety, fluffy for an imperial stout. Taste is full flavored maltiness with no alcoholic notes, roasted malt that comes through as a soft malty quality, burnt notes that mesh well, chocolate, red wine notes (yes I know this is not the barrel aged cersion). Finish is medium length, smooth lasting blend of the taste that turns into a slight warming burn. Very nice, would pound again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1045) - Florida, USA - APR 14, 2014
Pours a spent motor oil black. As it settles, the scorched mocha colored microbubbles contrast with the black, viscous liquid in a mesmerizing fashion. A thick, creamy, very dark mocha colored (nearing a purple hue) head forms. This is the darkest beer, ale and head, I’ve ever seen. Pungent kalamata olive, tobacco, and chocolate in the nose. Viscous, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Powerful kalamata olive is the predominant flavor. Though Worcestershire sauce is neck and neck. Smoky wood and raisin is there too. Extraordinarily unique and wonderful.

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