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Straight To Ale Laika Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Paddle sample at Fishale. Dark brown pour with a nice brown ring of tiny bubbles. Aroma like a bag of dark malt soaked in bourbon. Huge flavor with umami soy, molasses and smooth bourbon. If you like bourbon, this is your beer. Big but nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4493) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Tap. Pours opaque black with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, faint dark fruit notes, and faint vanilla. Flavor is heavy roast and chocolate notes with earthy bitterness, espresso, and a very dry/ashy, slightly flat finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (3170) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 24, 2015
1 boozy bottle. Black, thin coffee head, large bubbles. Toasty oat nose, light anise and chocolate, more in the flavor with heavy, burning sweetness before oat and smokey chocolate finish. Sticky, malty and lots-O-Booze!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2635) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 18, 2015
Boozy nose. Boozy taste with tootsie roll. Dark with thin head. Overpowering nose and taste. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggiebob (445) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle: Dark brown with a small thin tan head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. The taste is chocolate and liquorice with a sweet thick texture. Definitely a beer to savor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with thick tan foam. Nose is chocolate, Mexican coffee, licorice and molasses with light smoke. Thick and chalky with a sharp fizzy bite. Taste is licorice, ash, burnt coffee, dates and dark chocolate. Rich and sticky; tarry on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1143) - USA - JAN 20, 2015
Oily black with a thick brown head. Aroma is cocoa and chocolate. Flavor is rich chocolate with a strong bitterness. Finish is a little bittersweet and just a touch oily. Wife: 4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (11312) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2015 Bottle @ luxury tasting shared by Countbeer. Opaque black color, very small but very dark brown long lasting head. Smell and taste malts, dark malts, roast, espresso, liquor. Full body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5587) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2015 Bomber@Luxury tasting#1: Served at roomtemperature in a Chouffe glass: Thanks Moyman: Pitch black beer. Dark brown head. Aromas of hops, liquorice, flowers, roast, some coffee, some coal, oatmeal, dog food, malt roast and some syrup/molasses (while not sweet). Flavours of liquorice, hops, bitters, roast, malt roast, chalk, chewy, coffee, espresso, some deep dark chocolate, hint of fruits, some coal and malts. Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, roast, hops, some coffee, coal and flowers. Freaking delicious! Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel and full bodied. Delicious stuff! What’s better doge’s or cate’s?!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (3343) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Large shared bottle pours near black with a decent head. Very smooth, full body. The aroma is typical for style with, perhaps, a bit more prominent alcohol esters. Actually about as good as the two barrel aged versions which I tried just prior to this, although the flavor lags behind both of these. The flavor has some char and burnt toast notes (too much), with a hint of expresso in the aftertaste.

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