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Straight To Ale Laika Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (826) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle shared by Josh at Hunahpu ’14 (thanks!). Black pour, brown head. Roasty, chocolate, licorice aroma. Tastes are same with coffee, burnt sugar, smokey, earthy. 7.6

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bomber from East End, Knoxville. Pours a dark brown color with a thin fizzy brown head. Fair head retention. Aroma of roasted malt, heavy chocolate, tobacco, anise. The taste is roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, tobacco, bitter hops. Medium bodied, booze, low carbonation, strong lingering bitterness, chewy texture. Nice stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcartamdg (1864) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Pours jet black with no head. Aroma of coffee, roast, and chocolate. Taste is roasty, bitter, malty and chocolately. Solid impy stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (3586) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
650 ml. Opaque black with a small ring of bubbles. Aroma of chocolate chip cookie dough, soy sauce, merlot, and a touch of char. Taste is dark chocolate, dark cherry, wheat, charred wood, blackberry and sour cream. Heavy body is a bit too fizzy for my taste but probably needs it to keep from being overly sticky. A nice ever-changing complexity in the flavor. I had the Cabernet barrel version before this one and this stout definitely doesn’t need the wine barrel (although that version was good). Excellent homebrew that tastes like the awesomely bastardized Baltic Porter from Duck Rabbit.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5603) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle, second Alabama beer, First very good Alabama beer. medium bodied black pour. Big roastiness, dark chocolate, burnt coffee. Good flavor, good mouthfeel, nicely done

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3744) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2014
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of a lot of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, some dark fruits, a little dough, and light bitterness. Flavor the same with a nice blend of it all. Thicker texture. A good imperial stout.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HappyHandsClub (11) - - OCT 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Best Russian Imperial Stout I have ever tasted. Taste depicts my coffee press 50/50 espresso/Colombia Arabica blend. One 22oz bottle satisfies. In the 1970’s, I labeled Belgian Trappist Ale a "meal in a bottle" but Laika is just as chewy in a Cohiba maduro cigar sort of way. January 2013 was on brewery tour and sampled Straight To Ale’s Old English & German (not even listed on their website) beers. Laika satisfies my taste buds best of all. Marveled at brewery rack small batch of Laika cask barrels finishing off. Definitely incredible attention to detail of extremely rare small batch connoisseur quality. A very much appreciated brew way beyond chocolate tasting Imperial Stouts.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndyW68 (1022) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Looks like I am pouring used oil in my glass. It has a medium brown head. Aroma is chocolate. Taste is bitter chocolate with t h a sweet back. Not my favorite, but not bad.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2029) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Black pour. Big chocolate colored head. Tons of lacing. Big chocolatey malty aroma. Peppery and spicy. Huge taste of chocolate up front with a very nice malt flavor. A bit of spice in the back, but still sweet. Very good.


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