Straight To Ale Laika Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.

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3.9
kramer (6908) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2017
Can. Pours a pitch black body with a minimal ring of brown head. The nose is quite heavy on the roasted and chocolate malt, with a little burnt caramel and maybe just a hint of smoke. The flavor is rather deep and intense roasted malt, with a fairly restrained alcohol level. Some very nice chocolate and licorice notes in there among all the maltiness. Finishes with some minimal alcohol and fudge like notes. Full bodied and chewy with light fizzy carbonation. A rather nice Imperial Stout, one of the better canned ones that I've had.

3/8/8/4/16

3.8
Homer321 (5202) - Melboring, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2017
Bottle share Monday. Nose is deep cocoa and vanilla. Light coffee and faint roast. Tatse follows. Solid.

3.8
Ernest (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2017
Can. Head is initially average sized, creamy/frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted/burnt grain, coffee, unsweetened chocolate), with notes of tar, char/ash, alcohol, licorice. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, charred/burnt. Full body, velvety/oily texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.

Very nice stuff...very roasty and tar-like, like an Imperial Foreign Stout really. It could use some hop brightness to balance things better, but I much prefer this sort of aromatic profile to the plethora of sugary chocolate syrup bombs that exist in this field. Some licorice helps a bit, but yeah, some floral-herbal hops to offer aromatic balance would take this up another notch to something 4+. As the nose portends, it’s very roasty in the mouth and leaves a burnt aftertaste. Not unpleasantly so, just a tad fatiguing (I’m not a coffee drinker). Darn solid example of the style and better than most. And damn, if it doesn’t pour just like used motor oil, phew! Absolutely opaque on the first pour. Well done.

3.5
The_Osprey (9343) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2017
January 2017 - Bottle share at Leighton’s. Thanks LKS! As ’Straight To Ale Laika Russian Imperial Stout’. Opaque black, foamy brown head, dotted lacing. Aroma is spicy, ashy, booze and varnish, dried fruits. Body is light, tingly carbonation, frothy. Taste is gluey, varnish, spicy, sugary, boozy. Quite dry and boozy. (3.5)

3.5
djd07 (15651) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2017
Bottle thanks to Karl. Pours a very dark brown with dark medium beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong roast, wood, dark chocolate, a bit oxidation. Medium body, dark chocolate, wood, dry finish, very good.

3.4
thegreenrooster (4585) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Pour is a super thick black like motor oil with a small tan head. Aroma is a nice roasted malt with some chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is a thick burnt malt with some chocolate notes, with some banana, but again a very noticable alcohol. Kind of reminds me of chocolate covered bananas. This was decent but the alcohol is all over the place.

3.6
Scopey (15878) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Bottle at level 42 thanks to Leighton. It pours near black with a small beige head. The aroma is sweet, sticky, boozy boost, charred wood, coffee liqueur, toasted brown sugars, dull smoke and roasted malt. The taste is smooth, rich roasted malts, chocolate gateaux, toasted nut, charred wood, tobacco, spice and warming alcohol through the finish. Fullsome body, fine foamy carbonation. Decent stuff.

3.6
Theydon_Bois (20890) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle split at L42, many thanks to Leighton, 23/01/17.
Rich black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is chocolate, roast malts, spice, tangy dark fruits, black pepper.
Taste comprises earthy cocoa powder, booze tunes, liquorice, dark fruit rinds, peppery spice, charr.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a boozy finale.
Decent enough impy stoot.

3.8
teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 23, 2017
22oz bottle shared at Leighton’s. It pours a pitch black color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet malty chocolate with booze and licorice. Taste is also sweet with chocolate and licorice. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, good one

3.7
madmitch76 (25801) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2017
19th January 2017
Farewell Bespin Bottleshare. Thanks to Leighton. Almost opaque dark brown beer, good dark tan head. Palate is light and semi dry, reasonable fine carbonation. Intense dark chocolate malts. Spicy dark chocolate booze. Dark chocolate liqueur. Dark fruits. More dark chocolate on the finish. Impressive.


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