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Straight To Ale Laika Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmctaster (81) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2016
Black with a dark khaki head. Taste is roasted malts and slight cocoa. Tastes more like an imperial stout than RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2016
Pours jet black with a nice tan head. Aromas of chocolate/coffee w/some malts. Big full flavor chocolate, coffee, some oats. I love this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2699) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2016
From notes. This was shared at Dougs Poker/Beer/Cigar party on February 13. 22 oz bottle. The pour is a light black with a thin mocha colored head that dissipates without lace. The aroma is very heavy on the roasted coffee and bitter chocolate malts. There is a little molasses sweetness detectable, and a light booze on the finish. The flavors are a little more toned down, really focusing on the bitter roast and the booziness. Its got a little bit of a bitter licorice on the back end that isnt quite out of place, but its not really flowing, thats for sure. The mouth feel is a little light, but well carbonated (seems to be a theme of the day). It hangs around in your mouth, and the finish is a boozy sweet malt with a hint of bitter roast. This was pretty decent. I wasnt overly blown away by it, but it wasnt bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3893) - 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 (5311) - 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 (3688) - 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 (3006) - 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 (870) - 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 (3709) - 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 (1252) - 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

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