Straight To Ale Laika Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7631) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2017
January 2017 - Bottle share at Leightons. 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (13521) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4243) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13801) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (18478) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (7614) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 23, 2017
22oz bottle shared at Leightons. 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (23979) - , 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20170) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle shared in London - sourced via trade. Pour oily black with a creamy, tan head. Gooey chocolate in the nose, moderate roast, earth. Medium to big sweet flavour with hearty dark chocolate, ash, dried berries. Full bodied, oily and chewy with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly warming, with lots more gooey chocolate, some scorched earth, baking cocoa, more dried fruits, berries. Really impressive.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (10908) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle shared at Leightons place, 19/01/2017. Huge thanks to Leighton for this one. An attractive jet black coloured pour with a a lasting dark tan head. Aroma is dark choc, jammy fruits, nutty choc. Flavour is composed of dark choc, toasted oak, chocolate roast, shaved coconut, spicy finish. Palate is medium full, rounded, highish carbonation. Woody boozy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmctaster (86) - 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.


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