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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Laika Stout - Straight To Ale

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 45
Gots: 33 | FT: 5
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Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: richj1970 on 10-13-2013

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Photo of Jeff_Byrd
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mackeyse
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andyboy252
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best barrel aged stouts I have had!

Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid bourbon barrel qualities, but I prefer the cabernet barrel aged version much more.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of sohearn
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RocketCityVol
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucnifter
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wde83
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pmangold
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of memphischas
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jenebauer
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elkinbrown
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle pours near black with a decent head.
The aroma is a bit disappointing; having just had the cabernet barrel version I was expecting to like this better. Not true for the aroma but the flavor comes through with a fie bourbon barrel impact that also allows the dark roasted grais to shine. Good balance, very rich and nicely complex.
Very smooth, full body.

Photo of IPAchris
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrettonJay
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThickNStout
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 13.99. No bottling date. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours oil black with almost two fingers dark tan head. The froth slowly crumbles to a modest ring around the edges, leaving some smallish islands of lace.

The nose is sweet and inviting. Bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, oak, light coffee and caramel.

Flavor delivers on those aromas. Bittersweet dark bakers cocoa, warming bourbon, espresso, vanilla tinged oak, molasses, barrel char, licorice, caramel and some boozey heat. A nice balance of base brew, barrel and subtle spirits.

The feel is creamy but the medium body is slightly thinner than I'd prefer. Moderately soft carbonation. A little more warming alcohol in the finish along with cocoa, coffee and bourbon.

As hoped, the barrel treatment adds a welcome sweet complexity to Laika. It might not really rise above the crowded sea of barrel aged stouts in to the best of the best but it is a seriously delicious brew. Glad to try it and will certainly buy again.

Photo of denver10
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with a very slight mocha head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, roast that gives off chocolate tones, some dark fruit, anise and a touch of char. Flavor follows suit. Medium bodied mouthfeel, minimal activity. Overall, good bourbon BA stout here.

My rating: 3.75

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4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of douginromeo
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fordknox
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nordbier
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Laika Stout from Straight To Ale
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