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Cabernet Barrel-Aged Laika Stout - Straight To Ale

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 37
Gots: 27 | FT: 4
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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 10-30-2013

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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by jzeilinger:
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Photo of dar482
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The aroma hits of the base with chocolate, caramel sweetness, and hops. Then a big punch of dark fruit, grape skin, tannic red wine.

The beer moves on with big milk chocolate, caramel, woody hops, umami, a burst of alcohol. Then onto red wine character, some sweetness from dark fruits, cherry, red grape, tannic Cabernet drying and oak in the back.

A medium plus mouthfeel.

One of the better red wine barrel aged brews I've tried.

Photo of Golden32
2/5  rDev -52.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle pours near black with a decent head.
Very smooth, full body.

The aroma is quite woody with a dark malt base and red wine notes.
The flavor largely follows.

Photo of acurtis
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrycePrivett
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tweezer159
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of richj1970
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 32 oz growler into tulip glass.

A: Pours absolutely black with small one finger chocolate colored head. No lacing to be found.

S: Red wine, cherry, chocolate, and booze.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely. Big alcohol presence with nice chocolate and cherry tones.

M: Fairly thick with minimal carbonation. Coats the tongue completely.

O: A very nice Imperial Stout. I would love to have one of these in a bottle with some age on it.

Photo of xxcarpxx
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of bmurray10
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of endoftheday
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThickNStout
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Rests in the glass pitch black with two and a half fingers of dense mocha brown head. That deep froth fades within a couple minutes to a thin halo, leaving no lace.

Smells of cocoa, dark fruit, mild vanilla and a little wine. The dark fruit and oak character shines through quite nicely as it warms.

Flavors are rich and roasty. Pure dark chocolate, cabernet, licorice, oaky barrel char, fruit skins, mild coffee, burnt caramel and a hefty booze whallop. Cocoa, anise and roast malts blend beautifully with the vineous, earthy, oaken barrel goodness. That noticeable alcohol doesn't detract from the enjoyment in the least. Delicious.

Medium full, creamy body with moderate carbonation. Dark cocoa, heavily kilned malts and boozey cabernet linger in the finish.

Cabernet Barrel Aged Laika is a terrific elevation of the base. The interplay of Russian imperial stout and wine is excellent. Yet another example of the outstanding work coming from Straight To Ale. Definitely try it if you can.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Evango
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Cabernet Barrel-Aged Laika Stout from Straight To Ale
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