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Laika Russian Imperial Stout - Straight To Ale

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Laika Russian Imperial StoutLaika Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

74 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Straight To Ale visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sommersb on 12-22-2010)
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Reviews by GPHarris:
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GPHarris

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick dark brown head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was dark black.
s - coffee, roasted chocolate, some caramel sweetness.
t - roasted chocolate, coffee with some hop flavors coming through.
m - medium and creamy.
o - another really solid beer from STA. this reminded me of left hand's imperial stout as it had more hop character than most.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 16:10:39 | More by GPHarris
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taospowder

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-17-2014 02:27:56 | More by taospowder
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relynnjr

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-02-2014 18:12:58 | More by relynnjr
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deadliest

Texas

3/5  rDev -27.5%

06-26-2014 02:31:06 | More by deadliest
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oldvines

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-14-2014 22:50:12 | More by oldvines
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Corgidad!

A: Black and beautiful. A tan one-finger head that sits for a bit. Thick lacing.

S: Mmmm, nice. Leather, anise, dark fruit (raisins, plums). Brown sugar. Just terrific.

T: Smokey, toasty, malty with anise and plums. Sweet and robust. Chocolate and coffee. Could sip this one all day.

M: Heavy with medium to heavy carbonation.

O: Almost as good as the bourbon barrel and the cabernet barrel versions. Straight To Ale really makes a solid RIS. This little doggie makes a fine fireside companion.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 14:31:43 | More by brewskifan55
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Brdlist

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-03-2014 17:22:37 | More by Brdlist
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StArnoldFan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-01-2014 21:30:39 | More by StArnoldFan
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mbonugli

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-31-2014 21:07:48 | More by mbonugli
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Gerasimos

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-30-2014 03:52:49 | More by Gerasimos
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Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-21-2014 23:33:12 | More by thatoneguymike
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-28-2014 21:02:57 | More by Axnjxn
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BigGold

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-06-2014 17:52:58 | More by BigGold
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Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

03-30-2014 03:33:12 | More by Book
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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-26-2014 19:54:29 | More by beernads
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Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Dope

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date that I can see.

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall dense head that's nearly the same color. Very very dark brown. Head fades at a moderate pace. Zero lacing and zero head retention.

S: Huh, very interesting aroma. It reminds me of stoneground chocolate and coffee beans. Mexican coffee? Pretty subtle but nice.

T: Taste is even more interesting. Dark fruits and molasses up front. Brief bit of char and smoke with lots of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Coffee heaviest in the finish with more bitter cocoa giving it a quasi-mocha flavor. Coffee and chocolate lingers forever.

M: Heavy with a thick, syrupy mouth-coating feel.

O: I really liked this one. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors primarily. Mouthfeel is especially intriguing, it coats the mouth like hershey's. Almost an oily residue. A little "simple" for a big RIS but I enjoyed the flavors a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 03:53:12 | More by Dope
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WarEagleJeep

Alabama

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pitch black and thick looking pour. Quarter inch dark tan head that dissipates to a thin ring.

S: Dark roasted grains, subtle chocolate, and a heads up on the ABV.

T: Roasted malt at the start followed with resinous hop bitterness right behind it. Finishes with dark chocolate and warm alcohol.

M: Thick like most RIS's I've had, a little sticky, and a bit dry on the end.

O: Pretty good stout but a little too bitter and missing some of the heavier chocolate and dark fruit notes. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:58:26 | More by WarEagleJeep
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-22-2014 07:19:36 | More by GratefulEdd
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Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-20-2014 07:24:28 | More by TheBishopco
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misscritta

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-18-2014 18:48:48 | More by misscritta
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California

5/5  rDev +20.8%

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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Laika Russian Imperial Stout from Straight To Ale
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