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Laika Russian Imperial Stout - Straight To Ale

Laika Russian Imperial StoutLaika Russian Imperial Stout

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63 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.91%


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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Jtellis83

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-13-2013 10:52:48 | More by Jtellis83
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BigGold

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-14-2014 12:31:05 | More by Brinks
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -10.6%
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 +7.9%

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

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Alabama

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

California

5/5  rDev +19.9%

02-13-2014 22:46:44 | More by gtank
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

02-13-2014 14:55:30 | More by JAHMUR
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vcoggins

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-31-2014 20:50:52 | More by vcoggins
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-22-2014 23:29:21 | More by Justinbshelton
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BierJager89

California

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a creamy dark brown head

S: Sweet smells, like brown sugar, and chocolate, and coffee in the nose

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, some light tartness.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: An excellent Imperial Stout. Definitely recommended if you can find it. Im lucky to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 06:24:21 | More by BierJager89
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crowbar540

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-19-2013 03:46:42 | More by crowbar540
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Eric15

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-18-2013 14:04:01 | More by Eric15
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tweezer159

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-19-2013 14:31:37 | More by tweezer159
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured jet black with a big, viscous pour yielding a big brown head, good head retention with good lacing. Very nice.

S: Big roast and scorched malt with bitter chocolate, a nice booze sting, a wee bit of coffee. I can smell what is perhaps a crystal or pale malt base underneath.

T: A big scorched malt presence upfront with layers of decadent bitter and milk chocolates. There is a nice mix of bitterness from the IBUS and the scorched black malt here. A nice booziness throughout reminding me this is a serious beer. The finish is big, bold, rich, chocolatey and pseudo boozey. Everything I like in a RIS.

M: Well carbonated, huge body, creamy, filling and decadent. This beer is extremely robust and could please even the hardest of hardcore RIS fans.

O: A well crafted RIS which nails every BJCP aspect of a RIS, it has great bold flavor to boot. Extremely surprised and happy to see my hometown cranking out world class RIS!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 20:58:50 | More by barleywinefiend
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zookerman182

Alabama

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a pitch black with basically no head at all.
Aroma is cherries with hints of vanilla and tons of alcohol.
Very big smells of bourbon with hints of burnt toffee and caramel.
The flavor is much nicer than the smell. Super huge body, the beer is what it says it is.
Vanilla cherries with chocolate and coffee hints. My only problem with this beer is that for 9 % abv the alcohol is not hidden at all. Very boozy beer but complex in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 18:42:54 | More by zookerman182
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Many thanks to richj1970 for sending this bottle my way.

A - Pours engine oil black with a nice creamy layer of toffee colored foam.

S - Roasted dark chocolate, toffee, booze, cherries, oak, and vanilla.

T - Follows the nose with dark roasted chocolate, espresso, vanilla, dark roasted chocolate, oak, light cherries, vanilla, and ends with an Espresso-like lingering bitterness with noticeable alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

M - Thick, chewy, and viscous.

O - Thick, big, and boozy.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 00:08:13 | More by jzeilinger
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hardrock

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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grumpygerman

Alabama

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Chrash16

Alabama

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-12-2013 19:04:34 | More by Chrash16
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MontereyBay831

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-31-2013 02:57:48 | More by MontereyBay831
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Laika Russian Imperial Stout from Straight To Ale
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