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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
92
outstanding

92 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 18
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: sommersb on 12-22-2010)
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

ercxi, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of BierJager89
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

BierJager89, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of these while in Nashville recently...

Glugs out into a tulip with a deep black appearance and a slowly forming mocha head... coats the glass with a swirl... looking really good thus far... appears thick and creamy

Very intense aromas of bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, some licorice.... this is extremely pungent... nothing subdued about this beer so far at all... the aromas practically blast out of the glass at me... smallish hints of booze here and there...

Rich, creamy and delicious.... the flavors, like the aromas, are intense and big... licorice, coffee, chocolate... all the usual suspects... done very nicely... maybe even a kiss of hops at the finish... sip after sip, this brew delivers... im very impressed...

I loved this offering from Straight to Ale.... a real sleeper here....

Tilley4, Jan 30, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In Alabama, had to try some locals. The fact its local probably skewed my scoring.

A: Jet black, with a coffee colored head. Dissipates to a ring around the beer.

S: Caramel, dark fruit and lots of booze.

T: Caramel, dark fruit, coffee, booze and nice bitterness couple with a mild sweetness.

M: Silky, full-bodied, and a bit dry at the end.

O: An exceptional imperial stout, if I could get it in California, I would. Any improvement to this would be to throw it in some old bourbon barrels to smooth it out. God this was an excellent imperial stout. Stone could learn something from it.

sirtomtom, Apr 20, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

zookerman182, Oct 27, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: On-tap at the Straight To Ale taproom. Served in a snifter-type glass
Date: 12/15/2012

A: Beautiful. Black of night, faint hint of head, ephemeral lacing.

Smell: Coffee notes, heavy breads, faint hops aroma
Taste: Complex taste, hints of coffee, dark chocolate, heavy breads,and an emerging sweetness as the beer warmed up.
Mouthfeel: Faint, lingering bitterness. Good, clean mouth-feel, a bit dry
Overall: An excellent beer. I'm quite impressed with the quality of the beer, which seems to be fairly standardized as I've had this on several occasions. It is good, reliable, and quite enjoyable. I will definitely seek out Laika in the future.

sotted-moose, Dec 18, 2012
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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Totally opaque blackness. Awesome deep tan head that is the exact same color as the discontinued "tan" M&M's. No light is able to pass through this beer

S - Roasted grain bill is pretty hard hitting in the nose, you definitely pick up the grass and char of the roasting process. Treacle or, I've always wanted to use this, spotted dick: sugar cane syrupy and bready. Some middle of the road hop oil aroma, and some vinous hints maybe closer to port.

T - Moderately sweet...at the top end of my sweetness threshold...I can't stand RIS like DL or Darkness that just over fucking load on the residual sugars. There is definitely some here, but it is balanced by the strong hop profile and very complex malt and grain bill. The booze swoops down and takes over the finish along with some remaining hop presence. The booze reminds me of Canadian whiskey like Crown Royal. And this shit isn't even BA.

M - Thick and absolutely coating, but very pleasant and chewy. No alcoholic presence except on the palate during the finish.

Great beer made just outside my figurative backdoor. Gotta love it. I think people should stand in line for this beer. But I guess its just not sweet enough. Please, god, STA don't make this any sweeter its just right as is.

hopoilcrazy, May 19, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

brewskifan55, Jun 10, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into goblet.

A: Poured pitch black with nice one finger chocolate brown head that dissolved to a thin ring which followed the beer all the way down.

S: The nose of this one is incredible. Lots of roasted malts, chocolates, caramel, expresso, and maybe a bit of hops.

T: Big flavors here as well. Bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, a bit of fruit undertone.

M: Thick and creamy. Everything you want in a big stout.

O: Pleasantly surprised here. This is definitely a top notch stout, and from a local brewer on top, nice!

richj1970, Mar 30, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a typical stout color with a vibrant brown colored, one finger width head with almost no retention.

S-Alcohol stings at first followed by subtle notes of cherries, vanilla, burnt sugar and a slight woody char. Very complex

T-Chocolate, vanilla extract, oaky, bitter coffee with a spicy boozed bite.

MF-The least impressive aspect of the beer. A bit too much carb and too airy. Not as rich as an imperial should be.

O-StA is not playing around. Them and GP are by far the best breweries in AL. If the mouthfeel on this one improved, I would stack it up against the classic imperial stouts (Rasputin, Ten Fidy, Yeti)

Jacurdy60, Aug 06, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Nook in Huntsville, AL. Laika was the name of the first animal to orbit the Earth, a Russian dog. Very fitting name considering Huntsville's space history and the Russian Imperial Stout style.

A: Dark black in color, with no visibility through the beer when held to the light. A small amount of dark brown head with little lacing.

S: Rich aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts were dominant.

T: Heavy and complex, I picked up flavors of roasted malts with a subtle sweetness, chocolate and coffee flavors. It had some burnt character to it, but not in an unpleasant sense. The balance of malts and hops was done well. Also had a boozy quality to it.

M: Full body and a dry finish with a slight lingering bitterness.

D: This is an intense brew; not one to take lightly. The big flavors are very enjoyable, although this is not a beer I'd drink more than one of at a time.

I updated my score for the appearance after having this in the bottle. The head was a good size with good retention and lacing.

sommersb, Dec 22, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

MontereyBay831, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Gerasimos, May 30, 2014
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Laika Russian Imperial Stout from Straight To Ale
92 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.