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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
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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deadliest

Texas

3/5  rDev -27.5%

06-26-2014 02:31:06 | More by deadliest
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allenc85

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

06-29-2013 23:22:04 | More by allenc85
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Dracarys

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-21-2013 00:16:02 | More by Dracarys
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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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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-20-2013 18:10:45 | More by Stevedore
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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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BigGold

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-12-2013 22:15:53 | More by Abbo
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hardrock

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-15-2013 20:45:47 | More by hardrock
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-13-2014 14:55:30 | More by JAHMUR
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darkstar12

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on tap into a heavy goblet at Mellow Mushroom in southeast Huntsville, AL

A: classic look of a glass of used motor oil. Not even a hint of either a head or lacing.
S: Faint amount of hops, not much else
T: some bitterness, roasted and burnt taste - begins to taste a little more sugary as the beer warms up. Didn't really taste the alcohol at any time.
M: Very thick and syrupy
O: Another very good beer from Straight to Ale. I'll ask for the beer again

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2012 23:44:56 | More by darkstar12
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zookerman182

Alabama

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Roman5150

Spain

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle into Duvel glass

appearance: pitch black, with large 2 finger mocha head, lots of lacing

smell: roasted malts, espresso, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla

taste: rich oak taste, almost like there's the slightest hint of bourbon, the body is a blend of dark roasted coffee/espresso beans and sharp, bitter dark chocolate. A lot of roasted malt flavor througout. Alcohol is present, felt from the warmth and perhaps not as mixed in as other RIS's.

mouthfeel: low carbonation with a creamy, full, thick body

overall: A great RIS, but probably just out of my top 5. Alcohol presence is too much, while it has some great roasted oak and espresso/dark chocolate flavors, the booziness makes it not as enoyajable as say a Stone IRS, Bells Expedition, or ST Choklat. With that said, I would buy again if I found it cheaper than $9.99 for a 750ml, which is hard since they only distribute to TN and AL. Still, a solid RIS that anyone stouthead should add to their palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 20:42:13 | More by Roman5150
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LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-29-2013 03:02:15 | More by LJWalker
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earlingy

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-29-2012 04:15:43 | More by earlingy
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-14-2011 21:07:05 | More by freduardo
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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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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-21-2014 23:33:12 | More by thatoneguymike
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Reaper16

Alabama

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

served on-tap into a pint glass @ Suds of the South beerfest

Pours an inky pitch black. Which is, of course, a good thing. A finger and a half of loose but still voluminous dark tan head forms and doesn't go away quietly.

What strikes me most about Laika is how well-crafted it is. This beer is all about balance (albeit in an admittedly extreme style). There's lots of roast here, but it is held in check by sweet malts. There's some hops here (maybe not enough), but they don't take center-stage at any point. There's some dark fruits here (maybe not enough), but they're always quick to share space with the graham crackers and black bread flavors. The aroma is pretty roasty, but the flavor is so balanced. It provides pretty much every type of flavor that imperial stouts should provide.

The mouthfeel is pretty creamy but not chewy or thick in the ways that some imperial stouts are. Your mileage my vary, but I think it makes the beer quite drinkable. Overall, this is a pretty good imperial stout. Probably the best I've had from an Alabama brewery. It isn't a subtle style, but what separates Laika from, say, Good People Fatso (and there isn't much separation) is its sorta' subtle balance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 17:26:15 | More by Reaper16
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mbonugli

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-31-2014 21:07:48 | More by mbonugli
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-14-2013 18:29:16 | More by nmann08
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Jtellis83

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-13-2013 10:52:48 | More by Jtellis83
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crowbar540

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-19-2013 03:46:42 | More by crowbar540
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Laika Russian Imperial Stout from Straight To Ale
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