Laika Russian Imperial Stout - Straight To Ale
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3.73/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
03-01-2014 00:58:26 | More by WarEagleJeep
3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
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
03-29-2012 23:44:56 | More by darkstar12
3.9/5 rDev -6%
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.
10-13-2013 18:42:54 | More by zookerman182
3.91/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
06-21-2013 20:42:13 | More by Roman5150
4/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
03-11-2012 17:26:15 | More by Reaper16
Laika Russian Imperial Stout from Straight To Ale
92 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.