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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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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

02-13-2014 14:55:30 | More by JAHMUR
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-31-2014 20:50:52 | More by vcoggins
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-22-2014 23:29:21 | More by Justinbshelton
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4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

01-21-2014 06:24:21 | More by BierJager89
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-19-2013 03:46:42 | More by crowbar540
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-18-2013 14:04:01 | More by Eric15
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-19-2013 14:31:37 | More by tweezer159
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%

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!

10-15-2013 20:58:50 | More by barleywinefiend
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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
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

09-25-2013 00:08:13 | More by jzeilinger
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

09-15-2013 20:45:47 | More by hardrock
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-14-2013 15:37:17 | More by grumpygerman
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-12-2013 19:04:34 | More by Chrash16
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-31-2013 02:57:48 | More by MontereyBay831
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-23-2013 01:30:21 | More by cfaulman
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-13-2013 01:41:46 | More by ercxi
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Black as night, pouring with a brilliant crema akin to espresso. The head is thinnish but dark brown. Viscous and completely opaque.

S: Incredible. Simply incredible. Unbelievably rich and sweet. Fruity and bitter. Dry and dark and engaging.

T: After such a smell, it's sadly disappointing. The flavor is thin (though the mouthfeel is thick) with not much going on. Noticeably alcoholic, with hints of orange peel and cacao nibs. Some chocolate, milky. Aftertaste is strongly bitter and lingering. It does improve as it warms.

O: An incredible imperial stout. Highly recommended to everyone. I really, *really* enjoyed this beer.

08-07-2013 06:49:46 | More by AgentMunky
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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%

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)

08-06-2013 21:38:47 | More by Jacurdy60
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-12-2013 22:15:53 | More by Abbo
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

06-29-2013 23:22:04 | More by allenc85
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

bottle poured in a 16oz Goose Island Glass

Appearance: Dark Black with a thick black head when poured aggressively. It also looks highly carbonated. The lacing dissipates a ring around the glass.

Smell: Chocolatey malty citrusy,

Taste: Taste follows the smell. Pretty sweet, Caramel, Chocolate, Dark Fruit citrusy, alcohol.

Mouthfeel: syrupy, medium thick bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a well balanced RIS. I goes down smooth and it it tastes sweet and not to bitter. This reminds me of Stone's RIS.

06-21-2013 20:43:32 | More by Tonmeister
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

06-21-2013 00:16:02 | More by Dracarys
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

06-20-2013 18:10:45 | More by Stevedore
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-09-2013 14:35:25 | More by Texasfan549
Laika Russian Imperial Stout from Straight To Ale
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