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Laika Russian Imperial Stout - Straight To Ale

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | FT: 3
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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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3.73/5  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.

WarEagleJeep, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of GratefulEdd
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

GratefulEdd, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheBishopco, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of misscritta
4/5  rDev -3.4%

misscritta, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of gtank
5/5  rDev +20.8%

gtank, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

JAHMUR, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of vcoggins
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

vcoggins, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Justinbshelton
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Justinbshelton, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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
Photo of crowbar540
4/5  rDev -3.4%

crowbar540, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Eric15
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Eric15, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of tweezer159
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

tweezer159, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

barleywinefiend, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

jzeilinger, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of hardrock
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

hardrock, Sep 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Chrash16, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

MontereyBay831, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of cfaulman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

cfaulman, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of ercxi
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

ercxi, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

AgentMunky, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Jacurdy60
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Photo of Abbo
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Abbo, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of allenc85
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

allenc85, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Tonmeister
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Tonmeister, Jun 21, 2013
Laika Russian Imperial Stout from Straight To Ale
91 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.