Laika Russian Imperial Stout - Straight To Ale
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4.34/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
05-19-2013 05:53:49 | More by hopoilcrazy
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
04-20-2013 05:20:39 | More by sirtomtom
4.31/5 rDev +3.9%
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!
03-30-2013 00:38:15 | More by richj1970
4/5 rDev -3.6%
a - poured a one finger thick dark brown head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was dark black.
s - coffee, roasted chocolate, some caramel sweetness.
t - roasted chocolate, coffee with some hop flavors coming through.
m - medium and creamy.
o - another really solid beer from STA. this reminded me of left hand's imperial stout as it had more hop character than most.
02-25-2013 16:10:39 | More by GPHarris
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
22oz bottle. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours thick black with barely a finger of very dark brown head that leaves some short-lived lacing and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.
Aroma is coffee, milk chocolate, dark roasted malts, dark fruits, anise, some caramel, hops are there in the background. Good to very good strength.
Flavor is rich coffee & espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts, anise, molasses, dark fruits, nutty, underlying notes of caramel, fairly sweet, moderate bitterness, moderate alcohol.
Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, soft carbonation. Really nice.
Very nice Imperial Stout! Straight to Ale is definitely doin’ it right in Alabama. Looking forward to trying some more from these guys.
02-16-2013 03:59:00 | More by elgiacomo
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
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....
01-30-2013 14:18:12 | More by Tilley4
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Serving: On-tap at the Straight To Ale taproom. Served in a snifter-type glass
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.
12-18-2012 23:04:33 | More by sotted-moose
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
Laika Russian Imperial Stout from Straight To Ale
92 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.