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Legend Of The Liquid Brain - Bull & Bush Brewery

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BA SCORE
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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.43%
Wants: 51
Gots: 30 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Bull & Bush Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2005

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Reviews by Dimitri:
Photo of Dimitri
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ablackshear for this bottle!

500ml bottle sealed with red pressure cap. Most recent vintage; I believe this is 2014.

poured into Assassin teku.

Appearance: black bodied beer with thick brown cap that drops down to an very thin yet uneven cap. Spotty lacing and heavy booze legs noted after each sip.

Smell: sweet yet balanced barrel forward nose. Earthy oak, spicy bourbon, sweet vanilla. Mellow bitter chocolates to balance the nose.

Taste: Nose is almost identical to the flavor profile, but more complexity in the flavor of the beer. Its a barrel forward dessert beer. Lots of oak, bourbon, and vanilla that really are balanced nicely. Hints of that great umami richness, semi sweet chocolates, and graham crackers. Tobacco notes and a slight leather note to help mellow the sweetness in this beer. Great balance considering the huge barrel notes of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Its slightly boozey, but it improves the overall effect of the beer in my opinion. I could see myself tackling a 500ml bottle over the course of a 2 or 3 hour session with several different food pairings. It is a really great beer to drink slowly, sip, and savor.

Overall: This beer is what BCBS tastes like fresh with that mellowness that only a properly aged bottle of BCBS brings to the table. I wish this wasnt a limited release beer. This is also my first Bull and Bush beer. Hope to try Royal Oil some day because Bull and Bush really know how to barrel age beer!

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

05 aged in Burgundy Oak barrels. Top tier stuff

A- Midnight black, no lacing; not that I expected it.

S- The burgundy wine mixed with the base stout comes off first; then the barrel, following by fig and dark fruit.

T- Incredible. The complexity of this is top tier. Two hours after drinking the glass I have Burgundy Oak Barrel Aged 05 RIS in my mouth. The wine barrel has done amazing things with this beer coming off as the first thing noticed; then the mellowed out BA stout peaks its head about 10 seconds after.

M- Very smooth, not creamy. No carb. I llke

O- I did not expect to have what I had, and I am a moron for not getting another pour

Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown glass bottle with appealing label design and branded pry-off pressure cap purchased at the Bull & Bush a few weeks ago and reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Expectations are sky high given the recommendations of trusted friends (schlimenhaumer and Duff27). Served cold into an Adelbert's stem-tulip.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger wide head of khaki-tan colour recedes to nothing within 10 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Opaque dark brown-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks pretty typical of the style. Far from unique or special, but generally appealing.

AROMA: Heavy bourbon is present, but might overwhelm the base. Bold notes of vanilla, oak barrel, still more rich evocative vanilla, toastiness. Dark malts, chocolate malts. Sweet, but seemingly not overly so. As it comes to temperature a bit, a kiss of barrel char emerges. Marshmallow. Cream.

Overall, it's quite evocative, and the bourbon character is fantastic. Moderate to high aromatic intensity.

No yeast character, booze, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Marshmallow, toasted white oak, faint barrel char, white oak barrel sugars, dark malts, chocolate malts, fantastic bourbon-derived vanilla. Cream. The bourbon is well-married to the base - never overwhelming it - though the base is a bit wanting in terms of complexity and intricacy. Has a good depth of flavour. Nice duration and intensity of flavour.

Well-balanced and built, with good complexity (though as above-mentioned, the base alone is lacking) and subtlety. The bourbon is the star of the show, easily.

I'm really liking it. The flavours just melt together, lending it a beautiful cohesion. But the bourbon doesn't find its match in the base, and as a result this isn't quite a gestalt build.

TEXTURE: Smooth, creamy, wet, medium-bodied, soft, supple, aptly carbonated (if slightly overly so), and moderately thick. Overall presence on the palate is great. This texture really accentuates the marshmallow and bourbon well. It's a bit gooey, which works. Slightly syrupy. There's obviously some custom-tailored of texture to taste. Very well-executed.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. It's a lovely imperial stout, and has a wonderful bourbon barrel presence. Easily the best beer I've ever had from Bull & Bush (and I say that as a Colorado native). I'll savor each sip; it's a real treat of a brew. Not even a sipper it's so drinkable. Easily one of the best imperial stouts brewed in Colorado. To quote another tasting attendee, "This is good as shit." I concur, sir.

B+

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quite a delicious beer right here, folks. I'm not sure which barrels they aged this version in, but I believe it to be Wild Turkey...maybe Evan. Anywho...

A dark cola pour that settles to a nice black color in the glass. A small off-brown head remains a collar, and is probably the only downside of this beer.

Aroma is rich. Sweet caramel and dark chocolate. Toffee. Some wet coffee beans...or unripe ones. Molasses is light and subtle throughout, but does hang in there. Dark fruit..black plum, raisin. Vanilla. It's all there. Complex but not an over-thinker.

For 12% abv this thing drinks amazingly well. Fantastic beer

Photo of Duff27
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cap and collar, light beige in color. Head is lasting awhile, great especially for a high ABV barrel aged stout

S- Evocative vanilla tones, slight oak aroma.

T- Medium roastiness, brownie batter. Barrel notes are outstanding. Warming alcohol finish but would guess less than 12%abv because it hides it so well.

M- Super smooth mouthfeel, creamy. Low, fitting carbonation.

D/O- Everything comes together wonderfully. Nary a flaw. Bull and Bush really impressed me here, and they have my attention. Thanks a ton for this "should want" kojevergas!

Photo of mentor
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled this 750 ml bottle out of my cellar to enjoy a special beer on Thanksgiving night, 2011. I had waxed the cap some years ago and, upon removing the wax, discovered that I had written 2007 GABF on the cap. So, this was a left-over bottle from the 2007 GABF judging that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. This is probably the 2005 vintage of Legend of the Liquid Brain.

Pours a silky finger of dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells rich chocolate, bourbon, oak char, ashy roast, cherry sour, strong clean alcohol sting, anise, cinder blocks, oxidation caramel, clover honey, bright fig. Nothing stands intense, but overall there is enough ummph for the aroma to be engaging.

Tastes wet with playful bourbon and alcohol sting. Bitter chocolate, roast, fig paste, prune, vanilla, coconut, nougat, cherry, and dark brown sugar. Salty, but not beefy soy as is found in some aged dark 'big beers'. Delicious caramel/cherry/sherry oxidation from age. Great balance between malt sweet and drying alcohol.

Light, yet creamy, in the mouth and finishes very light, leaving drying bourbon and charred oak over faint vanilla in the aftertaste. Modest carbonation allows the flavors to roll around a short while before they shuffle out in the finish to lingering bourbon, vanilla, and cherry alcohol. Could be considered the younger brother of Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout. Not as sweet and a bit bigger hit on the alcohol.

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GilGarp
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bull & Bush Pub. Served cold into a tall goblet glass.

Legend of the Liquid Brain is a very dark brown color, nearly black, with creama colored head. It settles slowly and leaves some nice lace.

Aroma is rich and malty with a little boozy bourbon.

The taste is excellent with great depth of flavor. It has the roasted malt, bourbon, and vanilla. I'm not sure it's bourbon barrel aged but it definately has the same qualities of those that are.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and incredibly smooth. Silky, creamy and delicious.

Overall a really great imperial stout. If only it was in bottles.

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of joshwith
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of russpowell
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Retired my ass, served in a goblet. Poured mahogany/black with 2/3" tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Bigtime bourbon, booze, vanilla & a whiff breadyness & choclate

T: Huge bourbon smack up front to include the warming alcohol, then dryness & vanilla. I catch a little chocolate & roasted grains as well. Finishes dry sweet & warming

MF: Rich, sticky & chewy with adequate carbonation to being out all the flavors

Man this was quaffable, a bit heavy to session on & the intial alcohol heat could be a little more subtle. I wanted to take a jug home, but alas they wouldn't sell it by the jug, sigh

Photo of 40ontarget
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of sterstar1
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a great brew. It's kind of a Royal Oil-Light. Well, it's not light by any means but not as thick as the Oil. Not a lot of carbonation so the mouth-feel is pretty smooth. What I get from the taste is cherry twizzlers. It's so sweet and yummy. When ever they have this on tab, i have to get two at least. :)

Photo of Mongrel
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours much thinner than expected for a 12% stout. There's a nice khaki head though that actually sees some nice lace retention.

Smells like sweet, boozy caramel. Big nose on this one with plenty of bourbon barrel. Some rye-like spice in the background, along with dark fruit.

Taste mirrors the nose -- big, sweet and caramel-y up front, with some cocao and dark fruit in the middle and dry, spicy finish. There's also brewer's licorice and just a little minty astringency from the booze when it's all said and done.

This imperial stout's relative thinness, makes for a uniquely long, dry finish. It also makes this big beer dangerously drinkable, more like a porter.

Overall, this is certainly one of the most flavorful impy stouts that I've had the pleasure of trying. Despite its smell, it's thankfully not as sweet as BCBS. The beer's thinness is a gift and a curse, while the bourbon barrel does its job really nicely. I agree with many of the other reviewers here - this beer is SMOOTH.

Photo of blindpiggie
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmoen
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Danimal25
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of itracy63
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taperwookie
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%

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Legend Of The Liquid Brain from Bull & Bush Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.