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Legend Of The Liquid Brain - Bull & Bush Brewery

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 35
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2005)
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

eawolff99, Feb 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

afsdan, May 08, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled five varieties of this last night at Bull & Bush. They varied quite a bit. My favorite was brewed in 2003 and aged in Wild Turkey Rare Breed barrels for two years. One of the best stouts I've had. Dark brown, possibly black in color without much head. Smell and taste were outstanding: smooth whiskey, vanilla, brown sugar, light notes of dark fruit, absolutely no heat at all. Fairly thick bodied, with relatively low carbonation. Would be great to see a regular Liquid Brain offering on the B&B menu.

waltonc, Jun 10, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

CK21, Jul 17, 2014
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ucsbmullet, Mar 01, 2014
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budsandsuds8, Feb 22, 2014
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Domingo, Mar 26, 2014
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MYJELLOMISFIT, Mar 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

jriggins6, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of rye726
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not sure what vintage, possible '05? Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head.

The nose has chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, oak and roasty malts.

The taste has lots of dark roasted malts and bitter hops, but is well balanced by dark pitted fruits, wood, vanilla, cocoa and whiskey.

Thick, creamy body is delicately carbonated. Great stuff from Bull and Bush.

rye726, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of gueuzedreg
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
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

gueuzedreg, Apr 08, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Mebuzzard, Dec 03, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just recently moved back to the great state of Colorado and have to say I did miss the great beers brewed here. I spied this brew and was thoroughly impressed. I had the 2008, 2006, 2003 and a few sips of my friends 2009. All were amazing. I liked the scotch aged the best so my review will reflect that one.

A - Super dark and opaque no light could ever get through this beer. I was disappointed in the way it didn't have any head. I know, I know, its high alcohol, but I missed it all the same
S - ooh boy. You can definitely tell this was aged in a scotch barrel. Crazy strong scotch aroma as well as those dark fruity undertones that come with most imperial stouts. I happen to love scotch almost as much as beer so this was a great smell to me.
T- The smell was very indicative of the taste. Great scotch taste as well as cherries and plums. Reminiscent of Bell's Batch 9000 beer with a sweet finish. It almost had a wine-like taste. Loved every drop of it.
M- coated the moth very well. It was a little thinner than I was expecting but still great.
D- This beer is potent. The alcohol was masked pretty well but you could definitely taste it.

pml0904, Jun 10, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Bull & Bush a couple days before GABF. Served in a snifter. 2005 vintage; aged in french oak burgundy barrels.

A- Pours a dark chocolate brown. Produced a fingers width of mocha colored head. Quickly reduced to a thin ring around the glass with minor lacing.

S- Wine dominates the nose! As a beer lover, I would love to see more balance, but I'm also a fan of wine, so this was extremely pleasant. Immediately and without warning, the aroma of freshly pressed grapes just infiltrate the olfactory senses...very intoxicating. While it's hard to detect, underneath it all you can pick up on bits caramel, chocolate and molasses. A little bit of oak in there as well.

T- As expected, a deep merlot flavor jumps forward. Serving as the background, the stout base offers some complexity through the chocolate malts and bits of caramel. The beer finishes with sweet, vinous notes and a bit of alcohol. Complex, but a little heavy handed with the barrel aging.

M- Medium bodied. Would have liked to see a little more viscosity to bring out the stout aspects of this beer. This was probably the only thing holding the beer back from being absolutely mind-blowing.

D- Very drinkable. The intense barrel flavors automatically make you think you're drinking a fine wine.

Overall, not very balanced, but with this beer it's an absolute good thing. The flavors brought out from the barrel aging process was pretty remarkable. Excellent stuff.

rhinos00, Nov 19, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +3%
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

russpowell, Feb 17, 2007
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4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW. i had the 2010 vintage, aged in buffalo trace barrels. holy moly, this one poured a midnight black color into a snifter with a one inch dark brown lacey head. smells like fine whiskey, vanilla, wood, booze, espresso, tobacco, burnt malt. the nose is amazing, i was smelling this one for awhile, just so enticing. flavor is equally layered, starting with the woody booze complex and moving into a gentler vanilla coffee sweetness finishing a little bitter from the heavily roasted malts. feel is massive, this beer is a stand alone item, as im not sure what kind of food could do justice here, maybe just a dollop of french vanilla ice cream. lower carbonation and a massive body combine to make this one a slow sipper. i cant imagine a more mature and well aged brew than this, a real treat!

StonedTrippin, Mar 29, 2012
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Legend Of The Liquid Brain from Bull & Bush Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.