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Legend Of The Liquid Brain - Bull & Bush Brewery

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.9%
Wants: 47
Gots: 27 | FT: 7
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Bull & Bush Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2005

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.53/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From the 2010 GABF week tapping at the Bull & Bush.

A: Liquid Brain is deep brown, but not quite black, with mahogany highlights and a rich, tan head with quite a few large bubbles. Right after the chalice was served, all of the big bubbles migrated to the rim, opening up the middle of the glass. For the first half a minute, they popped, sending little shockwaves of cream towards the center. I've really never seen anything like this. Ethanol "legs" stick to the glass like you'd see in a typical mega-strength beer.

S: The nose of LLB packs sour cherries, LOTS of apple, raisins, plum, a hint of roasty espresso, Scotch whiskey, and faint wood. Apple dominates the profile.

T: Acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde. More acetaldehyde. The flavor is overwhelmingly apple. This is awful. I was really looking forward to trying a WBC gold medal winner, and this is clearly not one. I have to believe that this particular keg was tainted, because there is no conceivable way that gold would be awarded to a beer with such a glaring fault.

Attempting to detect flavors hidden behind the overpowering Granny Smith taste, I can find some roast malt, whisky, a distinct hot burn, and slight phenolic taste.

M: Thin and puckering from the tartness. The carbonation is low-medium, and perfect for the style.

D: Low, maybe medium-low. While it's clear that Gabe struck a nice balance between dark, roast character; subtle, earthy hops; and oaken whiskey, the acetaldehyde makes this beer all but undrinkable.

Photo of Crosling
3.53/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draught @ the Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Lovely aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee and roast. Unfortunately, the flavor was a bit of a let down. The barrel seemed to only contribute whiskey flavors, not vanilla or coconut or other nuances. The body was also disappointing.

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of stevec32
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of benito
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub; served at room temperature in a chalice for $6.50. Pricey, but worthwhile.

A: Opaque, jet black with a not-too persistent, tan head.

S: Muted aromas of syrup, coffee, and sweet cream. Little to no hop aroma; no off aromas (diacetyl) or strong esters. The bouquet neither stands out nor offends.

T and M: Smooth, creamy mixture of chocolate, sweet cream (this is almost like an imperial sweet stout), coffee, tobacco, and stwed fruit. Very well balanced with enough bittering hops to keep it from being overly sweet; though overall the sweet, liqueur-like flavors are the star of the show here.

D: Very smooth for an RIS; the 11% ABV is very well hidden, and there's only a trace of the warming at the end of each sip.

A very good, well-balanced (read: not too hoppy, not too aggressive) interpretation of the RIS. I get the feeling this is what most imperial stouts would have been like before American hops entered the picture. This joins Redfish's Blackalicious, Rock Bottom's Kick'N Chick'N and Pumphouse's Backdraft as one of the most enjoyable only-on-tap impy stouts in Colorado. Seek it out if you're in Denver.

Photo of cheesy26
3.84/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark, bottomless black, with nary a head to speak of. This one looked a lot like used motor oil and smelled like straight booze. I like straight booze. Huge bourbon aromas, along with some dark chocolate and vanilla. The bourbon is very well integrated into the beer, and never overpowers. Nicely balanced, and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -11.7%
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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a 2005 vintage on tap at the Bull and Bush. It was black as night and had a serious whiskey/bourbon smell going on. The taste had more bourbon, thick, coats your mouth. This is pretty darn good and it must certainly be barrel-aged. It kinda reminds me of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout which is a good thing. If you like RIS or barrel-aged brews, try this one. Oh, and the bartender told me it was 12% ABV.

Update 2014 bottle, outstanding aroma, chocolate, sweet, bourbon, yum.

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RuckusDu
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the falling rock 15th anniversary edition. They say it may be 17%.

A - for a cask, not bad. Only a few bubbles. Deep dark brown body. Coats the glass nicely in alcohol/syrup.

S - tons of oak, vanilla, and alcohol. Also caramel and only the slightest hint of red wine. Burns from all the alcohol.

T - oaky, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, red wine is much more present, and some chocolate/coffee.

M - only the slightest hint of carbonation. Body is thick and very drying. Still burns from the alcohol.

O - a nice beer but a bit over the top. A lot of competing flavors/aromas. Still, I should have expected it.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Legend Of The Liquid Brain from Bull & Bush Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.