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Legend Of The Liquid Brain - Bull & Bush Brewery

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
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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Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.53/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

SPThirtyThree, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Crosling
3.53/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Crosling, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

dirtylou, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of stevec32
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

stevec32, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of benito
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

benito, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

emmasdad, May 25, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -8.9%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -8.9%

drewone, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of mmulebarn
4/5  rDev -8.9%

mmulebarn, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

ArrogantB, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of RuckusDu
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

RuckusDu, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of MinorThreat
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

MinorThreat, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

rbrefbeerman, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of vermilcj
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

vermilcj, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of JMBSH
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

JMBSH, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

vonnegut21, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
Photo of DCLAguy11
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

DCLAguy11, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of sterstar1
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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. :)

sterstar1, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of Wowcoolman
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%

Wowcoolman, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of grumpy
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The Legend continues, apparently, retired or not. It was on tap over the weekend before Memorial Day at the pub. The stout I tasted did not particularly strike me as being aged in Bourbon barrels. The Royal Oil that I slammed afterwards was a Bourbon bomb, but that’s another discussion.

This was a top notch Imperial Stout, but of a style that won’t please everybody. Pretty sweet, medium-bodied, balanced hops (at most) and moderate in its bitter roastiness. Alcohol burn was minimal. Flavors of chocolate, licorice, raisins, toffee, and molasses. Aroma was mostly chocolate and molasses. Carbonation was muted. Very… no, make that “too” easy to drink.

Now, why were they not open on Memorial Day, so I could go quaff another??

grumpy, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of Rado
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Rado, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
4.43/5  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.

GilGarp, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of rallison
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes during my GABF 07 trip (had at the brewpub itself).

2005 Vintage.

Ridiculous lacing. Subdued chocolate, bourbon and vanilla aroma.

Creamy. Milk chocolate, sweeter coffee. Bourbon is nicely in the background. Some vanilla.

Excellent balance. Rich, yet somehow light on the tongue. Low carbonation. Ridiculously drinkable for 12%!

rallison, Mar 05, 2008
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Legend Of The Liquid Brain from Bull & Bush Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.