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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
Brewed by:
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 spycow
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

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -9.7%

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+

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.63/5  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 dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Duff27
4.51/5  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 eawolff99
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of outoffocus
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.43/5  rDev 0%
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 vermilcj
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of egrace84
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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 Adamostella
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%

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