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Legend Of The Liquid Brain - Bull & Bush Brewery

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 31
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Dimitri, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of chugalug06
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very small release of bottle carbonation. Head barely pours one-finger thin soapy/foam mocha. Brew is super dense jet black. No lacing. Great, yet fast legs.

Damn nice aroma. Tons of Vanilla barrel. Raisin, dark chocolate, orange zest, ginger, bready, medium roast coffee...nutty and salty.

Whoa. This is a super complex brew, much like the aroma. Lots of (well) mixed flavors. Nutty, smooth, robust 68% chocolate, forward wet strong sweetness shows the best of the beer, nearly over "doing" it. Vanilla from the barrel, Nuttyness from malt, and (light) hop balance to boot. Wet, quaffable, bitterness doesn't linger, rather draws you in for another sip of (near) greatness. Carbonation is super light and well placed; if anything too much. Coffee flavors are very mild and not to be considered forward or rounded. Finish is VERY dry and modestly salty.

Simply a great beer. This is by far the best beer I've had from B&B. I was about to give up ever seeing this brew in bottle...until. It was well worth the wait and definitely worthy of the *hunt*. A great tick. Highly recommended @ whatever price I paid...$13/16.9oz bottle. Pure genius. Now, get some damn brew space and grow some legs!!!

chugalug06, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

belgbeerdrinker, Mar 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

ucsbmullet, Mar 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

MYJELLOMISFIT, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Jasonrm72, Feb 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

budsandsuds8, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

MinorThreat, Feb 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

eawolff99, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

BringbakFavre, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Prospero, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

vermilcj, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

dirtylou, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

edhaaslovesbacon, Apr 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

rjameson, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

JMBSH, Jun 24, 2012
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 rbrefbeerman
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

rbrefbeerman, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, quite a treat! Arrives a deep rich dark opaque black color with a 1 finger brown head, good retention and lacing. The nose is a bouquet of chocolate, oak, vanilla, and dark fruit with hints of bourbon and alcohol hear, very warm and inviting. The flavor is full of huge chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, roast, caramel malts. Sweet but not overly so with a complex bourbon and malt sweetness that meshes well with a mild bitterness. Full bodied and creamy and smooth and delicious. Well carbonated. Overall, this is one hell of a beer. It's a pleasure to be able to enjoy some whenever the brewery puts it out. Highly recommended.

hopfacebrew, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Mebuzzard, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of mentor
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

mentor, Nov 25, 2011
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
Legend Of The Liquid Brain from Bull & Bush Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.