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Legend Of The Liquid Brain - Bull & Bush Brewery

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 29
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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Photo of waltonc
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

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
Photo of pml0904
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%

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
Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%

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 sterstar1
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

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 07, 2010
Photo of rye726
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

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 ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

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 rallison
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

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
Photo of benito
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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 grumpy
4.38/5  rDev 0%

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 Crosling
3.53/5  rDev -19.4%

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 russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%

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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Legend Of The Liquid Brain from Bull & Bush Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.