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Lenin's Revenge - Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

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BA SCORE
87
very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kjkinsey on 02-03-2014

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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 4
Reviews by carlitos92:
Photo of carlitos92
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No full reviews on this one yet, so I'll step up. Hadn't seen this brew before today, so I figured I'd see how this Houston brewer represents itself.

Served from a bomber, capped with black wax. No date or lot number visible. Label says 9.6% ABV. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance is like a cola, only just slightly darker. Not the opaquest stout out there by far. Also not the thickest. Pours thinner than I would have thought and am slightly disappointed. Just a quick light khaki layer of head that dissipated, leaving nice lacing. The beer coats the glass well.

Smell is raisins, prunes, other dried fruits, along with a little malt. Not extremely strong.

Taste at first is all figs and molasses, followed by a slight roasted malt characteristic which delves into hoppy bitterness. Strange. This finishes almost like a black IPA, which I don't think fits. Softens as it warms, but not enough for me. The opposing flavors (near-cloying dried-fruit sweetness and char/hops) balance on paper, but in practice are less than the sum of their parts. This may be a lot better with some age on it, but right now, it's confused.

Mouthfeel is perhaps the most confounding. It's a lot thicker on the tongue than it pours visually, which I like - but it's quite oily and lingering. Coats your mouth a lot more than expected. With the bitter taste finish combined with the oily close, the best part of this beer is up-front.

This wasn't a "bad" beer, and with a year on it, it might be out of this world - but fresh, it is not something I would seek out again. It's a nice try from a small local brewer that might appeal to some people for sure.

More User Reviews:
Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is the first Buffalo Bayou I have purchased in a while...lets see how this goes.

A: Pours pretty much opaque black, with a hint of brown/red around the edges. A two finger khaki head forms with good retention initially. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Dark chocolate, baked bread, and light roast. Dark fruits as well. Then a hoppy bitterness lingers in the finish for a long time.
T: Dark and bitter bakers chocolate. Prunes and raisins. A bit of roast. Then finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Two different kinds of fairly abrasive bitterness works at odds here.
M/D: Soft carbonation, and pretty thin overall. Really not hard to sip on. The soft, not overly viscous body and well hidden alcohol makes this a nice sipper.

I do enjoy this. Not my favorite imperial stout available on the shelf. Though nothing I would avoid either. One of the better releases from Buffalo Bayou I have had in a while.

Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz. Brown glass. Black wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap. Uninteresting label art. Bottled: Feb 2015.

9.6% ABV.

Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~4 inches wide. Tan colour. Creamy, thick, and soft. Leaves a light ring of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is excellent - easily ~10 minutes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good looking Russian Imperial Stout, but doesn't stand out above the hoi polloi; it's quite typical.

AROMA: Cocoa powder, chocolate malt, dark malt/schwarz malt, cream, baker's chocolate, and a whisper of dark fruits - prune primarily, with a supplement of date. Surprisingly, there is actually a noticeable hop bitterness - rare in a Russian Imperial Stout - and frankly, not altogether that welcome. Light toasted bread crust rounds out this pleasant but seemingly non-robust aroma.

Aromatic intensity is average.

This leaves a lot to be desired in terms of a Russian Imperial Stout, but it's not boozy or or off. It's just wanting, and suggests a brew with a weak, soft, and even thin texture and an underwhelming flavour.

TASTE: Chocolate dominates, but it's eclectic; I find baker's chocolate, chocolate malt, and cocoa powder all - but for all of its sources of chocolate flavour, it's still a bit inexpressive, lacking depth of flavour. The dark/schwarz malt backbone is fine, lending this brew a general sweetness, but there's no roasted barley to balance the sweetness, nor is there coffee; all the bitterness comes from bittering hops - which is an awful choice for a beer in this style. Cream, prune, date, grape, and toasted bread crust notes fill out the body a bit, but it still leaves much to be desired in terms of intricacy and diversity of flavour.

Overall, I find it simple, somewhat shallow, and uninspired, with ill enough complexity and no subtlety. A plain build. Not gestalt. The balance is off; it's too bitter from the out-of-place hops.

A more robust malt backbone is definitely needed. A dessert beer sweetness would be fine, and additions like coffee or vanilla bean would be welcome. Hell, even burnt or charred sugars would be a better bittering component. They really need to ditch that hop bitterness; ugh. It's just plain wrong for the style.

As it warms, the sticky grape on the finish becomes more and more obnoxious.

TEXTURE: As suggested by the aroma, this is overly light, thin, and weak on the palate, lacking the robust thick feel it needs to support its flavours. I blame the insufficient malt addition. It's nicely creamy, but needs more body. At least it's not syrupy. I do find it overcarbonated, though.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough or scratchy.

There's no harmony of texture to taste.

OVERALL: The grape needs to go, as does the hop bitterness. Let's bring in some roasted barley and maybe some coffee, strengthen the mouthfeel, and play up the malty sweetness. More expressive chocolate notes would really help - especially if chocolate is going to be the emphasis. This is a drinkable but lackluster attempt at a Russian Imperial Stout, and - like most Buffalo Bayou beers - is more underwhelming than anything else. It's fine, but at this price point and bottle format, fine just don't cut it. Texan beer enthusiasts are better off sticking with locals from Saint Arnold, Pinthouse Pizza, and Real Ale, or going with out-of-state imports like North Coast's Old Rasputin. This just can't hold a candle to any of those offerings.

C (2.82)

Photo of elNopalero
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This pours a solid black with varying foam. I had a vigorous pour and a nice cap of foam, but my buddy had a gentle pour with a thing ring of foam.
I get a pleasing dark roast coffee-dark chocolate aroma from this beer. As it warms it opens with a slight, surprising bitter note. Some smoothing sweetness, chocolate plate and espresso, with just a hint of licorice round it out.

Thanks to @xicanobeerrun for the bottle.

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Lenin's Revenge from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
87 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.