Bourbon Barrel-Aged Laika Stout | Straight To Ale

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Laika StoutBourbon Barrel-Aged Laika Stout

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Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by richj1970 on 10-13-2013

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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of rkarimi
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


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Photo of BAsbill
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jnorris404
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a blacker than black color with a lovely, angry red to brown head of 1/2 finger that lingers (probably due to oats, nice work).

Aroma is intoxicating - chocolate chip cookies, caramel, fig, dark chocolate, whiskey, oats, molasses, and licorice. YEAH!

Flavor is explosive with tons of black licorice, plum, banana oatmeal, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, whiskey, and burnt crisp chocolate chip cookie ends. Nice toast and chocolate chip on the finish.

Feel is thick but not too thick, slightly slick, and a polite burn on the finish.

Overall, an amazing WBA RIS. I really like this, and would acquire it again if given the chance. Solid performer.

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Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JGCraver
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WesSwift
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JintheHam
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours black with 2 finger khaki- light brown head.
The aroma is bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate brownie with a reasonably pronounced piney, floral hoppiness.
The flavor is very roasty woth dark chocolate and char. The finish brings the bourbon and a bitter dry hoppiness. The barrel character is balanced really well,I love the base beer am still getting a lot of the base beer characteristics.
Overall this is very good, not my favorite BA stout, but I'm glad I traded for it.

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Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of dcscientist
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was shared by a few friends from the area, and I was fortunate to be included in that when I was with them. This stacks up very well to the imperials that I can get at home, and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. You can definitely taste the bourbon tinge thanks to the barrel aging, and the base beer is one I'd get anyway even if it was on its own. That's what makes a good limited release beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you richj1970 for this
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, rich chocolate, caramel malts, charred oak, bourbon and vanilla.

T- Cocoa powder, caramel malts, some roasted coffee, charred oak, vanilla, hints of dark fruits.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout, taste is a little lighter than the nose and was hoping to body would be fuller and maybe a little chewy given the taste. I would definitely recommend this beer, would love to try the regular and wine barrel verison.

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Photo of bearbeerboss80
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emottram
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T_Hass
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice offering from Straight to Ale. I enjoyed this much more that than this years Cab barrel age option. Overall this is a nice looking beer. The smell and the taste are slightly lacking in the bourbon department but at least its not overpowering. I'll definitely seek this one out next year.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The beer was dark with mocha bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell – The nose was modestly boozy.

Taste – My initial impression is boozy sweet chocolate. Further, there was a dry metallic impression. Warm licorice notes were also present. The beer finishes with a dryish booze after.

Mouthfeel – The feel did allow the booze to linger somewhat, but this was not overly sticky.

Overall – Of the Laikas, cabernet is my favorite.

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Photo of kbwalters
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a libby stout glass. 2016 vintage.
Look = 4.5 Pours an opaque black with three fingers of dark brown head, great retention and a dense, sticky lace.
Aroma = 3.75 On the mild side but nice chocolate notes with whiffs of alcohol, oak, caramel and vanilla.
Taste = 4.0 Mild chocolate notes, light vanilla, mild roasty character and a mild bitter finish with bourbon and alcohol notes lingering.
Feel = 4.25 Medium to full bodied with a thick feel but not creamy, low carbonation
Drinkability = 4.0
Overall = 4.05 Pretty tasty BA stout, great look and solid mouthfeel

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jadjunk
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. Bourbon Barrel Aged Laika is brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a dark chocolate head of a frothy foam consistency over a near-black body. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 4

(Smell) Dark chocolate, caramel, medium roast, modest sweetness, with notes of smooth bourbon and light toasted barrel dryness. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Rich earthy flavor of dark roast, chocolate syrups and caramel syrups with a modest sweetness, finishing smooth and sticky with a pinch of bourbon heat and toasted oak. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual and lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy bitter, roasty and boozy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Another solid spin on a seemingly solid stout. I'm going to have to bite the bullet and try Laika standard in the near future, as these barrel age treatments are phenomenal, but part, if not most of the success is in the stout base itself. I favor the complexity over booze from the Cabernet version that I got over this one, and bourbon is the more common barrel aging treatment. Nonetheless, its quite an enjoyable beer, very rich malt base with a nice level of complimentary bourbon barrel character that contributes more complexity, but at the (slight) expense of a more revealed alcohol presence. It's still a standout stout and a solid substitute in place of more sought after Barrel Aged Stouts, not difficult to locate in reputable bottle shops and you don't have to wait in a line (or bust) to pick one up. Two thumbs up from a 9-5'er! 4

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Laika Russian Imperial Stout

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Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Halo4one a while back. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A thick black pour yields a big, 3+ finger, medium-thick, creamy looking, dark tan head with excellent retention. Jet black body with no real carbonation evident. Perhaps even a touch darker than the original. Head fades to a thick cap but leaves no lacing on the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving lots of lacing down the glass. Huge head on this one, but pretty good looking overall.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, lots of cocoa powder, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla cream, with a solid base of roasted and burnt malts. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Oak, bourbon, with some burnt malts and charred flavors up front. Flavorful finish with more wood and roasted barley, then a bold and lingering aftertaste of bourbon, oak, cacao powder, bitter dark chocolate, burnt malts and sweet vanilla cream. Bitterness and booze linger, though the sweet barrel provides nice balance. Pretty solid, with the base beer and barrel working well together.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, enough weight, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Some heat lingers here.

OVERALL: This is way better than I expected. After trying a batch of the base stout, I feared a diacetyl disaster. However, this must be a different batch of the base stout, as there doesn’t seem to have been any issue with fermentation here. Either that or the barrel just masked the problem. Whatever it is, this turned out pretty good overall, with the barrel components balancing the bitter and roasted base stout very nicely. Certainly enjoyed this one and hope the Cabernet version follows suit. Thanks again Halo4one. Recommended.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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