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: 171 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Don't tell this old dog that it can't be taught new tricks. It takes its tried and true imperial roasty stature to the bourbon barrels for a flood of new flavors ranging from oak to spice to whisky and sweetness. The Straight To Ale team certainly knows how to get the most out of this 'ole mutt.

Bourbo Barrel Aged Laika pours with a deep and ominous gaze of black coffee then topped with a sandy froth of tan and sepia. Striking the nose with high roast, woods, burnt sugars and a rife campfire perfume, the scent precedes an initial sweet taste of toffee, sorghum and raisin bran muffins.

Ample carbonation gives the middle palate a lift as its sweetly malted taste tends to dry quickly and the character of roast billows into a charred medley of french press coffee, baker's chocolate, black walnut, burnt toast and a the gentle smokiness of smoldering embers. Charred fruits of dark berries and cherry simmer on the late palate while the bourbon flavors of caramel, vanilla, charred oak and grilled coconut tease the senses once more.

Full bodied but seemingly somewhat arid, the carbonation, whisky spice and herbal hop spice offers the finish a long linger of char and chickory with a deep soilish after palate of turkish coffees. A gentle prickle of heat highlights the char and piquant tannic bite with a pep of ash.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can shared with Rob, poured into pint glass, canned on 11-13-2017.
A: pours a jet black body with a tinge of brown, milk chocolate frothy one finger foam head
S: sweet, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee
M: thick
T: pepper, bourbon burn, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate
O: really good and balanced, as it warms the burn becomes more noticeable

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Photo of rkarimi
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


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Photo of BAsbill
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jnorris404
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JGCraver
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WesSwift
4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JintheHam
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -1.2%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emottram
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T_Hass
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
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 -3.3%
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%
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 -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jadjunk
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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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