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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Alabama, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Fall

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Ratings: 177 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of KensWorld
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tbryan5
2.36/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow... whatever batch I got was undrinkable. Drain pour. I think that the first batches of this were great. But this in the can was borderline god awful... tasted very oxidized with no barrel character and very astringent. Sucks that I’m stuck with three more out of the 4-pack. Not really sure why straight to ale released this.... don’t waste your money on a 4-pack.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft for a tap takeover, Loosa Brews, Tuscaloosa AL.

Kegged October 4, 2017.

Pours pretty viscous, deep, dark, nearly black. Cold pour, almost no head to speak of. A thin ring of tan foam sits around the perimeter of the glass.

The nose on this is sweet and slightly boozy, with some dark fruits coming through to compliment a cherry dark chocolate aroma. Some very subtle hints of vanilla and espresso come through, along with an off sour smell.

Definitely something a little off here. It’s not bad, but there’s some souring for sure. Bitter, dark roast coffee comes through initially, but right behind it follows up an off tartness, like cherries. Again, it’s not bad but it just tastes like Stone’s locoveza, or a stout aged in Red Wine barrels and definitely not Bourbon barrels. A shame, honestly.

Smooth, sticky feel. A pretty high level of carb on it still, and a pretty thin mouthfeel. I’ll be impartial as I can with the rating knowing this wasn’t intended, but don’t try aging this beer for too long.

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Photo of CoopIsLoose
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives the color of espresso with a thick tan head that leaves a curtain of lacing

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, black coffee, dark fruit and Bourbon tones

Taste: Roasty, at the outset, with the chocolate, caramel and coffee flavors embellished by walnut, coconut, raisin and a hint of smoke; through the middle, the Bourbon, oak and vanilla tones complement; nicely balanced through the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A mighty impressive BBA stout from the heart of Dixie; easily the best beer I have tasted from Alabama

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Photo of Treyliff
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
2014 vintage

A- pours a jet black color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- roasted malt gives some charred notes up front, as well as dark chocolate, caramel, tobacco & black licorice, Plenty of oaky bourbon undertones that adds a vanilla and toffee element

T- dark chocolate, caramel and roast up front, notes of nutty fudge, molasses, brown sugar, tobacco and fig. Mid-palate starts to bring out the barrel and continues into the finish, adding notes of oak, vanilla & toffee on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- amazing how these stand up to time, the barrel is perfectly balanced with the base beer

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
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 -4.4%
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 -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


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Photo of BAsbill
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jnorris404
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JGCraver
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WesSwift
4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JintheHam
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -0.9%
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%
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 +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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