Cabernet Barrel-Aged Laika Stout | Straight To Ale

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Cabernet Barrel-Aged Laika StoutCabernet 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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Added by richj1970 on 10-30-2013

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a quickly dissipating khaki head.
The aroma is red wine dominated with some cocoa powder roast and a fusely alcohol. The flavor is juicy dark fruits, cinnamon, oak, with a great base stout. The chocolate and roast play perfectly behind the big wine barrel notes. The finish is sweet dark chocolate with a warming booziness. It's a delicious stout with a coating mouthfeel. It's not as good as the bourbon, but it's outstanding.

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Photo of justinm4bama
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tilley4
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a terrific offering!

The barrel is definitely prevalent in this beer both in the aroma and flavor... Big heavy red wine barrel aroma mingled with deep dark chocolate and that dark roasted malt... Fairly decent booze hits here and there...

Very interesting... My first red wine barrel aged stout and I'm digging it...

That grape is definitely coming through big time here... Not in a cloying manner, but rather as a partner to the sheer beauty of the base beer which I feel is one of the more underrated stouts on the market.. I have a bottle of the Bourbon Barrel in the fridge out in the garage which I'm also looking forward to.

Loving this beer...

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour at the brewery.

Highly enjoyable brew with a rich, full feel. Drinks about midway between roasty and sweet, a nice balance really and it has some distinct barrel character and some dark fruit flavors and tannins that must be the cabernet. I didn't catch an ABV but this drank like a 7-8% stout and showed no heat. Very nice.

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
2013 Batch 1

A- pours a thick and viscous jet black color with one of the darkest brown heads that I've ever seen, that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- aroma is bursting with barrel notes, vinous red wine, grape-skin and wet oak bring aromas reminiscent of sherry, cherry & black currants. Undertones of milk chocolate, caramel, molasses, fudge & earthy wood

T- as with the aroma, plenty of barrel flavors come through up front; vinous red wine notes throughout even add a bit of tartness. Plenty of oak as well, along with notes of sherry, black cherry, blackberries and currant. Mid-palate brings some dark chocolate, fig & plumb. The finish gives more black currant/dark fruit, with a linger of oaky red wine

M- thick body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that turns into a velvety smooth finish, abv has mellowed out brilliantly, a hint of chalky linger

O- this is perhaps the best red wine barrel stout I've had, as the barrel notes are prominent but overpowering, a wonderful combination with the dark chocolate/roast of the base beer

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Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PassMeAZima
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duffman79
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emottram
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Smell – The nose was grapey, with hints of malt

Taste – My initial impression is grape skin, cigar smoke, tobacco, and syrupy chocolate. The chocolate goes dry toward the back.

Mouthfeel – The feel allowed the grape skin to cling to the roof of the mouth. Nice.

Overall – Of the Laikas, this is my favorite

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Really great BA stout.

Not much else to add to it. Looks great, smells and tastes amazing, and has a greta mouth feel.

Great, slightly burnt chocolate and coffee flavor, accompanied by a perfect amount of wine notes.

Try this if you can get some...

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Photo of tduecen
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good, I do not get any wine barrel flavor though, taste like a typical Russian Imperial Stout. Not that it is a bad thing as I get the chocolate flavor from this beer.

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Photo of bmf5581
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of parris
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jadjunk
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

(Appearance) Pours a rich dark chocolate brown head of a crisp foamy consistency over a black body with no trace visibility. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Roasted barley, toasted chocolate and caramel, lightly toasted oak, subtle alcohol. Potency is modest. 4

(Taste) Roasted barley malt, toasted chocolate and caramel syrups, lightly accented with a soft drying oak, hearty dark fruit undertones and lightly tangy vinous red wine finish along with notes of rich burnt chocolate and moderate roast. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, slick, moderately 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 earthy roast and sweet slightly over subtle booze and drying oak. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Not having yet tried the base recipe, I'm wholly satisfied with this version of the Imperial Stout, and find the malt build satisfactorily rich and flavorful, a solid compliment for the softer, but ever present oak and subtleties of wine barrel aging, which contribute hues of soft acidic fruits for a deep balance. Looking forward to the Bourbon variant, although Cabernet is a bit more uncommon and the one I'd recommend picking up for a unique barrel aging experience. Plus, it's pretty damned tasty. 4.25

Straight To Ale's
Cabernet Barrel Aged Laika Russian Imperial Stout

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Photo of yankeepride
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psdonnelly
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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: Big nose here with oak, cabernet, port and red wine, grapes, vanilla, milk chocolate and cherry aromas on the nose. Really nice wine barrel here. Bold and definitely enticing.

TASTE: Red wine, port, oak and grapes up front. Flavorful for sure. Boozy too, with a decent shot of wine and alcohol at the swallow. Big and boozy finish of wood, wine, port, grapes, milk chocolate and sweet vanilla lingering on the palate. Some good pure chocolatey bitterness and a touch of burnt malts from the base beer play a role as well. Lots of flavor and a decadent barrel presence here. Really good.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Not quite as creamy as others, a little prickly on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a burn and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers. As it sits, the prickly feel calms and it gets a little smoother.

OVERALL: This is definitely the best of the three beer set. Very, very good stuff. The look is good across the board on these beers, but this one has the most decadent barrel character and the base stout plays a quality supporting role as well. The feel could be a little creamier and smoother perhaps, but that’s a minor issue. Excellent stuff and worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again Halo4one. Highly recommended.

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