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Laika Russian Imperial Stout | Straight To Ale

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BA SCORE
4.05/5
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175 Ratings
Laika Russian Imperial StoutLaika Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States
straighttoale.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named for the Russian space dog, Laika is a huge, chewy beast of a beer. Dark, rich and robust, it has a wonderful body and a flavor that has notes of chocolate, coffee and toffee. It is a fantastic dessert beer. It is part of our Right to Brew series, which we make in conjunction with local homebrewers, scaling up their recipes and producing them to help bring attention to the ongoing fight to legalize homebrewing in Alabama.

Added by sommersb on 12-22-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,851
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
175
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
31
Trade:
3
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Photo of Nicknackpaddywack
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

RateBeer's #1 Alabama brewed beer & #1 Straight To Ale brewer which I whole heartedly concur with. And, that's not even taking into consideration the barrel aged versions. Top quality ingredients make this "gruel" heavy, heavy weight beer better than just about all the barrel aged Russian Imperial Stouts out there. I'm sick & tired of partial barrel aged blends & barrel aged for six weeks light beers by comparison.

Best for any occasion on the planet.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Rschimmell
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer pours out in an almost oily black color.

The aroma hits of big chocolate, cocoa, woody hops, lots of caramel sweetness, a touch of dark fruit.

The flavor has a wonderful balance. Layers and layers of milk chocolate, caramel, dried dark fruit, umami, woody hops throughout, onto molasses and espresso bean.

The mouthfeel is clean and medium plus. Not too thick, nor thin.

Reminds me of a blend of Darkenss and Zhukov. Underrated and one of the best imperial stouts available.

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Photo of Zachb4au
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of suzychesser
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is awesome. It's brewed in my home state and if you don't laika it, you can go straight to ale!

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of ercxi
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of FriedSlug
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark and requires an aggressive pour to coax an inch thick creamy head out of it. The head stays for just a little while and then is gone. The aromas are nicely roasted malt, dark chocolate, raisin, vanilla and a touch of bourbon. The taste is all of the same with a coffee taste near the end followed by a pleasant bitterness that balances out the sweetness of the chocolate and malt. A ever so slight bourbon burn at the end finished the sip. This is definitely one of my favorite RIS mainly because of the balance and that extra creamy feel. This is really a great beer.

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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of myteam24
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BierJager89
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a creamy dark brown head

S: Sweet smells, like brown sugar, and chocolate, and coffee in the nose

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, some light tartness.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: An excellent Imperial Stout. Definitely recommended if you can find it. Im lucky to have tried it.

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Photo of alBeerEinstein
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of karatebartender
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of GratefulEdd
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Justinbshelton
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ox1574
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Brinks
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of docnose
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Eric15
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of bcal16
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of these while in Nashville recently...

Glugs out into a tulip with a deep black appearance and a slowly forming mocha head... coats the glass with a swirl... looking really good thus far... appears thick and creamy

Very intense aromas of bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, some licorice.... this is extremely pungent... nothing subdued about this beer so far at all... the aromas practically blast out of the glass at me... smallish hints of booze here and there...

Rich, creamy and delicious.... the flavors, like the aromas, are intense and big... licorice, coffee, chocolate... all the usual suspects... done very nicely... maybe even a kiss of hops at the finish... sip after sip, this brew delivers... im very impressed...

I loved this offering from Straight to Ale.... a real sleeper here....

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Photo of homebrew_69
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Laika Russian Imperial Stout from Straight To Ale
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 175 ratings
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