Legend Of The Liquid Brain
Bull & Bush Brewery

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Bull & Bush Brewery
Colorado, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #234
Ranked #630
4.4 | pDev: 7.05%
Saturday at 12:01 PM
Mar 28, 2005
Legend Of The Liquid BrainLegend Of The Liquid Brain
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4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Big anticipation on this one. 2017 bottle.

L - Tulip pour. Deep woody brown. Very nice frothy 2 finger head. Looked thin coming out of the bottle and the lacing gives the same impression.

S - nothing in your face. Quality but time.im getting a nuttiness. Something about it makes me think of the nougat in a candy bar over nuts. Smells of average sweetness so im nkt saying this smells like a pastry. Really not getting a lot on the nose. Not sure if its just the beer of if my smell is off.

T/F - lots of roasted grain. The flavors start pretty light and tame but you get an increase in perceived bitterness and char on the finish. Its not very complex. I can taste the oak but no trace of any spirit. It states that its "barrel aged" im curious from what. There's alcohol heat all throughout that doesnt seem integrated enough. Feel is solid albeit a bit volatile. It doesn't feel heavily carbonated but something about it is a bit abusive to the tongue. Something in the chemistry. It doesn't taste vinegary but it lightly gives the same feel.

Overall - not what I hoped. A very, very basic beer. Not a lot of depth or anything to pick apart. Char, oak, ethanol.

Saturday at 12:01 PM
4.41 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Mar 18, 2022
3.94 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Mar 08, 2020
4.25 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota on Dec 26, 2019
4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Oct 03, 2019
4.19 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Jul 21, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Black body with a fair head, tan and creamy but less than one-finger thick. Excellent charred grain aroma with a hint of barrel-aging and esters. Milk chocolate base flavor with a bold bourbon undertone; cocoa. Heavy body; soft and fluffy on the palate; semi-sweet mouthfeel throughout.

A fine regional barrel-aged imperial stout, rich and robust. This sample was a 2019 example, bottle #0339 and bottled on 05/21/19. The bottle cap interior had 'Sunlight Peak 14,059'".

Jun 22, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a 2017 vintage bottle. Poured at cellar temp into my snifter. The beer pours jet black in color with a dense creamy beige head of 1 cm. This foam remains as a sturdy surface layer throughout the sampling. There is dense lattice on the glass after each sip.
Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malt, oak and bourbon notes. I also get some vanilla and a decent hit of booze. No hop presence, but the nose does remind me its a sipper.
First sip reveals a silky smooth textured thick body with fine and gentle rolling carbonation. The physical traits on this beer are very nice.
Flavor is robust and malty with roasted notes and dark chocolate mixing. I also get plums and bourbon notes. The finish dries out a bit and features the sweeter bourbon finish. Again I dont get a hop character and the booze does warm my belly some. A nice sipping Imp stout. I wish i had bought a second bottle whe visiting the brewpub. Definitely worth a try.

May 27, 2019
4.62 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Nov 14, 2018
4.5 by Narthax from Texas on Aug 26, 2018
4.29 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Aug 10, 2018
3.75 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado on Aug 09, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jacobdunne from Colorado

Super gnarly tbh. Boozily delicious

Jun 23, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Parmesan from Colorado

L: Pours a black somewhat muddy brown with a small tan head that doesn't stick around for too long, and very little lacing on the glass.

S: Cherry and vanilla are forefront in the nose followed by some wood and bourbon, and then some smoke ash, and roasted malt.

T: Ash, smoke and some peat mix with a nice strong cherry and vanilla, some roasted malt and a slight hop bitterness, with a pretty strong burn from the alcohol on the stomach.

F: Smooth thick body, could be a little thicker but still nice.

O: I have been looking for a bottle of this for a few years and it lives up to the expectations.

Feb 22, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by grover37 from District of Columbia

500ml bottle of 2017 vintage into two wine glasses with Lisa in Denver. Good not great and definitely NOT worth the hefty price tag. Smooth but not that chewy for the ABV. Chocolate and some wood/vanilla but not huge flavors. A bit disappointing. Maybe the 2017 batch isn't up to snuff as I definitely do not get the syrup and fudge others mention... Or maybe the pastry stout game has moved way past this.

Dec 31, 2017
4.45 by crobinso from Colorado on Oct 06, 2017
4.46 by Kurmaraja from California on Sep 04, 2017
4.31 by deereless from Colorado on Aug 13, 2017
4.73 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Aug 12, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by rkarimi from Colorado


Aug 02, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by williamphelps from Colorado

Is very dark muddy brown. Little head. Nose is potent, fruity, and complex: dark and milk chocolate, chocolate covered cherries, earth. Palate is rich, chocolatey, syrupy, dessert, cherries, raspberries floral bloodiness. Pros rich, complex, intense, full body, decadent. Cons very chocolatey, syrupy. 89/100.

May 21, 2017
4.59 by PDXAmbassador from Florida on Apr 27, 2017
4.5 by bgold86 from New York on Apr 21, 2017
3.44 by SFACRKnight from Colorado on Apr 09, 2017
4.23 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Mar 14, 2017
4.42 by dddddddd from Washington on Mar 14, 2017
4.69 by ManBearPat from Colorado on Mar 07, 2017
4.27 by A_lack_of_surprise from Colorado on Feb 16, 2017
4.19 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Feb 07, 2017
4.06 by 22Blue from Kansas on Feb 01, 2017
4.57 by Timato from Colorado on Jan 12, 2017
4.37 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Jan 03, 2017
5 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on Nov 20, 2016
4 by IpeeA from Missouri on Nov 10, 2016
4.46 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Jul 04, 2016
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4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by darktronica from Indiana

2014 bottle poured into a Westy XII chalice. There was actually a greasy, pitch-black substance inside the bottle neck and on the underside of the bottlecap; it smelled like chocolate and was a portent of deliciousness to come. This could be marketed as a barrel-aged chocolate ganache, because wow. Much fudge. Such glorious. Plenty of roasted malt, barrel character, and still a ghost of vanillas past, but chocolate. All the chocolate.

For reference, I had a bottle last July that I do not recall being such a standout; I didn't rate it at the time, but from memory, I would say a 4.3 would have been fair. Now begins my quest for more, as it seems to be doing great.

May 05, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by unclekeith from Alaska

2014 bottle into a Snifter

L: Inky black with a hint of ruby, minimal beige head dissipating quickly to a persistent collar
A: Caramel, toffee, oak, some heat, chocolate
T: Dark fruit, lingering malt, chocolate
F: Thinner than expected, but no big deal
O: Been searching for this one for a long time, worth the wait, will seek out again

May 02, 2016
4.61 by Akeah from Colorado on Apr 20, 2016
4.29 by HeartofMiami from Florida on Mar 27, 2016
4.5 by rspauldi from Texas on Mar 17, 2016
Legend Of The Liquid Brain from Bull & Bush Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 177 ratings