Legend Of The Liquid Brain
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #133
ABV:
12%
Score:
97
Ranked #615
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 7.01%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
175
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Colorado, United States
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97
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beergoot from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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williamphelps from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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darktronica from Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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unclekeith from Alaska

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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
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frasergrove from California

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark black color. Tan head that is light. Aroma is a smooth mixture of leather, vanilla, toasted malt, raisins and figs. Nice sweetness up front, boozy vanilla throughout with a nice lingering flavor. A delicious stout, dessert!

Jan 16, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle consumed 12/29/15. Very dark, near black. Little head and some linger. Toasty malt, vanilla, and oak on the nose. Good burnt malt flavor along with barrel with a bit of booze and cream. Medium body and mild carbonation.

Dec 30, 2015
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 500ml (16.9-oz.) bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter
From: Beer Advocate’s ucsbmullet
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on April 16, 2015
Consumed: Aug. 21, 2015
Misc.: Bottled in 2014

Thanks, Nick!

Poured a black color with two fingers of fizzy, tan head. Average amount of uneven foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled chocolate syrup, toffee, caramel, Rolos candy, warm brownies, faint bourbon and light oak. Very nice. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose, getting chocolate syrup, rich toffee, caramel, Rolos candy, brownie mix, rich chocolate malts, chocolate milk, barrel wood, dark fruit, faint tobacco and dark plum. Alcohol was extremely well hidden. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Slick-to-sticky texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was an awesome Imperial Stout. Would love to have it again. (Overall - 4.25)

4.36 | 97 | A

Sep 04, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thank you bluebleefer for.leaving this for me after a bottle share, enjoyed from a tulip.

pours black as night w an off white cap that left a thin skin of bubbles on the surface. nose is decadent chocolate and booze soaked wood. really comes alive lb the first sip. rich lush decadent chocolate and bourbon. the barrel is front and center with a big wood presence. reminds me of black ops. VERY tasty BA stout. worth hunting down.

Jun 29, 2015
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kscaldef from Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, minimal head, thick sheeting, splotchy lacing. Chocolate and caramel aromas, but also a vegetal undernote. Thick chocolate milk. Lighter in the mouth than you'd expect for 12%, even with minimal carbonation.

Jun 08, 2015
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 fl oz 2014 bottle; into a snifter.
Appearance - shadow black; very thin, tan head that leaves weak lacing.
Smell - brownies, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and perhaps a hint of black licorice!
Taste - follows the nose; so much going on here, it's hard to detect the 12%!
Feel - remarkembly smooth at 12%; complex with a touch of toffee sweetness, dark chocolate bitterness and some vanilla and oak booze!
Overall - superb barrel aged imperial stout; great complexity, balance and flavor!

Apr 19, 2015
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Mongrel from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours much thinner than expected for a 12% stout. There's a nice khaki head though that actually sees some nice lace retention.

Smells like sweet, boozy caramel. Big nose on this one with plenty of bourbon barrel. Some rye-like spice in the background, along with dark fruit.

Taste mirrors the nose -- big, sweet and caramel-y up front, with some cocao and dark fruit in the middle and dry, spicy finish. There's also brewer's licorice and just a little minty astringency from the booze when it's all said and done.

This imperial stout's relative thinness, makes for a uniquely long, dry finish. It also makes this big beer dangerously drinkable, more like a porter.

Overall, this is certainly one of the most flavorful impy stouts that I've had the pleasure of trying. Despite its smell, it's thankfully not as sweet as BCBS. The beer's thinness is a gift and a curse, while the bourbon barrel does its job really nicely. I agree with many of the other reviewers here - this beer is SMOOTH.

Feb 23, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.91/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown glass bottle with appealing label design and branded pry-off pressure cap purchased at the Bull & Bush a few weeks ago and reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Expectations are sky high given the recommendations of trusted friends (schlimenhaumer and Duff27). Served cold into an Adelbert's stem-tulip.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger wide head of khaki-tan colour recedes to nothing within 10 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Opaque dark brown-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks pretty typical of the style. Far from unique or special, but generally appealing.

AROMA: Heavy bourbon is present, but might overwhelm the base. Bold notes of vanilla, oak barrel, still more rich evocative vanilla, toastiness. Dark malts, chocolate malts. Sweet, but seemingly not overly so. As it comes to temperature a bit, a kiss of barrel char emerges. Marshmallow. Cream.

Overall, it's quite evocative, and the bourbon character is fantastic. Moderate to high aromatic intensity.

No yeast character, booze, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Marshmallow, toasted white oak, faint barrel char, white oak barrel sugars, dark malts, chocolate malts, fantastic bourbon-derived vanilla. Cream. The bourbon is well-married to the base - never overwhelming it - though the base is a bit wanting in terms of complexity and intricacy. Has a good depth of flavour. Nice duration and intensity of flavour.

Well-balanced and built, with good complexity (though as above-mentioned, the base alone is lacking) and subtlety. The bourbon is the star of the show, easily.

I'm really liking it. The flavours just melt together, lending it a beautiful cohesion. But the bourbon doesn't find its match in the base, and as a result this isn't quite a gestalt build.

TEXTURE: Smooth, creamy, wet, medium-bodied, soft, supple, aptly carbonated (if slightly overly so), and moderately thick. Overall presence on the palate is great. This texture really accentuates the marshmallow and bourbon well. It's a bit gooey, which works. Slightly syrupy. There's obviously some custom-tailored of texture to taste. Very well-executed.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. It's a lovely imperial stout, and has a wonderful bourbon barrel presence. Easily the best beer I've ever had from Bull & Bush (and I say that as a Colorado native). I'll savor each sip; it's a real treat of a brew. Not even a sipper it's so drinkable. Easily one of the best imperial stouts brewed in Colorado. To quote another tasting attendee, "This is good as shit." I concur, sir.

B+

Jan 23, 2015
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Duff27 from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cap and collar, light beige in color. Head is lasting awhile, great especially for a high ABV barrel aged stout

S- Evocative vanilla tones, slight oak aroma.

T- Medium roastiness, brownie batter. Barrel notes are outstanding. Warming alcohol finish but would guess less than 12%abv because it hides it so well.

M- Super smooth mouthfeel, creamy. Low, fitting carbonation.

D/O- Everything comes together wonderfully. Nary a flaw. Bull and Bush really impressed me here, and they have my attention. Thanks a ton for this "should want" kojevergas!

Jan 16, 2015
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IAmJacksHopTongue from Indiana

4.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Vanilla and marshmallow barrel flavors coming through also, but mostly chocolate. First time having this beer. What a pleasant surprise. I cannot think of another BA imperial stout that I'd rather have right now.

Jan 03, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

thanks to ablackshear for this bottle!

500ml bottle sealed with red pressure cap. Most recent vintage; I believe this is 2014.

poured into Assassin teku.

Appearance: black bodied beer with thick brown cap that drops down to an very thin yet uneven cap. Spotty lacing and heavy booze legs noted after each sip.

Smell: sweet yet balanced barrel forward nose. Earthy oak, spicy bourbon, sweet vanilla. Mellow bitter chocolates to balance the nose.

Taste: Nose is almost identical to the flavor profile, but more complexity in the flavor of the beer. Its a barrel forward dessert beer. Lots of oak, bourbon, and vanilla that really are balanced nicely. Hints of that great umami richness, semi sweet chocolates, and graham crackers. Tobacco notes and a slight leather note to help mellow the sweetness in this beer. Great balance considering the huge barrel notes of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Its slightly boozey, but it improves the overall effect of the beer in my opinion. I could see myself tackling a 500ml bottle over the course of a 2 or 3 hour session with several different food pairings. It is a really great beer to drink slowly, sip, and savor.

Overall: I wish this wasnt a limited release beer. This is also my first Bull and Bush beer. Hope to try Royal Oil some day because Bull and Bush really know how to barrel age beer! You could call this the Bourbon County Stout of Colorado. I actually like this slightly better than Bourbon County Stout!

May 23, 2014
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

05 aged in Burgundy Oak barrels. Top tier stuff

A- Midnight black, no lacing; not that I expected it.

S- The burgundy wine mixed with the base stout comes off first; then the barrel, following by fig and dark fruit.

T- Incredible. The complexity of this is top tier. Two hours after drinking the glass I have Burgundy Oak Barrel Aged 05 RIS in my mouth. The wine barrel has done amazing things with this beer coming off as the first thing noticed; then the mellowed out BA stout peaks its head about 10 seconds after.

M- Very smooth, not creamy. No carb. I llke

O- I did not expect to have what I had, and I am a moron for not getting another pour

Apr 08, 2014
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spoony from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces a thin, dark-brown head that fades quickly to a collar. The head leaves no lacing. The beer has an oily sheen on top and leaves some nice legs on the glass as I drink. It is ebony in color and opaque. It looks thick and syrupy.

S-The aroma is an intense bourbon barrel experience. I detect vanilla, toasted oak, burnt sugar, toffee, cream, and a bit of chocolate. There is a bit of burn in my nostrils from the alcohol, but it fits well with the booze-forward aroma. Perhaps the aroma is not as complex as some and it is a touch sweet, but if you like bourbon, this is a great smelling beer.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely. This beer is like a bourbon-infused dark chocolate milk shake. Vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, cream, cocoa, dark chocolate, and toasted oak are all there in great balance. It is hotter than some beers, which is to be expected at 12%, but the alcohol burn doesn't detract anything from the flavor.

M-The feel is medium to full body with a lower than average carbonation. There is just enough bubble to keep it from feeling syrupy.

O-This beer is for bourbon lovers like me. It is an example of really letting the booze come through in the beer and I enjoyed it immensely. It may lack some the roasty complexity that other barrel-aged stouts possess, but the purity and intensity of the flavors here are tough to match. I would put this up against BCBS any day.

Mar 22, 2014
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chugalug06 from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very small release of bottle carbonation. Head barely pours one-finger thin soapy/foam mocha. Brew is super dense jet black. No lacing. Great, yet fast legs.

Damn nice aroma. Tons of Vanilla barrel. Raisin, dark chocolate, orange zest, ginger, bready, medium roast coffee...nutty and salty.

Whoa. This is a super complex brew, much like the aroma. Lots of (well) mixed flavors. Nutty, smooth, robust 68% chocolate, forward wet strong sweetness shows the best of the beer, nearly over "doing" it. Vanilla from the barrel, Nuttyness from malt, and (light) hop balance to boot. Wet, quaffable, bitterness doesn't linger, rather draws you in for another sip of (near) greatness. Carbonation is super light and well placed; if anything too much. Coffee flavors are very mild and not to be considered forward or rounded. Finish is VERY dry and modestly salty.

Simply a great beer. This is by far the best beer I've had from B&B. I was about to give up ever seeing this brew in bottle...until. It was well worth the wait and definitely worthy of the *hunt*. A great tick. Highly recommended @ whatever price I paid...$13/16.9oz bottle. Pure genius. Now, get some damn brew space and grow some legs!!!

Mar 08, 2014
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RuckusDu from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the falling rock 15th anniversary edition. They say it may be 17%.

A - for a cask, not bad. Only a few bubbles. Deep dark brown body. Coats the glass nicely in alcohol/syrup.

S - tons of oak, vanilla, and alcohol. Also caramel and only the slightest hint of red wine. Burns from all the alcohol.

T - oaky, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, red wine is much more present, and some chocolate/coffee.

M - only the slightest hint of carbonation. Body is thick and very drying. Still burns from the alcohol.

O - a nice beer but a bit over the top. A lot of competing flavors/aromas. Still, I should have expected it.

Jun 23, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW. i had the 2010 vintage, aged in buffalo trace barrels. holy moly, this one poured a midnight black color into a snifter with a one inch dark brown lacey head. smells like fine whiskey, vanilla, wood, booze, espresso, tobacco, burnt malt. the nose is amazing, i was smelling this one for awhile, just so enticing. flavor is equally layered, starting with the woody booze complex and moving into a gentler vanilla coffee sweetness finishing a little bitter from the heavily roasted malts. feel is massive, this beer is a stand alone item, as im not sure what kind of food could do justice here, maybe just a dollop of french vanilla ice cream. lower carbonation and a massive body combine to make this one a slow sipper. i cant imagine a more mature and well aged brew than this, a real treat!

Mar 29, 2012
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hopfacebrew from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, quite a treat! Arrives a deep rich dark opaque black color with a 1 finger brown head, good retention and lacing. The nose is a bouquet of chocolate, oak, vanilla, and dark fruit with hints of bourbon and alcohol hear, very warm and inviting. The flavor is full of huge chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, roast, caramel malts. Sweet but not overly so with a complex bourbon and malt sweetness that meshes well with a mild bitterness. Full bodied and creamy and smooth and delicious. Well carbonated. Overall, this is one hell of a beer. It's a pleasure to be able to enjoy some whenever the brewery puts it out. Highly recommended.

Mar 21, 2012
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quite a delicious beer right here, folks. I'm not sure which barrels they aged this version in, but I believe it to be Wild Turkey...maybe Evan. Anywho...

A dark cola pour that settles to a nice black color in the glass. A small off-brown head remains a collar, and is probably the only downside of this beer.

Aroma is rich. Sweet caramel and dark chocolate. Toffee. Some wet coffee beans...or unripe ones. Molasses is light and subtle throughout, but does hang in there. Dark fruit..black plum, raisin. Vanilla. It's all there. Complex but not an over-thinker.

For 12% abv this thing drinks amazingly well. Fantastic beer

Dec 03, 2011
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