Barrel-Aged Legion
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Community Beer Company
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #80
ABV:
11.6%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,108
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 7.18%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
361
Status:
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Rated:
Feb 07, 2022
Added:
Dec 04, 2014
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Gots:
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SCORE
96
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Rated by Argail from Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
vintage 2018, no barrel... but not bad... malty and roasted... drunk fast cold on draft in Dallas (bar)
Feb 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by Bigdoc91 from Texas

Jan 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Jan 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.08 by SMH_NWI from Texas

Oct 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

May 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by MrCPMJ from Texas

Mar 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by T_Hass from Georgia

Feb 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.93 by Bum4ever from California

Jan 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Nugganooch from California

3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Picked this one up at Craft & Growler in Dallas, TX circa Dec 2015 based on the reviews.

From the 12oz bottle pour - Stone IRS snifter glass
Unfortunately lost my original notes but from what I recall this one delivers lots of woodsy barel notes and roast char character. Both in the nose and flavor...unlike some other reviews have stated here. Dark blackish-brown body with a nice glossy sheen and a short lived foam head of dark tan suds. I get dark roast, bakers chocolate, tobacco-ish with some lesser notes of dark fruit, vanilla and coconut. There is some inbalance to it overall with a high tannin count and runs a little hot. Overall it's a little weak for me and thin in body for a such a big stout. Would be happy to try another go at this one and update my review.
Jan 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.31 by Skabiski from Maryland

Dec 23, 2019
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Reviewed by jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a pitch black color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is very mild and lacing is decent. Aroma of bourbon, oak and toffee. Roasty malts on the taste with oak, bourbon and smooth toffee. Heavy bodied and boozy. Moderate carbonation.

retry on 4/26/20 - bourbon has died down. not as boozy. get a little more java in the taste.
Dec 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by TXRobbo from Texas

Dec 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by Agriverbear from Texas

Dec 08, 2019
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Reviewed by MattDecker from Texas

4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look: (first off, the bottle looks absolutely regal haha I like it a lot!) Almost black brown pour, dark tan head that sticks around for quote a big
Smell: malt, oaky, rich bourbon smell
Taste: richly roasty, not-so-dsrk chocolate, vanilla, a bit of a smokey char, I could maybe cat h a little coconut if I'm really looking for it, rich!
Feel: full bodied
Overall: a very full bodied stout that does not taste like 11%, it's nice and richly full bodied, I like it but it's not the best imperial bourbon barrel I've had. I think the main craving for me with this beer is for something to be more pronounced or grab you attention. To make up a phrase: it's a journeyman of all trades, master of none.

Said differently, does all the thing I want in bourbon barrel imperial stout, but doesn't have that factor where I say "you have to try this, its really [blank]". (Actually, I would say it's main thing is that char flavor). That being said, I do really like it and don't think anyone would be disappointed with this beer.
Dec 04, 2019
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured it from a bottle into a tulip glass. Deep dark brown color with a nice brown head and good lacing. Pleasant smells and tastes of dark chocolate and toffee. Flavors of vanilla and caramel. Nice smooth feel. Rich but not in your face, no strong booziness. Very nice beer.
Nov 27, 2019
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Bottle. Tan head. Dark brown nearing black color.

A lot of peat and char. Not sure if this is bourbon barrels or scotch whiskey barrels, but definitely tastes like scotch. Some chocolate and light vanilla. It’s okay, but not something I want to drink again.
Oct 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Wow what a wonderful imperial stout! The barrel aged named it hint at coconut with overtones of chocolate. The Abv is not heavy at all...yet it is, just wait.
May 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.82 by 10Crumra from Texas

May 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by Benish from Wisconsin

Mar 24, 2019
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Rated by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Great color, dark and rich.
Feb 21, 2019
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Reviewed by BigMac59 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looked very nice poured into a tulip glass.
Not much of a head or lacing.
Nose was OK, but I expected a stronger aroma.
Initial taste was OK, but like some other reviewers have said it seems to grow on you.
You could definitely taste the barrel aging.
Feel was just OK as well.
Like other reviewers I concluded it was a nice imperial stout, but not the one I was expecting based on all the hype.
Definitely not in the same class as Old Rasputin.
Having said that, I generally really like all the beers from Community Beers.
Feb 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by edisacoolcat from Virginia

Jan 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.32 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Jan 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Jan 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by Kips from Texas

Dec 29, 2018
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 10-oz. clear tulip-like glass
From: The Common Table in Frisco, Texas
Price: $10
Purchased: Dec. 15, 2018
Consumed: Dec. 16, 2018
Reviewed as: Russian Imperial Stout
Misc.: Bottled on Nov. 9, 2016

One beer of many at The Common Table, which was near where I was staying (The Omni) on a recent work trip in Frisco, Texas. Went with a bottle for this one as I was looking for some barrel-aged non-#CraftAdjace stuff. Bottle description called for, “Individual wooden barrels impart distinctly different flavors: vanilla, coconut, honey and toast, as well as any contribution from the barrels’ previous contents. As a craft brewery, we love the varying nuances imparted by each of these amazing barrels, and strive to make each release in this series a unique one! In this batch, we have aged Legion – our popular Russian Imperial Stout – in a variety of bourbon and whiskey barrels. The result is a beautiful marriage of the beer, barrel and spirit, contributing flavors of toffee, vanilla and candied fruits, all mingling with roasty, smooth Legion.”

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan frothy head. No bubbles underneath. Very bad lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak, leather, caramel, milk chocolate and espresso. Got a little more maple from the bottle. (Smell - 4.25)

Wow. Not good initially on the taste. Leather, oaky wood, toffee, caramel, bourbon, espresso, char wood, molasses, crayon and dark fruit. Grew on me as it warmed. (Taste - 3.75)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was very good overall, but nothing I needed to take home with me. (Overall - 3.75)

3.89 | 87 | B+
Dec 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.27 by timmy2b from New York

Dec 28, 2018
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Rated by HoodviewBrew from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Good bold RIS with great heavy oak and chocolate taste.
Dec 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Dec 11, 2018
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Reviewed by natelocc787 from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Not a great looking pour. Thin. Smell is the best trait this beer has to offer, vanilla, oak and mild bourbon. Feel is thin. Taste is thin, barrel aged stout flavors are there but muted. Not a bad beer but expected more due to the hype around this. Has the feel and taste of a 6.0 abv porter plus typical barrel aged flavors. Not the big beer I was expecting, especially as this price point. Their mosaic ipa is chewier than this. I’ll pass next time, thankful I just got the single. Would gladly accept as an offer somewhere but better beers can be had if one has a choice. Would rate higher if it was 5-6% beer.
Dec 02, 2018
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Rated by rkarimi from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12-6
Nov 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by MichialTanner1 from Texas

Nov 22, 2018
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours black / deep brown. Half finger of cinnamon head fades quickly leaving ring around the glass. No lacing.
Nose is huge, rich dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, roasted malts, caramel,
Coconut, oaky bourbon
Taste follows. Dark chocolate, vanilla, soft bourbon, coconut, dark roasted malt, a bit of tannins. Lingering chocolate, coffee, coconut.
Smooth, and creamy body. Medium plus thickness. Low medium carbonation.
Nov 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.19 by CoreyC from Wisconsin

Nov 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by tsgooch79 from Kentucky

Nov 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
$ 5.93 (Including tax and discount)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.49/oz) from Spec’s, DeZavala, San Antonio, TX. Reviewed 11/11/18.
Undated bottle. On the label it states “Please check our bottle codes & website for more information on barrels used.” Unfortunately, there is no code on the bottle. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, still opaque.
Head – Small (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive center pour), light tan, dense, diminishing to a three mm ring and a complete thin layer with a rocky island.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Brown, slight haze.
Aroma – 4 - Roasted malt, chocolate, vanillin.
Flavor – 4 - Begins with weak coconut followed by a hint of rum. Some roasted malt appears. No alcohol (11.6%), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.75 – An above average RIS for the price. Not one I will seek out.
Nov 11, 2018
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - The beer poured a slick black color with dark mocha bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell - The beer hada sweet boozy nose making it apparent that the beer was not hot.

Taste - The beer was like a boozy chocolate malt. There were notes of fruit leater and prunes as things darkened toward the finish. The beer was not hot, but well balanced.

Mouthfeel - With the carbonation largely gone, the beer was very smooth.

Overall - The beer was a smooth alcoholic chocolate malt. Well done!
Nov 11, 2018
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to eye for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass. 2016 vintage bottle, consumed 10.1.18.

A: Very dark brown, and looks thick and opaque. A minimal tan head rises, falls to ring of foam, then to absent fairly quickly. Minimal visible carbonation.

S: Whiskey, chocolate, and oak. Dry oak tannins, roasted malts, some vanilla from the barrels. Notes of tobacco, dark fruitiness, and toffee lurk underneath. A nice balanced aroma for a barrel-aged stout...there's no new ground tread here, but there's nothing wrong either.

T: Bourbon or whiskey (sad to say, I can’t tell for sure), and dark roasted malts. Dark baker’s chocolate and cacao. Oak dry tannins, vanilla, and mild char. Dark moist tobacco and toffee. More bourbon at the swallow with dark chocolate, and some lingering roasted bitterness.

M: A good amount of alcohol heat to be sure, but it stays well-integrated. The body is thick but not overly so – there's not much in the way of unfermented sugar or a sticky mouthfeel, but still quite full. Low but as-expected carbonation sensation.

O: A pretty darn solid BA RIS here, with no additives (at least on the label, aside from the barrel). Nice balance and interplay of flavors - bourbon, roast, and woody barrel. Very well executed, and the two years in the fridge I don’t think hurt this one bit. Definitely wouldn’t hesitate to grab another if I saw one about.
Nov 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.27 by edthehead from New York

Aug 28, 2018
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours obsidian and a modest bubble show caps the liquid with a finger of beige foam; webby sheets of lace

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, honey, coconut and vanilla; the Bourbon is there, but modest

Taste: Honeyed chocolate forward, with roasted flavors, coconut and vanilla emerging; through the middle, the Bourbon makes a somewhat limited appearance though it lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Decent but not in the top echelon for the style
Aug 24, 2018
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 434 ratings