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Barrel-Aged Legion | Community Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Community Beer Company
Texas, United States
communitybeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#884
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
416
pDev:
7.16%
 
 
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72
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123
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Ratings: 416 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of Benish
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great color, dark and rich.

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Photo of BigMac59
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of edisacoolcat
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kips
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
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+

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Photo of timmy2b
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.46/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of natelocc787
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of MichialTanner1
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tsgooch79
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of edthehead
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Luckydog91
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Barrel-Aged Legion from Community Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 416 ratings