Barrel-Aged Legion | Community Beer Company

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Barrel-Aged LegionBarrel-Aged Legion

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Community Beer Company
Texas, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TX-Badger on 12-04-2014

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of natelocc787
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Photo of rkarimi
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
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 -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tsgooch79
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
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 -0.7%
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 -2.3%
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 -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
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 -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Luckydog91
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKCNittany
3.56/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CraftFan5
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Theogre83
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rm_mccabe
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Epopt
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boy howdy!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Currently #10 on the Top Texas Beers list. I nabbed a 4 pack of this at a beer store in Austin for $17.99 USD plus tax. Bottles are 12 fl oz and made of brown glass.

"Barrel-aged Russian imperial stout." 70 IBU. OG 24.0 P. 11.6% ABV.

HEAD: ~3cm in height. Khaki in colour. Creamy, frothy, thick, and robust, with an impressive ~6-7 minute retention (not too shabby for an 11.6% ABV beer). No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Appears soft and inviting.

BODY: Predictably, it's a true-to-style opaque black. No yeast/particulate is visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. Far from unique or special, but generally inviting.

AROMA: Artificial vanilla/vanillin, rich barrel wood (though it's not recognizably oak), honey, a kiss of burnt wood, cream, dark malts, molasses, specialty chocolate malts, fudge, caramel, gooey chocolate, blips of dark fruit, and port/dessert wine.

Aromatic intensity is moderately high. Not boozy, but some alcohol warmth is noticeable. No overt off-notes or yeasty notes are detectable.

TASTE: Gooey dark malt sweetness combines with dessert wine/port-like notes and pomegranate seed to pretty good effect, but the result is a beer of high sweetness - and there's ill enough bitterness to counter it. Caramel, dark malt sweetness, chocolate malt, and bourbon barrel-induced honey layer in additional sweetness, further pushing the brew out of balance.

The barrel is reticent at best, and I have to wonder just how long this spent in barrels and which barrels they were...I suspect a middle-of-the-road bourbon barrel and less than 6 months of aging. There's little here for the discerning drinker in terms of toasted coconut, authentic vanilla, rich barrel sugars, or white oak.

Getting back to the base beer, it's definitely imbalanced, with its prominent notes of gooey dark fruit and dark malt sweetness lacking a bitter counterpart in the form of barrel char, coffee, roasted barley, spice, or the like. But it's not egregious in its imbalance, and I can't help but like it for what it is even if it leaves much to be desired.

Far from amongst the most intricate or subtly executed expressions of the style. The barrel just isn't vivid enough, nor is the base that impressive itself.

No overt hoppy or yeasty notes. No overt off-notes. There's some alcohol warmth, but it's not a hot or boozy brew.

TEXTURE: Gooey, full-bodied, smooth, wet, well-carbonated, chewy, thick/viscous, slightly syrupy.

Not oily, rough, scratchy, harsh, or astringent.

This mouthfeel does little to accentuate the beer's flavours or to elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: I hoped for a stellar brew given this made the Texas Top 10, but then Texas' imperial stouts (barrel aged or not) have always played second fiddle to the likes of those from nearby states sitting on the same shelves...who can justify buying this over Prairie Artisan Ales' vastly superior brews? The barrel character is barely there and the base wasn't great to start with. I'll enjoy finishing off my 4-pack, but $18 plus tax is rather steep for this level of quality (especially when Storm King and Old Rasputin sit comfortably around $10-12 per 4 pack and need no ostensible barrel aging to surpass this). I won't be buying it again, but it's by no means a bad brew in spite of its heavy dessert-like sweetness.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

12.04.17 2nd impression from another bottle:


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Photo of win007
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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