Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown, allowing nothing but the brightest of lights to pierce through with any amount of penetration. The head is an egg-shell tan and develops a good finger-width before dissipating to a sticky, but thin lace.
Smell - A fair amount of chocolate, an underlying note of coffee, very subtle hints of banana on the nose, and also faint astringency and a bit of caramel.
Taste - Follows the nose: I'm getting chalky milk chocolate and faint, mellow banana in the forefront. A fair amount of roasted malt coffee character hits mid-taste, and a touch of caramel joins the fray in the finish. Less aggressive than most RIS's, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Mouthfeel - Full bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. It's not a beer one would necessarily drink all night, but that's not typical of the style. Smooth and creamy on the finish.
Overall - This Imperial pulls back on aggressiveness, and relies a bit more on sweet, balanced flavor. Lagunitas made the right call. It's just dark and thick enough to be called an imperial, but it doesn't sock you in the face and question your manhood like your average RIS. Sometimes, this is a good thing. The 9.9% is well hidden.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2012 18:27:05 | More by TheSixthRing
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