Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.39/5 rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Imperial Stout opens to a rich, malty aroma, yeasty rising whole wheat dough and fresh-baked brown breads dominating. Following closely behind is an assortment of darker notes, including tobacco, ash, toast crust, and coffee, these notes tempered by a heaping dose of caramel, toffee, and heavy cream, as well as bits of pure vanilla bean. Fig, date, plum, raisin, and black cherry fruit esters add further complexity and sugar, the sweetness large enough that the bottle’s mouth is sticky. The 9.9% ABV is not overly noticeable, but it does impart a very light bourbon/port aroma (though this is not barrel aged) that blends well with the dark fruits. As a whole, the nose is very nice, with a massive amount of dark sugars and a good ash underbelly. Surprisingly absent, given the beer’s 72.45 IBUs, is a strong hoppy presence, but that shouldn’t be held against it, given the strength of the sugars. The main fault here lies simply in strength, the nose needing a bit more oomph.
On the tongue, the beer starts off dark and ashy, the initial hit being one of tobacco and ash, with bits of coffee and toast crust thrown in. This is followed quickly by a massive wave of sugars, the majority of them being the dark fruit esters from the nose—fig, raisin, date, plum, black cherry—but with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and heavy cream added for potency. Thick brown breads and yeasty whole wheat dough, as well as chocolate malt and threads of dark chocolate, add a nice base. The hops do bring in nice measures of pine and anise, complementing the fruit esters. The high ABV is mostly hidden, but bits of bourbon do come through. The aftertaste is a slightly ashier version of the main mouthful, the sugars dying off, but the ash and bitterness lingering for a good while. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, Lagunitas has done a very nice job with this Imperial Stout, offering a massive and well-balanced flavor range that should please fans of the style. There’s not necessarily anything game-changing about the beer, but what it does, it does very well.
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2013 23:59:25 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
3.24/5 rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours a deep black impenetrable to light. Pours to a rich creamy tan colored head that lasts several minutes evenutally leaving a thick ring around the edge of glass with moderate to significant lacing. It looks like the epitome of an imperial stout.
S: Gobs of roasted malt bordering on burnt, *sour/metallic* chocolate, a little alcohol as the beer warms.
T: Malty but characterless early palate with no sweetness, ends in a rich burnt chocolate with a moderate hop bite. Underwhelming. Alcohol in the aftertaste.
M: Highly carbonated for the style, some definite ethanol thinning, but in general a silky creamy texture more reminiscent of a milk stout.
O: Somewhat bland malt profile combines with a subtle off smell to leave me unimpressed. This is a solid OK when defining the style, but its definitely unrefined and a little "bold and boozy" resulting from a yeast with high attenuation. Leave some of those sugars alone!
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2014 19:21:29 | More by Copernicandream
4.31/5 rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Had this from a firkin during Mad Craft Beer Week, at a great new Madison beer bar called Side Door Grill and Tap.
Surprisingly lackluster appearance, with even less luster in the aroma. Is that the real ale element?
Wonderful coffee and roasty flavors though. Molasses sweetness, maybe some bubblegum, and hard to identify yeasty funk that could be cork or some other pleasing wood.
Absolutely the creamiest feeling in the mouth of any Imperial Stout I've ever had.
A year later, I'm tasting a bunch of beers that I scored highly last time, but wanting to cull my collection and store them in the cellar.
This is the real deal: coffee and roastiness from the get go. Mojito-molasses flavor in the mouth. The nose is quite reserved. Almost no head, even with an agressive pour.
This brew is a step below Great Lakes Expedition Stout. But it's still very good.
Serving type: on-tap
03-31-2014 00:42:09 | More by martyl1000
3.25/5 rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
no visable date, purchased 6/13
A- Near black, no light coming thru, finger high head that's a light tan. Some lacing but it doesn't stick to the sides, rather it slides back down to the drink
S- Lots of sweet dark fruits, rasins, plums, etc.., some cocoa but not much, some vinalla, no noticeable coffee or roasted malt.
T- Tons of dark fruit sweetness almost to the overpowering point. I cant pick out any chocolates,coffees or anything that makes me think stout. kinda blah
M- Decent mouth, medium to full and very slick and slippery. Carbonation fizzles all over the tongue.
O- Pours and looks decent, this bottles smell is very over the top dark fruit and sweet.
The taste was very close to the smell, very overpowering dark fruit and very sweet. No noticeable roasts, chocolates, coffees or anything that makes me think stout, very disappointed.
Maybe it was a off bottle, but I wont be rushing out to get another one that's for sure.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2014 02:03:42 | More by Gryphon69
4.23/5 rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A bomber from this year.
A-Poured into a snifter, a couple of thick fingers of tan head top off a black ass brew. NIce lacing and some stickiness.
S-Rich roasted barley malt with definite notes of sweet chocolate with hints of vanilla and a touch of earthiness. Smells delicious.
T-Just like the aroma, not burnt-which is nice. Nice roasted malt character with mild chocolate flavor, vanilla and a bit of oak.
M-For such a strong beer, this shows no booziness. Nice mouthfeel, but not oily like some big stouts. Highly carbonated for the style.
O-A very good big stout. Easy drinking, smooth with good flavor. Not a ton of complexity and the least hoppy beer i've had from Lagunitas. My favorite beer from them. It's a good thing.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2014 01:30:07 | More by deebo
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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