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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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1,171 Ratings
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Ratings: 1171
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%


Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
2010 8.2% abv

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-31-2001)
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Reviews by paigertx:
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paigertx

New York

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber from WF nyc Bowery location poured into tulip glass. Smell is misleading that the chocolate malt is going to pour through. Not the case, tastes like simple syrup is slightly smoked and maybe a hint of dark cocoa. Mouthfeel is chalky and sweet which with the abv makes for a low drinkability for an imperial stout. Lagunitas' weaker showing in my opinion, should stick to hoppy ales and the Tumbler, Torpedo, and IPA are great.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 04:29:12 | More by paigertx
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EdTheEdge

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

04-13-2014 23:16:22 | More by EdTheEdge
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PacificCoaster

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

04-13-2014 20:15:30 | More by PacificCoaster
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-11-2014 23:19:49 | More by SkinniePost
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Copernicandream

Michigan

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
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xos

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-09-2014 04:44:15 | More by xos
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MadeInOregon

California

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

04-08-2014 07:31:32 | More by MadeInOregon
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I_Like_Beer

New York

3/5  rDev -19.1%

04-07-2014 21:04:58 | More by I_Like_Beer
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CraftFan5

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-07-2014 13:34:40 | More by CraftFan5
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devilfluff

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

04-02-2014 23:12:44 | More by devilfluff
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

4/6/2013
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.
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3/30/14
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
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DannyWils

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

03-30-2014 19:46:22 | More by DannyWils
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KFrank729

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

03-30-2014 17:59:15 | More by KFrank729
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Gryphon69

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1pint Bottle
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
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bambam2517

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-28-2014 21:25:05 | More by bambam2517
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HoppySeb

Washington

3/5  rDev -19.1%

03-28-2014 19:30:24 | More by HoppySeb
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-28-2014 02:37:26 | More by cd_beer_disapear
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bcm75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-27-2014 01:28:19 | More by bcm75
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Taylor2035

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-26-2014 06:10:19 | More by Taylor2035
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Matthew607

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-26-2014 02:46:49 | More by Matthew607
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GRap

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-26-2014 00:56:37 | More by GRap
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Rubalaca

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-25-2014 02:37:50 | More by Rubalaca
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deebo

Minnesota

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
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-23-2014 22:17:48 | More by JamesStreet
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VanKieft

Oregon

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-23-2014 05:38:36 | More by VanKieft
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Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.