Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

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Ratings: 1,800
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 72
Gots: 317 | FT: 5
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-31-2001

2010 8.2% abv
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Ratings: 1,800 | Reviews: 639
Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a very deep dark brown with two fingers of creamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee, a slight smokiness, and earthy hops.

T: Chocolate, caramel, sweet malts, dark fruits, and earthy hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation, creamy.

O: A solid brew but nothing that sets it apart from many other RIS's I've had. But if you are looking for a good stout this is a solid buy.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, but nothing special. The nose was disappointing, and I didn't get as much chocolate as I like with stouts, but this was still a good beer.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle poured into a snifter

Lagunitas Imperial Stout has a very dark brown [almost black] with a slight red cast to its body. A 1-finger bubbly dark tan head sits atop. The aroma is of roasted dark malts, chocolate and a little toffee with some hops in the background. The nose also picks up a little smokiness as well. The taste is dominated as most Russian Imperial Stouts are, by roasted malt but not as full/heavy as some "big RIS's" [i.e., Old Rasputin] making it easy to drink. Chocolate, toffee, and coffee flavors are also present. There is a nice balancing hop presence. The mouth feel is smooth, a little chewy with a heavy-medium body.

This Imperial Stout is tasty and not too filling. The flavor becomes richer as the ale warms...so, don't drink it too cold.

Photo of wguy14
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass revealing a 1 finger head that disappeared quickly. This beer is nearly opaque black. Smell is of dark chocolate and espresso. Molasses also breaks through but mostly coffee. This brew is a flavor explosion. Rich with coffee chocolate and fruit such as raisins or figs. I think the feel could be a little fuller. It left something to be desired based on the rich taste. Overall this brew was outstanding. Everything you want in an imperial stout minus a good chew with the mouth feel.

Photo of tt_andy
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly this was a very good tasting beer.
I bought for under $5 and found it to be very good.
I'll hafta be on the lookout for it again. It's a keeper

Photo of Dave1999
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is 9.9% abv.

Pitch black with tan coloured head.

The smell is sweet malts.

The taste is sweet malts, some alcohol.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with with low carbonation.

Overall a decent imperial stout, sweet and sticky.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant deep dark brown to black under a very thin tan film.
S: Dark dried fruit, caramel, malt, fruit.
T: Has a big malty attack – primarily caramel with light chocolate - balanced by fruit, dried fruit, alcohol and hops.
F: Chewy, below average carbonation.
O: I have had this fresh and aged up to 3 years. The fresh has more clean malt flavors and dried fruit while as it ages it develops more sherry notes. Both are very good.

Photo of ECV1846
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

love this stuff! trying to make my own like this!

Photo of Andymac28
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow what a good imperial stout for the price point! Really can't beat this for $5 a bottle. Really delicious. The nose didn't do much for me but the taste was unreal with toasted malt and bitter dark chocolate! Silky mouthfeel. I think it's up there with the big name stouts. And like I said for $5 can beat that boys, cheers!

Photo of T100Mark
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic/Imperial pint glass (probably not the best idea considering the 10% abv but it sure looks pretty).

Appearance - Almost pitch black (a slight hint of ruby red). Big, lumpy, course head. Good lacing. The beer looks a little intimidating.

Smell - Semi-sweet chocolate. Alcohol.

Taste - Sweet. Black licorice. Burnt toast. Herbal. Alcohol. A dry finish.

Mouth - Bitter. Good carbonation.

Overall - About as subtle as a sledge hammer. Like the Samual Smith's Imperial Stout that I reviewed a few months back, this beer is not for the faint of heart. These beers really should be sipped and not chugged. A good beer, for what it is, but I much prefer knocking down smooth, malty English Porters with an abv in the 4% range.

Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours dark like a fine coffee and provides a big bold head that leaves considerable lacing as it subsides. It has a full, smooth, creamy texture, and a taste that is a subtle mix of cocoa and coffee with velvety malts and a little pop of hops at the back end of each mouthful. The 9.9 ABV is entirely masked by the smooth easy flavor so its a real creeper. I'm a fan of this one.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with tan foam. Copious lace from top of SAPP to bottom. Chocolate malt and a whiff of hops; more raisin/hop aroma as it warms. Dark chocolate with a little hop interplay at first; stone fruits (cherry and plum) follow. Rich, velvety mouthfeel. Excellent big stout - alcohol is completely hidden. Very tasty.

Photo of Crackblind
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer poured into a chalice (that's what you get when watching GOT while drinking this). Phenomenally balanced imperial stout! The bitterness is just the right amount to work with the roastiness (not a word but can't think of another way to describe it) and sweetness. Really a great example of the style. And you can't complain about the price point. Once again, Lagunitas hits one out of the ballpark.

Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really solid. Strong and dark with a good balance of bitterness and sweetness. I liked this better colder. nb

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great stout taste best if you let sit for about 10 min out of fridge

Photo of drunkenmess
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very heavy beer at first couple sips... but once u get into it and warms up, you can't get enough. Pours deep brown, basically black with a creamy head with good lacing. Definitely worth the time and money. I just keep buying this beer. Cheers!

Photo of raiderob
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 22oz poured into das boot..deep coffee color with brownish foamy head and nice lingering lacing..nice earthy tones of flavors and aromas that goes down nicely..smooth..Prost

Photo of KevChiTown
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good stout, a bit thin but not in a bad way. Some hop bite but mostly roasted malts through out.

Photo of travbo1983
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best imperial stout on the market for the price.

Photo of KellyBroussard
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty. Beautiful color. Nice head About full finger. Taste is crisp and full, lingers on the palate with slightly bitter aftertaste.
Very good value.

Photo of marcobrau
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights. Cocoa dominates the aroma but mixes with a bit cedar. Tastes of cocoa and molasses with a curious caramel sweetness. Finishes somewhat dry, but sticky chocolate/burnt marshmallow sweetness coats the tongue but the bitter dark grains and hops seem to keep the beer from being too sweet. It's dryness makes it a dangerously drinkable imperial stout.

Photo of ManBearPat
4.66/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best IS I've ever scored for $4. Would buy again... every time I see it!

Photo of ruzzal
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice nOn bitter RIS. Not quite thick enough but enjoyable.

Photo of mchegash
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.75/5
A small amount of dark beige head. Pours almost black, although reddish tinges can be seen around the edges of the glass.

Smell - 3.75/5
Hops, chocolate roastiness, a hint of smokiness and alcohol. The aroma is fairly sweet.

Taste - 2.75/5
Fairly smoky, some hops, and a strange slightly earthy taste. Not really digging the taste of this stout. The flavor is weird, I can't quite define it but not that good.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
A medium level of carbonation, fairly smooth and fairly crisp. Medium-bodied.

Overall - 3/5
This beer looked promising, though I didn't know what to expect. It turned out that the flavor was kinda strange, though not terrible. I would not get this beer again nor recommend it to anyone. There are some beers that you would not buy again, but are glad you tried it once. This is not one of those beers. I regret buying it.

Photo of founddrama
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice blend of flavors. Mildly boozy, mildly chocolaty, and a subtle touch of coffee. All about those roasted malts. Almost no hop profile at all. Also kinda sweet at times. Caramel and toffee?

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Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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