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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,509 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,509
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 51
Gots: 180 | FT: 3
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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Photo of LovingCup
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Pours a little bit like motor oil with a decadent mahogany head. Got that big roasty and toasty smell. Smells more cocoa than espresso. You know its got all the signs going for it. Tastes rich and dark. bittersweet chocolate. caramel. maybe a touch of espresso. clean and creamy mouthfeel. touch of booze in a good way. Nothing crazy out of the box, just a well done imperial stout.
9.9% abv, $4 all day for a bomber? Sold! Perhaps I'm bumping my score up a bit because of this, but it's hard not to take into consideration.

LovingCup, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours luscious d a bit thick. Perfectly black with a good head of khaki colored foam that lasts and leaves lace. Eventually the head falls to a thick ring and the bubbles seem to want to hug the glass as I swirl the beer around. Nose is deep and rich and a bit sweet. Roast and chocolate, a sweet caramel and weak coffee. This has a mellow quality to the nose that I really like. It smells soft and like it does not have any rough edges. A bit of earthiness and a faint and elusive nuttiness comes forward as it warms. I am not getting any smoky qualities form the nose. Taste is smooth and well blended. There is a bit of smoke on the palate and a touch of earthy bitterness form the roast. The coffee stays weak in the drink and the chocolate is also a bit fainter on the palate than on the nose. The sweet underpinnings of caramel carry through smoothly to a dry and bitter finish with a nice drying effect on the tongue from the alcohol. That's all you see of the alcohol though. You do not taste it and it's not in the nose . Only a ticklish bit of warmth as you swallow and it's faint at that. Lovely! It does come across with a bit of a cereal taste in the middle but I think I would say that is richness of roast without a lot of heavy or sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, but not too thick or too heavy. It is not terribly complex. There is no fruit character and the malt says supple and soft throughout the drink as the sweetness of the chocolate creeps shyly onto the palate more and more as you drink.

This is very easy to drink and well done.

utopiajane, Nov 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Fremont897, Today at 05:02 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Buttstallion, Today at 03:20 AM
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4.76/5  rDev +26.6%

JoseHM, Yesterday at 06:44 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Schwegler, Sunday at 08:26 PM
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Lagunitas Imperial Stout
22 oz. brown glass bottle,
$5.99 @ Wegmans Market

Lagunitas delivers a fairly typical Imperial Stout but with a touch of "west coast" thrown in. It displays dark bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, milk-chocolate covered espresso beans, almost burnt-sugar, burnt toast, dark caramel, dark skinned fruits, and some minor black currant backed by minty, piney, floral and leafy/grassy hops. It's a touch spicy as well but I'm not sure if that's from hops or alcohol, and there's also a minor suggestion of Bourbon as well. There's almost a smokiness to it just before the swallow, and then it gives off notes of licorice and ash. It lingers, slowly fading, eventually giving up a ghost of ashen-smoke, leaves, and Bourbon. The real flavor, however, is at the front where all of the chocolate is, and it's got great depth of flavor, if not as full in body as some might expect. For the price, this is a steal!

NeroFiddled, Saturday at 08:52 PM
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4.12/5  rDev +9.6%

s35keith, Saturday at 06:46 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

TEKNISHE, Saturday at 03:13 PM
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.61/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Imperial Stout has a thin, beige head, thin lacing left on the glass, and a dark brown (essentially black) appearance. Aroma is of dark-roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, but the smells are rather faint. Taste is somewhat bolder, with added sourness, char, bitterness, and acidity. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Lagunitas Imperial Stout finishes powdery and strong. Overall, this does not have the boldness or intensity of Narwhal or Old Rasputin, but it is still outstanding.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Saturday at 12:42 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Erik-P, Saturday at 08:25 AM
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

a77cj7, Saturday at 07:08 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

irish6174, Friday at 03:19 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

SurlyUtopia, Friday at 04:11 AM
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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

tappangordo, Friday at 02:39 AM
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4.88/5  rDev +29.8%

Karl_M, Thursday at 09:49 PM
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Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.