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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,714
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 63
Gots: 266 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-31-2001

2010 8.2% abv
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Ratings: 1,714 | Reviews: 616
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's another big blizzard on the way outside, so i grabbed one of their medium sized bottles (1 Pint, 6 oz) of this off the shelf after having tried every variation under the sun of Little Sumpin.

Poured it into a glass where sweet chocolate notes, a tan head, and a typically dark appearance awaited. Everything was great so far.

The taste? Dark chocolately flavors. Espresso. And yeah, pretty darn chalky. Bitter coffee beans is the predominant flavor.

If it sounds like I'm a little lukewarm on everything, that's because I kinda sorta am. I still liked it more than some other people here, but my favorite go to budget stout is still Green Flash's Double Stout.

Glad I tried it though...

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a full inch of light brown head that retains a while before slowly receding to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Thick, fluffy semi-resilient lacing.

S- Nutty dark roasted malt with a fair amount of chocolate and smoke.

T- Solid stout flavor with dark roasted semi-sweet malts that provide a decent chocolate flavor and coffee in the aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden very well and there's a slight metallic finish.

M- The body isn't super creamy or super robust but rather a bit below the standard for an RIS. Medium carbonation.

O- People always say Lagunitas should just stick to the hoppy beers, but this ain't bad. I wouldn't be pining for it every year around its release date, but I certainly think it's worth the dough I spent on it.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours black with a big 2" mocha head. Big blotches and bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- nice chocolate, some sark fruits and coffee.

T- sweet chocolate, some light roast, dark fruits, coffee that's has some light bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable RIS.

O- This is a very good RIS for the price! Is it a great RIS no, but solid and will drink again.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - med. brown in color without the dark head that normally comes with the best in class stouts

S - not as strong or as heavy as I like to see in a rich stout.

T- For a high APV beer it did not have the heavy sweet richness I prefer

MF - i like my stouts to have less tanginess and a heavy rich feel. They should make me feel like holding it and enjoying b/4 swallowing. This did not.

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Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a fair amount of rising bubbles. About one finger of tan head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Dark, roasty, and fairly burnt stout aroma. Dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, caramel, biscuit, toffee, smoked malt, and some coffee. Hints of sweet molasses and a little anise spice. Subtle hints of dark cherry, plum, raisin, and fig. Fairly earthy with a subtle presence of hops in the background. A very roasty and rich aroma. Pretty solid.

Taste: Rich, roasty, and smoky like the smell previews. Big taste of dark roasted barley malts with notes of dark chocolate, burnt toast, coffee, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and a fair amount of smoke. Some sweet molasses and licorice anise spice. Undertones of dark fruit with notes of plum, raisin, fig, and dark cherry. Some bitter earthy hops come through towards the finish to provide some balance. A good roasty stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat syrupy. Sweet but has a fairly drying finish. Alcohol heat is masked fairly well.

Overall: A pretty solid Imperial Stout. Good burnt roasty flavors and a well balanced sweetness.

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Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,714 ratings.