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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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85
very good

1,506 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,506
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 51
Gots: 178 | 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 ely2000k
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent overall. The look was not really what I was expecting... looks more like a Belgian dark ale or something in that vein. Not much lacing or head. I poured this into a snifter glass, however the aroma is not over the top. Some burnt coffee notes, dark toffee, and burnt malt. Taste has a bit of a smoky feel to it, with the dryness balancing out any sweetness in the malt. Like bitterness and acidity on the end of the taste. No real cream aspects to speak of, and nothing that screams stout to me per say. Mouthfeel is actually quite watery for the style. High alcohol percentage that is present in the taste, and I kind of enjoy for the smokey aspect of it. Overall I like this beer, but style wise I would probably go for some better representations of this style. Overall I generally love Lagunitas, and I find this beer to be good, but not quite what I was expecting.

ely2000k, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Rollzroyce21, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +6.4%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of splendidsplinter
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

splendidsplinter, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of kew
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

kew, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

cdwil, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

kiki3drt292, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown colored beer with a very small light brown colored head.

Smell is on the sweet side. Malt and patent malt with a fairly strong hop scent. Chocolate and carrot are the two strongest scents here. The carrot smell comes from adding lots of Northwestern hops to something with lots of patent malt. Little bit of coffee scent but mostly this is chocolate and hops.

Starts out drier than it smells with lots of chocolate taste. Some milk flavor and carrot the flavor is quite mild and it tastes like a Milk Stout. Enough hop here to give you a decent hop belch once in awhile.

Mouthfeel is a little thick.

Overall a solid stout on the sweet end of the spectrum. I could see buying this again when I want a strong Milk Stout.

Zorro, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head. Oddly light in color...

Smells of toffee, caramel, toast, roasted character, really bready and toasty.

Taste is up front caramel with some roast that fades into a more roasted/astringent note with toast character that ends on a slightly fruity/alcohol/astringent/roasted flavor. Some lingering alcohol and astringency that is not particularly pleasing.

Medium body with medium to lower carbonation...feels a bit thin and boozy.

This is almost like an imperial brown ale with a more roasted character. Not particularly complex...the lingering astringency really hurts the flavor overall. This just doesn't quite come together to me, and is a rare let down from Lagunitas.

TenHornsProud, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

zenwatts, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of gafferjohn
3/5  rDev -20.2%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured unto a snifter.

Appearance: Superior dark brown (pretty much jet black) with a 1/3" tan head.

Smell: Smells like molasses and pumpernickel but extremely dim.

Taste: Liquid pumpernickel bread, as I was told by a fellow drinker (my g/f). Extremely tasty and quite potent.

Mouth: This beer biggest problem is how flat it gets after 5-10 minutes. It is smooth somewhat sweet after taste but texture could be tweaked.

Overall: Has it's "issues" but not my issue if you know what I mean. Keep drinking and be blessed, this is awesome beer. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

acurtis, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of RedHaze
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

RedHaze, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Travisnin, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of AApparel
4/5  rDev +6.4%

AApparel, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Eurytos
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Eurytos, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +6.4%

throwback, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

CWhite, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of movingtrain
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle.
Pours coffee-black with a thin, espresso crema-like head.

Hints of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, plums, dates, and vanilla set up shop first in the aroma. There is a real sweetness in the nose...a fruity, chocolaty sweetness...like chocolate cake. There are also some notes of hazelnut, charred wood, and caramel.

The flavor is bittersweet. Up front are hints of milk chocolate, light roasted coffee, molasses, vanilla, caramelized brown sugar, and sweet plums.

The mouthfeel is a bit astringent, leaving a slight alcohol burn. This, however, does not hinder the rich flavor involved in this stout. However, for as dark as this beer is, and for as much flavor that sits on the palate, and for the hefty ABV, the body of the beer actually seems a bit light. It is not as thick as one may expect.

Overall, a good imperial stout at a really good price. In a world of increasingly huge stouts, this one fits right in, while not trying to be a copycat.

movingtrain, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

ipcolling, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Beer21
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Beer21, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -20.2%

whartontallboy, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of clydefromiceland
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

clydefromiceland, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of jhtipton
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber and poured into my Afflihem chalice. Deep brown black with slight tan head which left only a slight lace around the rim. Smell them malts and coffee. Tastes rich and malty and mildly coffee au chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with alcohol warmth. Overall a pretty decent imperial stout. Sure there are several better examples out there but this is a reasonably priced example.

jhtipton, Jan 07, 2012
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.