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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,569
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 53
Gots: 192 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

Photo of dafizzif
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty damn black with only brown highlights on the very top near the head, which pours very thin burnt sugar white color.

Smell: Sweet malts and a bit of maple with only the slightest hints of chocolate. No real coffee notes at all.

Taste: Not as sweet as I was expecting. A good amount of bitterness, but not really hoppy at all (more of a chocolatey bitterness). Coffee notes linger after swallow.

Mouthfeel: Above medium body that, as said lingers.

Overall: A fairly good beer, but certainly not as good as many others of the style. Basically, it exemplifies it well, but does nothing to innovate. Good brew for a great value (theme with Lagunitas).

Photo of capeannbass36
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark, dark brown...almost black with mahogany highlights on edges when held up to a very bright light. Two finger creamy tan head disappates slowly. Light to medium lacing throughout.

S- Sweet malt. A little coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T- Malt. A little coffee and chocolate. Hint of licorice. Somewhat boozy. No bitter aftertaste whatsoever.

M- Slightly sweet and creamy. Light carbonation.

O- Sat on this for over 7 months. Just another reason to be a fan of Lagunitas! Easy to drink. ABV sneaks up on you.

Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Deep dark mahogany brown bordering on black with a thick, persistent brown head. Leaves spots of lacing down the glass, but I expected more mess from this one.

The aroma is a lovely combination of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and some faint, stinging licorice. This is very nice, and quite unexpected.

Roasted malt, sweet and tangy licorice, some mild chocolate, and a moderate level of bitterness combine for a very drinkable, tasty big stout.

Medium bodied with a moderate to low amount of carbonation. I really wish this was far thicker, though it's not at all distracting from the beer.

A very tasty big stout from Lagunitas, and it actually took me by surprise at how much I enjoyed it. This is a great, inexpensive stout.

Photo of Murrhey
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in a Pilsner glass.

A- Dark, thin tan head with thick bubbles. Can't see through the beer, this is wonderfully dark.

S- Roast malts, coffee and chocolate. Somewhat boozy in the nose.

T- Delicious and dark, booziness is kept in check by the dark roast flavors.

M- Thick, weaker carbonation, but finished full bodied.

O- Delicious. Full bodied with nice smells.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.08/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a medium mocha coloured head. Good retention, light lace.

S: Molasses, sweet chocolate, dates.

T: Cloying brown sugar and booze. Really no chocolate flavour, tough to drink.

M: Medium-bodied, light for an Imperial Stout, boozy and cloying as I said. Not a good aftertaste.

O: Reminds me a bit of Ruben and the Jets which I was not a fan of. Just not a good IS at all. Amazing price for the style but not even worth it at that. I was scared when I saw the 1.092 OG this would be underattenuated and I was right.

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black, monster 3+ inch creamy tan head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits like plum, coffee, sugars, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, cocoa and alcohol.

Taste - Sweet dark fruits, chocolate, malts and alcohol hits you at first sip. Lots of flavor and sweetness. Theres a decent amount of hop flavor also. Lots of coffee, sweet molasses and malts in every drink.

Mouthfeel - Thick, strong and sweet. Chocolate and malts coat whole mouth with sweetness, boldness and bitterness from the coffee. Palette is covered with mentioned flavors. Aftertaste is sweet with some slight burn from the alcohol.

Overall - Pretty good, plenty of coffee and sweetness, moreso then standard russian imperial stouts. Alcohol comes out a little too much as it warms but other then that, for the price and how tasty it is, its soild and worth a drink.

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2.1/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Everything about this beer excites me... until it hit my lips. The first thing I got was that burning flavor of a high alcohol beer. It was difficult to get passed that to further evaluate this beer. A good looking beer and a light roasted scent, big body but it wasn't pleasing to subsequently follow. I was actually a little disappointed I had a whole 22 ahead of me.

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

The Stout poured black in color and produced a nice brown bubbly head about one and a half fingers high.
The smell is a nice coffee and dark chocolate. It reminds of expresso.
Tasting the beer the coffee is up front followed by nicely roasted malt. No burning taste like found so often. The end is a little sweet for an imperial, but the beer has nice balance.
It might not be the ideal specimen of an imperial stout, but it is certainly a great fusion version. I loved it.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber style bottle, poured a deep black, chocolate brown hue.

Nice head, great lacing... very good retention.

Extremely aromatic, sweet rich coffee, smooth... and earthy. Undertones of chocolate, dark chocolate bitterness.

An excellent beer, very aromatic, tasty and reminds me of just a full bodied beer perfect for those extremely cold days.

worth the purchase.

Photo of Thads324
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with a big tan head. Dissipates to just lace on the edges very quickly. Aromas of very sweet malts with undertones of sweet coffee. A bit of alcohol in the end. Starts out pretty nicely with a roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavor. The middle is dominated by a very sweet sugary taste. Finishes smooth with a nice blend of chocolate, booze and a hint of espresso. The beer is very heavy but finishes really smooth. Great balance.
Overall a pretty nice beer that might be a little better if aged longer (no date). Still a bit sweet, but otherwise very nice. This brewery keeps pumping out winners

Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The rise of the imperial stout has made the style a bit of a fall back for many craft brewer's "elite" output. The issue is that the bar has been set incredibly high, particularly in recent years with the rise of Deschutes' "The Abyss" and Firestone's "Parabola" among others. Here's how Lagunitas stacks up:

A - Pours a typical deep chocolate brown, although with a bit lighter than most when held to light. Thin lacing and a lighter head gives this beer a less intimidating pour.

S - Heavily malty aroma with bourbon and chocolate infused with a bit of a heavy brown ale style syrupy layer.

T & M - Flavors burst and linger, although without the intense chewiness of its more refined brethren. Bourbon and maple flavors give a strong, yet a bit too sweet of a flavor. A bit more hop bite might cut down the heavy sweetness, or in this beers case, some more carbonation.

O - Not quite to the excellent standard of the great imperial stouts, but it's good if you want a more affordable option and are craving something heavy- as this is 1/3 the price of Parabola.

Photo of BeerNutz324
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a pint glass

Ap- dark cocoa/black in color. cinnamon colored head that fades quickly.

Ar- smells like black licorice, molasses and alcohol.

T- just like the nose. sweet with roasted malts with a black licorice and molasses aftertaste. Feel like I get a little choc in the aftertaste as well. For being 9.9% the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M- medium feel with perfect carbonation for this style. Leaves a wee bit of sting of alcohol on the mouth after sitting for a while.

O- Pretty good IS in IMO. I like it, especially for the price!

Photo of quirkzoo
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes:

Pours a straight black body with minimal tan head, even after an aggressive pour. Lots of caramel on the nose and a weird earthy/vegetal scent I can't quite put my finger on. There is a little bit of roastiness and chocolate on the nose but it is very subtle. The taste is a heavy hit of caramel, syrupy with a soy sauce flavor that is unpleasant. The mouthfeel is not as big as one would expect from this style but was okay. Overall not my favorite RIS. The only things that were unique about it, were not unique in a good way.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no date.

black in color, with 1/2" khaki head. not much head retention. big aroma of roasted malt, a little booze. taste is on the bitter side, a little acidic. fairly thick body, coats the mouth. lower carbonation.

overall, fairly average for the style. improves as it warms

Photo of alk3kenny
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great appearance pitch oily black color nice thick tan, cinnamon colored head... great overall smell roasty, coffee, chocolate... alcohol is def present in the back of the mouth burnt coffee flavor slightly sweet... not as easy to drink as some Imperial Stouts I've had because of the heavier coffee and alcohol flavors... I'll spend a lil more time drinking this then most which isn't a bad thing since I'll be able to let it warm as I go... Mouthfeel leaves a slight alcohol burn and aftertaste... Over for the price probably buy this again but won't rush back to it if something else catches my eye...

Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,569 ratings.