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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 1,685
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 58
Gots: 244 | FT: 4
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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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.

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From notes, sampled 12/22.

2010 bottling. 22oz bomber split 3 ways into chalice's.

A: Pours a light black with red highlights...light lace, low carbonation. Very clear and obviously filtered.

S: The noes has an interesting sweetness for a RIS, and definitely lower roastiness than I was expecting. There is some dark fruit (currant, raisin), and some of Lagunitas' signature hop profile.

T: A touch vinous with the emphasis on the sweetness and dark fruit character, maybe even a bit like rum...a touch astringent. Thin body, with very little robust roasted malt character. A bit of booze. Light astringency, a touch of vanilla and wood.

MF: Thin (as mentioned before) medium body. Low carbonation.

O: Not really impressed. Doesn't seem like a cellarable beer right now. It isn't bad, but there are so many other great Russian Imperial Stouts out there.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Near-black with a billowy coffee head.

Hugely sweet aroma. Lots of licorice and chocolate and malt.

Loads of licorice in the taste. So much so that it almost turns to a barleywine taste of sweetness. There's hardly any roast and what's there is hidden behind the licorice. There's also some chocolate and toffee and maybe raisins that add to the complexity.

It's good. It's a little thin, especially for an imperial. But it's a good beer.

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A - Black as night with a medium brown head starting out at an inch or so tall. The head fades to tired remnants at the surface whit eI wrote these sentences and leaves nothing along the interior of the glass that would indicate a lacing will follow at some point.

S - Black licorice, chocolate and rich coffee.

T - The flavors here are those of a cross between chocolate and medium to just past medium roasted malts. There's a sweetness here that is rather unique considering the style.

M - The body is not thick, like I would like this style to be. It is watery and abrasive on the tongue. It has a hard time in the mouth.

~ There is a reason one is able to pick up a bomber of this beverage for around $5.00. You get what you pay for with this one. I'm not saying the ingredients in this bevy aren't up to spec but how do you otherwise explain an Imperial Stout for $5?

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Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,685 ratings.