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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,711
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 62
Gots: 263 | 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: 1,711 | Reviews: 616
Photo of petedog388
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to agree with many of the reviews that I read. Lagunitas makes great beer and it is very good but nothing amazing. It looks good, smells good and tastes good but I expected a little more when drinking a lagunitas beer. They are usually extremely out of the ordinary and very special to drink. You can definitely smell and taste the roasted malt character and it is a bit sweet. I have to admit for an imperial stout it is very smooth and east to drink. I just think about there cappuccino stout and how you can really taste the cappuccino and felt as though i was drinking an iced coffee. With this beer I was unable to find that defining characteristic, other than the roasted malt, that would make this beer really special. Overall a good beer and I would recommend for a try.

Photo of obrike
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What an odd beer.

I love Lagunitas...easily one of my favorite breweries...but this one is a bit odd. I still like it, but it's odd.

Certainly not the typical look of an imp stout...a very dark brown, almost chestnut color. Through me off for a second thinking this was not a stout. Decent head and spotty lacing.

Scent was pretty buried...very odd for a Lagunitas brew...got stome chocolate, vanilla, maybe even a bit of cinammon in this, but not very pronounced. However, it got a bit more aromatic as it warmed...so I ticked up the smell to 3.5.

Well, with all that, I liked the taste of this one...though it certainly is not typical of any recent RIS offering i've had. Pretty darn sweet...almost syrupy. Was almost like a combo stout/doppelbock...dark fruit, roasted malt, some sweet chocolate on the backend...odd, but like I say, I thought it was good.

Overall, a pretty decent beer, but as far as Russian Imp Stouts go...very run of the mill.

Photo of Swim424
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into palm glass

A-very dark black. can see light on the sides barely. not through the thick part of the glass. Small layer of dirty brown head on top.

S-smells of a bit of chocolate mixed with a bit of coffee and definitely some oatmeal. A bit of alcohol as well.

T-A bit of coffee mixed with oatmeal. A bit of a roasted flavor to it. Slight hops and alcohol at the end.

MF-pretty thick. definitely had thicker but pretty thick body. decent carbonation. Good balance between the two.

O-Pretty good. I have am hit or miss with russian imperials but this one is pretty freakin good. Not the best but pretty good.

Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of datphoo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ely2000k
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of splendidsplinter
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kew
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of gafferjohn
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of AApparel
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of movingtrain
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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