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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,278 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,278
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 39
Gots: 117 | FT: 4
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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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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is deep, dark brown, almost black. Head is tall, creamy, and light-brown. Retention is very good, there was still a nice layer of foam left in the bottom of the glass after I had finished my pint. Aroma is mediocre, not-so-rich milk chocolate smell is joined by a very, very mild roastiness. The taste is primarily a moderately rich chocolate flavor with a little coffee thrown in amongst a mild roastiness. Taste is very good, however this isn't as rich and full-bodied as I would expect a double stout to be. This seems more like a more powerful sweet stout or something along those lines. Drinkability is very good, this would probably work as a good introductory beer for stronger stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 00:45:24 | More by Gagnonsux
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warmstorage

California

1.85/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

WOW! What a profoundly mediocre beer. Yet another Lagunitas that I'm bummed to have spent $2.79 at Safeway for a 22 ounce bomber, and poured into a pint glass.

It pours a medium brown, easily seen through in a pint glass, and a clear filtered brew. Looks like a standard brown ale, or maybe Old Peculiar. Sure, a nice enough color for a beer, but absolutely, positively not an Imperial Stout: this isn't "black" in any definition, but rather a medium ruby brown, easily seen through in any serving container. There is significant brown-tinted head, and a little more carbonation than I would expect for this alleged style, and lace which is quickly dispersed.

The smell is sweetish and medium-alcohol, with minimal roast, hop, or esters present. Same true as it warms up to cellar temp. Really, very little is present in the smell here: a little burned roast, but little else.

Taste? This is absolutely, positively not an Imperial Stout: not even a weak, sad attempt at one. It has a sweet, higher gravity presence, with distinct alcohol, with very mild bitterness, zero or minimal hops present in the taste. It's a significantly malty, roasty, boring dark ale. Something like a brown ale with higher than expected gravity. For the style, it's a genuinely terrible beer. Overall, it's drinkable only if you completely ignore the bizarre labeling as an imperial stout, and just enjoy the grain body necessary to get it to the advertised 8.2% ABV, but you have to completely forget what it's supposed to be.

For style, this is the easiest, sweet, least robust, least hopped, least thick, least smelling imperial stout I have EVER had. BLAH!

The mouthfeel is sweet, slick, slightly oily, and defined mostly by sweet alcohol, not by roast, malt, hops, or heavy, dark thickness one would expect in an Imperial Stout.

Overall, I give it a 3 for drinkability only because it's not bad beer, it's just a HORRIBLE example of style, and I finished the bottle only with my wife assisting, and during the course of a hour and a half long movie, with pauses to take notes and record impressions. I was AMAZINGLY unimpressed with this beer: they should re-label it as an "imperial brown ale" or "imperial porter", then throw another couple hundred pounds of grain ber barrel before selling it.

This is very likely the last Lagunitas I'll EVER buy: they are just a consistent disappointment, for style, and for overall drinking, that I regret it every time I buy one. The only I think is worth a damn is the Brown Shugga, and even that is only a middling product in its style. In fact, I have to wonder if this "imperial stout" is an accident of the Brown Shugga brewing, where they tossed in a pound too much grain for their corporate quality control to let it leave the factory, but their market department through they could do something with it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 01:57:37 | More by warmstorage
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black but with some crimsone hue showing thru near the bottem of my glass with a big fluffy almond colored head,aromas of rum and butter are dominant with some light nuttiness in there as well.Like others who have reviewed this I also think the body is real watery for an imperial stout,it has good flavors for the style lots of rum and butter with a nice big earthy finish but the mouthfeel keeps the flavors from really kickin ass.Iam glad I tried this and its not all bad but man that is a thin beer for an impy stout for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 01:28:12 | More by oberon
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MrSeth

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with a two inch tan head and an opaque deep-dark brown color. Good head rention, looking a bit draughty from the bottle.

The nose is a bit sweetish and rich with malt. The taste is again sweet, brown sugar, some maltiness, there is an overall freshness to this stout, but it doesn't have much complexity to the malt, nor is there any smoke in the flavor. It is medium bodied, but seems a bit thin for a stout..
I usually love everything Lagunitas does, but this one comes off a bit formulaic.. eh, with such stiff competition in stouts I don't think I would go for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 03:42:07 | More by MrSeth
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Naerhu

Japan

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to TimE for procuring this beer.

A - Light tan head, black body with red highlights.
S - soft malty aroma, milk chocolate malted milk balls, fresh hopiness. Everything leads me to believe that this is going to be a light tasting, light bodied beer at this point.
T - And upon tasting, I am not surprised. Everything about this one says softness and refreshing, which is quite an accopmplishment for an 8+% beer.
M - Light bodied, smooth beer. Amazing how integrated this beer is.
D - Very light and too easy for an imperial stout. I am torn. I want to give it a higher rating for the skill by which they made this beer with such high alcohol, yet made it so easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 16:43:18 | More by Naerhu
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GolgiIPAratus

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampled 3.21.05

The beer poured heavy and sat in my glass like Minwax wood varnish. I felt as though I was preparing to stain my teeth to match the coffee table. Little to no foam after the initial fizzle subsided.

The nose was thick with chocolate in front of roasted malts. Raisons crept in, and hints of graham cracker came to mind.

The flavor mirrored the nose and then some. Malty chocolates, roasted and nutty. Slight hoppiness glimmered before being doused in smoky coffee. Light carbonation was nice, but the brew was way light in the mouth despite the flavors. Reminded me of the watery feel of Guinness, now that I've discovered other, fuller stouts. Taking into consideration the fact that this is an Imperial stout, it disappoints in that regard.

Drink this slow. Its rich flavors sit in the belly and mouth. The wateriness doesn't make it a quick easy one.

***
This was OK, but not worth it at over $4 for a bomber (in MA). I won't be getting it again. With Victory Storm King on the market this doesn't stand a chance. I'd also recommend Rasputin.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2005 13:58:58 | More by GolgiIPAratus
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Um. Is everyone else reviewing a different beer? Weird.

It pours a deep clear black with whisky edges. A thin creamy head lingers.

Immediate roasty flavours blend in with coffee and fruity, sherrylike alcoholic warmth. A sturdy black bitterness fills in after the swallow. Long afterwards, hops aroma sneaks in for the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and rich without being gummy or syrupy. I'm finding loads of different angles to this beer as I get through the pint.

Maybe it's not the most life-altering mind-bending (guess we're calling it an "American double stout" these days) but I appreciate that it shows a bit of restraint. It's easy to just keep piling in the OG, but I'm glad to have a beer that I can drink easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 06:18:41 | More by Garin
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WetCoaster

California

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, I usually go through the whole process, but this is so far off the mark style-wise I see no point--it's simply not an imperial stout. Granted, it looks pretty good. However, the weak scent is hardly regal, and the flavor sails somewhere between the creamy white cliffs of Dover and the Baltic coast--it doesn't have nearly enough wind in its sails to make port in St. Petersburg.

Lagunitas is a fearless and innovative brewery and should be respected as such, but this one just didn't work. Tasty, but wrong.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 08:45:04 | More by WetCoaster
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Truh

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The throngs bowed in adoration of me with this one on 12/15/2004. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Mocha, corpulent head that dies quickly to a fungal covering. Not black but closed, deep red hue on the claret side. Which surorises for the style – expected inkiness. Malty jam with a sweet port fullness in nose that reminds me of a barleywine. The oak char touches to taste are almost overwhelmed by the sweet vermouth maltiness and raisin puckering on mouth. For an imperial, this one is closer to being a court jester.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 12:12:00 | More by Truh
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Most of thick head dissipates rapidly, leaving much smaller head hanging around. The brew is dark brown.

Smells faintly of coffee and more strongly of brown bread.

More carbonation than I would expect from a stout, and thus not as smooth, but it feels good on the tongue. Initial creamy flavour, is followed by a subtle, well balanced slightly smoky, malty bitterness, and rammed home with a much stronger return of the dairy creaminess. Tastes much better than the sniff test suggested.

Slides down quite easily despite its strong alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 06:59:40 | More by charlatan
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bditty187

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, almost black, well, it might be black in the middle, around the edges the liquid is shiny ruby-brown. The color is nice, for a Stout I’d like to see a darker beer. The head was loud and fizzy, it was beige in color, and it looked like soda. Sadly the head made a lot of noise but it failed to hold well, in fact there was nothing left in a moment. This is disappointing. There was no subsequent lacing. The first sniff of the nose said “Milk Stout.” Is this an Imperial Milk Stout or just a sissy Imperial Stout? I’m thinking the latter. Lightly roasted with kisses of cocoa and some coffee. Light herbal hop notes. Man, the nose is sad. Sure there is nothing bad about the bouquet but where is the big roasted qualities? BA labels this as a Double American Stout, so where are the hops, where is the alcohol? Where is anything that says, “I’m a big fucking beer!” The nose is not inviting, it is not offensive but it is boring. The palate is dull; this is more of a Sweet Stout than anything else. This beer is mislabeled. The palate has sweetness throughout; there is light acidity, kisses of char, some chocolate, and some coffee too. None of the aforementioned flavors are loud. This beer is not tasty. Where is the 8.2% abv? Where are the burnt qualities? Where are the hops? Hello? Mr. Bitterness are you there? *Dead Air* The middle is empty, the finish is sweet and almost cloying. This beer is annoying me. What is the point of this beer? I fail to see one. I like nothing more than mediocre beer parading as something special. “Unlimited Release” that is too bad, this puppy should be shot like Old Yeller. Medium/medium-light in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is warm and slick. Not “Big” Stout-like. The aftertaste is the strongest aspect of this beer; it is warm, mildly fruity with a kiss of hops. But this fails to save this beer. Drink with cheesecake or don’t drink it at all. Seriously. It is not an Imperial Stout and it is a very average bigger Milk Stout. Find an alternative. I’m very disappointed that I purchased this beer on-line from Liquid Solutions. I selected it because I wanted a couple beers from Langunitas but they were out of the others and I substituted, I should have dropped this beer while I was at it. Live and learn. I cannot recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2005 21:45:55 | More by bditty187
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walleye

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from the ottle poured deep mahogany with brown head. aroma, cocoa, chocolate, molasses, dark cherries, malts, honey, alcohol, floral, coffee. flavor bitter sweet chocolate, cherry juice, grapes, hints of honeyhints of alcohol. dry mouth feel. all flavors were on the weak side

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2005 01:59:17 | More by walleye
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle. Little sickles and hammers bordering the word stout on the label. Silly rabbits, Russia stopped be imperial and became communist when they adopted the hammer and sickle as their national emblem. And the blurb about Rasputin on the side of the label, in the small print, is also very lame, pure stream of conscious smoked up look at the colours writing...or something a stoned high school kid would write. Or a pretentious high school kid.

Enough though! Time to get down to the beer. Pours out an inky black with a thin creamy tan head with minimal retention. Held up to the light this imperial stout takes on a red cola hue. Not very impressive. The nose is sweet and boozy, small hints of roasted malt, a whiff of cocoa, and then back to boozy sweet. The flavour starts out with almost a cloying sweetness, coating the palate with a sugary film. It lingers until the finish, where a touch of roasted malt and chocolate make small cameo appearances, and some coffee lingers on the aftertaste. All the action seems to happen after the show, you feel like you ended up eating dessert first, ruining your palate for the surf n' turf to follow, even the salad bar. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, no real body to it. What am I drinking again? Mommy, this can't be an Imperial stout, can it? However, on the flip side, with the sweetness and small touches of chocolate and coffee, this would make an okay dessert beer in small quantities. Pour it into stemware, and get everyone else to help you finish off the bottle. They never have to know the real story. Hmmm, for the price of one of these imported bad boys I don't think I'll be partaking again. A word to the wise: never trust an Imperial Stout with the Soviet emblem on it, it's a sure sign that it's a fake!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 23:14:40 | More by IronDjinn
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Just too sweet and milky, all the action was happening at the front of the palate, a bit metallic like some of their other beers. Too sweet. I shared the bottle with 3 other people and it was a bit of a struggle to get through at times. Just a bit to sweet, not a good impy stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 14:55:45 | More by rastaman
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As said in some of the other reviews, this is hardly an Imperial Stout. But...it's not a bad stout, so I am being a bit middle of the road in my review. Pours a dark chocolate brown with ample head and decent lacing. Smell is burnt malt and light chocolate. Flavor is about the same. with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is light for the abv. I wonder if the abv is accurate. Easy on the drinkability scale. If you like regular stout...worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 23:21:31 | More by edchicma
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travolta

California

3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: An obvious dark dark coffee color. Tan head with tiny bubbles. Frothy. Head retention is moderate. Lacing is nice. Rings and spotting are decent.

Nose: Sweet chocolate, sweet malt. A smooth syrupy smell.

Taste: Really light and watery in the mouth. Lightly roasted malt, chocolate, but not bitter, a nice sweet chocolate. Some slightly bitter coffee.

Notes: The logo has the word "Imperial" in massive letters across the label. I have been misled. This is not as imperial as I thought it would be. As someone has said before, this would be a good beginner's Imperial Stout. As for someone looking for something challenging and exemplary of the style would be advised to pass this one up.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 01:29:44 | More by travolta
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carln26

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep brown to black with definite ruby highlights. A light tan colored head gives way to virtually no lace as the beer settles. The aroma has a licorice character followed quickly by chocolate malt. No real hops to detect in the nose. More licorice, and chocolate malt when I taste the beer, a little alcohol heat, and something else. Man I almost swear it’s chicory or something of that nature. This beer is thinner than I expected. I’ve been recently turned on to some great Imperial Stouts, and one of the things I’ve begun to expect is a rich, velvety mouth feel. This beer isn’t close. It’s decent, and drinkable, but not a great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 00:21:08 | More by carln26
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bigbeerdrinka

Germany

1.88/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a deep opaque black color with a large frothy white head that leaves no lace. The aroma on this beer just smelled putrid: a mix between sweaty oats, slight roasted malts, and some lactic acid tones. At first I thought this brew just may be contaminated but after tasting and checking some other reviews this seems to follow most peoples opinions. Aromas start off sweet with hints of dark fruits and just a touch of roasted malt. The body to this brew is super thin which is adds to my dissapointment. There is almost no bitterness throughout, but there are tones of light coffee and cocoa in the mix. The finish consists of a strong lactic acid taste to it... Overall this is a really bad attempt at a milk stout.. This is no way in hell an imperial stout, so don't be fooled by the label.. Overall this beer is truly a dissapointment for the brewery, considering I absolutely love brown shugga and maximus.. Hopefully someone will inform them as to what an imperial stout is supposed to taste like..

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 04:43:29 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark color with a moderate head that doesn't stick around long, but leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a lot of chocolate malts in it, but that's about it - very enjoyable, but subdued. The flavor is all about the chocolate with just a hint of coffee/roasted flavor. Finish is slightly bitter and the body is thick and creamy. Extremely easy to drink for the alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 16:11:59 | More by clvand0
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown color with 2 fingers of head that falls to coat over the beer. The nose is rather subdued, with some chocolate coming through, but not much else. The flavor is full chocolate with the slightest coffee finish, that may be in my head. Nice flavor. The feel is moderate, with a very slight creamyness. Drinkability is really nice. For a beer at 8.2%, the alcohol is not even on the radar. Damn. Nice beer,

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 02:03:05 | More by kmpitz2
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mgdeth

Montana

2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - A nice thick tan head forms on the pour. The color initially seems more or less black, but I can see some ruby red highlights reflecting through the bottom of the glass. The head remains for the entire beer.

Smell - This beer has a fairly strong coffee-like roasty aroma. I do not detect hops. I can also small the alcohol jsut a little bit.

Taste - Malty sweetness tends to dominate the flavor profile of this beer at first. An alcoholic taste is present as well. The hops tend not to present themselves very well. The taste is not bad, but where is the roasty-toasty flavor? This beer is overly sweet.

Mouthfeel - This beer is not as thick as expected. I think it needs a little work.

Drinkability - This beer has a few flaws. The flavor is not what I expect in an imperial stout, and it is not really "filling." You might want to drink more than one. On the other hand, the beer is overly sweet, so you don't really want to drink too many.

Comments - This beer is worth a try, but it can be improved upon. Compare it side-to-side with other imperial stouts to assist yourself in picking out aroma and flavor differences.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 01:58:46 | More by mgdeth
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown black looks, not quite as dark or thick as other stouts are. Excellent, lasting cream, all-over-the-place bubbles and drift lacing. Very nice. Sharp and acrid vanilla and caramel rush, very sweet. Some green coffee beans notes.

Taste is disappointing, rough and seemingly undeveloped. Spots of caramel, vanilla, and coarse grains, with a medium, dry hop aftertaste, which feels like ripped-up, stale wheat. The best part is perhaps how the alcohol disappears in the chaos: taste is thin--but also makes it feel like a porter in its lack of thick smoothness and dearth of body.

Good brew, but not exceptional for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 09:38:21 | More by donnebaby
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hobbes2112

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22-oz

Pours a dark brown with small espresso-crema brown head. Help up against a light reveals a deep garnet color.

Smell is fairly tame, some chocolate malt and a little roast. As the head fades so does the nose.

The taste is more pleasing than the smell thankfully. More chocolate malt, roasted coffee but not really at the levels I expect in an Imperial Stout. Alcohol taste is oddly missing in this 8.2% As the beer warmed I started to note a little more of a nutty taste, possibly a hazlenut tinge.

The finish is not as dry as I would like, and the taste doesn't stay with you like in other beers of the style. I respect this beer, but don't know if I will pick it over another Imperial again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 04:02:25 | More by hobbes2112
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out with a light to medium brownish head that settles over clear deep chocolatey brown liquid...not the darkest Imp.Stout I've seen. Deep malty nose with complex dark fruitiness and some chocolate notes and not much hop. A thinnish (for the style) mouthfeel offers flavors of light chocolate, subtle roasted grains, light fruitiness and abundant hoppiness. No sign of alcohol here, quite drinkable with a nice latent bitter roastiness. Finishes pleasingly bittersweet. I'd say this makes a decent Baltic Porter, but a poor Imperial Stout, speaking strictly style-wise.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 19:36:38 | More by beerluvr
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HardTarget

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Aroma: A presumptuous level of citric hops with a sweet candy smell backing them. Who does this upstart think it is, an IPA?
Appearance: Very black with strong back light only showing strong carbonation streams feeding a dark creamed coffee head of midsized bubbles. The head faded away about half way down the glass, but left some fair lace as a calling card.
Flavor: Nose predicts the taste well. Sugar sweet, but the citric hops keep it from going cloy. There is a slight metallic taste working, almost blood like, and a strong note of cherries. What is interesting is what I’m not tasting, no coffee, no toffee, little to no chocolate, no alcohol, very un-stout-like. As it warmed a bit, I got some light chocolate notes, and minor roasted malt tastes.
Mouthfeel: Very thin body for a stout, a bit bubbly.
Overall Impression: A good tasting beer, but very odd for style. The carbonation level and thin body really put it out there for any kind of stout, especially a Double Stout. For all of that, it made for easy drinking, scary given the abv.
Very unusual all around, but none the less, enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 02:49:46 | More by HardTarget
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.