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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

1,714 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,714
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 62
Gots: 265 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,714 | Reviews: 616
Photo of scott2269
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of terence
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nolang84
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas is the shiznit PERIOD.

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buckyp
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vikinggary28
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black colour, I mean really black colour, with light brown lacing that lasts. Aroma is roasted malt with definite cocoa and coffee smells. The taste is much like I discribe in the aroma but with a vanilla twist. Aftertaste is when the hops sneak through but is balances well with the sweet malts. Mouthfeel is light for a stout. Overall a quite enjoyable beer. I think I'll have another.

Photo of takusan1000
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Midnight black with very dark brown color when held to the light. Dark tan lacing that persists for a long time. The smell is faint, but noticeable smell of espresso and alcohol, which also predominates in the taste. An initial espresso sweetness turns into burnt toast taste with a nutella sweetness--not really chocolate. Anise and bitter earthy hops take over as a long-lasting pleasant bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is excellent--viscous and creamy, easily oxygenated in the mouth. Generally a very solid imperial stout, but not one of the best. I'd buy and drink again.

Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kraty1
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rjs246
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was some deliciously easy drinking. For 9.9% abv, it went down awfully smooth.

Photo of billyanania
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsed14
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Anybody that gives this anything other than a 5/5 is a fucking idiot. They might try and defend their decision, but rest assured, they are fucking idiots.

Example: TheItalianStallion is a fucking idiot.

Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A: Pour is a very dark brown/light black with a huge 3 finger head of off white colored foam. Lots of lacing and a faint amount of light penetrating the edges of the beer.

S: Aromas of sweet chocolate with subtle roastiness. Surprisingly some floral hops coming through as well. The nose isn't as big as I would expect for a beer of this style.

T: Subdued flavors of roastiness and sweet chocolate. Finish is dry with some lingering bitterness. Just like the nose, the flavor isn't as big as I would expect for an imperial stout.

M: Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and medium-high amount of carbonation. Alcohol slightly detectable on the finish.

O: Overall this wasn't bad, but it wasn't as rich and robust as I'm used to for beers of this style. It seemed more like a stout then an imperial stout to me. In my opinion the aromas and flavors were a bit too subtle.

Photo of Geoffq
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgarvis
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kemoarps
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from last May.

The pour is a rich cola black. Looks velvety if that makes sense. Like a soft summer night sky, but black, not blue. Whatever. Small copper/brown head that settles in to small colonies pretty quickly. Not much left to the sides of the glasses.

Nose was pretty indulgent when I popped the lid, but before long it turns to a mild dusty generic roast. Maybe some chocolate around the edges. Kind of disappointing.

Starts out with a sweet silky touch. Continues the rich chocolate and sugar crystals. Some bitter coffee undercurrent, but the baking chocolate coats the tongue and is the star of the show. Nothing groundbreaking here, but it hits all the right notes and presents as an upper tier if slightly generic RIS. Good stuff!
The coating I mention is a smoothe body, and the lingering finish is an interesting blend of softly bitter with intermittent pricks of sharply sweet moments.

Photo of StoutBoi
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgeBeerS
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of willhud
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark color. Smooth thick head at pour. Sweet molasses smell with some chocolate undertones. Rich and smooth taste, with a warm bitterness towards the end.

Photo of Pegasus
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Massive, dense, and lingering fine beaded tan head surmounts an obsidian body. Fine-beaded lacing utterly coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Cold coffee, bitter cocoa, dark roasted malt, slightly sweet alcohol, hints of vanilla and wood, and prominent herbal hops, pleasantly free of pine or grapefruit notes.

Taste: The taste opens with a wave of dark roasted malt. Soon after, bitter cocoa and cold coffee present. There is an undercurrent of wood as well, and occasional hints of vanilla. The very high ABV (9.9%) is quite well concealed, being all but absent from the taste, its carte de visite being a gradual and gracious warming sensation. Late in the taste, the bitter cacao and hops dominate, with the charred malt offering a flourish at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Soft, full and creamy, with delicate carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasing on a cold winter's day, a day that beers like this were made for. Would serve as an elegant presentation with chocolate cheesecake.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce standard brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,714 ratings.