Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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85
very good

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Ratings: 1,799
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 72
Gots: 317 | FT: 5
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: 1,799 | Reviews: 639
Photo of E-McFarden
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a khaki sustaining head. I get a cherry and vanilla scent with roasted malt backbon. Roasted flavors With nutty undertones. Full bodied feel. Great beer .

Photo of Nolang84
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas is the shiznit PERIOD.

Photo of vikinggary28
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +5.8%
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 rjs246
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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 jsed14
5/5  rDev +31.9%
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%
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 kemoarps
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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 willhud
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +13.2%
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.

Photo of Xenos9
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good, except that it tastes slightly burnt.

Photo of timontheroad
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown with a nice fluffy tan head, very good retention and lacing.
Smell: Coffee, chocolate and dark roast malts are very dominant. I'm also getting some vanilla, and a whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma, the coffee and chocolate seem fairly subdued compared to the aroma. I'm also getting some vanilla, and just a touch of dark fruit sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Pretty thin for an Imperial Stout.
Overall: This was a passable beer, just a bit disappointing for an Imperial Stout. I like their Cappuccino Stout a lot more.

Photo of seabeetastetest
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a coffee black with little head it wasn't an aggressive pour mind you. Smells of roasted malts, coffee beans and a bit of molasses. Tastes of a roasted sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits , and a bitter coffee taste at the end. Overall a good brew for a great price. Give it a 8.75

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

App - Pours a warm dark brown with brown head which resolves to fine brown lacing and minimal effervescent.
Smell – A medley of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate/carob and a good bit of leather.

Taste - A complex blend of sweet malt, bitter chocolate/cocoa, molasses a tad syrupy but not unpleasant. Definitely more sweet than other RIS, but quite enjoyable without being cloying or saccharine

Mouthfeel – Medium body (somewhere between 2% and whole milk), definitely better texture at slightly warmer temp.

Overall: Great beer for the style, sweeter than many but delicious. Make sure its not too cold otherwise you'll miss a lot of the flavors - I will definitely stock up on this beauty. Thanks Lagunitas for this 'Unlimited Release' !

Photo of richj1970
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Pours very dark black with two finger mocha head with lasting retention and plenty of stringy lacing.

S: Light roasted malts, and semi sweet chocolate. Faint aroma of coffee beans and vanilla.

T: Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and a bit of espresso.

M: Full bodied with a creamy texture and slightly bitter finish.

O: Very nice basic imperial stout. Highly drinkable, and very affordable. I need to add this to my list of regular stouts.

Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very light Imperial Stout. Really no distinctive coffee or chocolate overtones in this one. There was some bitterness, that I have to conclude came from a dark chocolate that was use
Not a strong finish to this beer.. Weak to start, weak in the mouth and basically weak in the finish.
But you cant always find that gem

Photo of Carolvs
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great, hearty, thick stout that will spin your cranium at 9.9 abv. A bit on the sweet side, but I'm desperately searching for a flaw - awesome stout overall.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/2/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light dark fruit, light char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hop, and light dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light dark fruit, light char, herbal, and roasted/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light dark fruit, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hop, and light dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Russian imperial stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hop, and light dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of HowieB761
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go too beers...always consistently great

Photo of Safa1
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like an imperial stout. Looks like an imperial stout. Feels like something is off. Take caution in buying this beer for the price. You get what you pay for.

Photo of MikeDAdams
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pulled aged bottle from cellar.
Definitely smooths out with age.

Photo of moundbz
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

kind of an alcohol crisp rush, starts smooth then some chocolate taste and a bitter end

Photo of KillerJigger
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decent lasting head which laced my pint glass. Sweet finish with nice roasty tones. I could easily drink two in a night.

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hair of the Dog glass. Smooth, with the usual chocolate and coffee notes. Nice lacing. As mentioned, this is a great beer for the price.

Photo of Notation
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great go-to stout, the price is always right.

Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,799 ratings.