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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,631 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,631
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 56
Gots: 218 | 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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Photo of Winston3737
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NonicPanic
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of parkwood
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with honey edges. Nose has the prototypical roasted notes. The body is standard and the roast profile is definitely above average for the style. There is a nice roasted bitter finish to this offering.

Honestly, I picked this up as a afterthought because the price was pretty reasonable for an RIS. It proved to be a solid straight-forward stout that is not a wallet buster.

Photo of fscottkey
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.75] Pours straight black. The head is 2-3 finger and is dense khaki bubbles. The head is receding very slowly leaving a thick, milkshake like, coating on the glass. The appearance is spot on for this style. The really hard to read date code says that this was bottled exactly 3 months ago. The ABV is listed at 9.9%.

S: [3.25] While the beer is cold I am getting mostly dark fruit. There are also charred malt aromas. As the beer warms I am getting more bbq smells and some wafts of the alcohol.

T: [3.75] The taste is on the sweet side. Blindfolded I would guess it was a milk stout. The taste is sugary chocolate or sweetened dark fruits. It is nice overall. No taste of the alcohol.

M: [4.50] The mouthfeel is great. There is no sense of real carbonation - feels like a nitro with fine bubbles. The feel is silky and smooth but chewy.

O: [3.75] Overall this is a decent beer. I think there are 12 oz. bottles that I would go to first - but this is a good one to share or sip over a long period. The nose is a little off for me - but there is nothing offensive on the palate and the mouthfeel is in the really good range.

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

Photo of Harvest06
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmbot4371
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AMCimpi
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tchun
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jd2391
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cuy50
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enter five words to rate 4

Photo of epyon396
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of microbrewlover
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew pours a solid mahogany black with a three finger off-white head some of which lasts until the end and medium lacing.

The smell is strong with hops, floral and citrus. Roasted malts and some coffee in the background but the hops dominate; as is common for this style.

The hops dominate from beginning to end but the chocolate malt background makes itself felt and everything mixes well together from beginning to end. It is not over hopped to the point of tongue shredding like many other Imperials but well balanced.

Overall this is another winner from Lagunitas.

Photo of WIBrewMan
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of VaporDome
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kraticus41
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Smythe
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Josh_951
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BHansen214
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of OrangeMen
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black as night, opaque. Pours a tan khaki colored head, 1 1/2 fingers thick, frothy. Hangs around a touch and then dissipates. Decent legs on sides of glass.
Aroma- Sweet milk chocolates, pronounced roastiness, little bit of wet graininess. Touch of astringency, little bit of alcohol notes. Fairly subdued aroma.
Taste- Nice dark chocolate notes, but also sweet and creamy chocolate. Huge roastiness follows w/ maybe a touch of coffee. Very rich but finishes bitter from roasted malt and perhaps hops as well.
Feel- Medium mouthfeel, creaminess definetly adds to depth. Ideal amount of moderate carbonation.
Overall- Enjoyable offering, huge roasted malt just balances wonderfully with rich chocolates. There is a lingering bitterness that is not overpowering, quite enjoyable, but its also balanced by a certain creaminess throughout, almost some caramel and vanilla flavors poke through. Not much alcohol detected at all, just a real nice sipping beer.

Im not sure how this beer is rated so low on this site, perhaps there used to be a different recipe? It says in the notes is was 8.2% in 2010, now its 9.9%, not sure. Anyway, this is a bargain at the always low Lagunitas bomber pricing, and a very underrated beer.

Photo of WallstreetB
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%

Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,631 ratings.