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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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very good

1,448 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 50
Gots: 164 | 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:
2010 8.2% abv

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-31-2001)
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Photo of PieOhMy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10 oz snifter.

A Jet black. Frothy lingering tan head. Nice lacing where the head dies.

S Very weak. Some notes of coffee and malt but not much comes through. Weird.

T Quite different from the smell. Very flavorful. Roasted malts. Raisin. Dark chocolate. Coffee beans. Hops (this is a Lagunitas brew after all), this creates a nice bitterness on the tail end that lingers. Some heat.

M Rich, full, foamy. Boozy finish.

O Lagunitas, in this reviewers opinion, makes the best IPAs in the universe. They also make some damn fine stouts. Cappuccino Stout is awesome. BACS is one of the two or three best BA stouts I've ever had. This brew doesn't stand up with the former two, but it's still damn good. Rich and flavorful. I'm still confused as to why the aroma is so weak. Nevertheless, that's basically unimportant. Really good stout.

PieOhMy, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of StArnoldFan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

StArnoldFan, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jayhunter357, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of DaveAnderson
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

DaveAnderson, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ChrisMyhre, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of josephwa
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

josephwa, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of DonDonLongJohn
4/5  rDev +6.4%

DonDonLongJohn, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of elec
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

elec, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of GFD400
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

GFD400, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of AnalogErik
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

AnalogErik, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Seantmiller
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Seantmiller, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

herman77, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Beerlover
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is one of those beers that makes me wish beer advocate had a rating for price. I think anyone who likes lagunitas, stouts, hops, black ale or black ipas needs to try this beer. It's a five dollar 22 oz bottle!
Hoppy just like the rest of their beers, i'd classify this as an imperial porter or a black ipa. It does not have near the body thickness that it need to be an Imperial stout. It is much more hoppy than most r.i.s. I've had, not that r.i.s. cant be hoppy (Brau Brother's Ivan the Great is THE hoppiest stouts, [fresh of course] that I have ever had) There is not much of the normal aromas and flavor depths that you get from most r.i.s. either. some booziness and roasted malts and hops in the aroma and the flavor is pretty much the same, booziness not really well masked. the price is definitely the best thing about this beer.

Beerlover, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bought as a single bomber

pours dark, deep brown, 1-2 cm tan head, decent lacing, has a really nice semi-syrupy look as it pours

S: get hints of caramel and smokiness, dark chocolate, in and amongst, you get a hint of that sharp alcohol odor coming through, but between that, there's also a hint of nuttiness, almost kind of a hazelnut type odor

T: reflected by the smell, the only problem I have is that the booziness cuts through it a bit at times, this is minor, overall, it's a very good beer

M: light carbonation, creamy feel, overall very smooth, the slight booziness improves as it warms

O: solid beer, I've had better stouts, but this is excellent overall, perfect for after dinner with dessert

Cheshire_Crew_Al, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of jabo134
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jabo134, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of TigerOwl
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

TigerOwl, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours dark brown, almost black. Tan head retains pretty well. Spotty lacing.

S: Carob and cocoa. Nutty and crusty. Molasses. Caramel and toffee. Fruity scents of apple and berry.

T: Heavily toasted crust, milk chocolate and cocoa. Nutty. Hints of molasses and fudge. Burnt sugar. Berry fruitiness, maybe some dates and figs. Spike of alcohol. Tropical hop tastes are a bit hidden. Crust, cocoa, and alcohol on the finish.

M: Thick body. Chewy, somewhat sludgy. Weighty. Moderate carbonation.

O: Not the big, bold, roasty interpretation that most brewers today have latched on to. Alcohol is a little too hot and forward, but this may diminish with time. It does seem to drink like a beer that is too young. It would be interesting to see what time would do. The abv is there, but the beer just doesn't seem to have the type of malt body that would smooth and mellow out like some do. It's priced very well, but even still I don't see it making much noise in this market when there are other quality options readily available, particularly in the 4-pack 12oz format.

ryan1788a5, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

harpus, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Labeorphile
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Pitch black with ruby highlights when a flashlight shone through. Giant thick tan head with moderate lacing.

Nose was mostly chocolate, improving as it warmed. Some raisin.

Flavor was dark chocolate early, and then again late. Very pleasant flavor, with not much alcohol warming noticed, given the high ABV. Also improves greatly as it warms.

Thick creamy mouth feel makes this a very delicious and enjoyable beer. Just watch out for the punch...

Labeorphile, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jimmah120, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

wolf_switzer, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Tiernan, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bigbluebeerguy, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of KeralaTigers
4/5  rDev +6.4%

KeralaTigers, Sep 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

111213forlife, Sep 24, 2013
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,448 ratings.