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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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1,363 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,363
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 42
Gots: 138 | 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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Ratings: 1,363 | Reviews: 558 | Display Reviews Only:
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

07-24-2013 02:59:35 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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ScubaSteve00

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-23-2013 22:33:02 | More by ScubaSteve00
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-21-2013 22:49:07 | More by kingmaker
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Jtrigonis

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-20-2013 20:31:40 | More by Jtrigonis
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MIrvine

California

4/5  rDev +7%

07-17-2013 21:49:32 | More by MIrvine
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FreshZ

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-17-2013 18:21:20 | More by FreshZ
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davelag

California

4/5  rDev +7%

07-17-2013 04:56:56 | More by davelag
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FroggieMercury

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.8%

07-13-2013 23:16:48 | More by FroggieMercury
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EastBay_Nick

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-13-2013 21:31:32 | More by EastBay_Nick
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DSkilling

California

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

07-09-2013 06:23:12 | More by DSkilling
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-08-2013 13:57:53 | More by tdmccarthy
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Alchris2

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-08-2013 02:48:27 | More by Alchris2
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archero

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

07-07-2013 03:11:48 | More by archero
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MastaShonuf

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-06-2013 14:33:05 | More by MastaShonuf
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t_carterb

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-05-2013 20:09:21 | More by t_carterb
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BigBarley

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

07-05-2013 09:20:35 | More by BigBarley
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-05-2013 03:28:23 | More by WOLFGANG
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bird22

California

3/5  rDev -19.8%

07-03-2013 07:42:56 | More by bird22
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

07-03-2013 03:12:10 | More by pirmannt1
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jmathis

Florida

5/5  rDev +33.7%

06-30-2013 19:44:29 | More by jmathis
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dabakemon

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-29-2013 22:51:26 | More by dabakemon
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sachie23

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-28-2013 17:38:40 | More by sachie23
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

06-28-2013 16:02:08 | More by csfcmitchell
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a two finger tannish colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of caramel and dark chocolate mixed with a rather nice dark roasted aroma. The darker aromas are a mix of roasted malt and coffee with them all being joined by a bit of a warming boozy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter flavor of caramel and chocolate with a nice hit of roasted malt flavor and a moderate presence of coffee mixed with some flavors of char. As the flavor advances it gains sweetness with some darker fruit flavors entering the taste and a light cream like flavor giving a more mocha latte like flavor when mixed with the roasted flavors. A lighter oat flavor comes to the tongue along this time enhancing the creaminess. Toward the end a lighter boozy taste can be detected on the tongue leaving a rather roasted and lightly warming and sweeter taste to linger in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. The creamier body and the lower carbonation enhance and compliment well the roasted flavors of the brew rather nicely and create a nice mouth coating feel.

Overall – The 9.9% abv is actually hidden very well which when mixed with the roasted malt, low bitterness, and the stronger fruit/caramel presence, make for a surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable sweeter imperial overall.

06-27-2013 10:07:23 | More by Darkmagus82
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Roman5150

Spain

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%

bottle into tulip

appearance: pitch black, <1 finger off off white head, some lacing

smell: dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, slight anise and black licorice tint

taste: bitter espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee are the first things that come to mind. After a few sips I was getting some minor notes of plum, licorice, anise, as the the nose would suggest, but also an herbal, very earthy, resinous hoppiness that was emphasized a bit more in this beer than other RIS's. The result; it's a bit unbalanced, but still a great stout. The lingering aftertaste is mostly booze and bitterness, not that chocolate or coffee flavor i expect in a RIS. It seems this has hints of a Black DIPA mixed in with it.

mouthfeel: average carbonation, thick/full bodied

overall: A great take on an RIS, and for the $4.99 price, a great buy. However, I would rather shell out the extra $3 while the Stone is still around, and i'd easily pick a Ten Fidy, Expedition Stout, or even an Old Rasputin over this, which is arguably the only other widely (and always) available i've listed above. Not bad, but it's just not as balanced as some of it's competition, it's a little booze heavy and the earthy hops combined with the bitter espresso tones just make it slightly off balance, but it's still enjoyable.

06-26-2013 07:41:30 | More by Roman5150
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.