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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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1,388 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,388
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 44
Gots: 149 | 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 IncanGoat
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Poured a very dark brown. Two finger tan head that sucks around for 5 minutes and leaves a good lacing down the glass.

S: Milk chocolate, raisin, coffee, cinnamon, slight tobacco.

T: Toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, raisin, black pepper.

M: Smooth, wet, carbonation is light once poured, but enough to bring out the aroma.

O: Fantastic stout for the price! If you know of a better stout that I can find in Cali for $5 a bomber, please let me know.

IncanGoat, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of dphillips
3.75/5  rDev 0%

dphillips, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Paul_Apsley
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Paul_Apsley, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of MaineBrewing
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%

A - poured pitch black with slight ruby highlights and a massive 3+ finger dark tan head. Head was a really thick creamy texture and lasted a bit leaving lots if sticky lacing behind. Really great looking overall.

S - notes of black malt, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt smokiness. Nice piney hop notes wafting through. Subdued but present alcohol, a pleasant fruityness as it warms with notes of raisin and toffee.

T - Lagunitas can't part with their hops. Flavoring hops are present with piney notes along with the dark stout character of roasted malt, coffee and bakers chocolate. Finishes nice and bitter with a contrasting sweetness from the malt and ample IBUs. nice balance in the end, maybe a little heavy handed with hops up front, but I like the very American interpretation at the RIS.

M - thick with ample carbonation for the style, goes down really smooth the 9.9 % is surprisingly not noticeable.

O - this scores big points for value, and sticking to Lagunitas's style of hop heavy handed-ness, providing an experience that can be enjoyed again and again with reasonable availabilty and price. I think that this is an RIS I would opt not to cellar, the high hop aromas and flavors stick about from the standard heavy malt roastyness of the many examples of the style out there and make this unique.

MaineBrewing, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Deadhead670
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Deadhead670, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Okisailor
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Okisailor, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

22 oz bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger mocha head that reduced to a small foamy layer. Super nice lacing from the reduced head. It is a pitch black color with no clarity, but off white mocha bubbles can be seen coming up the glass. More lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted oats, mocha, roasted coffee, smoke, a little booze, tobacco,

Taste: Roasted coffee, smoke, oats, chocolate, bitterness, and a little booze.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, full bodied, a little chewy, a little warming alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid RIS here folks. Lagunitas has yet another solid beer. Another please.

Flounder57, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

DCdawg, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +6.7%

jroberts8811, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of jondeelee
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%

Imperial Stout opens to a rich, malty aroma, yeasty rising whole wheat dough and fresh-baked brown breads dominating. Following closely behind is an assortment of darker notes, including tobacco, ash, toast crust, and coffee, these notes tempered by a heaping dose of caramel, toffee, and heavy cream, as well as bits of pure vanilla bean. Fig, date, plum, raisin, and black cherry fruit esters add further complexity and sugar, the sweetness large enough that the bottle’s mouth is sticky. The 9.9% ABV is not overly noticeable, but it does impart a very light bourbon/port aroma (though this is not barrel aged) that blends well with the dark fruits. As a whole, the nose is very nice, with a massive amount of dark sugars and a good ash underbelly. Surprisingly absent, given the beer’s 72.45 IBUs, is a strong hoppy presence, but that shouldn’t be held against it, given the strength of the sugars. The main fault here lies simply in strength, the nose needing a bit more oomph.

On the tongue, the beer starts off dark and ashy, the initial hit being one of tobacco and ash, with bits of coffee and toast crust thrown in. This is followed quickly by a massive wave of sugars, the majority of them being the dark fruit esters from the nose—fig, raisin, date, plum, black cherry—but with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and heavy cream added for potency. Thick brown breads and yeasty whole wheat dough, as well as chocolate malt and threads of dark chocolate, add a nice base. The hops do bring in nice measures of pine and anise, complementing the fruit esters. The high ABV is mostly hidden, but bits of bourbon do come through. The aftertaste is a slightly ashier version of the main mouthful, the sugars dying off, but the ash and bitterness lingering for a good while. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, Lagunitas has done a very nice job with this Imperial Stout, offering a massive and well-balanced flavor range that should please fans of the style. There’s not necessarily anything game-changing about the beer, but what it does, it does very well.

jondeelee, Aug 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

jopezu, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

johnny29er, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Pours a near pitch black color with ruby edges. About a fingers worth of tan head that lasts for a long time and leaves some nice lacing

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and anise up front with a hint of coffee in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malts and dark chocolate and goes into a fairly strong anise presence. Coffee is present towards the end as well. Alcohol not noticeable

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy

O: A solid imperial stout from a brewery known for their hoppier beers. Quite underrated IMO, but I don't mind anise and I know people that just flat out hate it. Not the most complex imperial stout either, but it's still solid and very drinkable. Great price point as always from Lagunitas

BEERMILER12, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

fcpsitsjaredjared, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

oN3xM, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

45nDown, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Hobbit, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

twax, Jul 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Madskill, Jul 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

zestar, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

civicm87, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

blastoderm55, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

craftbeerasian, Jul 25, 2013
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.