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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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85
very good

1,396 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,396
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 46
Gots: 148 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

menacho1, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Lemke10
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark brown color with an average chocolate brown colored head. There are lots of robust scents in the aroma mixed with caramel, vanilla, and coffee. The taste is silky smooth and robust. It is not overpowering by any means yet delivers a full flavor taste. There is a very complex taste of malts, grains, and extracts. Not the best stout on the market but pretty damn good for the price.

Lemke10, Mar 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

ButterflyBethie, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 03/04/13 notes. Had this on tap at Spring Lounge in NYC down on Spring St. 10 oz. pour in a tulip.

a - Pours a dark black color with one finger of medium tan head and high carbonation evident. Looks like a nice big stout.

s - Smells of bitter bakers chocolate, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Nice dark chocolate to it, pretty good nose.

t - Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, bitter chocolate, toasted malts, burnt malts, and some toffee. Really nice taste; sweeter than the nose which I like a lot.

m - Thick, full body and low carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; very nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall a nice stout. Not too strong and not as big as I was expecting, but looks nice and has a greta mouthfeel, and a nice sweet vanill and chocolate taste. Worth checking out, would like to have it again.

mdfb79, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Source/Serving: 22 oz. bottle, fresh

S: Cocoa nib, earthy chocolate, twig from a field, with a light touch of acidity. Not too heavy or light.

T: Disappointingly acidic, while only moderate, I think the mark of a great imperial stouts is smoothness gained by balancing grain acidity. Earthy chocolate from the nose is prominent up front with coffee bean and dry, unsweetened dark cocoa character. Hints of woody, herbal hops. Moderate acidity punches through briefly in he middle which gives a cola character and the hop flavor elevates to moderate. Body is medium-high for style, but not thick. Alcohol is clean and smooth, doesn't add much character. Finish slightly regains balance in the acidity and has pleasant a dry nutty, toasty cocoa nib character with a hint of a roasty charcoal note that is nice.

Notes: Decent beer, just wish they balanced the acidity. For $4 a 22oz, its still a sweet deal for a solid Imp. Stout though.

4000qtrap, Mar 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Jotero85, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

auggie, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

LSMroz, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

cfh64, Mar 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

robthepenguin, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Chirpie
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's another big blizzard on the way outside, so i grabbed one of their medium sized bottles (1 Pint, 6 oz) of this off the shelf after having tried every variation under the sun of Little Sumpin.

Poured it into a glass where sweet chocolate notes, a tan head, and a typically dark appearance awaited. Everything was great so far.

The taste? Dark chocolately flavors. Espresso. And yeah, pretty darn chalky. Bitter coffee beans is the predominant flavor.

If it sounds like I'm a little lukewarm on everything, that's because I kinda sorta am. I still liked it more than some other people here, but my favorite go to budget stout is still Green Flash's Double Stout.

Glad I tried it though...

Chirpie, Feb 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

JRBecks, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

stanale, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

BRD14, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

mfrogs, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

mmmmbeer, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Morockm, Feb 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

GRFounder, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a full inch of light brown head that retains a while before slowly receding to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Thick, fluffy semi-resilient lacing.

S- Nutty dark roasted malt with a fair amount of chocolate and smoke.

T- Solid stout flavor with dark roasted semi-sweet malts that provide a decent chocolate flavor and coffee in the aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden very well and there's a slight metallic finish.

M- The body isn't super creamy or super robust but rather a bit below the standard for an RIS. Medium carbonation.

O- People always say Lagunitas should just stick to the hoppy beers, but this ain't bad. I wouldn't be pining for it every year around its release date, but I certainly think it's worth the dough I spent on it.

Immortale25, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

DrGonzoDDS, Feb 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

Rons35, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Michigan, Feb 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

od_sf, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours black with a big 2" mocha head. Big blotches and bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- nice chocolate, some sark fruits and coffee.

T- sweet chocolate, some light roast, dark fruits, coffee that's has some light bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable RIS.

O- This is a very good RIS for the price! Is it a great RIS no, but solid and will drink again.

kawilliams81, Feb 16, 2013
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.