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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 1,366
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 42
Gots: 139 | 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 -6.4%

01-20-2013 04:55:18 | More by KhangGarrett
Photo of dertyd


3.66/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

A:poured a dark black with a inch of nice thick creamy head had some laceing that sticks around

S:smell of sweet choclate malts hints of coffee and a little vaniella

T: verry smooth for being almoast 10% alc sweet choclate,a lil coffee realy good taste

M:leaves the mouth real wet mouth watering feels like there's a coat of choclate in my mouth

O:overall its a damn good beer one of my go to stouts very smooth you can't go rong with lagunitas never

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

01-19-2013 08:44:11 | More by dertyd
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-17-2013 22:41:54 | More by RblWthACoz
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4/5  rDev +7%

01-13-2013 17:23:32 | More by nrombes
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-09-2013 00:24:24 | More by HipHopinHooligan13
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-07-2013 23:07:22 | More by sendbeer
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-05-2013 03:40:32 | More by NSK79
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4/5  rDev +7%

01-03-2013 04:22:41 | More by VicariousCynic
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-01-2013 13:58:06 | More by whatname
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

01-01-2013 02:19:38 | More by Soneast
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

A: Pours a very dark coffee brown/black, hints of burnt cherry around the rim, short-lived off white/brown head.

S: Lot of fruit on the nose funny enough. I got plum, dried plum, dark berries, coffee, toffee, bitter chocolate.

T: Flavors are full of creamy chocolate with hints of vanilla and dark fruit with a bitter finish. Fruit on the nose comes through and I get a bit of citrus in the aftertaste. Nice coffee notes with a good hoppy finish come though at the end which counters the sweetness of the malts.

M: A bit thin... would have preferred something a little thicker given the crazy fruit/ chocolate that your hit with.

O: Very enjoyable, if it would have been better in the mouthfeel I feel it would have pushed this beer from good to great. Just wasn't balanced enough for me.

12-30-2012 06:47:51 | More by fortheloveofbooz
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4/5  rDev +7%

12-28-2012 06:01:46 | More by drewone
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

12-24-2012 22:22:50 | More by rhino54
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

12-22-2012 03:06:44 | More by TastingRoomCharNtony
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

12-19-2012 16:14:33 | More by King_KongDCO93
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-19-2012 03:50:13 | More by jgluck
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-17-2012 16:48:32 | More by stereosforgeeks
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

12-17-2012 16:42:01 | More by RangnaR
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

12-17-2012 02:19:52 | More by Dufraine
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

12-11-2012 06:47:38 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

12-08-2012 23:16:06 | More by johnnye1981
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Almost black, with a tan to off white head that doesn't stick around very long, but leaves lacing. Not as rich looking as I'd expect.

Not a huge aroma, but I do get a nice chocolaty roast with hints of hops. A little bit of dark fruit and some alcohol. I'll have to keep checking on the aroma as it warms. Yes, definitely comes out more as it warms - aroma still the same as described.

Similar to the aroma, a pretty even blend of chocolate and coffee roastiness. Picking up a pretty nice complexity to the roasted malts. Alcohol a bit too prevalent, but this is one big RIS. Still, it's a bit much, especially after I swallow, kind of taking over the aftertaste a bit. Pretty nicely balanced flavor though, for sure.

Medium to full bodied - not quite as rich as I like in a RIS, but it kind of changes throughout the sip. Moderate carbonation. Pretty good, just not quite spot on for me.

Definitely well made, just not super exciting or stand-out. All elements miss just slighly for me, from a kind of thin appearance and feel to a little bit too much of an alcohol presence. But it's definitely drinkable and tasty.

12-04-2012 18:46:14 | More by gleemonger
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2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

12-04-2012 03:27:26 | More by chippo33
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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from a 22oz into a goblet.

Appearance: a good, thick brown-black with a two-finger head and lots of stubborn lacing.

Smell: a metallic espresso

Taste: sweet mocha with a bitter finish and a bit of licorice as it warms. The alcohol is definitely present but integrates well into a Russian Imperial.

Mouthfeel: medium-full bodied, not quite so much as something such as, say - Old Rasputin. Definitely a little lighter with a tingling carbonation.

Overall: This is my go-to, easy-to-find (in Portland), great value beer when I'm in the mood for an imperial stout (which is fairly often). It's fairly well-balanced, slightly sweet but with the characteristic Lagunitas bitter finish. Not too complex, but definitely good and drinkable - again and again. I like this one a lot.

12-03-2012 01:07:34 | More by Holy_Hop_Head
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3.45/5  rDev -7.8%

Bomber into chilled pint. Although it doesn't need cold it is a stout!

A: pours thick and dark, completley opaque black brew, as it should be. A small cap of head tried to get through but only made a little cap of kahki head that fell to sparse little bubble and an extremely thin ring.

S: up front a sweet smell, a little fruity but nothing I can place. Behind that the usual smells of a dark beer. Not as roasty as most though. It smells rich.

T: the sweet dark flavor reminiscent of molasses and currants. Alcohol flavor is present, a bit of fusel in there. No hop presence until the very end there is a bit of bitter in the finish but really not much. It isn't as balanced as I expect, still a very sweet brew. Pretty tasty.

M: full bodied, when as it feels pretty thin but as it warms it acts less thin. Very smooth beer.

O: good not amazing but good. simple RIS, not pretentious. But I like it.

11-29-2012 07:46:53 | More by N3rdM3t4l
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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