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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

1,394 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,394
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 45
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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3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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!!!:-)

dertyd, Jan 19, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

fortheloveofbooz, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

gleemonger, Dec 04, 2012
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,394 ratings.