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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 1,686
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 58
Gots: 244 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-31-2001

2010 8.2% abv
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick black body, can hold a very respectable cafe-colored head if poured correctly. Carbonation is hard to determine due to the the opaqueness, but by the sound of it it is ample. Bottle art is in the standard large-font Lagunitas tradition, announcing the brew's style.

S: Super dark malt, hugely bitter, smoke and dark chocolate.

T: Not as bitter as it smells, still packs a punch with dark chocolate, roasted malt, and some strong hop bitterness, I even want to say there's a nuance of vanilla. Definitely dark though, and definitely enjoyable. Appreciably high ABV is hidden very well.

M: Very smooth, creamy, heavy but not overly so.

O: A really great beer, much more than I was expecting from a brewery that (from 90% of stores) looks like one focused on pale ales. Very dark and flavor-packed but not unpalatable-y bitter, even for those who aren't into IS's. A great value, too- 22oz for $6. Might become my new go-to winter IS.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of anarchia
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber. Pours black as you'd expect with a light brown head of foam that dissipates into what looks like an oil spill floating on top of the beer. Aroma is caramel, coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, hint of whiskey. Thick and almost creamy in the mouth, a tad astringent/acidic, mellow bitterness from the hops comes through in the end. More whiskey in the flavor than the aroma but it's surprisingly easy to drink given the ABV. Good stuff.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Near black but light certainly comes through. Solid tan head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- Nice roasted malts and coffee. Some toffee and caramel. Slight roasted grain and pine hops. Not mind blowing, but i like where we are headed.

T- Follows nose well. Quite smooth. Not quite as complex as others of the style. Straight forward with intense roasted nuts. I enjoy coffee and espresso profile of this, but I am still left wanting more. Flavors are a bit subdued for a brewery that usually pushes the envelope.

M- A bit thin for the style. Mid body, fair drinkability. The saving grace is the hidden alcohol.

O- Wont be purchasing again. The price point is sexy, but the overall character of this beer is nothing more than average.

$3.49 for a bomber bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pitch Black with a moderate head and noticeable lacing. Malty, roasted nuts,velvety smooth mouthfeel. Semi sweet and semi dry chocolate give this beer a nice back bone.

Overall, this is a real solid imperial stout that is definitely worth a shot.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Furlinator
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a 1/2 inch head that settles to a film on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is dark chocolate up front with coffee, toffee, faint dark fruit and a hint of vanilla on the finish.

Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate and faint coffee with slight molasses sweetness on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is exactly what I expect from an Imperial Stout. Nice look, nice smell, solid flavor yet, no aspect jumps out enough to be considered world class. Very good.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of USAF77
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'll echo what most say here. Once again lagunitas does something just a little different. Like with their lagers I'd have no problem picking this stout out of a taste test.

A decent pour, a tad quicker then other stouts. Not much head but decent lacing. A lovely dark coffee color with low key carbonation rising. Very dark but a pretty stout.

Which lead me to expect a more aggressive taste. I get a smooth, grainy coffee but before i could say "weak" I feel the alcohol all the way to the pit of my stomach and the taste sticking to the top of my mouth as a strong stout should. This is a smooth refreshing stout, but its a stout.

I get a little cherry, coffee, malt in the smell too. Not a stout you buy for the smell but surely not one you'd turn your nose from. A nice brew crafted well. And just a little different.

I could see this brew going well with food. Most of all beef.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,686 ratings.