Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,579
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 55
Gots: 196 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a two finger tannish colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of caramel and dark chocolate mixed with a rather nice dark roasted aroma. The darker aromas are a mix of roasted malt and coffee with them all being joined by a bit of a warming boozy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter flavor of caramel and chocolate with a nice hit of roasted malt flavor and a moderate presence of coffee mixed with some flavors of char. As the flavor advances it gains sweetness with some darker fruit flavors entering the taste and a light cream like flavor giving a more mocha latte like flavor when mixed with the roasted flavors. A lighter oat flavor comes to the tongue along this time enhancing the creaminess. Toward the end a lighter boozy taste can be detected on the tongue leaving a rather roasted and lightly warming and sweeter taste to linger in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. The creamier body and the lower carbonation enhance and compliment well the roasted flavors of the brew rather nicely and create a nice mouth coating feel.

Overall – The 9.9% abv is actually hidden very well which when mixed with the roasted malt, low bitterness, and the stronger fruit/caramel presence, make for a surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable sweeter imperial overall.

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3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle into tulip

appearance: pitch black, <1 finger off off white head, some lacing

smell: dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, slight anise and black licorice tint

taste: bitter espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee are the first things that come to mind. After a few sips I was getting some minor notes of plum, licorice, anise, as the the nose would suggest, but also an herbal, very earthy, resinous hoppiness that was emphasized a bit more in this beer than other RIS's. The result; it's a bit unbalanced, but still a great stout. The lingering aftertaste is mostly booze and bitterness, not that chocolate or coffee flavor i expect in a RIS. It seems this has hints of a Black DIPA mixed in with it.

mouthfeel: average carbonation, thick/full bodied

overall: A great take on an RIS, and for the $4.99 price, a great buy. However, I would rather shell out the extra $3 while the Stone is still around, and i'd easily pick a Ten Fidy, Expedition Stout, or even an Old Rasputin over this, which is arguably the only other widely (and always) available i've listed above. Not bad, but it's just not as balanced as some of it's competition, it's a little booze heavy and the earthy hops combined with the bitter espresso tones just make it slightly off balance, but it's still enjoyable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured in 8oz cup

A: dark blackish with a solid brown head.

S: chocolate caramel sweetness blended nicely with roasted malt

T: citrusy, chocolatey, carmel, roasted malt, hint of coffee. Not as sweet as other Stouts that I've had. It's Very citrusy for a stout. Not really bitter, more citrusy.

M: Syrupy, Medium bodied with low carbonation. Not too creamy.

Overall, This is a very citrusy stout. nonetheless, this is a great Stout, I Liked Stone's Imperial version better, but this is up there. Lagunitas Brewing Company should market this as their Stout, because there is room for improvement. Not quite as balanced as I would expect from a RIS.

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Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,579 ratings.