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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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1,395 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,395
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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Photo of gleemonger
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
Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -40%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Holy_Hop_Head
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Holy_Hop_Head, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

N3rdM3t4l, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

lupercmda, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Kunstman, Nov 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

TheRuss9585, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

baker2gs, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

InfernoBoss, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

2neardead, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

jackrodgers77, Nov 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of PacNWDad
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Midnight dark, with a slight reddish tinge to it. Not a very thick layer of off-white head, that dissipates quickly leaving lace on the sides of the glass. Fairly clear overall for a stout.

S: Roasted malt, toffee, with black cherry, coffee and cocoa notes. I think I poured it too cold, because the aroma improved (a lot) after it warmed up a bit. Not much in the way of hops comes out.

T: I get oatmeal, roasted malt and sweet flavors (chocolate, dark fruit), with bitterness from the hops lingering for a time.

M: Very robust, modest carbonation, fire from alcohol is apparent.

O: A big stout that I enjoyed a lot. Make sure to let it warm up a bit before imbibing.

PacNWDad, Nov 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

FEUO, Nov 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

BeerNW, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

jewellrunner, Nov 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

tuka, Nov 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

larebear, Oct 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Vonhooeydonk, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

mychalg9, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

bent, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

BigTrubble, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

enznevr, Oct 22, 2012
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.