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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,278 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,278
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 39
Gots: 117 | 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:
2010 8.2% abv

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-31-2001)
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Ratings: 1,278 | Reviews: 546 | Display Reviews Only:
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-22-2012 15:20:05 | More by splendidsplinter
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kew

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-21-2012 22:33:01 | More by kew
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-21-2012 22:30:07 | More by cdwil
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kiki3drt292

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-21-2012 17:42:48 | More by kiki3drt292
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Zorro

California

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown colored beer with a very small light brown colored head.

Smell is on the sweet side. Malt and patent malt with a fairly strong hop scent. Chocolate and carrot are the two strongest scents here. The carrot smell comes from adding lots of Northwestern hops to something with lots of patent malt. Little bit of coffee scent but mostly this is chocolate and hops.

Starts out drier than it smells with lots of chocolate taste. Some milk flavor and carrot the flavor is quite mild and it tastes like a Milk Stout. Enough hop here to give you a decent hop belch once in awhile.

Mouthfeel is a little thick.

Overall a solid stout on the sweet end of the spectrum. I could see buying this again when I want a strong Milk Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:25:31 | More by Zorro
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head. Oddly light in color...

Smells of toffee, caramel, toast, roasted character, really bready and toasty.

Taste is up front caramel with some roast that fades into a more roasted/astringent note with toast character that ends on a slightly fruity/alcohol/astringent/roasted flavor. Some lingering alcohol and astringency that is not particularly pleasing.

Medium body with medium to lower carbonation...feels a bit thin and boozy.

This is almost like an imperial brown ale with a more roasted character. Not particularly complex...the lingering astringency really hurts the flavor overall. This just doesn't quite come together to me, and is a rare let down from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 23:03:43 | More by TenHornsProud
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-17-2012 17:30:31 | More by zenwatts
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.6%

01-17-2012 02:26:45 | More by gafferjohn
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured unto a snifter.

Appearance: Superior dark brown (pretty much jet black) with a 1/3" tan head.

Smell: Smells like molasses and pumpernickel but extremely dim.

Taste: Liquid pumpernickel bread, as I was told by a fellow drinker (my g/f). Extremely tasty and quite potent.

Mouth: This beer biggest problem is how flat it gets after 5-10 minutes. It is smooth somewhat sweet after taste but texture could be tweaked.

Overall: Has it's "issues" but not my issue if you know what I mean. Keep drinking and be blessed, this is awesome beer. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 01:23:25 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -33%

01-16-2012 23:18:29 | More by acurtis
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RedHaze

Nebraska

2.5/5  rDev -33%

01-16-2012 00:58:52 | More by RedHaze
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Travisnin

Idaho

3/5  rDev -19.6%

01-14-2012 21:50:22 | More by Travisnin
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AApparel

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-14-2012 15:53:17 | More by AApparel
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Eurytos

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-14-2012 14:35:40 | More by Eurytos
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throwback

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-11-2012 04:00:42 | More by throwback
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-10-2012 17:30:21 | More by CWhite
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movingtrain

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle.
Pours coffee-black with a thin, espresso crema-like head.

Hints of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, plums, dates, and vanilla set up shop first in the aroma. There is a real sweetness in the nose...a fruity, chocolaty sweetness...like chocolate cake. There are also some notes of hazelnut, charred wood, and caramel.

The flavor is bittersweet. Up front are hints of milk chocolate, light roasted coffee, molasses, vanilla, caramelized brown sugar, and sweet plums.

The mouthfeel is a bit astringent, leaving a slight alcohol burn. This, however, does not hinder the rich flavor involved in this stout. However, for as dark as this beer is, and for as much flavor that sits on the palate, and for the hefty ABV, the body of the beer actually seems a bit light. It is not as thick as one may expect.

Overall, a good imperial stout at a really good price. In a world of increasingly huge stouts, this one fits right in, while not trying to be a copycat.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:20:32 | More by movingtrain
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ipcolling

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-08-2012 23:40:26 | More by ipcolling
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Beer21

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.6%

01-08-2012 23:31:25 | More by Beer21
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whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -19.6%

01-08-2012 04:01:17 | More by whartontallboy
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clydefromiceland

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -33%

01-07-2012 21:24:52 | More by clydefromiceland
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jhtipton

Spain

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber and poured into my Afflihem chalice. Deep brown black with slight tan head which left only a slight lace around the rim. Smell them malts and coffee. Tastes rich and malty and mildly coffee au chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with alcohol warmth. Overall a pretty decent imperial stout. Sure there are several better examples out there but this is a reasonably priced example.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 16:09:41 | More by jhtipton
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quantumcipher

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-07-2012 10:00:31 | More by quantumcipher
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Lantern


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-04-2012 20:52:28 | More by Lantern
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dragomni

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-02-2012 23:25:51 | More by dragomni
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.