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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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1,396 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,396
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 46
Gots: 149 | 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 ksimons
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-very dark brown with chestnut brown highlights and a thin layer of tan head

S-roasted malt and coffee, light chocolate, and light molasses. Smell improves a bit when the beer warms.

T-roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, creamy chocolate. Much lighter than most RISs but improves somewhat as the beer warms.

M-lighter body than I expected, with light to medium carbonation

Overall this RIS does not compare to most others out there. Too light in taste and body, just not enough flavor to make this a great beer.

ksimons, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +6.7%

tectactoe, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of TheBishopco
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

TheBishopco, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of jbeezification
4.5/5  rDev +20%

jbeezification, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$4.99 for a 22oz bottle @ Bevco.
72.45 IBU's, OG=1.092, 9.9% ABV
No ingredients per the website or bottle.

Pours out to a very clear near black with dark brown highlights, forming a soapy medium tan head with excellent retention and great lacing. Appears filtered. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. Aroma opens with carob, light dark fruit, cola, leafy green hops in moderation. Mouthfeel is a little light bodied for an Imperial Stout..I wonder if they brewed this with sugar to get this OG, ABV, and FG because the mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style but not a disappointment as many reviewers quip. The taste is a recap of the aroma but in a different order...black currant, more dark fruit than the nose would have you guess with raisins and prunes, carob, a touch of black walnut, and a bit of cola in the finish. Bitterness is mild to moderate, a little on the sweeter side.

This is a good beer. I'm certainly not disappointed. It's unfortunate that people are trashing it, probably because today's uber imperial everything makes any traditional RIS pale in comparison. Not quite as thick or heavy as Founders, Siberian Night, or Expedition, but still quite tasty. I would buy it again, and am glad I bought 2 bottles before I read other peoples reviews.

Mitchster, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Acoma
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Acoma, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Hopstout, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of ryankthx
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

ryankthx, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of elquinty
2/5  rDev -46.7%

elquinty, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of CGMLS3
4/5  rDev +6.7%

CGMLS3, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of DonDirkA
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose of rich, heavy chocolate and roasted coffee. Roasted malts and chocolate syrup. It smells like my kind of stout. No booziness at all, which is nice for this high of an ABV. Taste is surprisingly heavy on the anise/black licorice. Coffee, dark roasted malts, anise and very slight chocolate. There is a warmth deep in my stomach but no hint of alcohol in the actual taste. The mouthfeel is much lighter than expected for an imperial stout. Its kind of bubbly. Still nice and heavy though. Overall its a nice stout (my first from Lagunitas) but I wish the taste reflected the nose more, I'm not always a huge fan of the anise-heavy stouts. Still delicious.

DonDirkA, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of mulder1010
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bomber poured into a great divide tulip
9.9% ABV version

A-- Poured a dark color and settled the same. Some ruby hues to the beer when shown to light. Half finger of light brown head that quickly fades to a decent ringed collar. Some ABV legs and no lacing. OK then.

S-- Nice nose of roast and semi sweet chocolate. Get some touches of rolled oats and brown sugar as well. Not as rich and thick as thought it would be.

T-- Roast, chocolate, brown sugar, maple syrup, rolled oats, and some tires and char.

M-- Booze really hits in the mouth and finish. Not a thick RIS by any standard at all. Quite thin and some perky carbonation. Lots of sweet char and burnt licorice in the feel. Far more bitter in the end than in the mid and back.

O-- Straight forward and pretty basic RIS. Nothing special about it really.

mulder1010, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Lawl3ss
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 22 oz. bomber poured into a 12 oz. stemmed tulip. Bottling date 12.29.11.

Look- Near opaque ruby brown- not quite black. Hints of light around the edges. Exceptional clarity. Two fingers of dense beige head that dissipate quickly. Next to no lacing.

Smell- Butterscotch, licorice, and brandy. Savory spices. Burnished aromatic wood, almost smoky. Swirling brings out more booze and spent coffee grounds.

Taste- Stays away from the stereotypical coffee and chocolate; anise, sarsaparilla, and vanilla are the major players here. Spicy, nutty throughout the sip and swallow. Touches of wood ash, fig, and marshmallow. As it warms, it takes on a bit more cocoa sweetness, but retains its interesting spice profile, reminds me of rum-based bitters. Mild bitterness asserts itself towards the end, just enough to let you know it's there. Aftertaste is of roasted green walnuts, light char.

Mouthfeel- Prickly carb comes out on the sip, velvety smooth thereafter. Medium-light body for the style, mild warming at the finish. Slightly boozy, but not overly so. Finished my half of the bottle no problem. Light feel for the style.

Overall- Pretty nice. Easy drinking for an RIS, and different enough to stand out. Good price point, too. I'll be picking this one up again.

Lawl3ss, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of caverog
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

caverog, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Pinche_Oso
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Pinche_Oso, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured fom 22 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Black with two fingers of tan head, which settles to a dusting. Decent lacing, and seems to have some feet .

S) Light coffee roast, along with an oaky barrel aged aroma. There is a little chocolate, really like chocolate covered raisins. A pleasant vanilla bean sweetness.

T) Follows the nose closely. The alcohol is well hidden, but detectable, which should be expected at 9.9% ABV. There is light earthy hops and more roast on the finish.

M) Decent, quite smooth. The carbonation is light, the body is medium. It was a little thinner than I expected for an Imperial Stout, but it worked.

O) Nice beer... A pleasant sipper for the snifter. The 9.9 makes one bomber plenty for unwinding after a long day. Thanks Lagunitas, glad to recommend.

RoamingGnome, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of wilkinswesley
4/5  rDev +6.7%

wilkinswesley, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of xxcarpxx
4/5  rDev +6.7%

xxcarpxx, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Cougar990
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Cougar990, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 1/9/2012. Pours an almost pitch black color with a small khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, biscuit, molasses, raisin, caramel, prune, apple, roasted malt, light coffee, and herbal. Some pretty nice aromas with decent balance and complexity. The fruitiness is a little over the top at times. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, molasses, caramel, raisin, prune, coffee, and herbal. A fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, dark fruit, molasses, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Flavors were slightly off balance to what I was looking for, but there was still some good flavor complexity. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is quite nice. Alcohol is very well hidden at almost 10%, with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty nice imperial stout. Other than being a little too fruity; there are some nice roasted flavors that balance nicely with the beer, and it is certainly very easy to sip on for being 10%. Quite enjoyable, and certainly worth the 5 dollars I paid for the bomber.

superspak, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

vande, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev 0%

TonyTalon, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Converge
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours with a smaller-than-average head, darkish tan in color. Looks as black as any other imperial stout. Decent head retention, with an ever-present creamy cap of foam, that leaves some decent curtains of suds, but no real lacing. Leaves behind a lot of strange residue at the end of the glass.

S - Doesn't smell much like an imperial stout to me. Lots of dark, dried fruit and a bit of spice. Black cherries, dried plums, figs, and a dry, earthy spice. If this were a blind sample, I would assume this to be a BSDA or something. A bit of roasted malt and anise come into play, but are very subdued. I don't really get any cocoa/dark chocolate or coffee as one would expect with an RIS. Slight vegetal character, maybe tomatoes.

T - Opens up very fruity, with black cherries, currants, fresh and dried plums, and figs. Earthy spice in the middle, with bits of sweet fruit and metallic notes. Finishes with mild roasted malt, gentle spice, a touch of warmth and a hint of chocolate. No real astringency here. Very Belgian profile to be honest. Nutty flavors come out as it warms, with caramel malt and subtle molasses. Not very complex overall, and keeping style in mind this is a real miss.

M - Not really viscous and thick, but incredibly creamy. Low carbonation compliments the creamy smooth body. Not exceptional for the style, but still very good.

D - For a style of beer I rarely don't enjoy, Lagunitas really missed the mark with this one. A rather bland, uneventful representation of the style.

Converge, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz (2011) pours a deep cola brown w/ a 1-finger mocha head that settles to a thin film and collar. Looks pretty thin.

Aroma is bitter, dry, and sweet. Cocoa and dark roasted malt. Some notes of dark fruit and earthy nuts on the swirl. Pretty faint.

Taste follows nose. Bitter roasted malt, plentiful hops, bitter chocolate. Some plums and raisins. Tastes good, but not especially complex or interesting. I will say, however, that the alcohol is well-hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a bitter finish. Again, maybe a little thin for an imperial stout. Decent carbonation.

Overall a decent offering but nothing special.

draheim, Jun 13, 2012
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.