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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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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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jsanford

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

Pours a dark black with a foamy mocha head that settles to a thin ring and slight haze. Big aromas of dark roasted malt, berry jam, and chocolate. Taste is quite smooth, with more flavors of malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and dark berries. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a full body and lowish carbonation. Overall a solid RIS, very drinkable despite the ABV, and very affordable!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 15:28:01 | More by jsanford
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-12-2011 15:02:43 | More by alamode
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twelveinches

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-12-2011 06:53:49 | More by twelveinches
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-09-2011 05:27:36 | More by Exiled
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RXUYDC

Delaware

5/5  rDev +34%

12-09-2011 04:57:12 | More by RXUYDC
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stevecooks

California

5/5  rDev +34%

12-08-2011 08:55:36 | More by stevecooks
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leprakhan

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-07-2011 08:21:08 | More by leprakhan
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-07-2011 04:08:25 | More by HopStoopid120
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Donsmitty

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +34%

12-06-2011 19:00:21 | More by Donsmitty
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Texasfan549

Texas

5/5  rDev +34%

12-06-2011 01:09:53 | More by Texasfan549
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Stankonia

Idaho

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-05-2011 02:35:20 | More by Stankonia
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-04-2011 02:33:08 | More by bigred89
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AbbeyNORML

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-03-2011 15:36:09 | More by AbbeyNORML
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jjanega08

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No freshness dating on the bottle indicated.

A= Pours a thin looking almost brown color with a coca cola like head that never really forms into a head and really doesn't even make a skin on the top. The lacing is nonexistant because the head is nonexistant. It should be noted that unlike most imperial stouts this beer is translucent

S= This beer smells sort of like warm tootsie rolls. There isn't even much or a smell. Really weak on the front. A little chocolate in the nose as well as a little toffee I guess but nothing really heavy.

T= The taste is weak as well. Not much to it really. Actually tastes like a regular stout without the imperial punch. The alcohol is hidden as well making this most curious. Toffee and a little chocolate note in it. Nothing really crazy or interesting.

M= The mouth is terribly thin and weak.

O= Really disappointed in this beer. I typically love all things Lagunitas but this is a weak imperial stout. No real smell or taste or even weight on it. There are much better regularly avalible RIS out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 05:14:56 | More by jjanega08
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tbizzle0

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-03-2011 04:11:56 | More by tbizzle0
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-02-2011 03:17:41 | More by rab53
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meich75

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +34%

12-01-2011 16:32:14 | More by meich75
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-01-2011 00:05:33 | More by Rochefort10nh
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ccarney2

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Jet black body, no light gets through at all. It pours a single finger head that vanishes fairly quickly and leaves very little lacing down the glass.

Smell - Rather mild nose, lots of a bready smell and a good bit of sweetness from the grain. There is also a little bit of a vanilla scent too.

Taste - Starts off sweet with lots of roasted malt flavor and a little bit of a smokey finish. The 9.9% ABV is masked rather well by all of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation and viscosity, pretty average for this style in my opinion.

Overall - This was one of the less impressive Lagunitas brews that I've tried recently. I normally am extremely happy to sample one of their brews, but this stout was a little too simple. The sweet/smokey roasted malt was really the driving force behind this Imperial Stout and it completely dominated the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:41:20 | More by ccarney2
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-27-2011 23:55:37 | More by Satchboogie
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mactrail

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a different take on the RIS style. It seems more of a stew of flavors and less of the velvety bomb of some others. Rather sweet with raisin and fig flavors. Very fruity, like an Old Ale with the sweet vermouth flavors. Touch of licorice and toffee. A fair acidity with medium body rather than syrupy. Dark mahogany brown in the tulip glass. Nice carbonation in the mouth.

I can see people having differences of opinion on this but it's intriguing, it's powerful, and it's $5 for a big bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 05:53:04 | More by mactrail
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-22-2011 01:07:40 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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brandoman63

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-21-2011 15:46:40 | More by brandoman63
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

11-21-2011 06:05:58 | More by cfinch2
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber at World of Beer at North Hills 11/18/11. Split it with jtd1969.

Poured into small snifters. Pours pitch black with a thin, brown lacing of head. The nose has notes of rich chocolate, deep roasted malts, and dark fruit. The taste is rich, deep chocolate and roasted malts with some anise and licorice up front with a nice bitter finish. The balance in the flavors is perfect and the alcohol is noticeable but adds warmth and depth and does nothing to detract from the overall flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, and warm.

This is fantastic. It's smooth, full bodied, rich, delicious. I would have another one in a heart beat.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:11:15 | More by tdm168
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.