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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,565 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 54
Gots: 191 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Excellent imperial stout.

Malts and roasts come through. So does the heat. However, not in any overpowering way.

Very smooth RIS. Nothing absolutely dominates the flavor. Almost perfect balance of flavors.

Like all Lagunitas offerings, fantastic value for the price!

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of CrazyMike
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black appearance with a thin amount of brown head that slowly settles down and leaves good lacing. Smell is very malty with a strong hint of hops, picked up some brown sugar and caramel as well.

Taste is very powerful and rich, picked up caramel, chocolate, coffee, cherries, roasted hops and malt; small hint of alcohol, but nothing significant. This is a very dark, but balanced beer so far, I find myself savoring it. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is lingering booze, caramel taste.

This beer is strong, but flavorful and good to drink. It’s fairly cheap for one bottle and one will probably do you for the night. If you come across it, don’t pass it up.

Photo of andrenaline
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha coloured head, decent retention but no real lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate off the top followed by fresh ground espresso beans.

T - The chocolate malts are the prominent flavour followed by a nice mellow espresso coffee finish. So dark, and so malty, I absolutely love it! Alcohol goes almost unnoticed, which was very nice, and there's a bit of a cherry flavour which lingers on the palette. Talk about a tasty dessert!

M - Nicely balanced carbonation, lighter than most other stouts I've had the pleasure of trying, and the finish leaves your palette wet in anticipation of more.

D - This stuff is pretty much amazing. I absolutely loved it, and was quite impressed by this offering. Lagunitas has yet to disappoint me, and this one ranks up there with the rest of them! Highly recommended to any stout fan, and a wonderful digestif to any meal!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Imperial Stout has a thin, beige head, thin lacing left on the glass, and a dark brown (essentially black) appearance. Aroma is of dark-roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, but the smells are rather faint. Taste is somewhat bolder, with added sourness, char, bitterness, and acidity. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Lagunitas Imperial Stout finishes powdery and strong. Overall, this does not have the boldness or intensity of Narwhal or Old Rasputin, but it is still outstanding.


Photo of EvoRich
4.59/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours black with a big fluffy head. Head retains for a shot period of time. Great looking beer.

Smell: Malty with hints of vanilla. Very faint coffee. The smell overall is very weak. The smell is good, just very hard to pick up.

Taste: Malty, hints of chocolate, with a slight, and I mean SLIGHT alcohol burn. A woody, barely, coffee like finish.

Feel: full bodied and creamy texture. The way a stout is supposed to be.

Overall: Pretty enjoyable. Not the best RIS I've had, but pretty damn good. Would certainly buy again.

Photo of Piotr63
4.59/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful brew.Full body.Black with brown head typical for stout.Hops are very present.
Aromas of carmel,coffee,vanila and chocolate.They only sell them in 22 oz bottles.After
I tasted it went back and got 2 cases.Superb.As far as brewery I recommend trying more of
Lagunitas.They make several different beers.Cheers.

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4.56/5  rDev +21%

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4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I paired this bad boy with smoky roasted chicken and Harissa-spiced potatoes. Wow daddy! It's roasted malt and subtle dark fruit and licorice spice danced wonderfully with the earthy spices and subtle heat in the food, each bringing out and accenting the other. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed this beer as much without the food pairing, but it was quite the experience. I will remember this beer for a long time.

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4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great stout, one of my favorite beers, and it a 10%+ beer without a acidic taste. I always buy this beer, and really enjoy it. Nice creamy head and wonderful taste. I like some of the Oregon Dark Beers and Stouts but this one is much better, very smooth beer, even with the high alcohol content and stout, it is still very smooth.

Photo of DannyS
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a half-liter glass. the rest was poured into a snifter for tasting purposes.

Look - Black as the ace of spades. Light cannot escape this darkness. Perched on top of this beery abyss is a finger of mocha colored head and loose globs of lacing. Exactly what a stout should look like.

Smell - heady roasted malts, maple, and mocha all collaborate to dominate this extremely active aroma profile. Holy hell this smells good.

Taste - Lower on the bitterness than I expected, boasting a rich, slightly sweet malty and grainy taste to compliment the bitter chocolate and coffee here. Actually most of the bitterness is just in the aftertaste. Lagunitas got this nailed down.

Feel - Smooth as velvet with a carbonation that foams up just right on the palate, giving it a full yet not too weighty mouthfeel. Finishes just a tad dry.

Overall - You can barely tell this is 9.9% ABV. It drinks so easily and tastes so darned good, you'll put this one away and fall off your chair before you can say "He's had enough!" This could go down as one of my favorite Impy stouts, and since it's so easy to find, that's just icing on this dark, decadent beer cake.

Photo of MattBrooks
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared this 22oz bomber with some friends the other night, and I was totally impressed. Imperial Stouts are my thing, and I usually like them black as night with tons of chocolate overtones...but this one's a little bit different. It has a serious toffee, coffee, caramel nose and flavors to go with that as well. It pours brown with not too much head, and the finish is a little on the hoppy side, but that's what they're known for. Excellent version of an Imperial Stout. I was impressed!

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4.52/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,565 ratings.