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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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1,280 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,280
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 39
Gots: 118 | 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: 1,280 | 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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godlessape

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black gold, California tea. Poured this into a 20 oz nonic. The body is a midnight, impenetrable, take no prisoners black with a creamy brown head.
Coco coffee nose gives way to roasted barley with maybe, just maybe a hint of licorice.
Everything the nose picks up is right there on the palate. There is a slight booziness to it and that's fine with me.
The mouthfeel is soft and smooth--medium bodied.
Overall a great Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 03:30:00 | More by godlessape
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

04-21-2013 17:51:31 | More by powdersoldier
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DannyWils

New York

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

03-30-2014 19:46:22 | More by DannyWils
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-20-2013 05:46:30 | More by KiMiRaiK
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-27-2014 14:20:31 | More by sammyg832
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Vonhooeydonk


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

10-29-2012 03:06:42 | More by Vonhooeydonk
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htdoerge

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-30-2014 03:02:24 | More by htdoerge
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jbeezification

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

08-15-2012 02:33:03 | More by jbeezification
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

02-25-2012 02:56:57 | More by RandyBoBandy
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bootsdomino

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

02-26-2012 05:01:06 | More by bootsdomino
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TastingRoomCharNtony


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

12-22-2012 03:06:44 | More by TastingRoomCharNtony
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rjholcomb

California

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-01-2013 19:56:55 | More by rjholcomb
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irongator

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-12-2012 01:01:27 | More by irongator
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KFrank729

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

03-30-2014 17:59:15 | More by KFrank729
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KC9LDB

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

02-10-2013 04:59:52 | More by KC9LDB
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UnoMasBelgian

California

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-06-2014 03:09:01 | More by UnoMasBelgian
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

04-30-2014 01:29:59 | More by capuchinpilates
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DSkilling

California

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-09-2013 06:23:12 | More by DSkilling
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

09-20-2013 04:14:34 | More by Sir_Goatman
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longbongsilver

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a long time of the nearest decent package store being an hour away, I found this not too far from here. The magic words "Stout" & "8.20%" prompted me to grab a bottle.

Appearance: dark brown with a lot of head when poured, gradually turns pretty much black. Exactly what I expected.

Smell: hints of chocolate-like scent, some coffee-ish tones too. I kinda like ANY smell to good beer, so take w/ a grain of salt.

Taste: slightly hoppy at the beginning, overall creamy & surprisingly smooth. Doesn't taste like 8.20% at all. The malt hits the back of your tongue.

Mouthfeel: very little carbonation, light but w/ character.

Drinkability: A strong stout being this smooth is just nuts. I'd put it as "you can chug it, but you wouldn't want to". I savored it just because.

I will be stocking up, oh yes...

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 22:20:10 | More by longbongsilver
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latercol

California

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this in a 22 oz bottle at the local grocery store.

I poured this into a snifter. It is super dark brown and had to watch my pour to keep the head under control. The head rose quickly but also fell quickly. I need a bigger snifter as well, I filled it to the brim. Overall a nice appearance, could be more lacing.

Smell is wonderful with caramel and some fruity tones. There were no unpleasant qualities with the smell. The waft of alcohol was nice too. The smell gets better and stronger as the brew warms up. Could be stronger. I would have given a 5 if it was a little more "in your face".

Great taste. Caramel and fruits again. Not too sweet though. It was just right. The alcohol content is just right too. Nice warming effect.

Mouth feel is also excellent. Super smooth, super creamy and the carbonation feels nice. This has a medium heavy feel to it. Just what I was in the mood for.

I could drink several of these. They taste great and go down really easily.

Overall I really like this beer. It is near perfect other than the head problems I had. It may have been my own fault for trying to pour all 22 ounces into a snifter that was not meant for that. Other than that, this beer is on my A list.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 23:12:06 | More by latercol
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark brown color with an average chocolate brown colored head. There are lots of robust scents in the aroma mixed with caramel, vanilla, and coffee. The taste is silky smooth and robust. It is not overpowering by any means yet delivers a full flavor taste. There is a very complex taste of malts, grains, and extracts. Not the best stout on the market but pretty damn good for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 07:01:40 | More by Lemke10
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farrago

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finger plus of very dark brown foam, somewhat loose with more than a few islands of larger bubbles frothing up and popping away under the surface, lacing much slicker than expected, barely registers on the way down the glass sides. The liquid isn't really black, more like the darkest possible brown this side of black, razor thin aura of orange at the glass bottom. The nose is all about rich, milky chocolate, cocoa, vanilla fudge and caramel with a candied orange infusion, no substantial roast nor toast, just sweetness which also infects/infuses any hoppy pine, herb nuances, blindfolded you would think you were in a Hershey's factory. Full-bodied, softly contoured and expansive in the mouth, close to sloppy bear hug status. Cola, licorice and a lighter orange reduction swirled into the milk chocolate and caramel foundation. Carbonation is average to slightly below. Follows the nose with a good punch of pine and green matter, the hops sinewy and active under all the malts. That said, this is definitely a stout built for visceral pleasure above striving for either complexity or sheer brute power. Earns its place at that table, simplicity is not always an insult.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 05:10:19 | More by farrago
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber style bottle, poured a deep black, chocolate brown hue.

Nice head, great lacing... very good retention.

Extremely aromatic, sweet rich coffee, smooth... and earthy. Undertones of chocolate, dark chocolate bitterness.

An excellent beer, very aromatic, tasty and reminds me of just a full bodied beer perfect for those extremely cold days.

worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:18:25 | More by StevenBilodeau
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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