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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,411 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,411
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 47
Gots: 149 | 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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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black, monster 3+ inch creamy tan head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits like plum, coffee, sugars, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, cocoa and alcohol.

Taste - Sweet dark fruits, chocolate, malts and alcohol hits you at first sip. Lots of flavor and sweetness. Theres a decent amount of hop flavor also. Lots of coffee, sweet molasses and malts in every drink.

Mouthfeel - Thick, strong and sweet. Chocolate and malts coat whole mouth with sweetness, boldness and bitterness from the coffee. Palette is covered with mentioned flavors. Aftertaste is sweet with some slight burn from the alcohol.

Overall - Pretty good, plenty of coffee and sweetness, moreso then standard russian imperial stouts. Alcohol comes out a little too much as it warms but other then that, for the price and how tasty it is, its soild and worth a drink.

wvsabbath, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of longisland1983
4/5  rDev +6.7%

longisland1983, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of MaxPowers
4/5  rDev +6.7%

MaxPowers, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted may 29th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - uber dark brown/black as death, darkest tan two finger head and nice lacing

S - chocolate, sweet malt, brown sugar, molasses. Coffee, oak, cherries, vanilla, bourbon, rum, sweet red wine, port. This beer must smell amazing while brewing, wow!

T - molasses, brown sugar caramelized, charred oak, sweet red wine, cherries, medium bold coffee, dark chocolate, toasted barley, plum and almost a cake like flavor

M - chewy, sticky, low acidity, very long finish

D - this is a huge beer. But drinks very well. Huge chocolate and coffee. But balances with sweet fruit and oak. Hi alcohol content makes this a one and done

Final thought - $3, 10% ABV and another amazing beer from Lagunitas!

whatthehull, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of drbenderdo
4/5  rDev +6.7%

drbenderdo, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +6.7%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of derricksmalls
4/5  rDev +6.7%

derricksmalls, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of KnowYourCraft
4/5  rDev +6.7%

KnowYourCraft, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of truesolution
4/5  rDev +6.7%

truesolution, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of aoampm
4/5  rDev +6.7%

aoampm, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Furlinator
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a 1/2 inch head that settles to a film on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is dark chocolate up front with coffee, toffee, faint dark fruit and a hint of vanilla on the finish.

Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate and faint coffee with slight molasses sweetness on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is exactly what I expect from an Imperial Stout. Nice look, nice smell, solid flavor yet, no aspect jumps out enough to be considered world class. Very good.

Furlinator, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +6.7%

archero, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 03/04/13 notes. Had this on tap at Spring Lounge in NYC down on Spring St. 10 oz. pour in a tulip.

a - Pours a dark black color with one finger of medium tan head and high carbonation evident. Looks like a nice big stout.

s - Smells of bitter bakers chocolate, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Nice dark chocolate to it, pretty good nose.

t - Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, bitter chocolate, toasted malts, burnt malts, and some toffee. Really nice taste; sweeter than the nose which I like a lot.

m - Thick, full body and low carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; very nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall a nice stout. Not too strong and not as big as I was expecting, but looks nice and has a greta mouthfeel, and a nice sweet vanill and chocolate taste. Worth checking out, would like to have it again.

mdfb79, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of scootny
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark reddish brown with a tan head and light lacing. Slightly sticky on the glass. Smell is a rich blend of chocolate, cherries, molasses, mocha, vanilla and roasted grains. Taste follows suit with a nice coffee bitterness in the finish. Some brown bread and a hint of earthy hops gives and English aspect to the brew. Feel is akin to a frothy, creamy hot chocolate. Nice. A heavy gravity gives it a lovely girth while the carbonation is excellent. A solid RIS at a great price from a brewer that may give the best value for your dollar anywhere. Cheers

scootny, May 29, 2011
Photo of rkhaze
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark mahogany color with a nice tan head. Left good lace.
Really sweet roasted malt aroma with some chocolate and red fruit.
Roasted malt taste, caramelly sweetness, some red fruit and a bit of licorice. Tangy hop finish. Some nice flavors going on, just not of the "in your face" intensity of an Imperial Stout.
Pallid mouthfeel for the style. Great drinkability due to the thin body and well hidden alcohol.
Doesn't have the punch of a good Imperial. I totally agree with the majority of other reviewers of this beer. It's an enigma of the Imperial Stout style. A poor Imperial Stout but a tasty brew nonetheless.

rkhaze, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Deschutes Snifter from a 22 ounce bottle.

A: Black in color, although some light still tends to shine through. Head is eggshell in color, and quickly settles to a very thin film on the surface. Lacing is minimal.

S: Charred grain and espresso notes are dominant, with hints of dark fruit and molasses.

T: Much like the smell. Sweet notes of chocolate and raisin, long with molasses, followed by a dry, roasted malt character. Hops are noticeable on the tail end, with a warming, slightly boozy finish.

Notes: This full-bodied sipper has loads of flavor, complexity, and mouthfeel. Despite it's ABV, it's not overpowering. Another solid effort by the folks at Lagunitas. A tasty brew indeed.

WYVYRN527, May 22, 2011
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a two finger tannish colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of caramel and dark chocolate mixed with a rather nice dark roasted aroma. The darker aromas are a mix of roasted malt and coffee with them all being joined by a bit of a warming boozy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter flavor of caramel and chocolate with a nice hit of roasted malt flavor and a moderate presence of coffee mixed with some flavors of char. As the flavor advances it gains sweetness with some darker fruit flavors entering the taste and a light cream like flavor giving a more mocha latte like flavor when mixed with the roasted flavors. A lighter oat flavor comes to the tongue along this time enhancing the creaminess. Toward the end a lighter boozy taste can be detected on the tongue leaving a rather roasted and lightly warming and sweeter taste to linger in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. The creamier body and the lower carbonation enhance and compliment well the roasted flavors of the brew rather nicely and create a nice mouth coating feel.

Overall – The 9.9% abv is actually hidden very well which when mixed with the roasted malt, low bitterness, and the stronger fruit/caramel presence, make for a surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable sweeter imperial overall.

Darkmagus82, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of andrewjraab
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pitch Black with a moderate head and noticeable lacing. Malty, roasted nuts,velvety smooth mouthfeel. Semi sweet and semi dry chocolate give this beer a nice back bone.

Overall, this is a real solid imperial stout that is definitely worth a shot.

andrewjraab, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of snaotheus
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into large goblets

Looks very dark brown, almost black, poured with almost no head and consequently no lacing. Opaque, but visible small carbonation bubbles floating up the side of the glass. Smell is sweet with smoke and cherries.

Taste is sweet with smoke, cherries, maybe a little molasses, and a little chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thick and a little gritty. Pretty drinkable, but I think the sweetness would get to me after a while.

snaotheus, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of doughanson78
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark, almost pitch black. Light mocha colored, half finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring. Hardly any lacing at all.

S: Dark fruits. Roasted coffee. Molasses. Very light dark chocolate and caramel aroma.

T: Coffee. Sweet dark cherries. Smooth dark chocolate. Vanilla that was nowhere to be found in the smell. Tad bit of roastiness.

M: Medium to full bodied. Creamy. Good mouth coating. Medium carbonation. Hardly any perceptible alcohol what-so-ever.

O: This was a good RIS. Nice dark fruits like a Doppelbock, but the sweetness is mellowed out by hops (I would guess) that aren’t perceptible. Have no clue (except for slight buzz) that this contained 9.9% alcohol. Only being my 3rd RIS, the last two being this and a Yeti, I really want to try more of this style. Got a Stone RIS and Belgo Anise, and a Parabola waiting patiently. As I’ve read the hoppiness of RIS’s can vary, so if your into sweetness give this a shot.

doughanson78, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of AgingWarrior
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Poured a deep dark brown, but not black, with minimal reddish brown head. The head dissipated rather quickly and provided only minimal lacing.

Smells of chocolate and fruit. I think I smell dates, but not positive.

Taste is very smooth, with almost no alcohol burn they I normally associate with an RIS.

Medium body, smooth and creamy in the mouth.

Very drinkable stout. I could have easily drank another one... maybe two!

This may not belong in the RIS style, but it's a tasty and enjoyable brew nonetheless.

AgingWarrior, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with dark brown edges, thin tan head, not much lace. Smell: dark brown sugar, mild roasted note, a little date, in the background green spicy and leafy hops with a touch of alcohol. Taste: dark brown sugar, medium roast, greenish earthy and spicy hops. A rather drinkable and laidback, but not particularly complex RIS.

babaracas, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at BevMo at the end of March for $4.49.

Beer poured black with a nice off white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is roasted malts with hints of mocha.

Taste is roasted malts, some mocha, with enough hops to balance the huge amount of malts nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty tasty brew, nice amount of hops to give it a rough and tumble feel. Definitely a nice price point!

arizcards, May 25, 2013
Photo of IncanGoat
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Poured a very dark brown. Two finger tan head that sucks around for 5 minutes and leaves a good lacing down the glass.

S: Milk chocolate, raisin, coffee, cinnamon, slight tobacco.

T: Toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, raisin, black pepper.

M: Smooth, wet, carbonation is light once poured, but enough to bring out the aroma.

O: Fantastic stout for the price! If you know of a better stout that I can find in Cali for $5 a bomber, please let me know.

IncanGoat, Aug 20, 2013
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,411 ratings.