Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
No frills, no gimmicks, no games; the highly roasted taste of imperial stout stands tall with Lagunitas' massive dark ale.
Opaque and onyx-black, the ale would likely crawl out on its own if not poured so quickly. Inky and like motor oil, the ale settles into the snifter unleashing a plethora of roasted sweetness. Molasses, dark chocolate, espresso and roasted nuttiness envelops the nose while the first taste take the senses to roasted marshmallows with its creamy and roasted sweetness.
Sweetness in tow throughout the center, the deep toffee elements support the dark-roast of coffee and bittersweet chocolate while the ale journeys from lush milkshake, through campfire burnt embers to conclude rummy and warm with peps of licorice peaking through late.
Full from start to finish, its decadent richness is sliced through with alcohol spice and thinning warmth. Its final bitterness is woodsy and as much of burnt coffee and chicory root as it is of hops. Its long coffee-like linger links up with the next sip effortlessly.
08-15-2014 18:20:59 | More by BEERchitect
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours a medium thickness, dark brown, off-white/caramel tinged one finger head that dissipates quickly.
Smells slightly like caramel corn, some chocolate, and roasted nuts.
Roasted malts are very upfront, slight caramel, and a bitter dark chocolate finish.
Mouthfeel is rather thin for my taste. Mainly roasted malt to the mouthfeel.
Overall this brew could use some thickness and could be more enjoyable in my opinion if the chocolate was more prevalent.
08-12-2014 22:02:45 | More by larryarms847
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
A- A solid jet black beer with a one inch off white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a decent amount of lacing.
S- Coffee and roasted malts on the nose with hints of caramel and biscuit somewhat but barely perceptible.
T- The nose carries over with roasted malts up front with a toasted bread taste mid palate, finishing with a malty sweetness and a noticeable burn of alcohol.
M- Dry, with a medium bordering on a heavy body with medium carbonation.
O- A decent Imperial Stout that is enjoyable and makes me love Lagunitas all the more for it!
08-11-2014 23:56:02 | More by gutbuster
3.65/5 rDev -2.4%
Did not try and break the date code on the bottle but I am assuming this beer is at least a year old as I pulled it off the clearance shelf. An imperial stout so a little age probably did it some good. Pours dark brown that is deep black in the glass. A massive head forms and then settles to a thick cap. Lacing does not seem to want to stick to the glass but some spotty lacing is left down the glass.
Aroma of roasted malt with hints of smoke, coffee, and tobacco. Some earthiness as well. Does not smell that deep or robust however.
Good big stout flavors from the malt but did not seem like the brewer got too creative. A touch of burnt bitterness to go along with a hint of smoke and tobacco. Also some subtle hint of chocolate and coffee to go along with a bit of earthiness.
Feels a bit thin for a big stout. Nice carbonation however.
A good affordable big stout that does not really do anything exciting by todays standards. Just wish for a fuller body as that was the big disappointment.
08-10-2014 19:32:24 | More by morimech
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.