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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,451 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 49
Gots: 166 | 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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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Crazymaskdude, Oct 14, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +17%

vma, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well it's a beautiful looking beer. The head resembles a light-colored, frothy chocolate shake. The body is pitch-black and the contrast of these two colors is quite exceptional. I've poured the beer into an oversize wine glass and it's a sight to see.

A creamy, chocolate aroma emerges on the nose, again reminding me of a chocolate shake but with a bit of hop bite. There's some caramel and toffee adding more dessert suggestions. It's very pleasant. Something in there suggests oak.

Dark chocolate, caramel, oak and hops all swirl around on my palate. Faint notes of coffee roast and bitterness sneak in as well. I like this flavor. Good stuff.

There may be a bit more bitterness than one would expect from an imperial stout, which isn't a surprise coming from Lagunitas. Otherwise this beer is rich, full-bodied and of medium-carbonation.

I'm always a fan of Lagunitas and especially their prices and this is no exception. For $4, you won't find much else of similar quality and serving size.

ONovoMexicano, Oct 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

ChainChompsky, Oct 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

ZCW, Oct 13, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

Brian14608, Oct 12, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +9.6%

gclark_43, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Chrisc212, Oct 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

cherche, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Imperial Stout pours a black color with a small lacing head. There is a nice malty aroma with some black licorice notes. The taste is the same, nice creamy malty aroma, some notes of black licorice. A little watery, but still nice creamy body. Overall its a pretty decent beer, very creamy.

vette2006c5r, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

nabechu, Oct 10, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +9.6%

hall_matthew_bruce, Oct 09, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

benloho, Oct 07, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -6.4%

Slowpony97, Oct 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

t2grogan, Oct 07, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +10.6%

Ngntjp, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

DrChadly, Oct 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

birdsellam, Oct 07, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -1.1%

ZorroPlateado, Oct 06, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

mstanczak, Oct 06, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Feelin_Tipsy, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Kelan, Oct 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Jordanmtate, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +33%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 05.18.14.

A: 3 finger tan head with a slow pour. Midnight black with some red at the bottom.

S: Lots of fig. Raisin and cocoa too. Sweet smelling.

T: Fig, raisin, milk chocolate dominate. Cocoa and a slight roastiness are subtle.

M: Creamy smooth.

O: This was perfectly balanced. It had a slight alcohol warmth on the back end. The roastiness was not overdone. This really was a fantastic stout and for $3.82 on sale ($4.49 regular), it was an absolute steal. It is amazing how Lagunitas keeps prices so low for their fantastic beers.

Rating: A+

WAbeerfiend, Oct 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

SLewis, Oct 01, 2014
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.