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Lagunitas Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

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1,173 Ratings
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rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%


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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JerUrbans

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From bomber bottle to regular pint glass.

Aggressive poor leads to fizzy cream colored head. Nice black coffee color.

Strong bitter, strong coffee smell, not a strong alcohol smell, in fact no alcohol smell. This is a 9.9 % thought I would get a big alcohol smell.

Smooth taste that finishes with a bitter chocolate and somewhat acidy finish.

Creamy feeling and some what fizzy mouth feel.

Good beer would not be my first choice for an Imperial stout, but for the price I definitely don't feel like I got bad about drinking one. I like aging beer and I may pick one up to store for a year and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 02:40:25 | More by JerUrbans
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pgammad83

Texas

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- aggressively poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass, at first this beer developed a one finger head that quickly dissipated. However, it left some nice lacing. The second pour gave a very different result... a two finger head gave way to a quick (5 second) Guinness-like cascade, followed by a lacy, fluffy one finger head with a mix of small, medium, and large bubbles. This head stuck around a long time.

s- coffee, vanilla, burnt toffee,fig/raisin, and chocolate on the nose. Pleasant but somewhat subdued. Something I can't place that is almost like pancakes cooking on a buttered skillet.

t- at first, sweet in the mouth with some alcohol burn, followed by caramel and hop bitterness. Malty creaminess. Pumpkin. Coffee (grounds unfortunately), dark chocolate, and some herbals (thyme and coriander?) come to play.

m- IMO, thicker and more satisfying than some other reviewers have indicated. Could be this year's batch, or maybe I am just in a good mood... come on, let's face it tasting beer is art not science.

o- Very pleasant, ABV is high, and not unusually it is more present in the palate than the nose. I'm not in love, but I did enjoy the tryst. Overall a pleasant, sweet and complex, malty and earthy stout that I plan on revisiting... especially for the price (paid $4.20 at Spec's in Dallas for a 22).

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:04:21 | More by pgammad83
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vkv822

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Black, with a foamy, tan head.

Roasty, cocoa, with light espresso notes for the most part in both aroma and taste.

Medium body, foamy carbonation. Suitable, though my personal preference is just a bit more viscosity in an Imperial Stout.

Tasty, standard fare for a RIS. Certainly up to par, but nothing particularly memorable or thought provoking.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 08:06:49 | More by vkv822
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Kevin-Wieken

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Lagunitas Imperial Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Company
---from bomber to wine glass---

Appearance
Absolutely black with a thin khaki colored cap, very little lacing.

Smell
Dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, not much else here.

Taste
Sweet roasted malt, hints of coffee and bitter dark chocolate.

Mouth-feel
Astringent, medicinal tang. Over carbonated. Medium body with a dry whiskey like finish.

Overall
Weak at the nose. Minimal flavor. Bad mouthfeel. One glass and the rest down the drain. I've had better (most of em from Lagunitas)

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 18:53:52 | More by Kevin-Wieken
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled May 30th 2013.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English nonick pint.

a: Black with peripheral clear ruby highlights at the bottom when held to light. Three inch tall tan head dissipated to even surface foam and extensive patterned lacing.

s: Dark malt, later hints of dirty gym socks, but not enough to be bothersome.

t; Smoky dark malt with hops bitterness for balance. Less hop bitterness than some but definitely there. The almost 10% ABV is well concealed except for a little throat burn on the way down..

m: Light to moderate, seems heavier later. Very smooth.

o: A very pleasant easy drinking imperial stout. At its ABV level that is quite an accomplishment.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 05:33:25 | More by scotorum
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with two fingers of dense and creamy mocha head.

Smell - Roasted malts, coffee bean, dark fruits (cherry-like), touch of vanilla.

Taste - Roasted malts and coffee bean, dark fruit and an oak finish. Nice light bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Bit of creaminess in the body.

Overall - A well crafted and enjoyable imperial stout. Good roasted flavours and aromas. Would have liked to pick up on more of the flavours in the aroma, particularly the oak.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 06:30:46 | More by leaddog
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick black body, can hold a very respectable cafe-colored head if poured correctly. Carbonation is hard to determine due to the the opaqueness, but by the sound of it it is ample. Bottle art is in the standard large-font Lagunitas tradition, announcing the brew's style.

S: Super dark malt, hugely bitter, smoke and dark chocolate.

T: Not as bitter as it smells, still packs a punch with dark chocolate, roasted malt, and some strong hop bitterness, I even want to say there's a nuance of vanilla. Definitely dark though, and definitely enjoyable. Appreciably high ABV is hidden very well.

M: Very smooth, creamy, heavy but not overly so.

O: A really great beer, much more than I was expecting from a brewery that (from 90% of stores) looks like one focused on pale ales. Very dark and flavor-packed but not unpalatable-y bitter, even for those who aren't into IS's. A great value, too- 22oz for $6. Might become my new go-to winter IS.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 06:45:26 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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anarchia

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber. Pours black as you'd expect with a light brown head of foam that dissipates into what looks like an oil spill floating on top of the beer. Aroma is caramel, coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, hint of whiskey. Thick and almost creamy in the mouth, a tad astringent/acidic, mellow bitterness from the hops comes through in the end. More whiskey in the flavor than the aroma but it's surprisingly easy to drink given the ABV. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:28:39 | More by anarchia
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Near black but light certainly comes through. Solid tan head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- Nice roasted malts and coffee. Some toffee and caramel. Slight roasted grain and pine hops. Not mind blowing, but i like where we are headed.

T- Follows nose well. Quite smooth. Not quite as complex as others of the style. Straight forward with intense roasted nuts. I enjoy coffee and espresso profile of this, but I am still left wanting more. Flavors are a bit subdued for a brewery that usually pushes the envelope.

M- A bit thin for the style. Mid body, fair drinkability. The saving grace is the hidden alcohol.

O- Wont be purchasing again. The price point is sexy, but the overall character of this beer is nothing more than average.

$3.49 for a bomber bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 03:03:40 | More by Bosoxfan20
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 05:21:32 | More by andrewjraab
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Furlinator

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:57:20 | More by Furlinator
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USAF77

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'll echo what most say here. Once again lagunitas does something just a little different. Like with their lagers I'd have no problem picking this stout out of a taste test.

A decent pour, a tad quicker then other stouts. Not much head but decent lacing. A lovely dark coffee color with low key carbonation rising. Very dark but a pretty stout.

Which lead me to expect a more aggressive taste. I get a smooth, grainy coffee but before i could say "weak" I feel the alcohol all the way to the pit of my stomach and the taste sticking to the top of my mouth as a strong stout should. This is a smooth refreshing stout, but its a stout.

I get a little cherry, coffee, malt in the smell too. Not a stout you buy for the smell but surely not one you'd turn your nose from. A nice brew crafted well. And just a little different.

I could see this brew going well with food. Most of all beef.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-29-2013 20:23:14 | More by USAF77
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10 oz snifter.

A Jet black. Frothy lingering tan head. Nice lacing where the head dies.

S Very weak. Some notes of coffee and malt but not much comes through. Weird.

T Quite different from the smell. Very flavorful. Roasted malts. Raisin. Dark chocolate. Coffee beans. Hops (this is a Lagunitas brew after all), this creates a nice bitterness on the tail end that lingers. Some heat.

M Rich, full, foamy. Boozy finish.

O Lagunitas, in this reviewers opinion, makes the best IPAs in the universe. They also make some damn fine stouts. Cappuccino Stout is awesome. BACS is one of the two or three best BA stouts I've ever had. This brew doesn't stand up with the former two, but it's still damn good. Rich and flavorful. I'm still confused as to why the aroma is so weak. Nevertheless, that's basically unimportant. Really good stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:59:04 | More by PieOhMy
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is one of those beers that makes me wish beer advocate had a rating for price. I think anyone who likes lagunitas, stouts, hops, black ale or black ipas needs to try this beer. It's a five dollar 22 oz bottle!
Hoppy just like the rest of their beers, i'd classify this as an imperial porter or a black ipa. It does not have near the body thickness that it need to be an Imperial stout. It is much more hoppy than most r.i.s. I've had, not that r.i.s. cant be hoppy (Brau Brother's Ivan the Great is THE hoppiest stouts, [fresh of course] that I have ever had) There is not much of the normal aromas and flavor depths that you get from most r.i.s. either. some booziness and roasted malts and hops in the aroma and the flavor is pretty much the same, booziness not really well masked. the price is definitely the best thing about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:46:34 | More by Beerlover
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Cheshire_Crew_Al

Texas

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bought as a single bomber

pours dark, deep brown, 1-2 cm tan head, decent lacing, has a really nice semi-syrupy look as it pours

S: get hints of caramel and smokiness, dark chocolate, in and amongst, you get a hint of that sharp alcohol odor coming through, but between that, there's also a hint of nuttiness, almost kind of a hazelnut type odor

T: reflected by the smell, the only problem I have is that the booziness cuts through it a bit at times, this is minor, overall, it's a very good beer

M: light carbonation, creamy feel, overall very smooth, the slight booziness improves as it warms

O: solid beer, I've had better stouts, but this is excellent overall, perfect for after dinner with dessert

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:40:27 | More by Cheshire_Crew_Al
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours dark brown, almost black. Tan head retains pretty well. Spotty lacing.

S: Carob and cocoa. Nutty and crusty. Molasses. Caramel and toffee. Fruity scents of apple and berry.

T: Heavily toasted crust, milk chocolate and cocoa. Nutty. Hints of molasses and fudge. Burnt sugar. Berry fruitiness, maybe some dates and figs. Spike of alcohol. Tropical hop tastes are a bit hidden. Crust, cocoa, and alcohol on the finish.

M: Thick body. Chewy, somewhat sludgy. Weighty. Moderate carbonation.

O: Not the big, bold, roasty interpretation that most brewers today have latched on to. Alcohol is a little too hot and forward, but this may diminish with time. It does seem to drink like a beer that is too young. It would be interesting to see what time would do. The abv is there, but the beer just doesn't seem to have the type of malt body that would smooth and mellow out like some do. It's priced very well, but even still I don't see it making much noise in this market when there are other quality options readily available, particularly in the 4-pack 12oz format.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 00:40:35 | More by ryan1788a5
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Labeorphile

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Pitch black with ruby highlights when a flashlight shone through. Giant thick tan head with moderate lacing.

Nose was mostly chocolate, improving as it warmed. Some raisin.

Flavor was dark chocolate early, and then again late. Very pleasant flavor, with not much alcohol warming noticed, given the high ABV. Also improves greatly as it warms.

Thick creamy mouth feel makes this a very delicious and enjoyable beer. Just watch out for the punch...

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 22:55:05 | More by Labeorphile
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jkshield

California

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: This beer had the appearance of a great stout. A deep dark brown that was complemented with a lighter froathy head of about a cm and a half. The head did dissolve quicker than I a had hoped and didn't allow for the creamy head mustache I like for at least the first few sips.

Smell: Roasted coffe beans, espresso, cherries, bittersweet chocolate,

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, Espresso, and then it ends with a bit of a sweet cherry undertone. It really itsn't that creamy for a stout, but it even lacks a little bit of complexity with the hops. Knowing laganitas brewing company. I was super excited to try their imperial stout becauase they are usually so good with their full bodied malt combinations, but I felt they could have better with this one.

M: it left me with a bit of a dry mouth. It did not quench my thirst but rather a alcholic after burn that made me want to drink more just to get that taste out of my mouth. I think they should have added more vanilla or toffee or something to make it smoother

O: I mean it was good, but I was expecting greatness from lagunitas because of their other beers having such a well balance hop and malt combination, which I thought would come through especially well in a imperial stout. Still it was a solid beer, but just a little expensive for the other options out there

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 07:49:15 | More by jkshield
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smpeterson327

California

4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Very smooth, yet strong chocolate notes mixed with a very high ABV. Initial taste is very strong stout taste with a great chocolate follow, almost some cherry notes mixed in.

Not a very high retention beer, but leaves a great mark. Probably the best bomber that I could buy for $4.95. I'll continue buying this beer because of the fantastic taste mixed with the unreal price.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 05:06:21 | More by smpeterson327
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was excited to try this beer because I love imperial stouts but I think this one was missing something. It tasted like it wasn't aged long enough but hey what do I know.

Appearance - 3.50 - This beer is a nice dark brown almost black color with a light khaki head of loose bubbles that dissipates quickly. Head leaves no lacing. Pours like soda.

Smell - 4.00- Roasted, chocolate, coffee, espresso, vanilla, dark fruits, great smelling beer.

Taste - 4.00 - A lot of roasted malts, coffee, espresso, a little bit of chocolate, raisin bread. Not very complex at all. No real creaminess, dark fruits not really present. I'm starting to realize why this Imperial Stout is so much cheaper than the others. It lacks maturity.

Mouthfeel - 3.75 - This beer is like wearing an Imperial Stout condom. There's no change in the sensation with the exception of THE COMPLETE LACK OF IT. It just tastes light for an imperial stout, leaves a very light roasty aftertaste, has no alcohol warmth at all (I guess a good thing for newbs?). It's lacking.

Overall - 3.75 - This is being generous. I have an issue with breweries that I know use advanced techniques that I can't accomplish in my own home with a 5 gallon plastic bucket and a brew pot, who still come out with beer that's equal to my quality. This beer is a great example. At least Lagunitas has Hop Stoopid so it has one affordable beer to compare to top ranking beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:27:00 | More by ISmith87
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IncanGoat

California

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 02:52:50 | More by IncanGoat
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MaineBrewing

Maine

4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - poured pitch black with slight ruby highlights and a massive 3+ finger dark tan head. Head was a really thick creamy texture and lasted a bit leaving lots if sticky lacing behind. Really great looking overall.

S - notes of black malt, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt smokiness. Nice piney hop notes wafting through. Subdued but present alcohol, a pleasant fruityness as it warms with notes of raisin and toffee.

T - Lagunitas can't part with their hops. Flavoring hops are present with piney notes along with the dark stout character of roasted malt, coffee and bakers chocolate. Finishes nice and bitter with a contrasting sweetness from the malt and ample IBUs. nice balance in the end, maybe a little heavy handed with hops up front, but I like the very American interpretation at the RIS.

M - thick with ample carbonation for the style, goes down really smooth the 9.9 % is surprisingly not noticeable.

O - this scores big points for value, and sticking to Lagunitas's style of hop heavy handed-ness, providing an experience that can be enjoyed again and again with reasonable availabilty and price. I think that this is an RIS I would opt not to cellar, the high hop aromas and flavors stick about from the standard heavy malt roastyness of the many examples of the style out there and make this unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:23:27 | More by MaineBrewing
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger mocha head that reduced to a small foamy layer. Super nice lacing from the reduced head. It is a pitch black color with no clarity, but off white mocha bubbles can be seen coming up the glass. More lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted oats, mocha, roasted coffee, smoke, a little booze, tobacco,

Taste: Roasted coffee, smoke, oats, chocolate, bitterness, and a little booze.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, full bodied, a little chewy, a little warming alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid RIS here folks. Lagunitas has yet another solid beer. Another please.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:53:03 | More by Flounder57
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout opens to a rich, malty aroma, yeasty rising whole wheat dough and fresh-baked brown breads dominating. Following closely behind is an assortment of darker notes, including tobacco, ash, toast crust, and coffee, these notes tempered by a heaping dose of caramel, toffee, and heavy cream, as well as bits of pure vanilla bean. Fig, date, plum, raisin, and black cherry fruit esters add further complexity and sugar, the sweetness large enough that the bottle’s mouth is sticky. The 9.9% ABV is not overly noticeable, but it does impart a very light bourbon/port aroma (though this is not barrel aged) that blends well with the dark fruits. As a whole, the nose is very nice, with a massive amount of dark sugars and a good ash underbelly. Surprisingly absent, given the beer’s 72.45 IBUs, is a strong hoppy presence, but that shouldn’t be held against it, given the strength of the sugars. The main fault here lies simply in strength, the nose needing a bit more oomph.

On the tongue, the beer starts off dark and ashy, the initial hit being one of tobacco and ash, with bits of coffee and toast crust thrown in. This is followed quickly by a massive wave of sugars, the majority of them being the dark fruit esters from the nose—fig, raisin, date, plum, black cherry—but with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and heavy cream added for potency. Thick brown breads and yeasty whole wheat dough, as well as chocolate malt and threads of dark chocolate, add a nice base. The hops do bring in nice measures of pine and anise, complementing the fruit esters. The high ABV is mostly hidden, but bits of bourbon do come through. The aftertaste is a slightly ashier version of the main mouthful, the sugars dying off, but the ash and bitterness lingering for a good while. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, Lagunitas has done a very nice job with this Imperial Stout, offering a massive and well-balanced flavor range that should please fans of the style. There’s not necessarily anything game-changing about the beer, but what it does, it does very well.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:59:25 | More by jondeelee
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black color with ruby edges. About a fingers worth of tan head that lasts for a long time and leaves some nice lacing

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and anise up front with a hint of coffee in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malts and dark chocolate and goes into a fairly strong anise presence. Coffee is present towards the end as well. Alcohol not noticeable

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy

O: A solid imperial stout from a brewery known for their hoppier beers. Quite underrated IMO, but I don't mind anise and I know people that just flat out hate it. Not the most complex imperial stout either, but it's still solid and very drinkable. Great price point as always from Lagunitas

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 03:43:23 | More by BEERMILER12
Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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