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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Georgiabeer on 08-06-2009

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 36
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours reasonably black. Brown edging. Nearly zero head.

S-The bourbon is very subtle. The overall nose isn't too intense either. Sweet without too much individuality to the aroma. Dark molasses and brown sugar. Lighter notes of roast. Sweet dark fruits.

T-Again the bourbon is very tame; too tame in my opinion. More of the same here. Dark fruit, molasses, scorched brown sugar particles. Light roast coffee and maybe a bit of chocolate.

M-Nearly cloying. Booze pops up but it doesn't really detract too much. Full bodied but it has a watery element to it; it thins out as it disperses throughout my mouth.

O/D-Not their best. Just a simple barrel addition doesn't always make a beer better.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one my first barrel aged imperial stout and it was a good starter. Everything from the appearance to the feel was typical for a RIS, but that bourbon really came through nicely on the nose and palate. The alcohol, as a result, was a little more prevalent than I may have liked in spite of the wonderful extras the bourbon brings otherwise. If you see it on tap anywhere, it's worth a go!

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Photo of shleepy
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Lagunitas on 6/12/2011 (going through older notes).

A: Black, with small off-white head.

S: Fruity, oaky, sweet/malty/syrupy; you know you're in for something complex and interesting; "evolved" roastiness.

T: Sweet and oaky, sugary/caramely; chocolate lingers win aftertaste; some black currant in lieu of roastiness; not a lot of acidity or any bitterness; couldn't quite call it roasty or toasty.

M: Thick, syrupy, very full bodied

O: Good stuff; complex and very interesting; thick, full bodied, and full o' flavor; can't drink quickly or in large amounts.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky to try Lagunitas Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout at the Hop Juice Fest yesterday. The appearance was black/dark....opaque could not see thorugh it. The scent was good definite hints of bourbon, roast/coffee and oak. The taste had a sweetness to it from either chocolate or possibly vanilla extract. Certainly could tell it was aged in a bourbon barrel. The mouthfeel was hurt soemwhat du to teh hot day....this beer would be best enjoyed on a cold/cooler day. The seemingly higer abv made the beer punchy.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured @ Hop Juice Fest 2011

Black with rusty edging. Barely any head. Big oak and vanilla nose contributed by the bourbon. Tastes like it smells! Pretty rich chocolate, oak, and vanilla upfront with a sweet butterscotch finish. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking in body. Kind of thin. Overall, great brew that packs a flavorful punch but could use a thicker viscosity.

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Photo of slaphappysnark
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, opaque, with a thin, tan head. Intense bourbon smell and flavor, lots of vanilla, wood is there but not too crazy. Quite smooth for 11% (I think?) but enough heat to keep me to sips.

Not what I thought I was in the mood for on our first warm weekend in a while, but it was definitely worth it.

On-tap at Lagunitas. I haven't had the base RIS

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

chocolate, tar, toast, sweet, roasted malt

boubon barrel barrel type at 11% abv

just like the cappuccino stout but with different base beer; otherwise, treatment is the same. fill the barrel and forget about it; remember it and then empty the barrel for consumption

sampled this at the bistro west coast barrel aged beer festival november 13, 2010

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Smooth and mellow, but still in your face bourbon. Moderately boozy, lightly woody with very nice oak caramelization notes. Raisins. Light, smooth roast character and a wiff of smoke.

Taste: Smooth roasty malts with sweet wood caramelization. Not overly roasty, its quite mellow and very drinkable. Bourbon comes through strongly in the middle carrying a moderate alcohol note that's a little heavy handed. Unexpectedly fizzy and a little thin but nice flavor. There is a full roasted quality but nothing is overpowering and is well balanced between the bourbon, roasted malts, and caramelized wood characters... But no real magic unfortunately. Finish dries out a lot and becomes ever so slightly bitter - while a littly grassy it seems mostly due to the roasted malts. Some boozy bourbon lingers on the finish.

Notes: Solid but not a standout.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on hand-pump at Barclay'son College in Oakland. Pours pure black with a very slight head and with some scant lacing. Huge Bourbon nose and lots of sweet vanilla, a touch of oak and with some roasty notes floating around in the background. Definitely tastes a little hot to start, followed by a long Bourbon finish, some slightly woody barrel notes complete with some tannins and some more medium roastiness. Hot and a little rough in the mouth. This beer has great potential, and already smells like its halfway to heaven, but it needs some more time to integrate and mellow out. It does loosen up some as it sits in the glass, and it is tasty, but it could be great, and for that it needs time.

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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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