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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
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BA SCORE
87
very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 08-06-2009)
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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-30-2013 02:58:08 | More by Nage37
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EastBay_Nick

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-13-2013 21:28:30 | More by EastBay_Nick
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

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.

06-19-2011 12:48:52 | More by WoodBrew
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jmccraney

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-19-2012 00:06:43 | More by jmccraney
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leprakhan

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-07-2011 08:24:21 | More by leprakhan
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-13-2013 22:16:29 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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jsanford

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2%

01-27-2013 20:12:22 | More by jsanford
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OregonMicrobrew

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-19-2012 21:27:11 | More by OregonMicrobrew
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

02-19-2013 22:21:34 | More by phingdong
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Endocador

California

4/5  rDev +2%

07-24-2014 04:04:28 | More by Endocador
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geuze_gone_wild

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-28-2013 04:40:27 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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avaldivia

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-05-2012 00:38:39 | More by avaldivia
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NorCalYeti

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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

02-19-2011 22:18:11 | More by NorCalYeti
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4000qtrap

Missouri

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

07-18-2010 19:16:21 | More by 4000qtrap
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brotherloco

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-20-2012 05:33:52 | More by brotherloco
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-08-2014 05:04:42 | More by GClarkage
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

06-10-2012 19:04:16 | More by thewimperoo
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

08-06-2009 05:31:46 | More by Georgiabeer
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

02-05-2013 20:51:29 | More by VelvetExtract
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slaphappysnark

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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

06-14-2011 22:50:02 | More by slaphappysnark
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baybassboy

California

4/5  rDev +2%

05-14-2013 06:09:25 | More by baybassboy
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

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.

06-18-2011 19:50:55 | More by ChugginOil
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-14-2013 16:04:34 | More by drummermattie02
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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-16-2013 07:27:23 | More by jvillefan
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Sellen

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

07-19-2014 17:33:33 | More by Sellen
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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.