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Brandy Barrel Imperial Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brandy Barrel Imperial Stout
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BA SCORE
87
very good

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 16.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 10-15-2012)
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Reviews by Libationguy:
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3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lagunitas lists the ABV as 10+%.

Dark brown color with deep ruby hues. Thin deep tan head with little retention.

Thick, rich, lazy alcohol notes on the nose. Cherry pipe tobacco and cherry cola, tomato leaf, soy sauce, deep roasted malt. In some ways, it feels like PX Sherry.

The pipe tobacco lingers on the palate, bitter-sweet chocolate, mocha, soy, fig against a light hop background.

Very heavy mouthfeel. Really rich, thick texture that lays across the finish of the beer.

Libationguy, Jul 08, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery/taphouse, summer 2012. Pours out a black and brown mixture of liquid, very thin head on it, dark beige, not much for lacing or retention. As a person who doesn't like to drink brandy, I usually find the aroma imparted from a brandy barrel upon an imperial stout to be just delightful, and this one was no different. Warming sweetness, soft wood touch in the aroma, the burnt malt is not so omniprescient like it normally is here, talkin' about the base version.

Taste, same thing, you bring out a lot of the sweetness, sweetness usually is helpful in covering up alcohol, and it fits the bill here, alcohol, under the covers. The heavy roast, bitterness and hoppiness of the base version plays well with its near opposite, a wet, sweet oaky brandy presence. Tastes nothing like brandy, just smells like what it is, a brandy barrel that had the imperial stout put in it. No longer abrasive in terms of its burnt toast roastness, bitterness or hoppiness, it made for an imperial stout that both myself and old lady really dug.

Would recommend.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Beerontwowheels, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Lionheart Blues Cafe in Albany, NY.

Pours a dark brown, with a one inch head and no lacing.

Smells include pure booze and brandy, no real stout aromas.

This is one boozy mother of a beer. The barrel takes over the stout, only a little bit of roasty flavor is noticeable. A bit of tobacco and chocolate maybe, but so much brandy flavor and medicinal alcohol that it's a chore to drink. So disappointing.

Medium bodied, a little thin for the style. Creamy mouthfeel.

This one was a huge miss for me, had high expectations for it.

GreesyFizeek, Jul 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Spaz7, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.9%

largadeer, Jun 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

grahambo, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

dcloeren, May 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

imyourhero21, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

brotherloco, Mar 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

archi348, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a dark cola color with creamy coffee-tinged foam. There’s a rambunctiously big boozy aroma, more alcohol than coffee/roast which says to me the barrel dominates. The flavor has a lot of the booze on it as well with some sweet stout notes. There’s a slight tartness/souring to it, as if the brandy barrel had some other bugs in it? Not what I expected but still an enjoyable, interesting sipper. And the ABV will creep up on you so be careful.

elNopalero, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Traymark, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Texasfan549, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DIPAFAN, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Paccamacca, Jun 17, 2013
Brandy Barrel Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.