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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
86
very good

20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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California

4/5  rDev +2%

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EastBay_Nick

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-13-2013 21:28:53 | More by EastBay_Nick
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 02:02:17 | More by Libationguy
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GreesyFizeek

New York

2.9/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2013 08:15:14 | More by GreesyFizeek
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TGS

California

4/5  rDev +2%

07-01-2013 05:09:47 | More by TGS
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grahambo

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-27-2013 19:21:14 | More by grahambo
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largadeer

California

1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

06-26-2013 02:56:35 | More by largadeer
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Spaz7

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-24-2013 20:52:57 | More by Spaz7
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Paccamacca

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-17-2013 01:53:00 | More by Paccamacca
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-15-2013 18:50:17 | More by Texasfan549
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Horse_Mullet

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-12-2013 12:19:44 | More by Horse_Mullet
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Traymark

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-03-2013 22:27:35 | More by Traymark
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dcloeren

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

05-22-2013 20:06:40 | More by dcloeren
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elNopalero

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 07:08:43 | More by elNopalero
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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-05-2013 04:14:32 | More by archi348
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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev +2%

03-28-2013 04:33:48 | More by brotherloco
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2012 16:22:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Brandy Barrel Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.