Lagunitas Imperial Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout
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3.82/5
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2,183 Ratings
Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
2010 8.2% abv

Added by kbub6f on 08-31-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,856
Reviews:
720
Ratings:
2,183
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
484
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,183 |  Reviews: 720
Photo of Prankk
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wati47
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerNCue
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with some light penetration. Offers a brown head that recedes to brilliant lacing showing you all your sips. Smells of coffee and a roasty maltiness beyond it's price range. The taste is smooth, roasted coffee, light hops and a little smokiness. It's not too thick, and rolling it around in your mouth it develops a creamy texture. Well done.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black. The head is dense and brown. The retention on this is ridiculous. Its not going anywhere. Lacing is great to boot. Lots of thick sticky rings around the pint glass.

Smells like plums and raisins. Getting a hint of coffee. Or course toasted malts. Smells a bit smokey as well.

Taste of dark roasted malts. Semi sweet dark fruits through the middle. Coffee is light on the taste with chocolate being more dominant. Alcohol is surprisingly toned down considering the abv but is there. Finish is mildly bitter with a lingering roasted grains flavor.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Like drinking silk. Carbonation is soft and pleasant.

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Photo of yaksurf
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rpidelt
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with a creamy tan head. Very good retention. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa, soy sauce, caramel, pumpernickel bread, vanilla, raisin, black cherry, coffee, licorice/star anise, earth.

T: Dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, milk chocolate, and a huge amount of soy sauce and beef broth upfront. Pumpernickel bread, black cherry, raisin, caramel, toffee, and vanilla follow. Finishes with some black coffee, earth, black licorice and star anise spice, and then a lingering black coffee bitterness.

F: Medium-plus, almost full-bodied. Rounded and creamy. Moderately carbonated.

O: An outstanding imperial stout. I don't know why it gets the low ratings. It's fully up to the par, borderline world-class.

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Photo of jaytee4290
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer. Its flavor, mouthfeel and other characteristics were not so novel that made it a noteworthy experience, rather I think it's a tight wonderful example of the brew style. Every aspect of this beer seemed to be "correct".
Definitely worth your time to experience.

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Photo of Salinesnake
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matodowd
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samlover55
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
No noticeable date code but bought it about a year ago
L- pours a dark black with tan head
S- vanilla, chocolate, coffee
T- dark chocolate, vanilla, roasty smokiness, bitterness as well
F- full-bodied
Overall a solid Impy Stout with surprising notes of vanilla, usually noticeable in Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts

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Photo of Allyournamesarebelongtous
4.71/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm a plebeian or too proletariat to understand these complex beer reviews noting flavors of Indonesian cinnamon and floral bouquets of white lilies. Maybe my palate is just not not refined enough to be able to tastes all these incredible things people are tasting. I'm am surprised this imperial stout is not rated higher though. I have tried many, and this is my favorite. It also happens to be the cheapest in my neck of the woods. 22 Oz. bottles for $3.99. It's rich and chewy like any imperial stout. I find it to be very easy drinking too. I'll try my hand at flavors noted. Coffee and dark chocolate come to mind. The very rich flavors tend to hide the high alcohol content, as with most imperial stouts.

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Photo of deac83
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coffee, roasty, Smokey

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Photo of REVZEB
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, roasty, and the hint of hops that the west coast stout provides. The malt and coffee meld well with the hops and coffee aromas. Taste is pretty bitter, but not atypical for the range of the style. A very solid to good stout and price wise a great value

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Photo of Roberto11232
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sylvesterjones
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours opaque, black in color with minimal head. Taste is char and milk chocolate. Heavy bodied, low carbonation and roasty. Makes for a solid stout. Will get this again.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kyle1234
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of detgfrsh
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Jet black with a lacing of bubbles. Not much smell, a faint hint of smoky malt. Full-bodied. Taste is very smooth, with a mix of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and a touch of bitterness at the end. A solid example of the style and good value for the price point, but it could be better.

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Photo of alfascencio
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 2,183 ratings