Imperial Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #508
Ranked #19,383
3.83 | pDev: 12.01%
Feb 17, 2022
Aug 31, 2001
Very Good
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Notes: Having downed his fourth Imperial Stout of the day, the wild eyed charlatan from Voldvrostronglaky belched and hollered for the Czarina to enter his chamber and bend herself to his will. The economy was a wreck and revolt was just around the corner. Nicky the Czar dude was off playing soldier like any pale nobleman with a hemorrhagic skin condition would. Such were the final days of the old empire. Reactionary, decadent, sputnik, stroganoff, weird, and drunk. But even as the proletariat countryside labored under inhuman conditions and the threat of being sent to a futile war in the east, they wisely took the time to slam back an Imperial Stout or two. After all, life can be a real 'suka' as they said in the old country. Big, black, bourgeois, Bolshoi, belligerent, buxom, and scary. This is our version of the end of an era in a bottle.

2010 8.2% abv
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4 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands on Feb 17, 2022
3.94 by bismarksays from Iowa on Jan 10, 2022
3.84 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 15, 2021
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3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

650 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.9%, OG 1092, IBU 72.45. Very dark brown to black colour, ruby in the highlights, large beige head. Moderate aroma, mild coffee notes, hints of dark chocolate. Sweet flavour with plenty of coffee, dark chocolate and liquorice, some bitterness in the finish. Quite good.

Apr 18, 2021
4.4 by Argail from Louisiana on Dec 21, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mycousinvinny from New York

L- Pours a dark brown with a two finger, tan head. excellent lacing.
S- Nice chocolate malt smell
T- chocolate malt. right amount of bitterness.
F- Nice complexity and bitter amazing wonderful feel.
O- lagunitas still blows my mind and always a great brew

Dec 08, 2020
3 by MrCPMJ from Texas on Jul 24, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by eatsluggs from Oregon

Not my favorite of the style.

Jul 21, 2020
4.36 by Chris20 from North Carolina on Jul 07, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

this was great and also screw putin, America wins again.
do it for America. they did.

or something.
shit, I'm drunk guys.
but this stout is great.
not like one of THE greats, but it's wet and sweet and dry in all the right places.
I rated this stone-cold-sober and figured I'd come back and scrape out the details.
that clearly didn't happen. but here we are.

Jul 01, 2020
4.29 by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon on Jun 01, 2020
4 by TallGuyCM from California on May 29, 2020
4.44 by chiefz1 from New York on May 02, 2020
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4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by classysax from Oregon

So rich and full. Chewy! Even my wife loved it.

Feb 23, 2020
3.74 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Feb 22, 2020
4.17 by Burgy from Minnesota on Feb 22, 2020
3.98 by Grinky from Illinois on Feb 05, 2020
4.27 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 03, 2020
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mister_Faucher from Washington

22oz bottle picked up at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Served in a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Look- Opaque dark brown, almost black color. Modest khaki colored head that slowly recedes to a small ring of foam around the edges of the glass, light lacing. No carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Roasted coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar, chocolate cake, licorice, a little dark fruit, spicy/herbal notes.

Taste- Toasted malt, coffee, licorice, bittersweet chocolate and raisins, burnt sugar/maple syrup and vanilla, a little light spicy hops.

Feel- Medium bodied, a bit syrupy with a smooth texture. Slightly bitter finish, moderate/light carbonation on the tongue.

O- A nice imperial stout, not a top tier one but tasty none the less, taste improves as it warms.

Jan 08, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by fedt from Arizona

Laguintas Imperial Stout, 9.9%, poured from a bomber to a glass
L: Dark brown, opaque, super thick medium brown head
S: Nose is a little weak, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, little nuts, and vanilla.  Picked up some notes on rust and musty smell too (?)
T: Chocolate donuts, cappuccino, roasted nuts, roasted coffee, little bit of smoked chile. Bitter-sweet (literally) finish. Note of burnt sugar sweetness that persists. Taste is a lot more sugary than deep malty flavor.
F: Medium body, hides ABV well, well-balanced, OK finish
O: Overall this is OK but not crazy about it compared to many other excellent imperial stouts. This is a solid 4.

Jan 05, 2020
4.23 by TCMike from Minnesota on Dec 15, 2019
4.5 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Nov 24, 2019
3.96 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Nov 02, 2019
4.21 by eGAK_009 from Oregon on Oct 27, 2019
3.92 by gooddaydiablo from Texas on Oct 12, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by maxarvo from England

Surprised by how good this is; for a nearly 10% stout, it’s very drinkable but, most of all, I have never tried anything this good for anywhere close to this price. I agree with the other reviews- this should be a go-to for a great affordable stout available in stores that don’t have a beer focus

Oct 07, 2019
4 by Samnem from Georgia on Sep 12, 2019
4.18 by Barettes from Washington on Aug 04, 2019
4.25 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Jun 23, 2019
4.18 by nruhlig from Minnesota on Jun 18, 2019
3.98 by samuelsiprelle from Texas on May 24, 2019
4.06 by MercInc from Wisconsin on May 19, 2019
5 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas on May 16, 2019
4.19 by grinreeper from New York on May 10, 2019
3.84 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 24, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

22oz bottle. Date code etched on bottle is '0-1 311 18D-1'.
Dark brown to black colored body, with ruby back lit highlights. Two fingers of tan head with lots of bubbles. This sticks around as a thick cap, with the lacing reaching up the glass.
Aroma is heavy with dark roasted malts, with some char, molasses, booze, and vanilla peeking out.
Taste is a good balance between the dark malts and the piney, earthy hops. There is a note close to cherry, along with the char and molasses. Also has chocolate, coffee, and slight vanilla. Slight bitterness at the end.
Full mouth feel, with a very creamy texture. Good carbonation.
Not complex, but made very well for tasting the dark side of beer. The alcohol is there but not overly boozy.

Apr 08, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by aatazebeats from Texas

Excellent. A great balanced stout. Smells like dark cocoa, nuts and I wanna say a subtle smokiness. Has a very balanced blend of hops and toasted malts, with a perfect sweet finish. Feels very smooth and does not feel like a 9.9% ABV, rather it feels more like a 6. Excellent beer, Definitely would recommend.

4.23 - A
Wow, Very Impressed

Apr 08, 2019
3.96 by cambabeer from New York on Apr 06, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Agemar from Arizona

Rich chocolate notes. Slight alcohol bitterness but pretty well hidden for 9.9%! Medium to full bodied. Highly recommended for the price. I paid $4.50 for the bomber. Great beer for stout lovers and newbies looking to try out the style. Not world class but very tasty and worth the price of admission at least once. My go to imperial when I don't have the cash for the heavy hitters like tenfidy,KBS, etc.

Apr 04, 2019
3.78 by Edy-Cantarero from New York on Mar 30, 2019
Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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