Lagunitas Imperial Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #798
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,859
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.95%
Reviews:
727
Ratings:
2,229
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Summer
Wants
  90
Gots
  503
SCORE
87
Very Good
Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout
Notes: 2010 8.2% abv
Reviews: 727 | Ratings: 2,229 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by TrueOregonian:
Photo of TrueOregonian
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very decent imperial stout.
Nothing really stands out to me.. I get a well balanced stout that is smooth though.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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 LovingCup
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a little bit like motor oil with a decadent mahogany head. Got that big roasty and toasty smell. Smells more cocoa than espresso. You know its got all the signs going for it. Tastes rich and dark. bittersweet chocolate. caramel. maybe a touch of espresso. clean and creamy mouthfeel. touch of booze in a good way. Nothing crazy out of the box, just a well done imperial stout.
9.9% abv, $4 all day for a bomber? Sold! Perhaps I'm bumping my score up a bit because of this, but it's hard not to take into consideration.

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Photo of Antbox530
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn good RIS.

Almost as good as old rasputin. Slightly less flavor and complexity, still one of the better stouts I've had. I'd give it number 4 behind Campfire stout, Old Rasputin, and breakwater's salted caramel. Almost a tie for third.

When you factor in the price (4.99 a bomber) it moves up to number 2 behind Old Rasputin.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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 BeerNCue
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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 TheItalianStallion
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A: Pour is a very dark brown/light black with a huge 3 finger head of off white colored foam. Lots of lacing and a faint amount of light penetrating the edges of the beer.

S: Aromas of sweet chocolate with subtle roastiness. Surprisingly some floral hops coming through as well. The nose isn't as big as I would expect for a beer of this style.

T: Subdued flavors of roastiness and sweet chocolate. Finish is dry with some lingering bitterness. Just like the nose, the flavor isn't as big as I would expect for an imperial stout.

M: Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and medium-high amount of carbonation. Alcohol slightly detectable on the finish.

O: Overall this wasn't bad, but it wasn't as rich and robust as I'm used to for beers of this style. It seemed more like a stout then an imperial stout to me. In my opinion the aromas and flavors were a bit too subtle.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Lagunitas Imperial Stout pours from the bomber a deep charcoal/onyx black with a big foamy two finger tan head that nearly spills over the top of my glass. Very active carbonation...maybe a bit too much. Aromas of dry, chalky cocoa powder, mellow roasted malts, a hint of day old coffee and some citrusy hops peek out as well. Really toned down and quite honestly boring...not what I look for in an imperial stout.

First sip brings an upfront dry roasted maltiness that imparts a grainy chalkiness on the roof of my mouth. Sprinkled with cocoa powder and an underpinning of brewed coffee. Citrusy hops hit the back of the palate on the way down. Slight lactic twang. Nowhere near what I expect from an imperial stout...much more along the lines of a standard stout.

Mouthfeel is actually quite thin with bubbly carbonation. The big malty chewiness I've come to adore in a RIS is nowhere to be found. A middle of the road stout that doesn't really grab my attention. I think I'll be passing next time.

Current CD: Jake Mandell - Love Songs For Machines

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Photo of Allyournamesarebelongtous
4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
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 MacStinson
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottling. Poured from a bomber into a Chimay chalice.

Look - I read a couple reviews that said "dark brown". I'd say it's closer to black, given the vagueness of those statements. Nice head, sticks around on the edges and looks island-y.
Smell - Not a lot compared to the taste. I'd say, the only flaw in the beer. But who am I, Michael Jackson? It's great, not overstated like so many in this style are. I think this beer adheres to the centuries of precedent. More on that later...
Taste - quite balanced for the style, drinkable for the abv/weight. 9.9% is a lot for beer when you think about it and it's not terribly noticable. But I do think that it contributes to some of perceptions; raisins, dates, brown sugar, burnt bread, caramel, slight tootsie-roll and Belgian dark chocolate bitterness. But that bitterness only balances the sweetness and nothing more. Makes one anticipate the next sip. A little bit of espresso.
Feel - Perfect. Intense but not cloying. Would drink another. Tiny bubbles scrub the tongue just enough. Right amount of lift.

Overall this is a great beer. I didn't give it all 5's because I thought that it lacked the smallest bit of intrigue. But by all means this is an absolute standard. It's readily available and definitive. It's guilt-full-y cheap at $4.99 a bomber and could be... Dare I say it?... An "every-day impy stout". Oh man, what has this existence come to if one imbibes a beer like this every day? But the ubiquity of it screams for regular consumption for the sake of pride.
I would digress but there is a bit left to say: It's not barrel aged or brewed with coffee. There's no Madagascar vanilla beans or Mexican chiles or maple syrup. But this beer does it all anyways and leaves me satisfied. It's basic in the most satisfying way and should not be missed.
Here's to the standard, friends!

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

Pours a thick, sludgey opaque black with a fluffy, persistent dark khaki color head. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, and a touch of sweetness. Taste follows with a sweetness upfront, followed by roasted malts, dark and bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of caramel and toffee on the finish with just enough hop/coffee bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, not quite chewy, although very nice for an imperial stout with this profile. Overall, this is a very good imperial stout that does well to hit the hallmarks of the style at an affordable price.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours luscious d a bit thick. Perfectly black with a good head of khaki colored foam that lasts and leaves lace. Eventually the head falls to a thick ring and the bubbles seem to want to hug the glass as I swirl the beer around. Nose is deep and rich and a bit sweet. Roast and chocolate, a sweet caramel and weak coffee. This has a mellow quality to the nose that I really like. It smells soft and like it does not have any rough edges. A bit of earthiness and a faint and elusive nuttiness comes forward as it warms. I am not getting any smoky qualities form the nose. Taste is smooth and well blended. There is a bit of smoke on the palate and a touch of earthy bitterness form the roast. The coffee stays weak in the drink and the chocolate is also a bit fainter on the palate than on the nose. The sweet underpinnings of caramel carry through smoothly to a dry and bitter finish with a nice drying effect on the tongue from the alcohol. That's all you see of the alcohol though. You do not taste it and it's not in the nose . Only a ticklish bit of warmth as you swallow and it's faint at that. Lovely! It does come across with a bit of a cereal taste in the middle but I think I would say that is richness of roast without a lot of heavy or sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, but not too thick or too heavy. It is not terribly complex. There is no fruit character and the malt says supple and soft throughout the drink as the sweetness of the chocolate creeps shyly onto the palate more and more as you drink.

This is very easy to drink and well done.

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Photo of Beerdanza
4.66/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 24 ounce bottle.

Pours opaque brown, with a milk chocolate colored head. Perfect for a stout.

Smells sweet and chocolately, with just a touch of biterness.

Tastes is dominated by sweet, smooth milk chocolate. It's a little one-dimensional in its chocolateness, but I really like it. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, as a stout should be.

Overall, this is the most chocolate beer I've ever had, and I like it a lot. It doesn't go with dessert, it is dessert. I'm glad I stumbled upon this in a convenience store I don't frequent. It was a wonderful diversion.

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Photo of deereless
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown to borderline black, some sticky spots of foam around the interior of the glass, thin layer of dense head over the surface of the glass, medium viscosity - 4.00, S: Dark roast, thick syrupy sweetness, molasses and golden raisins, slight alcohol burn present on the nose, rum infused chocolate cake, pretty hearty and intense nose - 3.50, T: Thick, semi-sweet chocolate, some prunes and raisins, espresso and quite a bit of charring, hop bite is noticeable but kind of lost in all the thick malts - 3.75, M: very smooth and velvety mouth feel - 4.50, D: A solid Imperial stout, quite drinkable - 3.50

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

Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber at World of Beer at North Hills 11/18/11. Split it with jtd1969.

Poured into small snifters. Pours pitch black with a thin, brown lacing of head. The nose has notes of rich chocolate, deep roasted malts, and dark fruit. The taste is rich, deep chocolate and roasted malts with some anise and licorice up front with a nice bitter finish. The balance in the flavors is perfect and the alcohol is noticeable but adds warmth and depth and does nothing to detract from the overall flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, and warm.

This is fantastic. It's smooth, full bodied, rich, delicious. I would have another one in a heart beat.

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Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of twistwrist
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hobbit
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A deep mahogany red when held up to light. Has a dark tan foamy head. Disappates fairly quickly though. Some lacing going down the glass.

S - Smells like one of those cherry jelly filled chocolates. Sweet.

T/M - Chocolate. Lots of chocolate with some cherry. Very malty. Not as bitter as the 70 IBU's on the bottle say it is, but some bitterness gets through to the aftertaste, which is immediately crushed by more chocolate. Very very smooth though, if a little syrupy.

D - Not stellar, but good. Moderately drinkable, but hard to get through alot of.

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Photo of lic217
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 2229 ratings