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Lagunitas Imperial Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

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Reviews: 674 | Ratings: 2,009
Photo of Umdrunner
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured black with large tan head. Smells sweet chocolate, coffee, dried fruits. The flavor doesn't completely match the scent. It's much less sweet, almost harsh with burnt chocolate flavors. I enjoyed the scent over the taste, but still worth buying again, especially at it's very reasonable price point.

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Photo of Beerdanza
4.66/5  rDev +25.3%
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 atr2605
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a thick tan head with nice retention and lacing
S-roasted coffee, cocoa, hint of sweetness
T-lots of roasted coffee, cocoa, sweet caramel milk chocolate flavors in the finish
M-medium-full bodied and creamy
O-really solid RIS for the price. well worth it

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Photo of Rawwie
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: black into glass with a finger of tannish head. Nice looking beer. S: figs, raisins, black licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Here we go, T: very similar to smell, dark fruit, dark choclate. Very smooth. O: great stout. $4.99 for a bomber it's hard to say anything negative about this brew. Cheers

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Photo of enjambed
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: poured into glass at a cool temperature
Look: Jet black. Initial pour produced quite a head that soon settled down to lace, which is expected for an imperial. Nice, sticky lacing

Smell: sweet and roasty. Coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Also some faint alcohol. Aroma overall is pretty faint.

Taste: Rich dark, cocoa with coffee. Bittersweet too.

Mouthfeel: moderately thick, little bit of warmth on the back end. Leaves some stickiness.

Overall. A solid, reasonably priced imperial stout that I would definitely drink again. The aroma is a little faint, but makes up for it with rich but not overpowering flavor.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty dark pour with minimal brown top. Aroma is expected bounty of roast, but not much more. Wow, this is tasty for one of my favorite styles! Sweet, dark chocolate flavors with some roast and chocolate make for a very pleasant sip all the way through. Finish is slightly dry, and happy to have more.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber served in a standard pint glass

A: Dark and viscous pour produces an opaque body lurking beneath a mocha-colored dollop of froth; head recedes to a small collar, and sticky notches of lacing ensue.

S: Top notes of dark, bakers chocolate, roast coffee, toffee and dark fruit; as the nose warms, a leathery aroma peak through the sweeter chocolate/fruit combination - quite inviting.

T: Initial flavors shuffle between bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate and roast coffee beans; perhaps a touch of vanilla rounds out the mocha-like qualities at the start that nicely balances sweetness against the bite from the roast; through the middle, the presence of dark fruit takes prominence, with a flash of booze-soaked/rum-raisin sweetness; that leathery presence on the nose appears late on, with a touch of earthiness/char that transitions into a finish showcasing a powdery cocoa which lingers after each sip.

M: Velvety smooth, good creamy quality; not approaching the same levels of thickness/chewiness as some other imperial stouts, but the body here feels appropriate for the flavor profile.

O: Lagunitas has crafted a quality imperial stout - and their handiwork is even more praiseworthy when you consider just how good of a stout this is for the value ($5.99/22oz). The alcohol is kept well in check, and the result is an imperial stout that drinks much more smoothly than its 9% ABV would suggest. Ticks all of the boxes for what you would expect from an imperial stout. Well worth it for any stout lover.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours very dark, almost black with a medium brown head. A roasty smell permeates the nose. Taste is similar, with a bit of licorice and roasted malts. Enjoyable!

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

Had this alongside with Big Bad Baptist.

Pours jet black with 1/2 head on slow pour.

Nose - somewhat bitter coffee.

Taste - much the same as nose; mildly bitter coffee, somewhat one

Overall - solid, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of NiallMac44
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was offered a glass of this by a friend and I did not want to take it. I do not like sweet beers and imperial stouts tend to sweetness. OK, I have to amend that. I USUALLY do not like sweet beers. This one yes though if I were the brewmaster I would try and tone it down. I wish I was good at describing taste so all I can say is that I like it though I would take Old Rasputin over it - just less sweet.

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Photo of dar482
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a black color.

The beer offers tons of bitter licorice, anise, umami, roasted malts. The mouthfeel is medium with alcohol coming through. Bitterness lingers on the finish of earthiness. There is a fruity background, hints of overripe banana.

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Photo of gandres
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to wine glass, with meal
Appearance: dark brown minimal head and lacing
Smell: Aroma of toasted grains
Fell:Creamy mouth feel
Overall: Very good beer

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Photo of Nehal
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks: no plaque and pours a good 1 inch head. It is beaded at the top
Smells of roasted peppers and smoky
Taste good malty coffee and chocolate taste and toasty. What a great beer!! This would go very well with Gouda cheese or steak or root vegetables . Good beer in fall or winter.
And it has some sweetness not bitterness. More like strong coffee with some sugar and hint chocolate

Very good imperial stout!!

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Photo of BethanyB
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nearly opaque ebony, with a hit of mahogany highlights. The 1/2 finger head is a beautiful golden color, tightly beaded, with a smooth, flat top.

Smell: Peppery roasted malt brings a chic, new age element to the baseline bouquet of coffee and cream, cocoa powder, dark cherries and plums. A slight metallic tanginess somehow doesn't feel out of place.

Taste: There is an almost salty quality to this beer, but it's not weird at all, as calls to mind chocolate covered pretzels. White pepper and roasted malt balance out the fruity background, which is made up of prune juice, pomegranate, and wild blackberries.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately viscous, with medium carbonation and a tart finish which sticks to the sides of the tongue.

Overall: True to the Lagunitas style, this beer takes a lively, over the top approach without deviating from the style's trademark qualities. I'd call this a stout for IPA lovers, as the spice, carbonation, and dash of salt bring a familiar peppy kick to an otherwise dark and smooth set. Interesting, tasty, and fun to drink.

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Photo of lakemarkham
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pretty huge head. Looks fine through clear glass: damn near pitch-black, but has some ruby tinges around the edges when held up to the light.

S: Lot of malt on the smell. Some coffee and dark fruits really round it out, with a bit of chocolate floating around in there on the fringes. Nothing special, but not bad. What you'd expect.

T: Very big flavor. Big malt on first taste, followed by the sweetness of the dark fruits and the chocolate. Coffee has a sort of subdued character throughout until the end, giving it a dry finish when the fruits and chocolate fade out. Can taste the bite of the alcohol quite well on the tail of the experience.

F: Smooth, rich, and creamy. Not as thick as an oatmeal.

O: Good, strong stout. Not my favorite, but worth seeking out if you're into this sort of thing.

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Photo of katybee
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very dark, but with some semi-translucence against the light, pours rich and creamy with a 1" lt brown head...
Rich and creamy, med-full-bodied, with a surprising amount of malty sweetness compared to the espresso-type stouts... This was more like the Black Boss Baltic Porter I just sampled... strong, dark and with molassess undertones. Some bitters but not the super-hoppiness of the IPAs.

Disappointed with recent tastes of oatmeal and espresso stouts, I was really surprised that this was full-bodied and flavored a little on the sweet side. I definitely enjoyed sipping it....

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Photo of DaveBar
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at Champagne's in Warren MI for $4.99 for a 22oz bomber. Served at 10deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high whitish brown colour that films out in around 4-5mins or so. Very dark almost black colour. Head looks a bit airy instead of creamy

S- Good malt and chocolate here. Nice coffee. Nothing overpowering but a nice overall blend.

T- Good malt and coffee/chocolate base. Nothing overpower this one. Very likeable coffee base that stays with you as it goes down. Not hot at all even though it's nearly 10%.

M- A bit thin for the style. Expecting a much more creamier base

O- Very nice brew. I like it a lot. Glad I have a few more in the cellar for later. Don't know why such a low score from others on this brew. Yes it is not a Founder's Imperial Stout but it is very good

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with......... Roast chicken with stuffing and root vegetables on the side. Nice little thyme and sprinkle with poultry seasoning. Dice some onion and celery and cook in butter until soft. Combine and voila!


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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, with a tan foam head. Smell is complex and rich, roasted malts, chocolate and coffe, the works. Taste is very good, balanced and strong. Overall a ver nice Imperial Stout.

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Photo of beveragebattle
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Round 1-Value

Lagunitas @ 4.49 with 9.9% ABV

Round 2-Aroma

Lagunitas: Smoky and roasted malts

Round 3-Flavor

Lagunitas: Caramel and black coffee

Round 4-Finish

Lagunitas: 0:45 seconds-1:00 minute

Round 5-Packaging

Lagunitas: Standard bottle (22 ounces) with a simple and clean “wanted poster” style label


Lagunitas boasting a 9.9% ABV at under $5 is one of the best value dollar to ABV around. If you're looking for a solid Imperial Stout at an incredible price point look no further than Lagunitas Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Mikus
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

What a damn deal. Lagunitas killing it across the board on styles. If you like viscous, roasty stouts with a nice coffee-note for about 1/2 price of many others in the style, then try a bomber of LIS. Absolute deal that can't be beat.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 8/28/15

A: Dark, dark brown, black from a distance - pours with a medium sized, light tan head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some nice spots and streaks of lacing

S: Dark, roasty, burnt - an abundance of chocolate malts, roasty, burnt, toasted, charred - this is a straight-up, no-frills imperial stout - cooked, caramelized malts - dark chocolate and some baker's chocolate - hints of dark fruits - minimal sweetness, dry

T: Chocolate malts, chocolate malts everywhere - burnt, charred, chocolate malts - charcoal and smoke - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, burnt cocoa - some dark fruits - minimal sweetness, lightly earthy, very dry, alcohol is well-hidden

M: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, dry finish

O: Wait, Lagunitas brews beers that aren't pale ale ales?

When I think Lagunitas, I usually think "hops." Hops are absent here, or if they were here, they have been burnt away. The roasty, burnt, dark chocolate flavors here are the focus here. It fits the style. It's not the most complex, but it's good.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown that hits black as you fill the glass. Head is a thick and creamy dark khaki with solid but not amazing retention. A small chunky cap persists with a solid creamy collar. Sheets of lacing give way a sporadic notches and splotches. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Chocolate pudding jumps out almost immediately. Loaded with chocolate. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, it's all there. Pushes of nibs on the back. Sweet as if it carries some lactose. Solidly roasted malt offers a complimenting sweetness. A touch of chocolate cake and fudge. Ghost of alcohol through the back. Some char and burnt malt. A touch of umami and soy sauce. Hints of spent coffee in the back. Some dark cherry and dark berry (blackberry). Vague notion of smoke as well.

Taste: Slightly oxidized. Loaded with baker's chocolate. Bitter dark cocoa. Fudgy. Borders on chocolate cake. Sweet without being sugary. Touches of milk chocolate and lactose sweetness. Solid dark fruity component of dark cherry and general dark berry. A mild earthiness runs through the back with some slight grassy elements. Just loaded with chocolate. A touch of citrus as well. Malts are deeply roasted and carry a moderate burnt character. Hints of smoke and char as it warms. Each sip builds on the dark fruity character and the smoky char. Did I mention it's chocolaty? Alcohol in the back adds a soft grainy spice. The bitter cocoa elements are balanced by the sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel: Almost silky medium leaning to full body. Moderate carbonation. A touch chewy. Smooth and creamy.

Overall: Roasted chocolate.

A solid take. A bit of age has helped drop the hoppiness to a tolerable level. So much chocolate and roast it's a bit unsettling overall, but damn if it's not one of the best value stouts I've encountered.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a tough stout....in a way. The taste is definitely pushed by abv. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. The beer poured opaque black with virtually no head or lace. Overall its ok....

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Photo of Ice_cube47
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My grandfather passed away recently and I was blessed to receive a copy of a small pamphlet containing some of his reminiscences as well as those of his mother. The booklet included the receipt for a party she threw in 1969. I was puzzled to find among the items, "ice for beer." This intrigued me and I couldn't stop thinking about a single ice cube floating in a dark beer. How pleased I was when I dropped one into a glass of this Stout and it livened the brew up most nicely.

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

Pours as dark as you're expecting with a good head. Smells like you're expecting as well, but tastes much (much) better than its current average score on BA would lead you to believe. This is a great Russian Imperial Stout, and is wonderfully easy to drink.

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Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.
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