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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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: 690 | Ratings: 2,069
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown almost black with ruby highlights near the bottom of the glass with a long lasting head. Aroma of sweet malt, chocolate, roasted barley, and hops. The flavor is very smoth with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The flavor begins as slightly sweet chocolate and ends as dry slightly bitter coffee. The body is a little light, but the drinkability is very good.

In all fairness to this beer, I was given two bottles by a store which was not going to sell them since they were over a year old. I found nothing wrong with the first bottle, and rated the second.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark mahogany color with a nice tan head. Left good lace.
Really sweet roasted malt aroma with some chocolate and red fruit.
Roasted malt taste, caramelly sweetness, some red fruit and a bit of licorice. Tangy hop finish. Some nice flavors going on, just not of the "in your face" intensity of an Imperial Stout.
Pallid mouthfeel for the style. Great drinkability due to the thin body and well hidden alcohol.
Doesn't have the punch of a good Imperial. I totally agree with the majority of other reviewers of this beer. It's an enigma of the Imperial Stout style. A poor Imperial Stout but a tasty brew nonetheless.

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Photo of Mark
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

O.K. my rating of this beer is a bit all over the place, but I'm torn between what it is and what it is supposed to be. I think an Imperial is stretchings things a bit here. A regular stout and it's pretty damm good. Typical dark body was topped by a tan head that was thinnish but lasted , lacing was better from mid glass down. Nice roasted aroma was a bit too ordinary for an "Imperial" Roasted and hoppy taste profile was at the same time very smooth, still it tasted more like a dryish stout than a fiery Imperial. Very thin mouthfeel, I did like it's drinkability as it did not feel like an 8% brew. Might buy again if it was classified as an ordinanary
stout, as strange as that might sound. If I want Imperial, and I have lately, I'll go for Old Rasputin every time over this.

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Photo of Darkale
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard imperial stout appearance (what else could an imperial stout look like?). Short-lived head with unimpressive lacing.

Sweet, plummy, cherry aroma.

Tries to be thick in the mouth but can't quite pull it off. Not chewy, but close. Brisk hops burn. Hoppier than the usual imperial stout.

Good mix of cherries, malt, chocolate and cocoa. Nice taste. Wish it were thicker and chewier, though.

Not a bad imperial stout. Perhaps "imperial" is a stretch; not quite thick enough to warrant the tag. A creditable attempt, though.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark Mahogany color, small head. Aroma is fruity and chocolaty. A lighter bodied imperial stout. Flavors are chocolate, coffee and fruit. VERY mild for an imperial stout, not very malty or very bitter. As an imperial stout this beer is lacking, for a "regular" stout its pretty good. The flavors intensify, as it gets closer to room temperature. It well balanced and tasty. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. The 8.2% alcohol is not at all evident.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very fine bubbled head sits atop a charcoal brown stout.

Choclatey sweet aroma leads to a rather thin mouthfeel on first sip. None of that delightful (and expected in an Imperial) glycerine-slippery feeling. The high alcohol is noticeable as it is not particularly covered by the malt character. A dryer finish than I would expect as well.

Drinkable, but not up to a Sam Smith's which I had later in the night, just to give myself some comparison.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep brown, almost black, with a thick, creamy light brown head. The aroma is roasty and chocolatey with hints of coffee. There is a bit of astringency. It is full in body and somewhat warming. A definite winter brew. It was an okay Imperial Stout, but I wouldnÂ’t search it out again.

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Photo of kbub6f
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought online, ground shipping (unrefrigerated), 2-3 weeks in my fridge, served cold, allowed to warm in glass.

This beer pours black with reddish-brown highlights. Poured somewhat aggressively, the head was fairly small, coarse and collapsed quickly. I smell caramel in the nose and not much else. Maybe a little fruit. Maybe a little milk gone bad (not necessarily a bad smell).

The taste starts with that milkiness. There's a tiny bit of roasty taste and a tiny bit of chocolate. Both give way quickly to a watery hoppiness. I can't believe this is 8.2% abv. The alcohol is all but undetectable. Unfortunately, so is the body.

The feel is a little oily. Man, this beer needs to be bigger all around. I was expecting more everything.

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Photo of Murph
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a light brown head that leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Slightly alcoholic aroma with some vague roasted bitterness in an otherwise boring aroma. Nice chocolatey taste from beginning to end. There is also some too subtle roasted coffeeish bitterness but not nearly what is called for to balance the chocolate flaovrs. Very thin and simple flavor profile, especially for the style. Medium, WTF???, body to this brew but a nice creamy feel across the tongue. Not a bad beer but certainly not a good Imperial Stout. I'll be sure to pass this up on my next trip to the beer store.

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Photo of jreitman
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I would really have trouble calling this an imperial stout. Mouthfeel is extremely light for the style and the color is a light copper. Flavors are not the chocolate/roasted/bitter flavors you expect, but more sweet caramel. A decent brew that goes down easy, but definitely not at the top of the class.

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Photo of Jordan
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ouch. Lagunitas Brewing really needs to consider removing this from their product line all together, or even better, start the recipe from scratch. Thin bodied, withered malt/hop profile, subdued smoked fruit aroma. Lagunitas is an excellent brewery, pray they are visiting beer advocate and will take what seems to be our unanimous advice.

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Photo of ADR
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is very charged, took me a while to get a normal presentation in the glass. Very dark brown, not ruby, but not completely opaque. Darker head is impressively sturdy, holds shapes well at many heights. Musty smell, some impressions of smoke and acrid stuff. Somewhat coating. Not a lot of complexity, honestly some coffee and chocolate flavors and a touch of something evoked by the smell of flowers, like lilacs. Looked for fruits or alcohol notes but didn't find much of a changing impression. I don't hate this brew but it lacks an Imperial's promise of variety and complexity.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There's a decent roasted character in aroma. That's about it. Appearance is very close to black. Creamy brown head with no retention and no lacing ability. This beer is medium to full bodied. Should be fuller in my opinion. The taste is very lacking for an imperial. I've had porters and BROWNS that have been more complex (see DF Indian Brown and Rogue Hazelnut). This is pretty weak for an imperial. Pretty thin for the style too. I get slight roasted and chocolate malt qualities. Very little bitterness. Not recommended.

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Photo of ZAP
2.69/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is odd smell I've come to find in Lagunitas beers...It might just be me but I find it with a creamy head..pretty creamy mouthfeel...slight tart hoppy bite on the finish..not super thick, tasty or complex...doesn't have the qualities of other imperials I have tried...some sweet milk chocolate taste...easy drinking but thin for an imperial...some fruitiness, and some sourness on the deep finish....I'm unimpressed overall...there are A LOT better imperials out there...A LOT...

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Photo of mattmaples
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The biggest mistake was putting the word Imperial on the label. Great sweet stout but it is seriously lacking in Imperial quality. If just said "Stout" on the label it probably would have gotten a 3.5 to 3.75 above average.

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