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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

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: 679 | Ratings: 2,033
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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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2.69/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is fruity...an odd smell I've come to find in Lagunitas beers...It might just be me but I find it unpleasant..black 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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Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 2,033 ratings.
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