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Lagunitas Imperial Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout
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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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Ratings: 2,138 |  Reviews: 707
Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Upo1977
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Top imperial stout! If you don't like it you might drink buttwiper I mean Budweiser.

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Photo of drinkAK
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Karl_M
4.88/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of Dryhavich
4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

L: Extremely dark brown with a hint of ruby tinge. Absolutely no light penetrates the beer - it is truly a sinister one. Pours 2.5 fingers of head in a semi-hard initial pour.

S: Where do I begin? It's remarkably complex, with raw chocolate, incredibly dark barley, peat, dates, and even a dank floral character. Very interesting.

T: Lots of sweetness and chocolate upfront, balanced out by roastiness and wanton smokiness. After that is said and done, the hops cut through the brew to provide a bit of a piney bite, though certainly not in an overwhelming sense. Can't really tell that it's a 9.9 percenter - it's absurdly drinkable for its size.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, and not very carbonated. Very nice to slowly sip away at.

O: Wow! What a brew. Nicely balanced out with a great variety of flavors without being overly complex. An exceptional imperial stout. After having downed two bottles of this in my lifetime, it has become one of my favorites. Definitely one of the best beers I've ever tried.

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Photo of lilalibby
4.86/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this is so good
it tastes so good with dark, rich desserts
sooooo goood dude

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.86/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle revealed a nice dark-brown, almost dark-black stout with small khaki-tan head. Smell is mostly of coffee with a hint of chocolate coming through as well as roasted malts, and a marshmallow sweetness. Taste pretty much matches the aromas with the roasted coffee being upfront and most noticeable on the palate. Slight sign of carbonation and pretty solid medium bodied brew with a smooth/slick mouthfeel. I found this Imperial Stout to be better than expected. Well done Lagunitas!

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Photo of happenstance
4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Previously, I said Avery's "Czar" was my favorite. Well, considering that it is seasonal and difficult to come by in my particular area... and considering that I recently tried Lagunitas Imperial Stout, I have to say that Lagunitas Imperial Stout is my favorite...

L: Pours not as thick as Avery's, but still nice. Same black opaque. Short-lasting brown-tan head.

S: Heavy aroma. Heady. Again, can't say I love it enough

T: My new favorite beer. Not too bitter. Medium-heavy. Again, "Old Rasputin" pales in comparison.

F: While not weak like others, I can say I wish it was just a bit thicker. Still makes you want to pick up the glass and drink more. Heady.

Overall: my favorite beer, and can't get enough. Glad it's available year-round.

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Photo of Movin
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark with a finger of Chocolate coloured head, decent retention with some real lacing.

S - Light milk chocolate off the top followed by fresh ground coffee beans.

T - The dark blended malts are the prominent flavour followed by a nice mellow espresso coffee finish. Dark, and nutty-malty, I absolutely love it! Alcohol goes almost unnoticed, which was very nice, and there's a bit of a clean sweet light smokey bitter flavour which lingers on the palette. A tasty dessert!

M - Nicely balanced carbonation, lighter than most other stouts A real sleeper.

D - This new brew is pretty much amazing. I absolutely loved it, and was quite impressed by this offering. Lagunitas is the new standard, and this one is the new standard to judge by! Highly recommended to any Russian imperial stout fan!!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-05-2010 22:01

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Photo of Motive707
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JoseHM
4.76/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of joe_sf
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DOCRW
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of rrock44
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of javierthebob
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yeah! An awesome, affordable, high gravity, imperial stout by one of my favorite breweries in America!

MIDNIGHT black pour with a brown tan head which thins over the course of a few minutes to a light line. If looks could kill man. Can tell it's gonna be super fire.

Smell is a chocolate malty smell, a little bit of grain wafting up but clearly retaining the inky characteristics of the dark beer. Enjoyable caramel also is detectable. Also some light coffee.

Chunk all that and then some into the flavor and you have one hell of a drink. Nice caramel, smooth velvety malt with a chocolate twist. And I don't even like chocolate. A darker coffee taste goes down warm and smooth, perfectly balanced by the booze and mash of flavors.

This has got to be one of the most affordable, effective, high end stouts that I have at my finger tips. I can see how someone who constantly has the finest on tap could ignore this beer but I personally don't have anything even relatively at the quality/price point that Lagunitas is providing here.

Goes down super smooth, my girlfriend likes the carbonation and says it adds a tingle or tang, whichever you prefer, haha.

Indeed this is goddone good!
72.45 IBU
O.G. 1.092

Much love to one of my favs in Cali! Many thanks also for shipping all the way out here to the Lone Star

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Photo of KennethPowers
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of TheEggCrasher
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Mackbekeza
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of ECV1846
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

love this stuff! trying to make my own like this!

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Photo of Wiz99
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of DaBrewski
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Excellent imperial stout.

Malts and roasts come through. So does the heat. However, not in any overpowering way.

Very smooth RIS. Nothing absolutely dominates the flavor. Almost perfect balance of flavors.

Like all Lagunitas offerings, fantastic value for the price!

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Fremont897
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 2,138 ratings
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