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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Photo of cbcrunch
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MerkinMan
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fluffy head that calms down after a minute or two -- oh, and it is black (it is a stout).

Nice roasty smell which can be easily perceived after bottle is popped.

Deep roasted taste. At nearly 9& ABV, the alcohol taste is not very apparent. We will see what happens when it warms up a while.

Mouthfeel is big and chunky. It will take me a while to drink this 22oz. This is the body I want all high gravity stouts to have.

A very drinkable high gravity stout. At 3.99 a 22, I will be getting more of this soon, which is no surprise since Lagunitas is quickly becoming one of my very favorite breweries.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Superb looking stout, with a black body, opaque, warm with browns, and a rocky tan head that fades slowly and a lot of lacing.

S - A full caramel, creamy nose, lots of chocolate and coffee notes, with molasses undertones. Definite alcohol warmth.

T - Follows the nose, with creamy caramel and chocolate, molasses and maple flavors, a dark bread middle, then a coffee bitter hit and alcohol close.

M - Slick feel in the open, spiky warmth.

O - A tasty, good stout. Rich with flavor, big.

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Photo of stebbi7833
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bohemiandonut
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It would appear that Lagunitas has heard your bitching and upped the ante a bit this year. LIS pours BLACK now, with a head that dissolved faster than the Soviet Bloc. Smells stouty enough to me, almost like a medium roast coffee might.

I actually quite like this. It's certainly thinner than many other Impy Stouts in the same league but it's got a nice chewiness that isn't overwhelmingly sweet or bitter. This is something I would drink a whole bomber of on a week night and then curse how well hidden the alcohol was upon waking up an hour late.

As it warms the aromas become more volatile but the ethanol does not. Still mostly coffee in the scent but raisin picks up in the taste as does a well tempered hop astringency.

This is a lovely stout that I'm sure will get more love as the years roll by. At least it's here for us while Stone wraps up its obnoxious Belgo phase.

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Photo of Nurt20
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T100Mark
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic/Imperial pint glass (probably not the best idea considering the 10% abv but it sure looks pretty).

Appearance - Almost pitch black (a slight hint of ruby red). Big, lumpy, course head. Good lacing. The beer looks a little intimidating.

Smell - Semi-sweet chocolate. Alcohol.

Taste - Sweet. Black licorice. Burnt toast. Herbal. Alcohol. A dry finish.

Mouth - Bitter. Good carbonation.

Overall - About as subtle as a sledge hammer. Like the Samual Smith's Imperial Stout that I reviewed a few months back, this beer is not for the faint of heart. These beers really should be sipped and not chugged. A good beer, for what it is, but I much prefer knocking down smooth, malty English Porters with an abv in the 4% range.

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Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjs246
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was some deliciously easy drinking. For 9.9% abv, it went down awfully smooth.

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Photo of takusan1000
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Midnight black with very dark brown color when held to the light. Dark tan lacing that persists for a long time. The smell is faint, but noticeable smell of espresso and alcohol, which also predominates in the taste. An initial espresso sweetness turns into burnt toast taste with a nutella sweetness--not really chocolate. Anise and bitter earthy hops take over as a long-lasting pleasant bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is excellent--viscous and creamy, easily oxygenated in the mouth. Generally a very solid imperial stout, but not one of the best. I'd buy and drink again.

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Photo of magicmoose66
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kraty1
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DovaliHops
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Version. 10.14% ABV. Pours an extremely dark brown. When held up to light it has a red hue to it. Medium tan head. Scent is roasted malt with lots of chocolate. I get a bit of nuttiness and dark fruit scents as well. Also candy sugar and alcohol. Taste to me is like a more boozy Peche Mortel. Although the coffee is not as stand-out as Peche Mortel (the alcohol takes up the lack of coffee flavor), there are a lot of similar features (mouthfeel as well). The chocolate and nuttiness along with the coffee make this a very tasty brew. As it warms, the alcohol makes itself more noticeable. The mouthfeel is not as thick as I was expecting, or hoping for... but still good. The drinkability is as high fairly high for an American Imperial Stout.

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of KolbMarley
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of JupiterJesus
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Moo5152
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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