Lagunitas Imperial Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
68.2%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 2,120 ratings
Lagunitas Imperial StoutLagunitas Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,887
Reviews:
701
Ratings:
2,120
Liked:
1,446
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
12.04%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
460
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,120 |  Reviews: 701
Photo of rsuarez1982
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skillet
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a BrewDog snifter.

A: The body is pitch black presenting a yellowish to beige head, showing some retention and some lacing as well.
S: The aroma is very strong on malts, having then a kind of empty feeling because the chocolaty and coffee-ish tones are really undermined here. There's also some bitterness in the aroma that appears that it's coming from the hops which is a bit unexpected.
T: The taste begins with a slight coffee sweetness resembling an instant coffee mixed with a vanilla and milk. Not sure if this has any lactose in it. The flavour then grows upwards to a more chocolate hint, being a lot more true on the flavour than the coffee profile. The aftertaste is milky chocolate.
M: The body is medium. Carbonation is high and very velvety. The bitterness is weak as it should.
O: Even though the flavours present are what was expected, the strength is not. They appear to be very weak. There's also some mainstream component to the fact that the chocolate is more milky than dark, providing a more "anyone can drink this" feeling to the beer.

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Photo of teigan
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First impression would be: monotonic and bland.

Full disclosure, I haven't tried many russian imperial stouts. So I'm not aware what is authentic, or desirable.

Just know I didn't think this beer was interesting enough for the price. Looks amazing, but the taste is very disappointing. Overly hopped in my opinion. Poor balance overall.

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Photo of mudROCK
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MoGuitarNthemonitor
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jperson9920
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice pure dark brown close to black color with a softly dissipating one finger white to off white foamy head. There’s a nice gently sliding lacing. The smell has a nice luscious enticing chocolate to coffee to light black licorice The taste had a fairly decent enriching bitter coffee balancing with the chocolate that has both dark and milk elements to it. The licorice does come back and lets a nice decent earthy dark fruits to come in just a tad. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body trying to show a slight heavier feel but really leaning to the medium side. The carbonation seemed right on par for the style and for me as it was mainly nice and smooth and coated my tongue nicely. Overall, this was a really nice RIS well worthy of having again.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with rich tan head and very sticky lacing. Smells good, lots of sugary molasses, coffee, chocolate, oak. The taste is very good, minor bite/alcohol with solid coffee notes, dark chocolate, plum/raisin, molasses and some oak in there. This is a medium to light heavy beer, some bite to it but not bad for the style, overall a nice Stout.

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Photo of cbenson
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black with a little bit of crimson. The head is think and densely laced with a dark tan color. The matte black look is sleek.
Smell: Sweet and rich with notes of cherry and chocoalte covered strawberries as well as vanilla. There is a presence of smokey malts.
Taste: Beautifully rich with caramel, espresso, and vanilla sweetness with a smokey oak malt character. Very textured.
Mouthfeel: Milkshake creaminess with noticeable carbonation. The body is rich and warm with a dry mouthcoating finish. Excellent!
Overall: A heavy, creamy, and well balanced stout!

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Photo of Deerin
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black, used motor oil color in the glass. Minimal, almost no head. It's a deep, deep black, totally opaque. Like looking into a void.

Dark roasted malt, coffee in the nose.
Ash, char.

Big up front bitterness, hops, roasty malt. Charcoal. Raisins. Having had Old Rasputin for the first time yesterday, in comparison, this one is a bit disappointing, one dimensional. The alcohol isn't noticeable.

Not thick or cloying, or chewy. A tad thin for the style, but not in a bad way necessarily, though I would have preferred more weight.

Not crazy about this one. Average.

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Photo of MHJeff06
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tbulling
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yogi_Sanandy
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickFry9
2.43/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shanty76
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stebbi7833
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raoul_Dork
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 68.2% out of 100 with 2,120 ratings
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