Lagunitas Imperial Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
2,092
Reviews:
692
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
451
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Ristaccia
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
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!
9.9%
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 Birdlegs
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Commandophile
2.32/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of eblue33
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leefx
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to cover this RIS from a fave brewer.
A) Opaque; black with w dense little tan head that tans and laces. As it should be.

S) Sweet and floral with roasted dark malts, chocolate, coffee and hops. Stays sweet.

T) Rich and flavorful but perhaps too sweet for some. It's a late night, last beer, wine-like experience. Sweet, twisted, burnt, smokey, caramel, prune and coffee notes. Sweet up front, like a milk stout. Stays sweet in finish, but not cloying

F) Full,= thick, with light carbonation. As it should be. Syrupy, sticky.

O) Perfectly fine west coast thick RIS.

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Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark body with a nice tan/carmel head.

S: oats and chocolate

T: not very boozy for 9.9%, chocolate, oats and barley

F: decent body, could use a hair more though.

O: all around a good fallback imperial stout, especially for the price.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of michaelsmayhem
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Black hole dark void. Solid black look. Pours a hefty head in a sniffer glass that consists of a lighter brown color.

S - The weakest characteristic of this beer (for me). As others have mentioned, roasty grain complexes.

T - Definitely hints of coffee. Sweetness flavor that is reminiscent of chocolate. There is a bit of a bite in the aftertaste that is bitter.

M - Tastes nice and thick. Fulfilling mouthfuls of heavy consistency

O - Personally, I am not a strong coffee lover but this beer is solid. It tastes good enough for me to try it again.

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Photo of sjrider
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JCMattson
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L -- A very dark brown with a dark tan two finger head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer. No lacing
S -- Smokey malts, brown bread, plum pudding, very slight uric hint
T -- Same as smell, plus coffee and Baker's chocolate
O -- A solid, albeit not particularly creative, stout

80/100

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Photo of Flathead_Monster
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MeIquiades
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Purp1eOne
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Reich90
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had one that got nice and chocolatey but then had another that stayed boozey and didnt give me that good chocolate taste... would have rated 4.5 and 3.25 respectively

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Photo of sunsjammer
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrewBest
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 2,092 ratings.
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